Angeleno, December 2008

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A fresh crop of throwback doo-wop is harmonizing across the city. At hipster haven Mandrake in Culver City, boy-girl DJ duo D’andru is pulling in retro aficionados every other Friday night with songs by The Flamingos and Lloyd Price, while another pair of spin proctors, Zach Shields and Ryan Gosling (yes, that Ryan Gosling) have turned their Monday evening Hollywood sets at celeb-infested watering hole Bardot into a showcase for ditties by the likes of The Tammys. “Even if they’re not familiar with the name of the artists or the songs, people just know classic doo-wop,” says Andrew Kahn, who makes up one half of D’andru. “You don’t need to listen to K-Earth 101—the lyrics and the melodies are ingrained in you. Sing-alongs are inevitable.”

The retro bubblegum sound, a corollary of last year’s Amy Winehouse-led neo-soul revival, is all over the radio these days, too, from Solange Knowles’ chart-climbing “I Decided” to NoHo-based Raphael Saadiq’s hyped single, “Love That Girl.” Close to home, in fact, the Eastside band to watch is The Damselles, a she-bopping trio kitted out in matching vintage Jet Rag finds, whose upcoming stand at The Echo is drawing advanced buzz. “Our country is going through a very nostalgic period,” explains Damselle Maria DeLuca of the revival. “Then again, I don’t know if girls in matching outfits shakin’ their thang ever really went out of style.”

Three-Part Harmony: The Damselles in Silver Lake

Three-Part Harmony: The Damselles in Silver Lake

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