Swedish dream-poppers The Radio Dept. returned to L.A. for the first time in six years Friday night, their rabid cult following still intact and some recent converts on board for the Swedish band who debuted back in the early 2000s. They opened with the very timely “Sloboda Narodu” (translation: “freedom for the people”) off their new album, “Running Out of Love,” released in 2016 and the first full-length in six years. The more refined sound on their new album attracted some dance-music fans, along with the Radio Dept.’s indie faithful, but the beloved songs “Heaven’s On Fire” and “Never Follow Suit,” both from 2010’s “Clinging to a Scheme,” garnered the loudest cheers. Their encore featured their lower-fi gems “1995” and “Why Won’t You Talk About It” from their 2003 debut full-length, “Lesser Matter.”
Brooklyn indie band Germans captivated the audience with an opening set of simple and catchy grooves.
Photos by Samantha Saturday