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For the 5th year in a row, KCRW partners with the Natural History Museum for First Fridays, LA's most unique, all ages, monthly music series.

Running once a month, January through June, the museum doors stay open from 5pm-10pm and the space is filled with music lovers eager to see some of today's best up and coming buzz bands. There are also discussions from scientists on the cutting edge of their fields. Festivities begin at 5pm, with curatorial tours and a discussion.

The theme will be LA Stories ... Walk on the Wild Side, in celebration of NHM's new permanent exhibit "Becoming Los Angeles".

Get Tickets and More Info at the Natural History Museum site.

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June 6, 2014 - 5:00 - 10pm
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux, Painted Palms

Emerging from rampant hedonism and desperate isolation is ‘II’, the new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Behind the cartoonish color of this collection of soulful, mind-addled psychedelia, lurks its author, Ruban Nielson. Building on the break-beat, junk-shop charm Nielson came to be renowned for, ‘II’ signals...

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Past Events

May 2, 2014 - 5:00 - 10pm
HOLYCHILD

If music were a cocktail party filled with sweets, thought-provoking conversations and energy, then holychild would be those hosts. With the sound of heads thrown back in laughter and smiles from guests that ricochet off chandeliers, holychild is hell-bent on having piercingly honest conversations through their music.

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Apr 4, 2014 - 5:00 - 10pm
Mikal Cronin, Tijuana Panthers

Mikal Cronin’s self-titled debut from 2011 was all about endings: the end of college, the end of a serious relationship, and the end of his time in Los Angeles, where he grew up.

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Mar 7, 2014 - 5:00 - 10pm
San Fermin, Son Lux, wild Up

A pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly.

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Feb 7, 2014 - 5:00 - 10pm
Baths and Peaking Lights

For mercurial L.A. music-maker Will Wiesenfeld, Baths has been a long time coming. The 21 year old has spent the better part of his days living amidst "pleasant" and "unremarkable" in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, so perhaps it's due to a general lack of local inspiration that Wiesenfeld's own work has never fit into a prefab box of its own.

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Jan 10, 2014 - 5:00 - 10pm
Youngblood Hawke and Conway

Sometimes, you'll shine the brightest during your darkest hour. That's exactly what longtime friends multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz and singer Sam Martin came to realize when they commenced writing songs for what would become Youngblood Hawke's self-titled debut EP.

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May 3, 2013 - 5:00 - 10pm
Helado Negro and Javelin

Formed in 2005 by cousins Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, Brooklyn, New York-based indie electronic duo Javelin crafts funky, abstract, R&B-flavored pop with an emphasis on painstakingly re-created samples and loops.

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Apr 5, 2013 - 5:00 - 10pm
Japanther and Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon is an outstanding composer. He is also a goddamned instigator. So while he made his Carnegie Hall debut this year, a few weeks later he was getting 10,000 people to do crazy dances at a massive Occupy Wall Street rally in Union Square.

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Mar 1, 2013 - 5:00 - 10pm
The Babies and Allah-Las

Allah-Las met while working at the biggest of all the L.A. Record stores, but they became a band in an even more rare and special space–a California basement, dug out somewhere between the mountains and the beach.

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Feb 1, 2013 - 5:30 - 10pm
Gaslamp Killer and Adventuretime

Performances (8:00pm-10:00pm): Adventuretime featuring Daedelus and Mark Frosty McNeil from dublab and The Gaslamp Killer

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Jan 4, 2013 - 5:30 - 10pm
Lord Huron and Wildcat! Wildcat!

Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider. Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals).

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Get Tickets and More Info at the Natural History Museum site.

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