With their aptly titled debut, bilingual L.A. foursome Los Abandoned turn the wildly varying musical references and self-awareness wrought from growing up in the big city into an energetic excuse to r

With their aptly titled debut, bilingual L.A. foursome Los Abandoned turn the wildly varying musical references and self-awareness wrought from growing up in the big city into an energetic excuse to rock. Singer Lady P switches midsentence from English to Spanish on pop-punk tracks like "Van Nuys," in which she laments her childhood move from Chile to L.A. ("you left the Andes for cement and swimming pools"). The use of both languages feels more natural than gimmicky here, even where English and Spanish vocals are layered over each other with words like "Jedi" and moto ("motorcycle") popping through. The tracks evoke everything from the Ramones and new wave to dub, Morrissey and '50s girl groups. Picture hip kids rocking out to this at some bilingual version of the Warped Tour. -- Ayala Ben-Yehuda

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