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Lemon Sun, Mezzanine Owls, Robbers on High Street @ Echo 1/27

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Last night I found myself deep into the hipster scene at the Echo. The usual Silver Lake crowd was there, along with a smattering of underage Bel Air brace-faces. After braving the rain, I caught the last two songs of the Mezzanine Owls, an Angeleno band with a solid following. After performing a Husker Du cover, the Mezzanine Owls' last song sounded like Early Flaming Lips a la Clouds Taste Metallic with that velvety space rock vibe -- I was pissed I didn’t catch more of there set, but it was raining, and I had some outfit issues. Their lead singer was an Adam Brody clone, which never hurts.

Lemon Sun went on next but I’ll get to them in a minute….

Robbers on High Street, a shaggy-haired NY quartet, performed a tight, well-rehearsed, if not slightly predictable, set. Robbers on High Street sound and look the part of a new sophisticated '60s-era British rock invasion band with a little less attitude. Their second album, Tree City, is out on New Line records.

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OK, back to Lemon Sun... their set opener "Did You Say" stole the show. Lemon Sun has a hot female guitar player and a lead singer with X-factor for days. Lemon Sun’s brilliant vocal harmonies and intelligent hooks got the crowd moving -- especially the Bel Air kids, who were jumping around like they were at a Li'l Wayne concert.

All three were good, but Lemon Sun killed it.