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Sparks Finds Life After L7

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L7, the groundbreaking all-female rock band (you might recall “Pretend We’re Dead”), broke up in 2000. But cofounder Donita Sparks was in no hurry to launch her solo career.

“I was writing music the whole time,” says Sparks, 45, who has a new band, the Stellar Moments, and recently released her first solo album, “Transmiticate.”

“It was really just finding a home for it. With the freefall the music industry is in, there were limited options and a lot of options at the same time.

“I finally decided ... I’ll just put it out on my own. Once I found a distributor, we were ready to go. But we’ve been going the whole time,” Sparks said.

L7 fans will find “Transmiticate” different from what they remember about the band. While the group was “completely organic,” Sparks on her own embraces sequencers and electronic elements, lending an electro-styled dance component underneath her riff-heavy songs.

“L7 had nothing like that,” Sparks, whose film music resume includes Charles Nelson Reilly’s “The Life of Reilly,” acknowledges. “I’ll tell you, if I had my druthers there would be even more electronica on this record. I just don’t know how to do that yet. I still need some help in that area, but give me time and things’ll get really interesting.”

Donita Sparks, Stare Into the Sun and Woodman perform Wednesday (June 11) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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