The Coathangers' Julia Kugel on the time her band dressed a pony like a unicorn for a show

The members of the Coathangers -- an act that emerged from the same Atlanta underground scene in 2007 that had previously produced bands like Black Lips, Deerhunter and King Khan and the Shrines -- started playing out before really even learning to play their instruments. In true punk-rock style, the gals threw themselves into the world of live music with a devil-may-care attitude. The Coathangers have an unabashedly playful sense of humor, which has made many wonder if they're a joke band, which they're not.

See also: Sunday: The Coathangers at Marquis Theater, 10/6/13

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.