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RL Grime’s Nova Tour Hits Northern California

Last Friday, Los Angeles-based music producer and DJ, RL Grime, took over San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium and 1015 Folsom for night one of two back-to-back Nova Tour shows in SF.

The young producer, also known as Clockwork and Henry Steinway, has made a name for himself as one of the best DJs and trap music producers with recognition from some of the biggest names in hip-hop and pop (Rihanna used his song in her FentyBeauty commercial).

October is generally a big month for the producer. So far, the Nova Tour has taken on the West Coast hitting Vancouver (B.C.), Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and San Francisco. Grime will then stop in 22 cities before returning to California to finish up the tour in San Diego on Nov. 22 and another back-to-back show in Los Angeles on Nov. 24 and 25.

Grime’s new stage set-up features an LED box connected to an “arm” that lifts the producer off the stage into the air perfectly timed with his “Lion King / Core” mash-up. RL Grime shows have always been focused on the music, and his insane mixing skills with minimal lighting and visuals. The Nova Tour is definitely special something beyond a concert, but a full on experience.

For those who missed his San Francisco shows, he will be releasing a highly anticipated sixth Halloween mix at the end of the month, which in the past has featured voice overs by his hero, R.L. Stein (inspiration for his stage name), and Pharrell. In the meantime, you can listen to the Halloween V mix.

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Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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