ALESSIA CARA MAKES HER LOS ANGELES DEBUT @ THE TROUBADOUR

Canadian Alessia Cara made her highly anticipated Los Angeles debut at The Troubadour. Signed to Def Jam records based on her Soundcloud page that included covers of Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Sam Smith and Justin Bieber, this show marked Alessia's first headlining gig.

PINS ANNOUNCE U.S. SUMMER TOUR

Ahead of their June 9th release of their upcoming album Wild Nights, UK's PINS have released their new single "Young Girls." Also, they just announced their U.S. summer toiur which kicks off June 13rh in New York.

ZELLA DAY @ THE TROUBADOUR

Zella Day has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA SHINES IN ITS 8TH YEAR

Last Saturday, over 150 bands made their journey to downtown Pasadena to take part in Make Music Pasadena (MMP), billed as the largest free, all-day music festival on the West Coast.

WINTER @ THE ECHO

Winter's new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer..

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CHRIS BLACK LEAVES THE DOLLYROTS


The Dollyrots perform at Knitting Factory Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks

News from The Dollyrots world. Today, it was announced that drummer Chris Black has decided to leave the band and move on to his next adventure. Here's his statement:

“My time with The Dollyrots has been the most amazing opportunity to follow my passion for music, but I have decided to move on to the next great adventure that life has in store for me. I am going to miss this band and its fans greatly and want to thank everyone for the support over these past five years.”

You can read the entire statement from Kelly, Luis and Chris on their website right HERE.

Of course, The Dollyrots are currenlty in the studio recording their new album. Stay tuned for more details.


Here's the video for "Rollercoaster" by the Dollyrots.
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KIMBRA "SETTLES DOWN" TO iTUNES' VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Kimbra
Kimbra's hit single "Settle Down" is iTunes' video of the week.

New international newcomer Kimbra’s new hit video for the single “Settle Down” has been selected as iTunes’ video of the week. The 21-year-old from New Zealand just released her debut album Vows in September and quickly became certified gold. “Settle Down” was released as the title track of her US EP which was released digitally last month. And she recently took home five ARIA Awards (the Australian version of the Grammys) last weekend including "Best Female," "Song of the Year" and "Best Video." Currently Kimbra is recording songs for her Warner Bros. Records debut album scheduled to drop in the Spring/Summer of 2012.


"Settle Down" by Kimbra
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HOLIDAY SONG OF THE DAY: VERSAEMERGE COVERS "SANTA BABY"

VersaEmerge
VersaEmerge's Sierra Kusterbeck performs during Vans Warped Tour
photo by picksysticks


Release the Kraken! As Christmas fast approaches, get ready for the wave holiday tunes to fill your Facebook wall and twitter feeds. Today's tune comes from VersaEmerge as they put their awesome spin on "Santa Baby" which becomes available on iTunes December 20th.


VersaEmerge sings "Santa Baby."
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Monday, November 28, 2011

HEY MONDAY STREAMING NEW HOLIDAY EP

Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday
Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday.
photo by picksysicks


Check out the Cassadee Pope AND Hey Monday Band Page! This past week, they've been posting snippets of new songs off their new holiday EP which drops December 6th. Click HERE to listen to clips of "Holy Night" and "Without You."

And just because, here's their video for "How You Love Me Now."


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NEW ALBUM from SLOW CLUB is "PARADISE"

Slow Club
Slow Club are Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson.

Slow Club, hailing from Sheffield, England, has just released their new official video for "If We're Still Alive," which is off their new album, Paradise, which is out now. For you "Chuck" fans out there, you might have recognized their song, "Christmas TV" which was used on the season 2 finale in 2009.


Slow Club - If We're Still Alive on MUZU.
"If We're Still Alive" by Slow Club
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My Morning Coffee Break song: bÉLA

Bela
Bela
photo by Mark Maryanovich

Here's a new artist I've been listening to this morning. Her name is bÉLA, currently residing in Los Angeles. Classically trained on the piano, Bela began singing as a way to boost her confidence. She recorded her first album in 2007 and began touring all over the world, reaching the top of the charts and receiving accolades throughout Portugal and Spain - even getting invited to represent Portugal at last year's MTV Europe Awards in Madrid, Spain. While winning the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Bela was getting airplay on Los Angeles' World Famous KROQ by non other that the Mayor of Sunset Strip himself - Rodney Bingenheimer. Currently, she's working on her sophomore album set to be released soon.

Below is the video for "Do You Care" off her debut album ...The Death of GypsyX.


"Do You Care" by Bela
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NEW EP: GOLD PARTS by CRISTINA BAUTISTA

Cristina Bautista
Cristina Bautista

Cristina Bautista is 24. She's from Seattle. She writes her own songs and recently released an EP. Unlike other singers of her age singing lush pop songs, Bautista's songs evoke world-weary emotions delivered with confident, mature vocals. Listen to "Utopia," "Heartless" and "The Cyrkle (Champion.)" Soul-finding and overcoming hardships are central themes to Gold Parts, a six-track EP released last September from Local 638 Records. The EP gives us deceptively addictive songs that's more rock than pop and features Bautista going from suffering to power-rock vocals in a single breath. Gold Parts has been described as "...proudly confessional, Cristina's voice is sweet and openly hopeful before a backdrop of driving beats, gritty guitars and the occasional flood of ornate strings. At once familiar and refreshing, the songs are an invitation to find the glowing voltage beneath your own feet and grow old enough to be young."

You can purchase her EP Gold Parts right HERE!


The Cyrcle (Champion) by Cristina Bautista

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KERMIT AND DEBBIE HARRY'S "RAINBOW CONNECTION"



I just had to post this. With The Muppets movie hitting theaters tomorrow (November 23rd), just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, a lot of sites are posting their top musical moments from the show. Here's one of my favorites - a duet with Kermit and Debbie Harry singing the Oscar-nominated song "Rainbow Connection."

If you remember, earlier this year, a compilation album, Muppets: The Green Album, was released which included new versions of Muppet classics performed by contemporary rock and alternative artists which included a new rendition of the tune sung by Weezer and Paramore's Hayley Williams.


"Rainbow Connection"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

WILD FLAG on "Sound Opinions" @ WBEZ.ORG



Here's a very cool show. Dubbed the only rock and roll talk show, "Sound Opinions," based in Chicago is hosted by rock critics and features exclusive interviews and live performances. Wild Flag was recently a guest and this is what they had to say about the Pacific Northwest group:

Excerpt rom "Sound Opinions" -
"...Wild Flag break through this malaise with an infectious style and swagger that's hard to deny. Our resident music critic Jim DeRogatis gave their debut album four out of four stars calling it "not only one of the year’s strongest albums, but one of the strongest and most promising debuts in recent memory." The band builds up from '70s guitar rock like Television and adds elements of Motown girl groups, math rock and garage punk to build memorable pop songs..."


Click HERE or go to WBEZ.org to read the rest of the article and watch more of their live set including "Romance,"Black Tiles" and the unreleased song "Nothing."
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AMY MAY'S NEW TREEHOUSE SERIES

Amy May
Amy May

Today, Amy May, who regularly performs on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade began a YouTube video series called "Songs From The Treehouse." In the series, Amy will be singing original songs as well as covers. Check out her first offering - "Open," an original song.


Amy May performs "Open."
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Monday, November 14, 2011

NOTHING TO DO TONIGHT? Watch So & So @ The Viper Room

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Amie Miriello of So & So plays The Viper Room tonight.
photos by picksysticks


From The Viper Room:
SO & SO can do just about anything. Whether they’re conjuring dreamy pop harmonies or sliding through soulful beats, the Los Angeles sextet stirs up a sound that’s both heartfelt and hypnotic. On their forthcoming debut album ASAP, SO & SO don’t worry about the status quo. They don’t pander to prototypical pop conventions. They don’t write with the radio in mind, but they do create songs that might just make you listen a little closer.

Also playing tonight at The Viper Room? Harsh White Light, Hell City Rockers and The Vintage Tuesday. Doors open at 7:30 and So & So hits the stage at 8:00.


"Broke" by So & So.
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THE SHAKERS' CD RELEASE PARTY @ The Viper Room

Jodie Schell of The Shakers
Jodie Schell of The Shakers
photo by picksysticks


I LOVE THE SHAKERS! So goes the catch phrase from devoted fans of The Shakers. So when the four-piece band with roots in Los Angeles and Philadelphia released their highly anticipated full-length debut album, Oh So Loud!, devoted fans showed up in full force at sold-out Viper Room.

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The Shakers (Jodie Schell & Chris Lee).
photo by picksysticks


The Shakers, consisting of lead-singer Jodie Schell, Chris Lee (guitar), Nick Woods (drums), and newly acquired Blane Barker (bass) are quickly building a reputation for their high energy shows, proving they can go from face-pounding, in-your-face rock to a slow-burning, jazzy flavor and back again, holding your attention while unleashing their volcanic rock.

Oh So Loud, their follow up to their 2010 EP, nods to the soulful sounds of Motown, evoking sultry coos from Schell on "Right Now" and "Real Fast Plane," to the booming, high-octane rawness of pure rock'n'roll in "It's Me" and "Gimme Honey." Oh So Loud is a rousing debut that flourishes with each track. There's no mistaking the talent in the group's rich performance.

The Shakers just wrapped up their East Coast tour and return to play back in Los Angeles on December 9th when they play the Irish Times Pub in Culver City. You can purchase Oh So Loud! on iTunes right HERE.

Below is an awesome video taken earlier this year of The Shakers performing "It's Me" and "Right Now."

Sunday, November 13, 2011

ELIZA DOOLITTLE'S SONG "ROLLERBLADES" IN NEW PRIUS V COMMERCIAL

Eliza Doolittle
Eliza Doolittle


From BBC Music:
Eliza Sophie Caird (born 15 April 1988), better known by her stage name Eliza Doolittle, is an English singer–songwriter from London, who signed to the Parlophone record label in October 2008. Her debut self-titled album, Eliza Doolittle was released on 12 July 2010, where it debuted at number 3 in the UK. Since the album's release, Doolittle has spawned two top 25 hits, including "Skinny Genes" and "Pack Up", which debuted within the top 5 on the UK Singles Chart.

Recently, her song "Rollerblades" off her self-titled album, Eliza Doolittle, released last April in the States has been featured in the new Toyotal Prius V commercial. Check it out below!


Introducing a Prius with more cargo space. And more ways to connect to your world. Meet the all-new Toyota Prius v at http://www.toyota.com/priusv


"Rollerblades" by Eliza Doolittle.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Pop Tarts Commercial feat. "Different" from Ximena Sariñana

Ximena Sariñana
Ximena Sariñana performs during Culture Collide last month.
photo by picksysticks


Wow. Watching TV, I just saw another commercial with a familiar song. It's the new Pop Up Pop Tarts Joylicious commercial with that catchy tune and the cute pink critters. Although the sample was pretty short, I recognized the song as the intro to "Different" by Ximena Sariñana off her new second album - her first with English lyrics.

She just announced her first headlining US tour which began this month. A recent full page feature in The New York Times praised her new album. A Grammy nominee, Ximena is well known in Mexico as an actress. Musically, her playful synths and catchy tunes inject flavors of her homeland like in her first single "Different" which she co-wrote with Rancid's Tim Armstrong.


Pop Tarts Joylicious Commercial featuring "Different" by Ximena Sarinana.


Ximena Sarinana performs "Different."

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NEW VIDEO: "LEGENDARY" BY MR. DOWNSTAIRS

Mr. Downstairs
Mr. Downstairs during a recent performance at Club Moscow at Boardner's.
photo by picksysicks


Today, Mr. Downstairs released their first official music video for "Legendary." So far, the Los Angeles indie-pop band has released two singles - "Stranger, Danger" and "Legendary," but it's the latter that gets the first video treatment. Currently working on the first EP, Mr. Downstairs, consisting of Asia Whiteacre, Dani Artaud, Jake Johnson, Dre Smith and Chase Meyer premiered the video on Buzznet and to celebrate the premiere, Buzznet teamed up with Vans Girls to give away a signed Mr. Downstairs poster, Vans Sunglasses, Vans Endeavor Booties and a Buzznet t-shirt. Head over to Buzznet right HERE for details and to check out the behind-the-scenes making of "Legendary."

"Legendary" by Mr. Downstairs.
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Also check out:
Mr. Downstairs @ Vans Warped Tour (San Diego)
Mr. Downstairs @ Club Moscow at Boardner's
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NEW CHEVY COMMERCIAL FEATURES CHELSEA WILLIAMS SINGING "Billionaire"

Chelsea Williams
Chelsea Williams performs on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade
photo by picksysticks


How cool is this? LA local Chelsea Williams is featured in the new Shine 2012 Chevrolet Cruze commercial singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars hit song "Billionaire." Most likely, you've already heard of Chelsea or even seen her perform on the streets of Los Angeles. Chelsea makes her living busking or performing in such places as Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and Universal's City Walk.

Chelsea's voice is hypnotic and her rock lullaby songs? Infectious. Try walking a mile in her shoes and it's hard to imagine that she performs on the street for a living. For over three years, four days a week, Chelsea has been carrying her own P.A. system, pushing it through parking garages, setting up and dismantling her gear, three or four times a day. Selling over 50,000 CDs on her own, she's made fans literally one step at a time. Just head over to 3rd Street one weekend and if you happen to catch her playing, then notice the amount of times people basically stop shopping and listen. Performing a blend of covers and original songs, Chelsea's simple and catchy melodies highlights her silky, weathered voice.

This new commercial, which began airing earlier this month, shows Chelsea performing in different cities and locations such as a coffee shop, down in the subway and in a laundromat. Check out the new commercial below.


From reaching from the stars to becoming one, Chevy runs deep and will be with you throughout your journey

Chelsea Williams singing "Huckleberry Sky" on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

And here's a behind the scenes interview with Ms. Chelsea Williams herself.

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LISTEN: JOY FORMIDABLE'S "ENDTAPES" FROM BREAKING DAWN SOUNDTRACK

Joy Formidable
Joy Formidable performs at The El Rey last September.
photo by picksysticks


Today, the soundtrack for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" drops and we finally got to hear Joy Formidable's new track "Endtapes" and it pretty much rocks. You can purchase the cd on iTunes HERE or on Amazon right HERE! The movie hits theaters on November 18th.

"Endtapes" by Joy Formidable
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NEW 'SMART' VIDEO FROM GIRL IN A COMA

Girl in a Coma
Phanie Diaz (drums), Nina Diaz (vocals/guitar), Jenn Alva (bass)
Photo by Josh Huskin


Currently on a 33-city tour, Girl in a Coma just released their fourth studio album, Exits and All the Rest on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records and is already getting rave reviews. NPR says the album sounded like "Desert landscapes, punk rock and a little bit of desperation," while Spinner cites their first single, "Smart" as "taking Morrissey-like inflections and inserting them into a girl-group setting. The result is a fantastic pop performance with a super-catchy hook, new-wave change-ups and chillingly calculated vocals..."

Check out the new video for the single "Smart" off their new album Exits and All the Rest below. And you can catch the Austin, Texas natives when they stop by the Echoplex on December 2nd.


"Smart" by Girl in a Coma
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

THE MULHOLLANDS @ Betsey Johnson Boutique (Santa Monica)

The Mulhollands and Betsey Johnson
The Mulhollands and Betsey Johnson
photo by picksysticks


With the American Film Market (AFM) in town, the 3rd Street Promenade was full of people shopping, eating and enjoying the Southern California weather. It was also a beautful day to enjoy some great music especially at The Betsey Johnson boutique store in Santa Monica Place where the designer herself made a special appearace - her first visit to Los Angeles in five years. And to kick it all off, local favorites The Mulhollands performed outside for the day's events that included treats from Lil Rae Cakes, a DJ set by DJ Sis and gift bags to the first 150 fans.

The Mulhollands


The Mulhollands, who released their debut album OH MY! earlier this year are one of the hardest working bands in Los Angeles, playing gigs nightly all over town and even getting the stamp of approval from The Mayor of Sunset Strip himelf, Rodney Bingenheimer. Influenced by the pop/punk sounds of Bondie and the attitude of Joan Jett, The Mulhollands debut album conjures up a dreamy, romanticized Los Angeles that gives you that soaring feeling as if you're high above the hills of Mulholland Drive. If you're not familiar with the group, check out the making of Oh My! below from bass player Jeff Mizushima.


The Making of Oh My! from The Mulhollands


"We Are Children" by The Mulhollands

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

UH HUH HER @ House of Blues

Uh Huh Her
Uh Huh Her
Uh Huh Her perform during the Keep-A-Breast Tour at The House of Blues (Hollywood).
photos by picksysticks


It all started in 2000 by Shaney jo Darden and Mona Mukherjea-Gehrig with the simple idea to raise awareness to young people about breast cancer and the importance of early detection and prevention education. They called it The Keep-A-Breast Foundation and launched education and awareness programs across the nation using art and artistic expression to inform our youth.

Uh Huh Her
Leisha Haileyof Uh Huh Her performs during the Keep-A-Breast Tour at The House of Blues (Hollywood).
photos by picksysticks

In what has been a busy year so far for Uh Huh Her, touring most of the spring and summer to sold-out shows across the country, Uh Huh Her didn't think twice when they were asked to take part in the first ever Keep-A-Breast Music Tour. The tour, which began last month -- the official National Breast Cancer Prevention Month -- stopped by the House of Blues Tuesday night to a sold-out venue.

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Uh Huh Her perform during the Keep-A-Breast Tour at The House of Blues (Hollywood).
photos by picksysticks


The packed crowd, there to see electro-pop duo Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey, were treated to over an hour and a half set, mostly performing songs from their newest album, Nocturnes. Uh Huh Her, injects their second full-length album, released last month, with cascading synths, manicured guitars and throbbing beats. It's 11 tracks of pure sonic candy. "Another Case" and "Marstorm" are electro-rock standouts while songs like "Debris" slows it down to a tranquil, hypnotic ballad. Since it's release, Nocturnes has already been receiving rave reviews. The LA Weekly describes the album as "...a combination of against-the-grain grit and pop ambition that live, delivers a little snarl and a lot of swoon."

You can download their new album on iTunes right HERE and check out their new video for "Another Case" off their new album Nocturnes below.


Jarrod Gorbel
Jarrod Gorbel and Dre Babinksi perform during the Keep-A-Breast Tour at The House of Blues (Hollywood).
photos by picksysticks

Earlier in the night, Brooklyn-ite swooner Jarrod Gorbel opened the show with a melodic set of warm harmonies with gleaming string arrangements from Dre Babinski. I'm his newest fan. From his vulnerable vocals to his simple yet suffering melodies, his songs are like a breath of fresh air. Listen to "Ten Years Older" or "I'll Do Better" and you'll be hooked too. "Optimism" from his 2009 EP Ten Years Older is also a classic. Gorbel who recently announced he was going on tour supporting Dashboard Confessional beginning November 17th in Chicago just released his newest album Devil's Made a New Friend. And he also announced he'll soon be a Angelino, moving from his hometown of Brooklyn to the city of angels. Their loss is our gain. We'll welcome him with open arms.

The Keep-A-Breast Tour ends this weekend with stops at Vancouver's Venue and on Sunday in Portland's the Wonder Ballroom.



"Miserable Without You" with Jarrod Gorbel and Dre Babinski at House of Blues (Sunset Blvd.).
vid by THT8
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THIS SATURDAY - THE MULHOLLANDS @ SANTA MONICA PLACE

The Mulhollands

This Saturday (Nov. 5th), The Mulhollands will perform for Betsey Johnson at the Santa Monica Place open-air mall. After five years, Johnson will be returning to Los Angeles, visiting her Santa Monica store from 1pm to 2pm. Besides meeting Bestsey herself, local favs, the Mulhollands will be taking part in the festivities which include treats and beverages, gift bags to the first 150 fans and a DJ set by DJ SIS.

UPDATE: CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF THE EVENT HERE!

Check out their live video from Club Moscow performing "Fascination."

"Fascination" by The Mulhollands.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

TONIGHT @ HOUSE OF BLUES - UH HUH HER


Uh Huh Her

Tonight at the House of Blues, the first-ever Keep-A-Breast Tour hits Los Angeles which is headlined by L.A. locals Uh Huh Her. Their mission? To help eradicate breast cancer by educating young people to methods of early detection and prevention. The tour, which started in October (National Breast Cancer Prevention Month), wraps up this weekend with stops in San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland.

“I became a part of Keep-A-Breast since like so many others I’ve been directly affected by breast cancer in my family,” explains guitarist Camila Grey. “Luckily, both my grandmothers are breast cancer survivors. Awareness and education are so important in treating this disease since if it’s detected early enough, chances of survival are greatly increased. I’m happy to be a part of something that will reach young and old alike, and what better way than through music.”

Uh Huh Her has been busy, performing sold-out shows across the U.S. this spring and summer and just last month, the electro-pop consisting of Camila and Leisha Hailey, released Nocturnes, their second full-length album which is already getting rave reviews from the likes of LA Weekly who describes the 11-track album as "...a combination of against-the-grain grit and pop ambition that live, delivers a little snarl and a lot of swoon."

Check out their official trailer for their new album Nocturnes below. And you can download the album on iTunes HERE or on Amazon right HERE!


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ROXY TONIGHT: SKYLAR GREY

Skylar Grey

Fresh off her sold-out European tour with Bruno Mars, Skylar Grey hits The Roxy tonight which, not surprisingly, is also sold out. Her debut album Invisible will drop in January and she just released the video for "Invisible," the title track last month. Check it out below.

"Invisible" by Skylar Grey
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