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'This Land' Chief Live at Rolling Stone
Four L.A. dudes who play harmony-laden indie rock. They grew up attending West L.A. private schools and separately wound up at New York University. Singer-guitarist Evan Koga and drummer Michael Fujikawa knew each other in high school, but rarely hung out until they bonded over booze and John Lennon covers on a college break. The band played NYC clubs, winning so much buzz they played Glastonbury a year before the release of their new debut album, Modern Rituals. "We're used to playing to friends," says Koga. "But now people we don't even know have started coming to our shows."