With the new year comes the return of the KCRW/Spaceland-presented First Fridays concert series at the Natural History Museum in downtown Los Angeles and after missing the January installment with punks-turned-culture-clashers Mariachi El Bronx heading the bill, I vowed the February set would make my calander. A lively and always worthwhile event, the First Fridays series plays host to a variety of speakers in the arts and sciences realm supporting with engaging discussions from whatever that month’s topic happens to be (February: The New Science of Darwinian Feminism: Evolutionary Insights from Bonobo Social and Sexual Interactions), the museum staying open well past closing and of as mentioned, featured musical performances.

A double whammy of pensive sonics, the night offered sets from Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello’s industrial-tinged Light Asylum project and the claustrophobic and melodic post-punk gloom of Luis Vasquez’s Soft Moon project, playing now as a rather-fantastic sounding quartet. Enjoy photos from the night below and stay tuned for coverage from the March installment of FFs which features another great paired set from the theatrical dark queen, Zola Jesus and the alternative raw hide that is EMA.

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Light Asylum

The Soft Moon