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Anya and the Get Down Release New EP, Headline at Pagoda

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Anya and the Get Down’s first EP got the local scene buzzing, its Amy Winehouse-type confessional rock blendly effortlessly with dubstep, reggae and hip-hop—not to mention the revelation that was Anya’s vocals. Their new, still nameless second EP, which will be released in conjunction with a headlining show at the Pagoda Saturday, should be no less impactful.

“I think there’s a little bit more soul on this one,” says Anya. “It’s coming from a deeper place.”

The new EP features three new songs—“Maybe,” “L.A. Woman” (not the Doors song), and “Gotta Be Got.” It also includes her first single, “Gone Baby Gone,” and a remix of “C’est La Vie” from the first EP, done by the Bangerz’s Cutso.

“He’s a good friend of mine, and I just told him, ‘I think this track could use your touch,’” she says. “He kind of electrified it up. It worked out—obviously, because it’s Cutso.”

The band’s been taking a break from playing live to work on the EP, and their first album, which is due sometime this summer. This will be Anya’s first show ever playing the piano with her band, even though she is classically trained and it is her primary instrument. There are plans to move the Fairmont’s grand piano in for the show.

It’ll also be Anya and the Get Down’s first time headlining the Pagoda, though Anya considers the spot a good luck charm after her first show there, opening for Talib Kweli’s Idle Warship.

“I actually had lost my voice that night,” she says, “but I magically got it back. It turned out to be one of the best shows we’ve ever done.”

Anya and the Get Down perform at Pagoda Lounge in San Jose on Saturday, June 30, at Pagoda Lounge in San Jose, 9pm; $10-$20.

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