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21 Best Moments From 30 Days in LA 2015

From Nicki Minaj to Big Sean to legendary venues and special guests, 30 Days in LA was spectacular.
By Richard S. Chang
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Joey Bada$$ performing at the Belasco in LA

Joey Bada$$ performing at the Belasco in LA

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A lot can happen in 30 days. A lot of concerts can happen. A lot of new artists can be discovered. A lot of special guests can appear. A lot of pizza and other free food can be eaten. A lot of free gifts can be handed out. A lot of hands can be put in the air. Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA — the monthlong festival celebrating music discovery in November — proved all that. It also proved one more very important thing: A lot of sweat can be expended distilling those moments to the 21 you see below.
1. When TV on the Radio brought out Miguel for THREE songs at the spectacular Theatre at the Ace Hotel. And one of them was "Adorn" and another was a Can cover

2. When Kiesza and her backup dancers ruled Exchange LA for more than an hour without a break

Kiesza closes "Hideaway" with a handstand

Kiesza closes "Hideaway" with a handstand

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3. And then she signed a record cover for a fan who had been holding it up all concert

Kiesza making dreams come true

Kiesza making dreams come true

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4. When this fan owned Instagram with this shot of Foals' Yannis Philippakis

Foals' Yannis Philippakis in the crowd

Foals' Yannis Philippakis in the crowd

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5. When Tinashe performed her hit "Player" live for the first time — and she did it unplugged

6. She also had confetti cannons, which makes everything awesome

Tinashe at 30 Days in LA

Tinashe

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7. When Gallant celebrated his birthday by spreading his insanely smooth falsetto throughout the Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Gallant performs at 30 Days in LA

Gallant performs at 30 Days in LA

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8. When GoldLink brought out fellow DMV artist Wale during Soulection's The Sound of Tomorrow party, which got the whole place jumping
9. When Flume said he was going to play some new songs and then he played some new songs and those new songs were, to quote an old song, "insane"

10. His light show was pretty good, also

Flume at 30 Days in LA

Flume

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11. When BadBadNotGood jammed some new songs with Future Islands' Sam Herring, and Herring danced (and if you're keeping track at home, that's a lot of new songs introduced at 30 Days in LA... so far)

12. This T-shirt

Eye-catching T-shirt at Big Sean concert

Eye-catching T-shirt at Big Sean concert

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13. When New York City rapper Joey Bada$$ rocked the West Coast crowd. And then he ended up in the crowd
Joey Bada$$ at 30 Days in LA

Joey Bada$$ at 30 Days in LA

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14. Did we mention there was free food? Like lots and lots of free food

15. Two words: Lion Babe

Lion Babe at 30 Days in LA

Lion Babe at 30 Days in LA

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16. When "Art Angel" Grimes spread her magic throughout the Mayan Theatre to kick off the month's performances
17. Foals pennants, iLoveMakonnen masks, BadBadNotGood sheet music, Big Sean Paradise hats and more free stuff

18. When this fan crushed a hand heart

Heart for Kiesza

Heart for Kiesza

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19. When Big Sean previewed two (yes) new songs — with beats by Mike WiLL Made-It and Metro Boomin! — at the Hollywood Palladium
20. The exact moment that a line of neon pink fingerprints appeared on the screens on stage at the Teragram Ballroom, revealing the mystery headliner for the Secret Show: Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj at 30 Days in LA

Nicki Minaj at 30 Days in LA

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21. #Blessed

Big Sean is #Blessed at 30 Days in LA

Big Sean is #Blessed at 30 Days in LA

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days In LA 2015

Big Sean, Grimes, Flume top Red Bull Sound Select: 30 Days In LA from Nov. 1-30. Get ticket info.

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