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Killola

9 p.m. Friday, April 9. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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Taking a look at Killola frontwoman Lisa Rieffel, it would be easy to confuse her style with that of In This Moment chanteuse Maria Brink. Both are buxom blondes with occasionally elaborate dye jobs and a penchant for costume fashion; both have no problem playing up the "sex" part of sex, drugs and rock & roll. (Killola's MySpace page even has a photo gallery loaded with pics of the band performing onstage at a strip club.) However, that's where the similarities end: Whereas In This Moment panders to the metal dullards, Killola's sound is fresher and rooted in '70s and '80s guitar rock and new wave. Think Blondie updated for the 21st century, with a dash of Veruca Salt and Hole. The Los Angeles quartet isn't riding a trend, though; instead, it's winning over crowds one fan at a time. By the look of their photo gallery of Killola tattoos (39 pics and counting), it's working.

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