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You don’t realize how rare it is to see an all-female rock band until you’re watching one. Sure, rock history isn’t short on iconic female artists, but it’s unfortunately uncommon to see a band comprised entirely of women. The talented Seattle foursome La Luz are exceptional in this respect, and many others.

Alternating between twangy, danceable surf rock and dusty southwestern ballads that catch you like a knife in the gut, La Luz put a fresh spin on a classic sound during their recent show at the El Rey in Los Angeles. The band's harmonies are gorgeous and their music has a spectral quality, due in large part to Alice Sandahl’s organ, which drifts through their songs like a ghost. La Luz premiered new several songs at the show and the material seemed to blend their established musical components in interesting ways, providing a promising preview of their third album.

Feels opened and they too defy rock gender norms with a mostly female lineup (their drummer is the only male member). They have a more aggressive rock sound -- Ty Segall produced their debut -- but they also showcased a style that takes existing forms (psych, garage and punk) and finds novel ways to explore them.

More than just a showcase for women in rock, it was an excellent evening of music. Check out photos of the concert by William Pankey in the slideshow above.