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Tonight: Go Dwntwn


Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda are the principal musicians and songwriters for the Los Angeles indie-pop group Dwntwn (pronounced Downtown), but over the past four years they’ve worked to keep from being the typical boy-girl duo. Which probably wasn’t difficult considering Leffler had just broken up with Cepeda’s brother when the two started playing music together.

Oddly, they say, was’t as awkward as you’d think.

I had some email correspondence with the band in advance of tonight’s show at Peeve’s Public House.

I always like to start with the “newsy” stuff. So, what is happening with the band right now?

We are in the middle of a west coast run that ends on Saturday in Fresno! We’ve been rehearsing a lot getting ready for the shows and we are excited to be playing all of the new songs off of our EP that came out a couple of months ago.

You just released a video for “Heroine.” Tell us some about the song and the process of making the video?

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

3-28-14-3Between figuring out your taxes and health insurance

1. Antiques and Collectibles Fair
Because you’ve seen every episode of “Antiques Roadshow.” Or, more likely “American Pickers,” I guess.

2. Patrick Contreras w/Merlinda Espinosa
Patrick’s catch phrase is “violin on fire.” Here, he will literally set his violin on fire while playing. Wait. I made that up. I’m pretty sure he’s being figurative.

3. Tulare Sci-Fi Con.
A local science fiction fan festival? Yes, please. This is the event’s inaugural year.
4. Dirty Limbs demo release
Lo-fi garage rock with hints of proto- punk. Dirty in all the best ways.

5. “Cesar Chavez
It’s like, our history.

To do: Lovebirds@Tokyo Garden, tomorrow

shapeimage_3Lindsay White and Veronica May are lovebirds, or at very least, The Lovebirds (capitalized with a definite article). In Youtube videos, the San Diego folk duo come across as a well-matched set, quirky and charming and belting out songs with unabashed joy. The pair is on tour in support of its latest album “and a one, and a two,” and play tomorrow night at Tokyo Garden. In advance of the show, we caught up with White via email.

From the youtube videos I’ve watched, it seems like The Lovebirds is a fitting name? Am I off base? Give me some history on how The Lovebirds came together. Musically or otherwise.

Veronica and I both had established solo and band projects in San Diego before we met and started writing together about three years ago. We found a great connection through music and eventually started dating. I think Veronica eventually came up with the name The Lovebirds, and it stuck. We recently (about a month ago) decided to take a break from our romantic partnership in order to preserve our musical partnership. We both feel that our connection is stronger and more meaningful in the musical realm, which can be hard for people to understand. It requires a great deal of strength and maturity to break up AND stay together, but we are trying to put our music first and let that also be the thing that heals us. It always has in the past, and we trust it will now.

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Fres-Know: Fun, dirty and pissed off

LEADING OFF: Fun (the band) made up a song about Fresno recently. [YouTube]

GOOD READ: You following The Bee’s immigration series? You should be. [In Denial]

PISSED: In response, some are calling for a Boycott of The Bee. [Facebook]

SEMI-RELATED: Fresno State’s ASI prez admits he’s undocumented [The Collegian]

DID THEY JUST SAY FRESNO? That story is quickly going national. [Huffington Post]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is one of “dirtiest cities.” Duh. Poor air quality. [Yahoo!]

VOTE: Fresno Bully Rescue needs some love in this Pepsi contest. [Refresh Project]

NOMNOM: Cotton Candy-tinis? We’ll take four. [Fashionably Bombed]

WATCH THIS: Picture Fresno goes “behind the lens.” [Picture Fresno]

GO TO THIS: California Cougar Convention in Fresno this weekend. [Fresno Famous]