Radkey fans / Photo by Fally Afani

It’s been a long winter, and most folks haven’t even been to a show since before Christmas (Lawrence was essentially snowed in for three weeks). So when the first big rock show of the year popped off at the Bottleneck on Friday, the kids were bouncing off the walls. This was definitely, for many of those kids, one of those “best night of my life” shows.

Pink Fuzz / Photo by Fally Afani

They were already buzzing when Local Darling, who sounded tight as fuck, took the stage. Pink Fuzz, out of Denver, is a friend to Lawrence. Though it had been more than two years since their last appearance, their fans remembered them fondly and turned up hard for the show. The sibling-fronted band played the crowd extremely well, constantly thrusting guitars in the air and leaning into the fans. We almost thought there wouldn’t be enough energy in that crowd left for Radkey. We were wrong.

Radkey / Photo by Fally Afani

When the trio, the second sibling-fronted band of the night, took the stage, they immediately announced that they were treating everyone to songs off the new album. They also let Lawrence in on a little secret: they’re appearing in a horror film! Though they couldn’t reveal many details, they assured everyone “We don’t die in the movie, even though we’re black.”

Photos from the damn rowdy show below.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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