Maggie Rogers is an artist I’ve been dying to see ever since last year’s viral “Alaska” video. When I heard she was playing in Los Angeles, I knew I had to grab tickets ASAP (her tickets sell out fast and I missed her at a previous sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco).
Full of folk imagery and electronic dance elements, Maggie just wrapped up a nine-month tour with her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading. Playing two sold-out shows in Los Angeles — Thursday night at The Teragram Ballroom and Friday at the Fonda Theatre — she played a 45-minute set showcasing music off her five-song EP (popular hits “Dog Years,” “On + Off” and “Better”) and introduced some slightly older, reimagined songs, songs in the works, and cover of The National to close the night (a song in which she mentioned was the first she learned to play on the guitar).
With a wild year of viral success and just a taste of songs and demos released into the world, Maggie’s career is only looking up.
She’s carefully recording and writing the music she loves, to which the rest of us can patiently wait for. And in her live performance, her voice was flawless and sounds just like the record — if not better — as she danced and grooved to her own music, not afraid to let herself go and find her groove. She was shamelessly herself and in complete awe the entire night.
“I’ve been playing all these cool music festivals this summer, and it’s my first time there,” Rogers said to the crowd. “I was that kid who was always a camp counselor during the summers, so it’s pretty cool.”
Get a taste of Maggie Rogers’s live performance below and be sure to keep a lookout for her in the future. I cannot wait to anticipate more from this girl.
With love and honesty,