Text courtesy of Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la, who has been curating the “Also I Like to Rock” series at the Hammer, presented by KCRW.
It was a night of sweaty soul and furious funk on Thursday at the Hammer Museum, where the third installment of this month’s Also I Like to Rock series paired local sensations Fitz & the Tantrums with gritty U.K. outfit the Heavy, playing their last date on a U.S. tour. Both bands had spent time this year as the opening act for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, but each delivered a headliner-quality set to a capacity crowd at the Hammer, where by showtime a line had stretched two-plus blocks to get into the museum. The series — presented by the Hammer and KCRW and curated by Buzz Bands LA — winds up next Thursday with must-see indie-rockers Voxhaul Broadcast and Chasing Kings.
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