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11 Things You Didn't Know About Lolawolf

The Zoë Kravitz–fronted band talks UFOs, Pearl Jam, and escaping to the Bahamas.

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This is Lolawolf, a rad band from Brooklyn made up of Zoë Kravitz, Jimmy Giannopoulos, and James Levy.

You already know Zoë — the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet who has appeared in big films such as Divergent, X-Men: First Class, and, coming out this May, Mad Max: Fury Road — but you may not know her band. Lolawolf released its first full album Calm Down in October 2014, and has already toured with major stars like Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus!

Today the band released a steamy new surveillance-style video for their latest single, "Bitch," featuring Zoë singing in her underwear and a special guest appearance from Miley Cyrus in a leotard.

We called Lolawolf's Jimmy Giannopoulos and got the skinny. Here are 11 facts you probably didn't know.

1. The name Lolawolf came from Zoë's little sister and brother, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf Momoa.

2. Jimmy and James both went to the same school and even sat next to each other in classes, but didn't actually meet till 10 years later.

Jimmy tells Buzzfeed News that they actually met at a bar in the West Village called Beatrice Inn, which has since closed.

3. Jimmy has been friends with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder since he was 14 years old.

They were neighbors! Jimmy says Vedder was a great role model. He would sometimes take care of Vedder's grandmother, and Vedder would shoot hoops with him, teach him songs, and even bring him on tours.

4. James can slam-dunk a basketball.

5. Zoë, Jimmy, and James have lived in the same Brooklyn neighborhood for more than 10 years.

You can find them performing in venues like Baby's All Right, Rough Trade, and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

6. Zoë, Jimmy, and James all have a cat living in their separate apartments, but none of them actually owns a cat.

As you can see, they're more dog (make that wolf) people than cat people, but these stray cats snuck into their apartments so often that their roommates just became the caretakers.

7. Lolawolf records most of their music either in the Bahamas or hotel rooms.

Happy X-MA$ from the Bahamas gangbangerz🎄

The band will shack up with all their equipment in Zoë's dad's place in the Bahamas for months at a time just to record.

8. Lolawolf albums are recorded using all analog instruments.

Jimmy says he just likes how it sounds. Back in the day, he would save up just to get different analog instruments.

9. Jimmy and Zoë can communicate using only emoticons.

The two have basically developed their own language. Jimmy says that Zoë can send him a single emoticon and he just gets it. James, however, wants to take no part in this.

10. James is sure he once saw a UFO.

Zoë and Jimmy are not so sure about that.

11. Jimmy learned to speak English from watching Sesame Street.

His parents lived near the border of Albania and Greece and moved to the U.S. knowing little English. To teach him, they just sat him in front of the TV and turned on Sesame Street.

Check them out!

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