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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90027, Griffith Park


Metric opening for Phoenix

Metric, opening for Phoenix

Dear ——–,

Last night, at the Greek Theatre, I felt infused with unburdened, unqualified joy for the first time in a long time. I was outside, under the stars, surrounded by thousands of other rapturous people, feeling the pounding drums of the French band Phoenix rattling my organs. And this was all I had to do at that moment. I had heard some Phoenix songs before, but I was surprised by how they grabbed you live. There is a lot of space to fill at the Greek and Phoenix TOOK OVER. (I credit the drummer; when they went through a wanky, psychedelic section without drums, I got a little bored.) Initially, we bought tickets because we wanted to see the opener, my current favorite band Metric. They put on a decent show, but my favorite part of their set was when they said they believe in the “friendly fuck you” and dedicated their song “Gimme Sympathy” to all those people who don’t want to have a boss. That’s pretty much all of L.A.


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

2 thoughts on “90027, Griffith Park

  1. came for Metric, who met my very high expectations. arrived with low expectations for Phoenix, who left a huge impression on me and i left a much bigger fan.

  2. Outdoor music is the absolute best. Going to see They Might Be Giants tomorrow!

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