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  1. Vampires Everywhere!

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    The Killing Lights, formerly Vampires Everywhere!, is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California best known for their 2010 EP Lost in the Shadows. They are currently signed to Century Media and Hollywood Waste Records.


  2. The Paladins

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    The Paladins are a roots rock/rockabilly band from San Diego, California. Founded in the early 1980s by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his high school friend and double bass player Thomas Yearsley, they have recorded nine studio albums and built a reputation as one of America's hardest-working live bands.


  3. The Paris Sisters

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    The Paris Sisters were a 1960s girl group from San Francisco, best known for their work with producer Phil Spector. The group consisted of lead singer Priscilla Paris; her older sister, Albeth Paris; and their middle sister Sherrell Paris. They reached the peak of their success in October 1961 with the hit single "I Love How You Love Me", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and sold over one million copies. Some of the group's other hit songs include the US Top 40 single - "He Knows I Love Him Too Much"(March, 1962, #34), "All Through The Night" (1961), "Be My Boy" (#56), "Let Me Be The One"(#87), and "Dream Lover" (#91).


  4. Fitz & the Tantrums

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    Fitz and The Tantrums are an American neo soul/indie pop band from Los Angeles, formed in 2008. Their debut studio album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, released in August 2010, has received critical acclaim and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. They were heralded as a "band to watch" in an April 2011 profile in Rolling Stone. They are currently signed to Elektra Records.


  5. Butt Trumpet

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    Butt Trumpet was a Los Angeles punk band that was known more for its crass lyrics and deliberately offensive style than its music. The group featured two bassists among its members. They became famous in 1994 when their Chrysalis Records debut Primitive Enema was nearly banned from sale in a Massachusetts town after one mother heard her 12-year-old daughter listening to Primitive Enema, which she called "audio porn." Dan Druff played in the group briefly in 1995. The group splintered soon after their major-label debut, Primitive Enema was released, but three of the members regrouped in 1998 as Betty Blowtorch.


  6. 45 Grave

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    45 Grave are an American gothic and punk rock band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1979. The original group broke up in 1985 but vocalist Dinah Cancer subsequently revived the band. 45 Grave are noted as one of the first bands to mix punk rock with horror-themed lyrics, thereby positioning them as progenitors of the horror punk subgenre. Their unique appearance and morbid theatricality also distinguished them as innovators of goth rock as well as "deathrock," a term used to identify a subgenre of punk rock incorporating horror elements and spooky atmospherics.


  7. The Bobs

    The Bobs

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    The Bobs are an a cappella vocal group founded in San Francisco, California in the early 1980s. Now based in Seattle, Washington, they have been recording, and touring throughout North America and Europe ever since.


  8. Left Alone

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    Left Alone is a punk rock band from Wilmington, California. They were formed in May 1996 by lead vocalist and guitarist Elvis Cortez. Cortez formed his own label, Smelvis Records, to release Left Alone's records, and has since expanded the label to include numerous other underground bands. Cortez was also the owner of the PCH Club in Wilmington, which is now defunct. Left Alone's music has ska influences, and the band is notable for adhering to a do it yourself ethic by avoiding major labels, booking their own tours, and making their own merchandise.


  9. Army of Anyone

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    Army of Anyone was a rock supergroup formed by Filter frontman Richard Patrick with two members of rock band Stone Temple Pilots. In addition to Patrick on vocals, the band featured brothers Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo on guitars and bass, respectively, and Ray Luzier, formerly of David Lee Roth's band, on drums. The band released one self-titled album in November 2006. The band went into hiatus in mid-2007, with members returning to their respective bands, except Luzier, who joined Korn. Despite this, members have stated that they are still in contact with one another, and have alluded to the possibility of a second album if everyone were able to work around their respective scheduling conflicts.


  10. Adler's Appetite

    Adler's Appetite

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    Adler's Appetite, previously Suki Jones, was an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2003. As of 2011, the lineup consists of Patrick Stone (lead vocals), Michael Thomas (guitar), Lonnie Paul (guitar), Chip Z'nuff (bass) and Steven Adler (drums, percussion). Along with original material, the band perform covers of Adler's former band Guns N' Roses, primarily songs from the album Appetite for Destruction.


  11. Negativland

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    Negativland is an experimental music band which originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s. They took their name from a Neu! song, while their record label (Seeland Records) is named after another Neu! song. The current core of the band consists of Mark Hosler, Richard Lyons, Don Joyce, David Wills, and Peter Conheim.


  12. Persephone's Bees

    Persephone's Bees

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    Persephone's Bees is an Oakland-based pop/rock/electropop music group.


  13. Letter Kills

    Letter Kills

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    Letter Kills was an alternative rock band from Southern California, formed in August 2002. They were signed to Island Records.


  14. Blue Sky Black Death

    Blue Sky Black Death

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    Blue Sky Black Death (abbreviated BSBD) is a production duo based in Seattle, Washington. It consists of Kingston Maguire, better known mononymously as Kingston, and Ian Taggart, better known by his stage name Young God. They are known principally for their hip hop and instrumental music, made with a mixture of live instrumentation and sampling. Their name is "a skydiving phrase alluding to beauty and death."


  15. Cold Blood

    Cold Blood

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    Cold Blood is a long-standing soul-rock-jazz band founded by Larry Field in 1968 and originally based in the San Francisco East Bay area. They have also performed and recorded under the name "Lydia Pense and Cold Blood", due to the popularity of their lead singer, Lydia Pense.


  16. Knapsack

    Knapsack

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    Knapsack was formed in 1993 by Blair Shehan (vocals/guitar) and Colby Mancasola (drums). Shehan and Mancasola were two high school friends studying at the University of California, Davis. Guitarist Jason Bokros and bassist Rod Meyer completed the lineup.


  17. Cagnet

    Cagnet

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    Cagnet is a "soulful pop and R&B" group that has become very successful in Japan due to their contributions to drama soundtracks like "Long Vacation" and "Love Generation". Although they were established in Santa Monica, California, their debut was in Japan.


  18. Beat Farmers

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    The Beat Farmers were a cowpunk band which formed in San Diego, California, in August 1983, and enjoyed a cult following throughout into the early 1990s before the premature death of drummer and sometime lead singer Country Dick Montana. Their music has been described as an amalgamation of cow punk, jangle pop, roots rock, hard-twang Americana, country-rock, rockabilly, and swamp rock.


  19. Federation

    Federation

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    The Federation is a hip-hop group from Fairfield, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The group consist of Doonie Baby (now Doon Koon), Stressmatic, and Goldie Gold, along with their producer Rick Rock. Rick Rock and Doonie Baby’s friendship and collaborative work dates back to the early ‘90s in Alabama, where they recorded as two-thirds of the group Cosmic Slop Shop along with Big Lurch. At age 16 and using a wheelchair after being shot, the Nevada-born, Fairfield/Vallejo-raised Federation member Goldie Gold met Rick Rock at a local mall, impressing Rock with his rapping skills. In 2002, Rick Rock recruited Doonie Baby, Goldie Gold, and Mr. Stress to form the group.


  20. Sense Field

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    Sense Field was an American indie rock band from California, formed in 1991 out of the ashes of hardcore punk band, Reason to Believe.


  21. Earlimart

    Earlimart

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    Earlimart is an Indie rock band formed in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, and named after the town of Earlimart, California. The main members are Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray. Their early sound has been described as "post-punk", and compared to that of Pixies, Sonic Youth and Sparklehorse; later music has been compared to that of Grandaddy and Elliott Smith. In 2009, Espinoza and Murray joined with Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch, formerly of Grandaddy, to record an album entitled I Heart California, which was released in 2010 under the name Admiral Radley.


  22. Claire Voyant

    Claire Voyant

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    Claire Voyant is a dream pop, darkwave, ethereal wave band from Sacramento, California. The trio were once part of a 5-piece band called Murmur, which split over creative differences. Their 1995 debut, Claire Voyant, has been followed by three more studio albums, Time and the Maiden in 1998, Love Is Blind in 2002 and Lustre in 2009, each introducing new elements making each a distinct work of its own. They are currently signed to Metropolis Records.


  23. The Weepies

    The Weepies

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    The Weepies are an indie pop-folk duo of married singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. Their music has been described as "subtly intoxicating folk-pop".


  24. Simon Says

    Simon Says

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    Simon Says was an Alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. In 2001, they changed their name to Key to Arson, and they broke up in 2004.


  25. Thriving Ivory

    Thriving Ivory

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    Thriving Ivory is an American rock band who originated in the San Francisco Bay area. They released their self-titled Wind-up Records debut album on June 24, 2008. The debut album reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart on the strength of the charting single "Angels on the Moon". After half a year, "Angels on the Moon" appeared on the US Pop 100 Chart, reaching number 28.


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