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Originating in New Hampshire, rock band The Diamond Light moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and released its eponymous debut album in 2012. The band will headline The Satellite in Silver Lake on Friday.
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Every year, new artists emerge, ready to be Los Angeles’ next great musical discovery, making their rounds through small club tours across the city. Inspired by the hippie enclaves of Topanga, the backyard punk scene of East Los Angeles or the coastal grunge of Venice Beach, each act has its own distinct sound. More »

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Belle and Sebastian is more often romanticized than listened to. The whimsical Scottish band is known for its airy melodies with heavy lyrics often quoted on personal blogs, such as the famous line “color my life with the chaos of trouble” from “The Boy with the Arab Strap.” But the group’s newest album, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance,” proves once again that they are a band worth paying attention to. More »

Fourth-year ethnomusicology student Elena Loper will perform her brand of Irish and American folk music backed by jazz instrumentals at the Fowler Museum on Thursday. (Heidy Cadena/Daily Bruin)

Elena Loper said her family first introduced her to Irish folk music when she was just a little girl, and she hasn’t stopped listening since. Irish music has played an integral role in the fourth-year ethnomusicology student’s time at UCLA: Loper studied abroad in Ireland, focused her ethnomusicology thesis on Irish-American music and emigration, and now, models her own songwriting on music of the Irish tradition. More »

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