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Interview: Marina and the Diamonds to Make LA Debut at the Troubadour Tonight

Marina Diamandis is Marina and the Diamonds' sole permanent band member / Photo by Maria Sari
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London-based Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds is a pop artist with presence. The songs on her just-released album, The Family Jewels, are both sonically and lyrically intriguing. From her deft combination of Kipling and cutlery on "Mowgli's Road" to the fun-yet-vulnerable "I Am Not a Robot," 24-year-old Marina has proven she's in it for the long run.

Although she didn't grow up in a musical family, the Welsh/Greek songstress felt she was destined to make music. She once even tried out for a boy band in an effort to get her foot in the door. But it was when she started writing her own music that her career and her agile voice really blossomed. Over the last couple years, she's taken the UK by storm and earned the praise of critics and music fans alike.

Marina and the Diamonds' sold out gig at the Troubadour tonight will mark her first Los Angeles performance. If you weren't able to get tickets for this event, she will also be playing the Lilith Fair LA date this Saturday. LAist caught up with Marina last week to chat about the new album, her devoted fans and Greek mythology.

LAist: Your video for "Oh No!" just made its debut. What was the concept behind it?

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Marina: It's very poptastic and 90s. We worked with some amazing designers and I was obsessed with that style and the bright clothes as we were making the video. But you know how when you really love a piece of clothing, you wear it to death for a while? Now that the video's done, I just want to wear black! (laughs)