Review: Armand Hammer Live In Los Angeles

Armand Hammer live in Los Angeles Los Angeles review by David Sax
Armand Hammer at Echoplex in Los Angeles: photo by David Saxum

Thursday night’s concert at The Echoplex in Los Angeles was an exhilarating journey through the world of underground hip-hop, featuring an impressive lineup that left the crowd buzzing with energy. The evening began with dynamic performances from Malaya and Open Mike Eagle, both of whom set the stage on fire and created an electric atmosphere in the intimate venue.

Malaya and Open Mike Eagle, each armed with a mix of fresh tracks and beloved classics, didn’t just perform their music; they connected with the audience on a personal level. Engaging in spirited crowd work, encouraging dancing, and inviting fans to sing along, they fostered a sense of unity in the crowd. Their willingness to share the vulnerability in their music resonated with the audience, creating a unique bond between artist and listener.

However, it was when the main act, Armand Hammer, comprising the talents of Elucid and Billy Woods, took the stage that the night reached its crescendo. As they emerged to a chorus of cheers, the crowd’s anticipation was palpable. The duo didn’t disappoint; they delivered a stellar performance that left an indelible mark on the audience.

Armand Hammer’s energy on stage was infectious. Much like their openers, they continued the tradition of audience interaction, fostering the atmosphere of shared appreciation for the music. It was evident that the love and joy emanating from the crowd was matched by the genuine enthusiasm of the performers.

One of the standout moments of the evening was the opportunity to hear some of Armand Hammer’s new music, freshly released on September 29th of this year. These tracks, alongside their established hits, showcased the duo’s lyrical prowess and musical innovation. Their magnetic presence filled the stage, drawing the audience into their world, and demonstrating why they’re at the forefront of the underground hip-hop scene.

It was a moving night filled with great music and an unwavering sense of community. It’s not just about the beats and lyrics; it’s about the connection between artist and fan that makes live shows like these an experience to remember. The intimate atmosphere of The Echoplex was the perfect backdrop for a night of unforgettable music.


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