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Olin & The Moon, Sept. Residents at Tangier

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September is here, which means a slew of great residencies around town are launching their first week. That's right, people. Rock shows for free! What a magical concept. In a town where there are so many great acts to go and see the LAist will try and guide you through the best of the best.

This week we're featuring Olin and the Moon an amazing up and coming local alt-country act. Blending classic gritty country with intelligent, provoking lyrics, these guys are sure to go far. Olin and the Moon will be playing on Wednesdays at Tangier all September. We caught up with the guys this week and picked their brain. Gently of course.

The Quick and Dirty Ten:

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1. How did you guys get together?
We all grew up together and it was kind of inevitable

2. What alt/country act would you dread being compared to? Who would you love being compared to?
We would not like to be compared to Josh Encraft. We would like to be compared to Steve Earle and Neil Young.

3. What made you pick up instruments?
Peer Pressure and Beer Pressure

"Call Me Up"

4. What is the weirdest thing you ever saw at a show?
An EXTREMELY old couple in wheel chairs up front, eating tomato bisque, slowly but surely head banging.

5. If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
Change it back to the way it was when you had to buy your albums and trade em with friends... and when paying your dues really meant something.

6. What did it feel like the first time you went on stage?

"A Place to Hide"

7. Would you rather be burned alive or frozen to death?
Chryogeically frozen and then burned alive three thousand years into the future.

8. How did you get this residency?
The Fold asked us. We've done a residency with them before, and they have been really great about working with us. I think they really love the music, and we like them.

9. What is the best/ worst thing about being a band in Los Angeles?
The best thing is the networking. The worst thing is that everybody and their mom is in a band and they don't care about you. If you want to play in L.A. you gotta have a synthesizer in the band.

10. What album can you not live without?
5th Gear by Brad Paisley

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This post is by Molly Bergen