The Linda Lindas

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In case you didn’t catch them in Amy Poehler’s Netflix film, MOXiE!, let us introduce you to the very real band, The Linda Lindas. Half Asian and half Latinx. Two sisters, a cousin, and their close friend. The Linda Lindas channel the spirit of original punk, power pop, and new wave through today’s ears, eyes, and minds. Mila (10), Eloise (13), Lucia (14), and Bela (16) first played together as part of Kristin Kontrol’s pickup band of inexperienced kids for Girlschool LA in January 2018, where they were joined by Bobb and Bethany from Best Coast and Karen O. That summer, Bela asked Lucia, Eloise, and Mila to back her up on a few songs at a Hi-Hat gig, and the garage punk band was born. They weren’t called The Linda Lindas until they started playing Save Music in Chinatown benefit matinees in the fall, where they’ve shared the stage with punk lifers and legends including The Dils, The Gears, Alley Cats, and Phranc. They’ve also played with Alice Bag, joined Best Coast and Money Mark at a DIY political fundraiser, opened a sold-out record release show for Bleached, and were hand-picked by Riot Grrrl legends Bikini Kill to open up for them at one of their reunion shows at the Hollywood Palladium. The band’s self-titled EP is now streaming with lots more in store. 

Watch: Performance video of the MOXIE premiere.

Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Muffs, The Donnas

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp

Follow: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

Gear: Paradigm Beefy Slinky electric guitar strings, Everlast Medium Light Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings, and Regular Slinky Coated bass strings. 

Omar Apollo

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From teenage guitar strummer to r&b rising star, Omar Apollo has taken his inspiration from the classic stylings of legendary artists such as Prince and Stevie Wonder while staying true to his roots and absorbing and blending it with contemporary influences to form a sound that is uniquely Omar. Creating music that is genre-fluid with various styles that can range from bilingual bedroom Soul, ’90s, and a subtle blues, there is an infectious personal feeling to Omar’s growing catalog. After a chance upload to a streaming service that got placed on a playlist, Omar has honed his craft and picked up high praises from Rolling Stone as Artist You Need To Know, and Pitchfork’s Rising series, after dropping a pair of EP’s Stereo (2018) and Friends (2019). With back-to-back sold-out headlining tours, and memorable festival appearances at Camp Flog Gnaw and Lollapalooza Omar has grown from DIY creative to a mature autobiographical gifted songwriter. His full-length record Apolonio dropped in 2020.

Watch: “Want U Around” official music video.

Sounds Like: Cautious Clay, Mac Ayres, Bruno Major

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

Follow: Instagram, YouTube

Gear: Ernie Ball Super Slinky electric guitar strings, Earthwood Extra Light Phosphor Bronze and Earthwood Light 80/20 acoustic guitar strings, and Regular Slinky bass strings.

Image c/o: Nate Guenther


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U.K. goth darlings Creeper elevate themselves with their most ambitious efforts of catchy pop-punk under a highly anticipated eclectic dramatic conceptual album titled Sex, Death, & the Infinite Void. The narrative follows a story that is loosely based on the charismatic vocalist Will Gould’s life about a boy who moves to a new city, goes off the rails, falls in love, and the world as they know it ends. Drawing inspiration from the sentimental Americana of Bruce Springsteen and Roy Orbison, with the glam of Marc Bolan and T-Rex, Creeper continues to play by their own rules and with a developed die-hard following called the Creeper Cult. The band’s magnetism and visionary are grandiose and effective in hooking in the listener as there appears to be no sign of slowing down.

Watch: Official music video for “Poisoned Heart

Sounds Like: Boston Manor, Spanish Love Songs, Milk Teeth

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

Follow: Instagram, YouTube

Gear: Ernie Ball Power Slinky and Super Slinky electric guitar strings, and Regular Slinky bass strings.

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