Self-Storage Band Story: True Tale or April Fool’s Shenanigans?

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Self-storage units regularly serve as rehearsal space for bands, but could a tiny, 8- by 10-foot unit become one of the hottest music venues in Los Angeles? According to a story published online on April 1 by arts and entertainment journal “LA Weekly,” musician and storage tenant Tyler Stevens-Tyler has transformed a unit at Hinckley’s Self-Storage into “Propinquity Space,” a burgeoning spot in L.A.’s music scene.

Although it has only three seats among other personal items belonging to Stevens-Tyler, the storage-unit-turned-music-venue has caused a stir among teenagers, with many lining up for two hours before shows are scheduled to begin, according to the article written by Paul T. Bradley. The writer also said Stevens-Tyler began hosting shows at the storage facility after he was kicked out of his practice room at Bedrock L.A., a facility designed specifically for musicians to write, rehearse and record.

"The band and the fans get to be in the same space, literally and figuratively," according to sound engineer Miles Luna, who is quoted in the story.

Bradley said he waited more than 15 hours to see Buche de Noel, an “emerging punk-rock act from Burma.” “Buche de Noel” is the French name for a Christmas cake commonly called a Yule log. “Inside the Storage Wars-vibed space, there's nothing to hide behind, and the energy is pure and raw,” Bradley wrote.

Despite Propinquity’s cramped quarters, Bradley said Stevens-Tyler has no plans to expand the venue to a larger unit or additional space.

The blog article was published online as part of a section called “True Story.” A second article published April 1 in the “True Story” section was titled “Edward Snowden Leaks Drastic New Coachella Security Measures.”

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