Following two successful recent concerts featuring a host of aging ‘80s artists, Re:SET is coming to Pasadena’s Brookside at the Rose Bowl Stadium on June 2, 3, and 4, with a decidedly younger lineup and approach, featuring headliners Steve Lacy, boygenius, and LCD Soundsystem.
According to promoters AEG, one of the largest concert promoters in the country, Re:SET was conceived as an “artist and fan-friendly alternative to the standard summer concert experience.”
Taking place nationwide over four weekends in the month of June, each weekend will see three cities in the same region hosting a concert, with each Re:SET headliner playing each city on consecutive days.
“Fans get a leisurely day that features full sets from every artist, on one stage with no conflicts,” said an AEG press announcement.
Brooklyn-based LCD Soundsystem was formed in 2002 by James Murphy. The band is Murphy (vocals, various instruments), Nancy Whang (synthesizer, keyboards, vocals), Pat Mahoney (drums), Tyler Pope (bass, guitar, synthesizer), Al Doyle (guitar, synthesizer, percussion), Matt Thornley (guitar, synthesizer, percussion), and Korey Richey (synthesizer, piano, percussion).
The band began recording and releasing multiple singles from 2002 to 2004, the first of which was “Losing my Edge”, followed by their 2005 self-titled studio album. It earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
Their single “Daft Punk is Playing at My House,” the band’s most commercially successful single, also received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. In 2006, they recorded and released “45:33“, a forty-five-minute-long composition that was a specially made “workout track” for the Nike+ Original Run series.
Compton-born-and-raised Lacy, released his self-produced debut in 2017EP, Steve Lacy’s Demo, creating his first songs on an iPhone with a Garage Band app, and plugging his guitar directly into his phone.
Having fallen in love with the instrument with Guitar Hero, he was eager to pick up the real instrument in high school.
His debut studio album, Apollo XXI (2019), earned him a nomination for Bet Urban Contemporary Album at that years’s Grammy Awards. He was featured later that same year, on the single “Sunflower” by Vampire Weekend.
His second studio album, Gemini Rights (2022), peaked within the top ten of the Billboard200 chart. The album spawned the single “Bad Habit“, which became Lacy’s first song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after going viral on TikTok, where a snippet of the song was used as the soundtrack for over 400,000 videos on the platform. It earned him two Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, with the album winning Best Progressive R&B Album.
Boygenius is a Los Angeles-based indie rock “supergroup” formed in 2018 by Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers. The band released its self-titled first LP in March of this year.
Bridgers has called the band’s creation a “kind of an accident,” saying that each was simply a fan of the other’s work, and collaboration was seemingly unavoidable, as all seemed to hang in the same indie singer/songwriter milieu.
The concert series features a lineup created by each headliner for their respective day. Steve Lacy will be joined by James Blake, Toro y Moi, and Fousheé.
Boygenius will bring aboard Clairo, Dijon, and Bartees Strange. LCD Soundsystem will be joined by electronic artist and one-third of The xx, Jamie xx, UK rock band IDLES, and bounce music pioneer Big Freedia.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. More information is available at losangeles.resetconcertseries.com.