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'Save the Smell!': Best Coast and No Age try to keep the L.A. punk club alive

'Save the Smell!': Best Coast and No Age try to keep the L.A. punk club alive

Why make a big deal out of a 19th anniversary? Because the Smell might not be around for its 20th.

On Saturday night, some of the highest-profile acts to come out of this tiny downtown club, including Best Coast and No Age, gathered at the Belasco Theater to pay tribute to the place that’s been incubating bands for not quite two decades. The Smell opened in January 1998 as an all-ages home for punk and experimental music, and soon it became a beloved linchpin of the underground art scene in Los Angeles.

Yet Saturday’s show...

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