Three Must-See Acts This Week

Rex Orange County on Thursday and Friday at the Regency Ballroom, G Flip on Thursday at Rickshaw Stop, and Paul van Dyk on Wednesday at 1015 Folsom.

Rex Orange County . Clint Frift

Indie pop

Rex Orange County

8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16, at The Regency Ballroom. $25; theregencyballroom.com

Redefining the image of a teenage heartthrob for the post-Soundcloud generation, England’s Rex Orange County is an old soul with a keen sense of self-awareness whose wide-ranging sound always comes across as genuine. Born Alex O’Connor, the now 20-year-old singer-songwriter grew up under influences ranging from Queen to Green Day, and studied music at London’s prestigious BRIT School. It was there that Rex experimented with recording in his dorm room, taking notes from modern influences like Frank Ocean and Mac DeMarco to develop a melancholy, highly individual sound. In 2016, at 18, he released his debut self-produced and self-released album, bcos u will never b free, a simple yet effective dose of surprisingly soulful indie pop that benefits from its lo-fi aesthetic. The album was an almost instant hit across Soundcloud, catching the ears of Tyler the Creator, who included Rex on his latest album Flower Boy. With expanded production, Rex’s 2017 sophomore album Apricot Princess is a lusher continuation from bcos, with a slacker hip-hop attitude. For now, this enterprising talent is as focused as ever on evolving his sound, and Rex’s most recent single “Loving Is Easy” gives listeners every reason to stay excited. 

G Flip. Reuben Moore

Art pop

G Flip

8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at Rickshaw Stop. $18; rickshawstop.com

Even though Melbourne’s G Flip has only released a handful of songs, there is no doubt that the singer-songwriter is on track for a rapid ascent into stardom. Born Georgia Flipo, the insanely talented musician began drumming at age 9, developing her passion thanks to her high school drum teacher, whose tragic death inspired a 19-year-old Flipo to carry on that teacher’s legacy and tour the United States, playing with Aussie indie rockers EMPRA. Flipo would take the bulk of 2017 to regroup and experiment with ideas for her own material, teaching herself new production techniques and instruments. The initial result came this February with the release of her debut single “About You,” a beat-heavy, uplifting anthem that has minimalistic production and highlights Flipo’s radiant voice, which is layered in perfect harmony. The single was an instant hit, turning G Flip into a must-watch artist overnight.

Paul van Dyk

Trance

Paul van Dyk

10 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 1015 Folsom. $25; 1015.com

A longtime staple within electronic dance music, Paul van Dyk has made his mark on the international scene. From spearheading techno in Berlin’s early rave days to headlining the main stage at mega-festivals like EDC, the dance icon’s influence on the evolution of the art form is magnificent. Born in communist East Berlin, the future superstar first heard electronic sounds on radio signals picked up from the West, and his love for synthesized music would only grow more each day. In the early ’90s, Van Dyk helped shape Berlin’s burgeoning underground dance scene, starting his own club while expanding his production resume and remixing songs for New Order and Sven Vath. By the beginning of the new millennium, van Dyk established himself as a top global DJ and tastemaker, shaping the sound and possibilities of trance music with a string of early-2000s releases, notably his compilation The Politics of Dancing, which is considered to be a standard within the subgenre, and which serves as an example of van Dyk’s tireless political activism. Today, van Dyk is consistently touring around the world, and looks to release his uplifting new album Music Rescues Me early next month.

 

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