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Like, Totally

Another California girl band gets, like, rockin’.

The Like played to their first audience about a year ago when they hopped on stage at a Phantom Planet show, and their Blondie/The Strokes sound has charmed young — and not so young — fans ever since. This summer promises a gig at the Troubadour June 22 opening for She Said Yeah and a show with Phantom Planet on June 30, though the group hopes to travel to New York, Boston and Philadelphia, too.

At a recent benefit for the Huckleberry Fund, fans like Ben Stiller, Anne Heche and Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs rock out front and center. “Really, these girls are great,” Hoffs says, laughing. “I’d love to work with them.”

The music they’ve grown up with — the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Velvet Underground — informs their music as much as that of newer bands like Rilo Kiley and ARE Weapons.

But the Like also really, really likes fashion. For the benefit gig, Berg channels Debbie Harry in her mom’s vintage high-waisted shorts and a vintage Gucci blazer, then styles Froom as Edie Sedgwick and Thomas as a “fab Sixties girl.”

“Getting dressed for our shows is my favorite activity,” Berg says. “I spend hours trying to give each show a theme.”

“I’m usually the Marianne Faithfull type,” says Thomas, who spent her birthday money on a Marc Jacobs coat. Froom is partial to Salvation Army finds and, as a former dancer, ballerina chic.

Of course, they’ve already got their first music video all planned out. “We’ll wear schoolgirl skirts and get hosed down and then all make out!” Berg jokes.

But joking aside, the girls say Peter Getty has been working on getting them a record deal, though they’d like to wait until September to sign. Their single, “(So I’ll Sit Here) Waiting” comes out on the soundtrack of “Thirteen” this fall. Once they’ve all graduated, however, they’ll aim high. “Everyone will take a year off between high school and college, so we’ll see where we go,” says Froom.
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