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The Peacoats’ Guide to local music

The Peacoats, who spent the summer rocking indie-infused Thursday- night sets at Village hotspot Hyde Lounge, are leading the charge in a vivid scene that’s young, energetic and poised to grow. So for a take on local music, it doesn’t get more insider than this: Spencer and Amanda Myers, the band’s 20-something brother-sister duo, are born-and-bred Mammoth folk. Look for an EP from them soon (

Where are the best spots in Mammoth to see and hear local music?

SPENCER: So far my favorite venue is Hyde. It’s open, there’s a lot of space, there are new and upcoming bands, and more of the snowboard scene. Their goal this winter is for even larger name bands to come play. AMANDA: I enjoy playing at Rafters. I like the more low-key vibe. It brings a younger audience into Rafters, and it’s fun to have the younger crowd in a more upscale setting. SPENCER: The Tap is like a party in the attic. It’s small and they’ve got a lot of beers there. Last time we played there it got kinda crazy. The audience wouldn’t let us stop

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playing. We played a four-hour set and they were screaming, ‘Play another song, Play another song.’ It’s kind of like the home- town bar. They enjoy music there, no matter what style it is.

What has the music scene been like as you’ve grown up in Mammoth?

SPENCER: What always has been here in Mammoth is classic rock cover bands and country music. AMANDA: I think now there’s a little more variety. A few other bands are pop- ping up around town. It’s nice to hear something new.

What’s the best way to find out what’s going on, like, tonight?

SPENCER: The website Eventsmammoth. com brings you to a Facebook page that is constantly updated. AMANDA: Or the newspaper or going into the Looney Bean.

Tell us more about your music.

SPENCER: Amanda and I have been play- ing together for the past few years. We wanted to play the kind of music that we lis- ten to, and we love finding ways to put our own twist on it.

Dana Nichols is a freelance writer who has lived in Mammoth for six years. With roots in Los Angeles, she knows the 395 drive like the back of her hand, and is happiest when she’s headed north, home to Mammoth. She has contributed to Mammoth Sierra Maga- zine since 2007 and frequently writes about adventure travel on

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