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Taste Test: Kera Armendariz of Kera & the Lesbians

by on Feb 26, 2016
Taste Test: Kera Armendariz of Kera & the Lesbians

Photos By: Angela Ratzlaff Wild at heart but with a compassionate personality, it’s no surprise that Kera Armendariz of Kera and the Lesbians creates frantic yet heart-warming music, something she likes to call “bipolar folk.” Her performance has elements of gypsy jazz, Greenwich Village ’60s folk and an Elvis-like stage presence. Kera and the Lesbians ...

Weekend Mix: Brendan Eder Ensemble

by on Feb 25, 2016
Weekend Mix: Brendan Eder Ensemble

We are very excited to present to you self-described chamber groove group Brendan Eder Ensemble! The Ensemble, along with Colleen Green and Cat 500, will be playing a Lo-Pie Presents show at Non Plus Ultra Saturday March 5th. We wanted to get to know Brendan a bit more so we asked him to make a ...

Feature: See My Friends Records

by on Feb 19, 2016
Feature: See My Friends Records

The mixture of DIY ethics in the capitalist landscape has spurned many independent labels, some of which have passed on, and some of which have thrived (for better or worse). To combat the growing success and widening reach of the West Coast psych zeitgeist, Mope Grooves guitarist and singer Stevie Pohlman sought to create a ...

Thee Oh Sees at Non Plus Ultra

by on Feb 18, 2016
Thee Oh Sees at Non Plus Ultra

Photos By: Angela Ratzlaff In the midst of fashion shows, private parties and the Hollywood sign’s attractive yet blinding light, leave it to John Dwyer to keep things grounded in the Los Angeles DIY scene. Thee Oh Sees performed at Non Plus Ultra, an East Hollywood warehouse that has been throwing eclectic events for local ...

Sick Sad Scene: YSL x Burger

by on Feb 17, 2016
Sick Sad Scene: YSL x Burger

There are very few music events I’ve attended in my nearly five years of covering Southern California’s underground scene that have made me both physically and mentally sick, but the Saint Laurent after party at the Palladium last Wednesday night managed to do both with an extra descriptor added for bad measure: heartsickness. For a ...

Premiere: Babewatch – Brian

by on Feb 16, 2016
Premiere: Babewatch – Brian

Today we’re stoked to premiere a new tune from Oakland-based band Babewatch, taken off their upcoming self-titled LP. Along with the tune, the band were kind enough to answer a few questions about their history, the inspiration behind the song and what we can expect the upcoming record. They’ve also provided probably the greatest definition ...

Top Acid’s 1 Year Anniversary

by on Feb 11, 2016
Top Acid’s 1 Year Anniversary

Photos By: Michelle McCausland I’ve heard a lot about Chris Gonzalez, the made man of Orange County’s DIY music scene. About how much he’s helped aspiring creatives. About how his venue/collective Top Acid is only a one-man operation. About how his shows never get shut down by the police. It sounded like a DIY urban ...

Interview: Period Bomb

by on Feb 2, 2016
Interview: Period Bomb

Cami Alvarez is in constant motion — from one city to the next, one home to another, one experimental project to a completely new concept. Her current focus, Period Bomb, was developed during this same state of transience in 2014. “I just kept floating around different community houses and having lots of gnarly camping and ...

Interview: Adult Books

by on Feb 1, 2016
Interview: Adult Books

Photos by Angela Ratzlaff Five small white dots beamed focused spotlights on each face in Adult Books’ practice space. The room had gone pitch black after wind knocked power out of the Arts District-located building. Guitarist/vocalist Nick Winfrey; bassist Daniel Quintanilla; drummer M.M. Sina; and the newest live addition Cameron Allen, who will play synth ...

Premiere: Nice Guys – WSM

by on Jan 25, 2016
Premiere: Nice Guys – WSM

Photo by Molly Adams Without basements, Allston punk group Nice Guys would probably not exist. It’s where they practice and play live. They even recorded their new EP WSM, released today on Gnar Tapes and premiering here on Lo-Pie, in a basement. Nice Guys consists of guitarists Matt Garlick and Alex Aronson; bassist Jake Gilbertson; ...