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    Quest for Structure

    SLIPPERS "AKIEF THE UNDERWATER WELDER/THUG PASSION" (12-INCH VINYL EP) Rolling around in musical sludge isn't a problem for Slippers; they just call it "improvisation." Their sound is a head-butt of indefinable listening, a grasp for quixot...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 15, 2003
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    'It's About Your Own Journey' - Karrin Allysons expressionist jazz

    Photo by Randee St. NicholasShe's no Dixie Chick, but jazz vocalist-pianist Karrin Allyson doesn't mind speaking out when the spirit moves her, as it did last month during her appearance at Bourbon Street, a decidedly American-named nightclub in Sao...

    by BILL KOHLHAASE on May 15, 2003
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    Jew or Not a Jew? - The case against David Lee Roth

    If you look up David Lee Roth on jewhoo.com, a database website of famous Jews (no, I'm not kidding), the curator has himself a kvetch about people continually checking to see what "everybody already knows," which is that Roth is a lantzman. Today I...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on May 15, 2003
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    Fueled by Volume - The Forty-Fives keep the van running

    If the Replacements, the Kinks and Booker T. & the MG's morphed into one very cool rock band, they'd be flourishing today as the Forty-Fives. They're rife with crunching guitar riffs, dollops of power-pop hooks and a dash of Hammond B3 soul; an Atla...

    by JOHN ROOS on May 15, 2003
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    Vampire Can Mating Oven - Camper Van Beethoven take the skinheads masturbating

    I was once dumped for Camper Van Beethoven. In fact, the object of my affection didn't so much leave me for Camper Van Beethoven as I did him for them: in a sort of intervention, I was told I could have my "punk rock" or my "boy's cock." Laughing at...

    by SONDRA ALBERT on May 15, 2003
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    Organic Culture - Cal State Fullertons Sol of Hip-Hop

    Photo by James BunoanIn today's world of global consumerism, you can't find too many pockets of civilization where hip-hop hasn't made an impression. That includes the O to the C, where throngs of urban white kids follow a culture that may be far ou...

    by DARRYL JAMES on May 15, 2003
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    Sold On Selling Out - Or: How I learned to stop bitching and love a TV commercial

    I do not like hearing Clash songs being used as the soundtrack for luxury-car commercials. I do not like Iggy Pop's glorious snarl being in the employ of cruise-ship companies to hawk their expensive vacation packages. I do not like Bob Dylan licens...

    by Rich Kane on May 15, 2003
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    Spoiled, But Not Too - Snake Versus Wizard want the stadium tour

    Tinkle Town. Draculoid. Knights of the Reptilian Order. St. Bernard. You could've seen any one of those band names on a flier of theirs, but instead, this Los Angeles quartet of self-proclaimed geeks settled on Snake Versus Wizard. "It was the bes...

    by KAT JETSON on May 15, 2003
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    Hella Coachella

    Photo by Rich Kane COACHELLA EMPIRE POLO FIELD, INDIO SATURDAY, APRIL 26 The superlative sonic supermarket of Coachella 2003--the good, the bad, the weird, the ugly. The skinny: ?Pulling into the parking lot and hearing the White Stripes' Elep...

    by Rich Kane on May 8, 2003
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    Brown and Down

    MANIC HISPANIC MIJO GOES TO JR. COLLEGE BYO RECORDS On their latest release, Mijo Goes to Jr. College, OC punk veterans Manic Hispanic continue their Huggy Boy-meets-Duane Peters shtick that has been cracking up punkers and Latinos alike for abo...

    on May 8, 2003
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    Sound Salvation - Kat Jetson on Broadcast

    Broadcast transmitted their first signals out of Birmingham, England, in the mid-'90s in the form of several enchanting, atmospheric electro-pop singles. A compilation of previously available material, Work and Non Work, followed, but producer walk-...

    on May 8, 2003
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    !Babasonicos para Presidente! - How one group and its CD led to the rejuvenation of the Argentine Nation

    Argentines have historically depended on their singers and instrumentalists to save the country's soul during its darkest days--the rags-to-riches rise of tango idol Carlos Gardel placated the immigrant poor during the Great Depression, and youth mo...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 8, 2003
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    So More Than Anything - Dios: Still crazy after all these years

    Photo by James BunoanDios say they know how to get the party started. And they say this without a drop of irony. "A little Michael Jackson, a little Prince," says singer/guitarist Joel Morales. "Then you show that you got some moves; you get some ...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 8, 2003
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    Screwed Every Day!

    Photo by Jessica Calkins SEVENTH ANNUAL ORANGE COUNTY EARTH DAY FESTIVAL FULLERTON TRANSPORTATION HUB, FULLERTON SATURDAY, APRIL 19 So we're trekking around the parking lot of the Fullerton Transportation Hub on a pleasant afternoon--guffawing a...

    by Rich Kane on May 1, 2003
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    Ol Ultra-Violence

    DOWNTOWN POPULAR (3-SONG ACOUSTIC DEMO) Have these guys seen Anger Management yet? Not that they should or anything (actually, not that anyone should, since Adam Sandler movies will be proven any day now to be the root cause of SARS disease), but...

    by Rich Kane on May 1, 2003
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    Clone Defects

    CLONE DEFECTS SHAPES OF VENUS IN THE RED If your band is more fucked-up than the Clone Defects, congratulations: you've gotta be dead. Their previous full-length, Blood On Jupiter, was Radio Birdman gone wrong in all the best ways; against ex...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 1, 2003
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    El Otro Yo

    EL OTRO YO COLMENA BESOTICO There are many reasons to resent Argentine band El Otro Yo and their as-addictive-as-chocolate weirdo pop punk: how they make you feel like a gnome with their pretty-people physicality, that they write intensely inven...

    on May 1, 2003
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    Flower of the Desert - Coachellas sonic supermarket

    Another Coachella. Another bug-juice-on-the-windshield excursion out to godforsaken Indio. Another run of the NO VACANCY sign gauntlet because you were too late making reservations--again. Another pair of afternoons slow-roasting beneath the hellish...

    by Rich Kane on May 1, 2003
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    Stupid, Shitty, Retarded - The special genius of the Spits

    Photo by Todd TaylorThe world has many questions for the Spits: Are you stupid? Are you insane? Are you aware that mohawks and mustaches mesh about as well as toothpaste and orange juice? And seriously: Are you stupid and insane? But the Spits car...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 1, 2003
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    Not Embalmed Yet - Rocket From the Crypts locomotive breath

    With their ninth album, Live From Camp X-Ray, Rocket From the Crypt's obsessions have turned from rock, whiskey and sex to rock, whiskey and what-the-fuck-is-happening-to-the-world? Evidence can be found behind the barbed wire of the real Camp X-R...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 1, 2003
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