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Tonight in Rock in LA - The Grates @ Spaceland
Unfortunately tonight we're extremely biased. We know there's a lot of shows happening around town, but for us there's really only one, the Australian trio The Grates.
Their debut album "Gravity Won't Get You High" will be in our Top 5 of Best CDs of 2006 list at the end of the year, we've raved over their shows, YouTubed a few songs from their last Spaceland show, and we've even interviewed them like fanboys.
Why haven't you heard of them? Because life isn't fair and Baal rules the Earth. And because major conglomerates run tv and radio and singer Patience Hodgson isn't Lohaning it up on Sunset Blvd. or ginding up against Timbaland so gets very little buzz on the blogs.
You also haven't heard them because their music is good. If you haven't noticed, radio and mtv despise good music. This year was one of the best years in a long time for new music and very little other than Wolfmother got any love from mainstream media.
The only upside is we get to see a sweet blend of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs meets Bjork from a unsuspecting rock group of happy kids.
photo by Sonny I. La Vista, LAist