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Time Machine: See What Ten LA Musicians (and Betty White!) Will Look Like 20 Years From Now

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Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 7:25 AM

LA is famous for a lot of things, but perhaps nothing says Hollywood magic quite like the ubiquitous, desperate quest to stay young forever and ever and ever. Think you're above it? Live east of Alameda for a 2 years and you'll be staring emptily into every mirror you see, desperately trying to perfect a smile that doesn't cause those unsightly crow's feet to pop into focus.

It's no shock then that an army of plastic surgeons, Botox technicians, rejuvenation spa owners and personal trainers make a tidy living helping famous people with a lot of money delay the inevitable. It might even be why LA's music scene is so replete with Peter Pan Hipsters, vintage subculture scenesters, and the cherubic, scarily youthful bands who sing for their entertainment 7 nights a week. Too bad though, 'cause Rich or Poor, Celebrity or civilian, obsessive fan or teenage pop star, everyone one of them are all creeping closer and closer to the Depends and Metamucil stage of life, and we've got the proof right here.

Here's what 10 iconic LA Musicians will look like 20 years from now (plus, just because, what Betty White will look like 20 years from now):

Track 10) Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.

click to enlarge This only makes her even more credible.
  • This only makes her even more credible.

Bethany Cosentino might be cuter than a puppy standing on top of a baby elephant, but that doesn't mean she's discovered the fountain of youth. Even so, this is proof that in 2031, while the rest of us are slipping into a diabetic coma, she's just going to look cooler. Jerk.

Track 9) Nathan Williams of Wavves.

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The weird thing about this is that after 20 more years baking in the San Diego sun, Nathan Williams is going to look like Anton Chigurh. Think about that the next time you're slapping on the SPF 400.

Track 8) MIA.

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MIA has an unfair advantage, being that she is supernaturally hot and also of Tamil descent, which means she is going to age about 1 year for every 50 the rest of us do. Whatever else she'll have been up to, if this is accurate we're guessing there's a portrait in her basement getting a little long in the tooth.

Track 7) Devendra Banhart.

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Sorry Devendra, but the evidence is clear: 2 decades hence, you're going to be Charlie Manson.

Track 6) Dean and Randy of No Age.

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Who knew that Randy would be able to Earn a living as Gabriel Byrne's stunt double? not us, anyway.

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Then again, Dean is going to look like the world's most sensitive dad. Seriously, look at that. Don't you instinctively feel like you could call him after a pot bust and he'd be totally cool about it?

Track 5) Flying Lotus.

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