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Brokechella: The Poor Man's Silverlake Music Scene Coachella

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Last weekend, music lovers flooded the deserts of Indio, California for bands like The Black Keys, Radiohead, Florence + the Machine, Bon Iver, and Girl Talk at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Held in its current format since 2002, Coachella has become a mecca for rock, indie, hip hop and electronic music fans--with $285 for a festival pass + $41 for service/convenience fees + $82.50 for car/tent camping to spend--and that is the bare minimum to stay at the festival. For the first time in Coachella history, the festival will repeat itself this weekend.

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Even with our close proximity to the California desert and two possible weekends, not all Angeleno music buffs have that kind of dough to drop for good, or even great music.

But lucky for us, the aptly-named Brokechella is this Saturday, April 21 at Six01 Studio in downtown Los Angeles. This poor man's Silverlake music scene event featuring 18 local bands is produced by cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, a multi-faceted ensemble of artists that strives to create "art conversing with people conversing with people conversing with art." The band line up is so good, we can forgive them for the ugly poster.

Taking place on one indoor and outdoor stage, bands like Infantree, LA Font, The Dead Ships and Rumspringa will comfortably hold down the indie rock demographic, while Big Moves' upbeat pop rock will make you tap your toes. The Janks' folky riffs and yOya's electronic Simon and Garfunkel sound will get your moving, while Das Tapes' funky grooves will get all the hipsters doing the Velma from Scooby-Doo dance.

Tapioca and the Flea, Gypsy Death Star, The KiD, gLAdiator, GOJ!RA, Dannahan, T.B.E, Robin People, Cooper Saver and Smiles are also on the bill.

So how broke is Brokechella, the event "in spirit of the festival none of us could afford"? $5.60 for the entire day. That's $.56 per band on the main stage alone. And you won't have to sleep in a tent or endure 110 degree heat. Just $5 for good, or even great music.

cARTel's Brokechella is this Saturday, April 21 at Six01 Studio (601 S. Anderson St, 90023). $5 admission. Doors at 4pm. 21+. For tickets, go to http://brokechella.com/. Make a donation if you are able.

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