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R3hab headlines concert

first_imgCarlton, a pop band from Washington D.C. founded in 2012, originally got together in the summer of 2009 under the name Mercury in Summer before relocating to the West Coast. The constantly improvising Carlton will return to USC on Aug. 30 for a show at Tommy’s Place.Mora Mora, who took the stage soon after Carlton, is a rock quintet from Los Angeles founded in October 2012. Mora Mora is a five-piece band who began jamming in their garage before they became successful.Both bands have played at USC before, garnering a local fan base.The headliner, R3hab, who won the 2012 IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award and plays a weekly show on SiriusXM, dropped the first beats just past 9 p.m., and played until he was pulled off the stage at 10:45 p.m.“It felt like everyone was really excited for R3hab. People were jumping up and down and going crazy,” said Will Lichtenger, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “People were packed into the quad and kept cheering for an encore, even after he already played one.”R3hab heard about the encore and responded to the enthusiastic crowd.“I really want to keep playing for you all, but they are telling me I have to stop!” R3hab told the crowd.R3hab, whose real name is Fadil El Ghoul, combined fog machines, confetti cannons and a giant inflatable whale to deliver a performance that might have even cleared Leavey Library and surely kept anyone still in Birnkrant Residence Hall wide awake.Those who helped to make the concert happen were proud of their efforts.“The opening bands were amazing. I was impressed with the crowd we had for them given that it was so early in the night,” said Anna Romanoff, Director of Public Relations for Program Board’s Concert Committee. “Everyone was a pleasure to work with and R3hab gave an amazing show … production was really impressive and all went smoothly.”This year’s concert was considered a success by many students.“I fondly remember my first Welcome Back concert, and this one seemed a lot more energetic,” said Ross Lindly, a junior majoring in music industry. “What I liked about the show this year was the diversity among the three acts; Carlton and Mora Mora’s distinctly unique styles played nicely with R3hab’s climactic hour-and-a-half electronic set. From start to finish, I really enjoyed myself, and it looked like everyone else did too.”The leading reaction to the concert came from the headliner himself.“USC USC USC!!!,” R3hab posted to his twitter page. “I been to a lot of parties but this was definitely one of the wildest crowds ever!!” The student body packed McCarthy Quad Saturday night for the annual Welcome Back Concert put on by the USC Concerts Committee and USC Program Board. This year, the bands Carlton and Mora Mora kicked off the night and set the stage for EDM DJ and headliner R3HAB.Rocking out · Students start off the school year with a bang at the Welcome Back Concert held at McCarthy Quad on Sunday night. – Matt Zheng | Daily Trojan Follow Nathaniel Haas on Twitter @Haas4Prez2036last_img read more

Kyle Kuzma, the only healthy member of Lakers’ young core, striving to grow up

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LOS ANGELES — He was dressed for a Southern California summer: plaid shirt, baseball cap, black shorts. Instead of his typical choice of expensive designer sneakers, he had settled for a pair of Converse All-Stars.As Kyle Kuzma exited the locker room Sunday night, assistant coach Brian Shaw ribbed Kuzma’s look by warning him not to fall off his skateboard on the way out of Staples Center.The 23-year-old forward looked the part of a carefree kid. But these days, neither of those terms – “carefree” or “kid” – much apply to the Laker who has played 350 more minutes than any of his teammates this season.The Lakers had a vision for the season: a star, LeBron James, surrounded by exciting young talent returning from the previous season. It included Brandon Ingram, the stretchy, do-it all forward; Lonzo Ball, a sharp-eyed passer with defensive intensity; Josh Hart, the gritty wing who had winning experience from college; and Kuzma, the 6-foot-9 fluid scorer who surprised almost everyone as a rookie. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOf the four, Ball and Ingram are done for the season, and Hart might be on the way there dealing with knee tendinitis that has refused to go away. All that’s left is Kuzma, soldiering on in what is already a lost campaign, trying to glean the fringe benefits in these final games.“Those are my guys,” Kuzma said. “We all have great chemistry with each other, we all play well together. It’s kind of just tough.”There should be more to celebrate for Kuzma, who moved into a full-time starting role at the beginning of the season and established that he belonged there. He’s averaged more points (18.7 ppg) and more assists (2.6 apg) this season than last. His 3-point shooting numbers are down (30.5 percent) – perhaps a reflection of how many times he’s adjusted his shooting form this season – but his finishing numbers around the rim are better (65 percent, according to Cleaning the Glass).Kuzma doesn’t see the last nine Lakers games as fruitless time, either. He’s sought to use those minutes as a workshop for his game. He’s noticed that defenders are treating him as a scorer and less as a passer – giving him a lane to become more of a distributor in the absence of Ball, Ingram and other important playmakers on the roster.“We have guys who need the ball, and I’m a guy who creates a lot of attention out on the court because of the way I score and shoot the ball,” he said. “I think it’s my job to just continue to develop and become a playmaker, and just grow an all-around game.” But the cast Kuzma is trying to replace is a haunting reminder of what the Lakers hoped the season would be. The franchise imagined some organic growth from their young players, all first-round draft picks from the previous two summers. Kuzma himself said none of the young quartet were certain of how they’d play along with James, but looked forward to big, high-stakes games in front of packed houses – the kind of environments James inspires everywhere he plays.What everyone took for granted was that they’d all get a chance to play together. James has only played 34 games with Ball and Ingram each, and Coach Luke Walton is quick to note that James and Ball haven’t played together since Christmas. The Lakers still have hope that James and Kuzma, who have a plus-2.5 net rating when sharing the floor, can still build a rapport that lasts beyond this season.“With some of the other guys, we haven’t been able to mix them,” Walton said. “So there’s growth that happens with time and experience, and Kuzma’s continuing to get better as a player and continue to work on that type of relationship (with James).”Injuries have been frustrating for the franchise, but also for Kuzma, who has seen his closest friends on the roster forced out of action. It’s worth remembering that when Ball sprained his ankle against the Rockets in January, he had helped ignite a 20-point first quarter from Kuzma to build a huge lead in Houston. Hart’s knee has been fickle for most of the calendar year, and there’s a chance he might not play again this season as he consults with doctors about his best course of action.The scariest moment came earlier this month, when the team learned Ingram had a blood clot in his shoulder – a condition that initially fueled uncertainty about the 21-year-old’s basketball future. Kuzma called it a “freak thing” that was “disheartening,” and even though he was relieved to learn that Ingram is likely headed for a full recovery, it struck him deeply to see Ingram sidelined so suddenly – particularly just as he was playing his best basketball.“You kinda feel for him because of all that he puts into the game,” he said. “I’ve seen how he worked the past two summers just being around the Lakers’ organization, just how bad he really wants to be good.”Kuzma is much the same way. Walton said he’s not worried about Kuzma’s motivation, even without many of the familiar faces in practice. With Ingram, Ball and Hart stuck in rehab or on treatment tables, Kuzma remains diligent about his workouts. Recently after practices and shootarounds, he’s taken up extra 3-point work alongside James.“He loves basketball,” Walton said. “When he’s in there, it doesn’t matter who’s in there: he’s having a good time.”But there have been moments when something is missing, when the sobering reality of the Lakers’ season seems to get in the way of the team’s joy. Kuzma has brought it up several times in the last two months: how he believes the Lakers are at their best when they’re having fun.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs It makes sense, given that last year’s Lakers were young, espoused an easy sort of chemistry and log-jammed their social media accounts with roasts of each other’s dress and tastes. There were lower stakes, and so there was lower pressure.“I mean, of course, it was a little bit more fun,” Kuzma said. “Last year everybody knew it was development: We were way out of the playoffs a long time ago, unlike this year, where (the playoff race) kind of dwelled and dwelled.”A year later, the Lakers are no longer so young or so carefree, and they still aren’t winning the way they want to. In the last nine games, the Lakers have to win four to surpass last year’s 35 wins.But Kuzma gets it: Winning is serious business. Pressure comes with the territory. And if there’s anything he’s learned during this season, it’s that he doesn’t want the pressure to conquer him.“It’s just all about learning from this year, and it’s all about always having fun,” he said. “You can’t worry about high-pressure situations or let the stakes of something take the joy and fun away from you, no matter what circumstance, no matter the situation just always having fun.”last_img read more