Chicago’s Krewella has had a come up that’s seemed to not only surpass Chicago, but almost seemingly skip it. While hometown DJ talent like Flosstradamus came up through local residencies like their run at Town Hall Pub, live EDM trio Krewella’s rise seems to have largely sidestepped their hometown when it comes to local shows. Which made the group’s Logan Square Auditorium show that much more of an occasion.
Taking the stage to a sold out room of all ages of ragers, the trio of Rain Man and Yousaf sisters Jahan and Yasmine delivered a set that started out hard and stayed heavy throughout. Kicking things off with the title track from their Play Hard EP, the act’s stage show launched into high gear, with green lasers blazing and blasts of pressurized steam blowing into the crowd. As the evening progressed, the trio moved between an assortment of dubstep, grinding electro riffs, and hard EDM cuts in a live DJ set, as a blinding light-show aided the full sensory experience. Elsewhere, the trio dropped cuts as old as some of the crowd themselves in Nirvana‘s “Lithium,” as well as pop fare like David Guetta and Sia‘s “Titanium.” Best received, however, were original Krewella cuts, such as the sickly sweet melodic power pop of “One Minute” and the all-out aural assault of “Killin’ It.” All the while, the members of Krewella jumped, shook, and bounded about while simultaneously dipping down to tend to a laptop and their equipment.
With the group out on a run of national and even international dates in the coming months, Krewella’s LSA set proved an intimate and sweaty follow up to the act’s equally kinetic Spring Awakening appearance earlier this summer. More than that, though, it provided Chicago with a glimpse of a hometown act on the rise, in a rare hometown appearance.