Chinatown Summer Nights went off in a big way on Saturday night, with Moving Units’ ferocious dance-punk stoking a rabid crowd into dancing, moshing and crowd-surfing as the midnight hour approached. The set was interrupted briefly when one miscreant disobeyed security, but in the end music prevailed, and there was plenty on this final installment of Chinatown’s monthly series.Â The Peach Kings led into the headliners with a set of sultry, groove-heavy blues, and, before that, fast-rising L.A. quintet the New Electric Sound roared with a slab of surf-tinged pop/rock that belies the band’s Utah roots. All-female trio the Cold & Lovely roared too, recalling the most audacious of ’90s rockers, while new duo Magic Bronson won the crowd with their brainy fusion of hip-hop, pop and EDM. And the Rebel Light’s sunny, retro-flavored pop kicked the evening off in an upbeat manner. It was the final Chinatown Summer Nights of 2014, but the LA Weekly Live Music Stage returns on Saturday Sept. 13, for the Chinatown Moon Festival, with Crash Kings headlining a night that also features Dorothy, Beat Club, SD3, the Singles and Run Things.
Photos by Michelle Shiers