Aside from an encore or two, Blood Orange’s sold-out El Rey show supporting his latest album, Cupid Deluxe, left nothing more to be desired.
A DJ set from Kindness opened with a mellow prelude to a much-anticipated performance by the NYC-based artist. By the time the curtains lifted to reveal Dev Hynes and his band onstage, the theater was packed with a diverse crowd donning outfits befitting French New Wave stars or In Living Color’s Fly Girls. Indeed, the show was not only well-attended, but the crowd was also notably well-dressed. Hynes’s band was a bevy of beautiful people with exceptionally good hair. Donning a leather cap, red button-down shirt, and a pair of well-worn jeans, Hynes worked the crowd with an easy charisma, his energy and force palpable despite his quiet humility. Crooning behind backup singer or sitting beside his drummer, he seemed equally awed by fellow band mates as we were of him. Hynes delivered the requisite jaw-dropping guitar solos and fluid Michael Jackson-meets-Pina-Bausch dance moves, drawing screaming applause.