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LA's Lavender Diamond has headlined shows in London and supported the Decemberists on their U.S. tour last fall. But tonight is their first-ever headlining gig in Los Angeles, with The Finches and Winter Flowers at Safari Sam's.

We last caught up with Becky Stark, Lavender Diamond's 25-year-old frontwoman with the delicate voice in June 2005. Last weekend, we were lucky to chase her down near chicken corner for an update.

So, what's up with you guys?
Well, we just signed with Matador Records -- Rough Trade in Europe -- and they're re-releasing our EP called the Cavalry of Light on the 30th. And we have a full length album coming out on the first week of May.

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You're heading to Europe next month?
We're going on tour with the Decemberists for a month in February and we're really excited about that. Berlin on Valentine's Day...

We're just excited about peace coming to planet Earth, ASAP. The end of war and everything is definitely coming soon, so we just want to say that everyone should come to our show for a celebration.

Do you think you'll collaborate with Colin Melloy and the Decemberists?
Yeah, I'm really looking forward to that -- we talked about it. On the last tour we sang one song with them and at the last show in Philadelphia Colin and I sang The Eagles "Take it to the Limit" -- it was really amazing... the crowd was singing along.

We'll see what happens. There are some harmonies that I sing along to on the Decemberists record -- I actually saw their live show before I ever heard the record... It's an amazing testament to the power of the computer -- MySpace. We actually ended up going on tour with them last fall because they found our MySpace page.

photo by Alyssa Andersen