At SXSW, Mondo Cozmo Proves They Are Ready For The Big Time [PHOTOS+REVIEW] REVIEW+PHOTOS: MONDO COZMO @ SXSW 3/16/17
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For every artist we decided to catch at SXSW, we decided to review each performance with our own version of “Five Ws and One H” answering the questions: 1) Who are they, 2) What kind of music do they play, 3) When did they play, 4) Where are they from, 5) Why did we decide to catch them play and 6), How was their performance.
WHO: Mondo Cozmo (aka Joshua Ostrander) is a Philadelphia native singer songwriter formerly of Eastern Conference Champions.
WHAT: A little bit of rock’n’roll, a little bit of folk mixed with alternative acoustic indie.
WHEN: 3/15/2017 at StubHub Live: The Sound Stage for Culture Collide at Banger’s.
WHERE: Los Angeles, California.
WHY: Mondo Cozmo has been able to create quite a buzz around his mysterious persona and music, selling out iconic L.A. venues like the Hotel Café and Troubadour and also getting heaps of praise and play from stations like KCRW and KROQ. And he’s doesn’t it all without having released a full length album. That’s pretty damn impressive.
HOW: Mondo Cozmo was one of the first artists I made sure I had on my schedule prior to coming to SXSW. Considering all the hype about how amazing Mondo Cozmo was live, I had high expectations when entering the venue. Mondo Cozmo had an early set time playing StubHub’s evening showcase whose headliner was Sleigh Bells. My ear buds weren’t disappointed.
Wearing a “Whiskey Blooded” tee, this east LA artist proved to me that he was truly worthy of all the attention. Mondo Cozmo mixes and matches different styles from pop to folk into a big sound fit for an arena. Personally, I can envision this band headlining large L.A. venues like The Wiltern or The Fonda before the year. Mondo Cozmo seems to be on a fast track to the top, and I’m willing to place some bets. Any takers?
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