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    Room for Improvement - Ways to make the Orange County Music Awards better

    Photo by Jeanne RiceDUMP THE PRESENTERS One of the big complaints of this year's OCMA show, held at the Grove of Anaheim on March 29, was that the show ran way too long--as if award shows are ever short. Still, four hours is a lot to ask of anyone'...

    by Rich Kane on April 17, 2003
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    Escape From Utopia - Jason Blakemore, granddaddy of DJ culture

    Photo by BaldemarThe cops are going to close down this deafening party any minute. The DJ is practically baiting the authorities with the power of his sound system's bone-shaking bass thump. This doesn't bother the legions of kids who are bobbing ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on April 17, 2003
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    Sublime! Ridiculous!

    Photo by James Bunoan THE ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS THE GROVE OF ANAHEIM SATURDAY, MARCH 29 We knew the Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) had achieved a certain level of prominence when the greasy scalper standing near the Grove's main entrance...

    on April 10, 2003
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    El Gran Silencio

    EL GRAN SILENCIO SUPER RIDDIM INTERNACIONAL! VOL. 1 EMI LATIN Critics of El Gran Silencio (and there are many, as the vicious invectives hurled against the Monterrey, Mexico, natives that make up the opening track of this album prove) chide the...

    on April 10, 2003
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    King Tubby

    KING TUBBY 100% OF DUB SELECT CUTS/EFA/CAROLINE Gunned down by an unknown assailant. That was the tragic 1989 ending for King Tubby, and it made absolutely no sense. Born Osbourne Ruddock, Tubby literally invented a sound made for peace. Rastafa...

    by ANDREW ASCH on April 10, 2003
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    Movin On Up!

    Photo by James Bunoan FIFTH STORY TENANTS "NO DEFINITION"/"JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE RICH" 45 RPM VINYL SINGLE UNITY SQUAD RECORDS While the Replacements and Jonathan Richman are still sloshing around in this too-under-the-radar Long Beach trio (but n...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 10, 2003
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    The Cumbia of the Poor - Reflections on a maligned genre

    All Latin American music genres encounter difficulties attracting American ears, but perhaps none has had it tougher finding mainstream acceptance than cumbia. Which is strange, really: the classical Colombian rhythm is one of the few universal beat...

    on April 10, 2003
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    Good-Bad, But Not Evil - Get on, rock, get off with the Rotten Apples

    The band is like a long-distance love affair. The good songs come together like true love. And the side projects are when your steady goes out; nails the bartender at the Gulp 'n' Grope; and winds up stumbling sticky, drunk and ultimately unsatisfie...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 10, 2003
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    MOLOTOV DANCE AND DENSE DENSO SURCO/UNIVERSAL Dance and Dense Denso, the third album by Molotov, Mexico's most controversial band, has a title that translates as "dance and punch yourself." That same-named track not only kicks off the album but ...

    by Nick Schou on April 3, 2003
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    Fleshies for Fantasy

    Photo by James Bunoan Fleshies Liquid Den, Huntington Beach Wednesday, March 19 You don't need a war to stir up a band that gives a shit: yeah, Vietnam got us the MC5, but Thatcher and Reagan did as much or more for rebel art with sheer incompre...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 3, 2003
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    Death to Trendy Pomade Cretins! - Deke Dickerson in three dimensions

    Q: How many rockabilly guys does it take to change a light bulb? A: One to change the bulb and all the rest to stand around talking about how much cooler the old one was. The repulsive veracity behind this well-worn witticism has not been lost o...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on April 3, 2003
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    The Chavos Are All Right - Son del Centro make the homeless dance

    Photo by Matt OttoThe music life is tough for the kids of Son del Centro. The badass Santa Ana downtown community space Centro Cultural de Mxico pays its rent solely off the gig greens the seven-member group gets. Their acoustic instruments, ricket...

    on April 3, 2003
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    Piss Off, England! - OC Music Awards founder Martin Brown thinks were cooler, anyway

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe jarring shriek of Martin Brown's fucking cell phone keeps interrupting our chat. Some calls he ignores, others he has to take. It's just more than a week before the second edition of the Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) goes...

    by Rich Kane on April 3, 2003
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    Gustavo Cerati

    GUSTAVO CERATI SIEMPRE ES HOY BMG LATIN Gustavo Cerati could have easily retired to a Buenos Aires caf after the 1997 break-up of his group Soda Stereo with the knowledge that his status as one of Latin alternative's greatest visionaries was...

    on March 27, 2003
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    Baxter Dury

    BAXTER DURY LEN PARROT'S MEMORIAL LIFT ROUGH TRADE RECORDS You gotta hand it to a guy who jacks the chorus of the Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" on his debut album, works it into his own material, and ends up with an even more gorge...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on March 27, 2003
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    Little Bit O Soul

    THE HELMUT STEIN EXPERIENCE ON RETURN (10-SONG FULL-LENGTH CD) Last we heard from the Helmut Stein Experience, at the tail end of 2001, they had just put out a superb three-song sampler, a drippingly delish mlange of sweet soul, blues, jazz, an...

    by Rich Kane on March 27, 2003
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    Its the Soul, Baby! - Hitch a ride with the Flash Express

    Photo by James BunoanYou meet a guy like Brian Waters, you let him introduce himself--out of respect, out of deference, out of the hope he'll cadge you a free drink. And when you write about a guy like Brian Waters and his band the Flash Express, yo...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 27, 2003
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    White Riot - Eyedea & Abilities next-gen hip-hop

    Photo by Dan MonickRapper Eyedea has bested hordes of lesser MCs in some of the toughest competitions in the nation. Big contests, too, such as the 1999 Scribble Jam MC Battle and the Rocksteady MC Battle in 2000, which earned him mad respect in the...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 27, 2003
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    Trio Dreams - Midnight Movies are ready for their close-up

    Photo by James BunoanMidnight Movies played their first show last year at LA's Sunset Junction Street Fair and--perhaps taking the term "street fair" a bit too literally--plunked down right there on the pavement and plugged in. "We saw Jay-Z in th...

    by KAT JETSON on March 27, 2003
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    Live From Ground Zero - New wave goes nuclear with the Epoxies

    It's spring again, and you can forget all about love because new wave is in the air, says a guy named F.M. Static (the "F" stands for Fritz). The legwarmers, the stripes, the crushing fear of nuclear missiles arcing over the Arctic circle and air-bu...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 27, 2003
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