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Jonah Flicker

Xiu Xiu, Echo, 4/11

Xiu Xiu The Echo, April 11 It was good to see lots and lots of kids out at the Echo this past Friday night for Xiu Xiu’s LA appearance, the same kids that probably listen to way too much Indie 103 and have way too may band friends on MySpace......

Hex Induction Hour: Imaad Wasif

Imaad Wasif’s house is haunted. We’re sitting in his Echo Park writing studio, the midafternoon sunlight streaming over his rail-thin frame perched on the edge...
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Mixed Messages

Last December, DJ Drama was comfortably on the throne of the nation’s hip-hop mixtape kingdom. The Atlanta-based DJ/producer’s signature series, Gangsta Grillz,...
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No Age: Rather Ripped

Ooga Booga, an indie clothing-book-music store in Chinatown’s Central Plaza, is fairly quiet on a recent Thursday afternoon. The music of Japanese tribalists OO...
(Photo by Timothy Norris)

New Dork City

The Rapture, Foreign Born The Mayan, July 25 If you haven’t yet experienced the phenomenon known as walk-dancing, one of the best places to witness it is at a Rapture show. Here’s how it goes: guy in awfully tight pants and girl in an ’80s-era white one-piece enter a bar......
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Rather Ripping

Urban Outfitters in Santa Monica, July 21 Walking through Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, on my way to see Sonic Youth perform at Urban Outfitters, sponsored by Toyota’s Free Yr Radio campaign in support of KXLU . . . this shit’s enough to make your head spin. On this day, corporate American......
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Eat My Banana

LES SAVY FAV, THE HOLD STEADY, THUNDERBIRDS ARE NOW, SWEARING AT MOTORISTS at Avalon, February 21 Spectacle has never been a big factor in indie rock. But NYC’s Frenchkiss Records, run by Les Savy Fav’s Syd Butler, seems determined to inject some. On the kickoff night for a jaunt to......
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