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Chelsea Peretti; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Chelsea Peretti: The Comedy of Awkwardness

href="https://www.laweekly.com/microsites/people-2013/" target="_blank">One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. Comedian Chelsea Peretti thrives on awkwardness, making her audience feel uncomfortable by obsessing on her shortcomings. Though her good looks are enough to inspire Internet stalkers (including, she's noted,......
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Ariel Rechtshaid Is the Indie Super-Producer

Ariel Rechtshaid is tall and gaunt. His stubble is overgrown, and he is slightly pale. One wonders if the 32-year-old producer gets enough Vitamin D. Although over coffee in Echo Park he insists he goes on vacation from time to time, he seems anxious and out of place everywhere except......
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Mark Kozelek – First Unitarian Church – 2/23/13

Mark Kozelek First Unitarian Church 2/23/13 There are few unforgettable shows I can recall that don't also take in to account more insubstantial factors like lighting, stage presence and the people you happened to see them with. Performers like Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters manage......
Local Natives; Credit: Aaron Frank

Local Natives on Their Dark New Sounds

For our music feature this week, we spoke with acclaimed L.A. indie rockers Local Natives about their much-anticipated new album Hummingbird, out next week. Ascending from relative obscurity in Orange County to opening for Arcade Fire on tour in 2011, Local Natives helped breathe new life into the Silver Lake......
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Local Natives' Big Vaulted Ceilings

Orange County–bred indie-folk band Local Natives took Southern California by storm in 2010 with their debut album, Gorilla Manor. On the buzz of the album's first single, "Sun Hands," the L.A. transplants initially found fans around small bars and clubs in Silver Lake. But their lush vocal harmonies and catchy......
Parquet Courts; Credit: Aaron Frank

Parquet Courts – The Echo – 1/15/13

Parquet Courts, Wet Illustrated The Echo 1/15/13 Among the most notable music trends in 2012 was the arrival of a handful of punk revival bands, who drew from indie rock and old school punk influences like Minor Threat and Black Flag to give the genre an updated sound. With bands......
Vampire Weekend; Credit: Tim Soter

Our Ten Most Anticipated Indie Albums For 2013

With the anticipated return of big-name indie bands like Phoenix, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend this year, 2013 is shaping up to be big. But aside from the usual suspects, there are also some newcomers and reunited acts expected to make noise this year. Here are some albums we speculate......
Angel Olsen; Credit: Aaron Frank

Angel Olsen – Bootleg Theater – 1/4/13

Angel Olsen Bootleg Theater 1/4/13 On Friday night, Angel Olsen blew my expectations for her show to pieces with a shotgun. Making her L.A. debut at the Bootleg Theater, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter -- who could easily be called the anti-Taylor Swift -- swam effortlessly through an hour-long set of gloomy......