Lyz Jaakola’s #theindianheadband grew out of the need to be both parent and musician. “It’s, um … it’s different,” Jaakola says, laughing at the feat of fronting a band with husband Jackson Ripley on guitar, sons David Ripley on bass and Hunter Jaakola on guitar, adopted son Jeremy Gardner on drums, and sister Christa Drake on vocals and percussion. The enigmatic band tackles indigenous and social issues, sometimes reworking classics that “came from a racist place.” (Think “ooga-chakas” in “Hooked on a Feeling.”) “We’re trying to be playful with those things,” Lyz says, “putting some social consciousness into some of those goofy songs.”


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