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Why the bilingual Marías are 'the perfect indie band for L.A. kids'

LOS ANGELES - Maria Zardoya makes a strong first impression.

This breathy-voiced singer, who was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Atlanta before moving to Los Angeles in 2016, was performing at the Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli one night not long after she'd arrived in town. She was sixth or seventh on the bill - long enough into the show that the guy running sound, Josh Conway, was already thinking about wrapping up.

"And then her first note, I was just like, 'Whoa,'" Conway recalled recently. Afterward, he approached her with a proposal: "Do you want to write and record and

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