Although Rebecca Coleman might only have recently inched past the traditional ‘coming of age’ milestone and turned twenty-one, she is far from a newcomer when it comes to the LA-area music scene.  While still a teenager in high school she co-founded the much acclaimed and Pitchfork-endorsed Avi Buffalo in Long Beach, California.  As a primary member of the indie rock four-piece, she played keyboards and sang back up on their self-titled debut on Sub Pop Records, touring the globe prior to leaving the band in the summer of 2010.

But rather than the end of an era, it was a new beginning for Coleman. Pairing up with guitarist Devin O’Brien – himself a sometime member of Avi Buffalo – the duo formed Pageants. They continued to explore the pop sensibilities of their former band while managing to awaken a style of their own. Coleman’s guitar driven rhythm is cradled by waves of her celestial vocal melodies. Filled with warmth and vibe, their music evokes raw emotion without ever losing its cool. This unique yet familiar style has drawn comparisons to the melancholic buzz of Mazzy Star, “the lonely guitar jangle of early Liz Phair” (BrandX), and the glistening melodies of classic-era 4AD Records.

After recording an initial series of demos with Bob Bruno from Best Coast, Pageants later swelled into a three piece with the addition of Dylan Wood (60 Watt Kid) on drums. In no time, the band developed quite the live resume – from supporting former-Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier, to sharing the stage with blog-faves Wild Belle, opening for Mates of State, Hospitality, Milo Greene and TEEN, and appearing at a series of LA area festivals including Make Music Pasadena, and Filter ‘Culture Collide’.

Here is a recent video piece from FILTER Magazine that will help you “…peer into the life of emerging musicians and take a second to Rethink Music.”

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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