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On May 4, the Los Angeles Public Library kicked off its celebration of AAPI Heritage Month as well as its "TEENtastic Tuesdays" events with a performance from teen garage punk band The Linda Lindas.
Their May 4 set blew up overnight when the Los Angeles Public Library posted their performance of an original song titled "Racist Sexist Boy" to its social platforms. The song even caught the attention of some rock music legends, including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
"Song of the day!" he tweeted, along with a link to their performance.
Willow Smith, who recently revived rock in her own career with her Travis Barker collaboration, "t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l," also follows the band on Instagram.
According to their official website, The Linda Lindas is a half Asian and half Latinx band made up of two sisters, a cousin and their close friend. They've performed alongside musicians like Best Coast, Karen O and Bikini Kill, but the most impressive part is that they're all tweens and teens. The band consists of 10-year-old Mila, 13-year-old Eloise, 14-year-old Lucia and 16-year-old Bela.
Mila, the drummer of the band, donned a Bikini Kill T-shirt and prefaced their performance of "Racist, Sexist Boys" with a quick anecdote.
"A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy came up to me in my class and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people," Mila said. "After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience."
The band also made a cameo in the Netflix film "Moxie," where they performed a cover of Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl." Talk about a full-circle moment!
All I know is I'm totally adding The Linda Lindas to all my angsty playlists. Check out their full "TEENtastic Tuesdays" performance at the Los Angeles Public Library below.
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