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Nico Vega

An edgy but commercial indie rock outfit with pop instincts and a theatrical streak, Nico Vega were formed in 2005 by Aja Volkman, a singer and songwriter from Eugene, Oregon who had come to Valencia, California to study acting at the California Institute of the Arts. After a few months, Volkman decided she was more interested in music than acting (she'd been writing songs since she was in high school), so she dropped out of CalArts to focus on her career as a vocalist. After playing a solo gig in Los Angeles, Volkman was approached by Michael Pena, a drummer who dabbled in acting. Pena was impressed with Volkman's style and talent, and teaming with guitarist Rich Koehler, they formed the first edition of Nico Vega. In 2006, the trio released their first EP, Chooseyourwordspoorly, but within a year, Pena left the group as his acting career began to take flight (his subsequent screen credits included The Lincoln Lawyer, End of Watch, American Hustle, and Cesar Chavez). In 2007, Dan Epand became the new drummer for Nico Vega, and the group released two more EPs that year, Cocaine Cooked the Brain and No Child Left Behind. The latter EP became Nico Vega's first release on MySpace Records, a fledgling label started by the people behind the (then) popular social networking site. In 2009, MySpace released the trio's self-titled debut album, which was primarily produced by Tim Edgar, with noted songwriter Linda Perry taking over the controls for three songs. While Nico Vega toured extensively in support, sharing stages with the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Metric, and Neon Trees, the album's sales were modest, and the group stayed out of the studio until 2011, when they self-released the EP Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart. However, in time other media came to the rescue: when Nico Vega's song "Beast" was used in the publicity campaign for the video game Bioshock Infinite in 2013, the track racked up five million plays online, while their cover of Sonny Bono's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" was used in the 2013 television mini-series Bonnie & Clyde. In 2010, Volkman met Dan Reynolds, who was the leader of a struggling band from Las Vegas called Imagine Dragons; before long, the two would marry, and Imagine Dragons opened a number of shows for Nico Vega. Once Imagine Dragons' debut album Night Visions began climbing the charts, their places on the bill were reversed, but Reynolds would step forward to co-write and produce a catchy tune for Nico Vega, "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)," which would appear on the band's long-awaited second album, 2014's Lead to Light, released by Five Seven Music. ~ Mark Deming
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I love Aja and Dan
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We are the ART
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They were great in concert
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Love this band Aja is a beautiful Singer this song is very interesting. . .
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1545897438
Aja is just so fearless so what is to dislike about her? So she says bad words but she is still something very special and also she is married to me absolute hero Dan Reynolds
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There is not one song I dislike from this band. Aja's voice is so powerful and beautiful. The band is just wonderful all together.
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Why won't iTunes let me find "this too shall pass" on the no child left behind album? It is one of the best songs by nico vega. Aja's voice is perfect in it, Rich's riffs are amazing, and Dan is great with precusion in it.
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This bothers me so much. No Home is virtually invisible from the world. Its not on ITunes and only youtube. anyone know where I can find it?
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austin.jense n 6
I agree
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Anything is good with Aja's voice
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I don't like this song
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Awesome band
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bioshock infinite
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no child left behind is a great album and i love to hear cuz its all her original music its beautiful and agressive at the same time
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samthrush
Yes I agree voice is swag.
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pdizzlescute
I LOVE HER SWAGGER!! Lol Her voice is unique and beautiful!!
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155860671
She said: Don't prostitute yourself ah-ah-ah-ah ah.
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saw them in Dallas...the y freakin rocked it and I am now crazy crushing on Aja
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Saw them open for Imagine Dragons last night in Vegas. Really great performance.
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Saw them open for No Doubt, was blown away. Love her voice.
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@jayrayray92
They really should, that song and the bio shock infinite trailer introduced me to this great band.
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really need to add beast of America to that song is so sick
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clouds_2004
Amazing live!
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Love them..HA thanks myspace :P
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misslaray
This description of Nico Vega is awful! It doesn't say anything about Dan Epand who has been their drummer since 2006 or their bass player Jamila Weaver. Dan replaced Micheal Pena who went on to become a famous actor.
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Coming to Albuquerque Thursday. Way beyond stoked.
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Aja's voice is so unique and flawless. Even her solo songs are amazing.
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robinkarlste d t
if you ever get a chance to see them live GO they are incredible and Aja is beautiful completely possesed and passionate on stage . my favorite show this year !!!
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I love her and the band, and yes you cant compare her t Karen O. They are two different women with different styles. Granted they both have Great stage presence.
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She is one of the greatest performers/a r t i s t s I've ever seen. This band is beautiful inside and out.
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rabidelephan t s
she sounds nothing like karen o- , stylisticall y or otherwise, are you kidding me- this write up sucks!! does not do the band justice- -
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million years is awesome song
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Million Years sounds like nu metal to me. People were supposed to move from rap metal to Prince worship. someone send them a memo. they need more songs like burn burn. i saw them a while ago in my podunk town and the girl apparently didnt know that i dont dance in public. I think she was angry. Thats none of my business. I shouldnt be expected to dance to nu metal. Send another memo
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so amazing. I can't get enough of Aja. great music!
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"Gravitiy" rips paint off of ceilings.
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Aja is so connected with her audience.. the band just adds onto the experience that literally leaves you in awe.
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jessheth
love it!
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kohanski22
i love her
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any acoustic stuff is amazing with her voice.

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