Lala Lala at the 7th Street entrance, Minneapolis (April 14, 2022)

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Chicago Lala Lala headlined the 7th Street Entry, in Minneapolis, on Thursday night…but it almost didn’t happen. On the road to Minnesota, the 60 mph wind blew the door of Lala Lala’s van and broke it. They couldn’t get it locked and closed so they used bungee cords…but the extremely cold weather and snow didn’t help. Welcome to Minneapolis Spring, I guess!

Anyway, hearing the story of frontman Lillie West, it sounded like they almost had to cancel this show. Fortunately, the show took place.

The opening of the show was Elton Aura with his DJ. His music was hip-hop and R&B. It’s a running joke, but almost every song ended with horns (which was also a common gimmick from another singer/DJ in the past). If you’re confused or unsure what an air horn looks like, head over to Youtube to listen to a sample.

Aura dedicated “Big Brother” to her older brother, for inspiring him to sing and write songs. Towards the end of his set, starting with “Poison Ivy,” he began testing “new sh**,” new songs that haven’t been recorded yet.

Lala Lala came on stage to very loud applause from everyone at the 7th street entrance… Although singer Lillie West came to LA when she was a teenager, I still detect a British accent on her whenever she spoke.

Since catching Lala Lala in October 2017 at the defunct Triple Rock Social Club, we’ve described the band as “DIY girl rock sound to them and their music seemed to fit in really well with the girls pool viewers.” We reviewed them in March 2019 and noted that “the downtempo sound amid often dark lyrics is still evolving.”

They ended their set with “Fantasy Movie” with special guest Elton Aura, to help them close out the show.

The last of Lala Lala I want the door to open is now available on Hardly Art.

Remaining tour dates:

Fri, April 15 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Sat., April 16 – Urbana, IL @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Sun. April 17 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Tue, Apr 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Wed. April 20 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Fri. April 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
Sat., April 23 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony
Sun. April 24 @ Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Thu, April 26 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Wed., April 27 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Thu, April 28 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Fri. April 29 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Sat., April 30 – Hamtramck, MI @ Outer Limits Lounge
Sunday, May 1 – Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago IL

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