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  • 6 years ago

    Upon her 2005 death from lung cancer, Esther Wong's place in the city's rock lore was solidified by a Los Angeles Times obituary that called the 88-year-old mastermind behind Madame Wong's in Chinatown the "Godmother of punk." The phrase quickly s...

  • 6 years ago

    See also: *Las Cafeteras Defy Tradition Sitting in a Highland Park restaurant behind a plate of french fries and a mint tea, Quetzal Flores talks about gentrification. The subject plays into his new album with his Mexican-Afro-Cuban rock band Quet...

  • 7 years ago | Locals Only

    La Sera is Kickball Katy, the ginger-haired Vivian Girls bass player who sings the high parts and who now lives in L.A. With her released-yesterday single "Never Come Around" (on Hardly Art) and its subsequent video, Katy displays her eviscerating...

  • 8 years ago

    Sultry English crooner Gemma Ray has slowly been casting a strange spell on the indie powers-that-be since the release of her 2008 album The Leader. Her second album, Lights Out Zoltar! (2009) was named for the fortune-telling dummy inside electro...

  • 8 years ago

    "I mean, we aren't sexless blobs," says Amanda Brown, one of the two lead singers of local psychedelic band Pocahaunted. She plops down at an outside table at Eagle Rock coffee shop Swork and immediately launches into a tirade about media sexism a...

  • 8 years ago | Last Night

    View more photos in Timothy Norris' "Black Lips, Nobunny @ El Rey" slideshow. Saturday night at the El Rey Black Lips and Nobunny turned the art deco venue into a punk rock doo-wop dance party, complete with creaky blues-ghost howling. The two act...


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