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    Come To Smile - Ben Lee does it best

    Photo by Taylor Crothers Ben Lee has long known what he does best: "I write songs that teenage girls like," he says over the phone in his twangy Australian accent. But let's be honest: What isn't he good at? Not only has he written songs since a...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on February 17, 2005
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    The Ghost of Jello - The Dead Kennedys come alive

    The year 2003 brought twin milestones for the Dead Kennedys: the band's silver anniversary and a $200,000 legal defeat for former front man Jello Biafra. The following year, the California Court of Appeals removed custody of the Dead Kennedys' catal...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on February 17, 2005
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    Off the Pigs! - Steve Earle / Alison Moorer

    Photo by Amy TheligHouse of Blues Saturday, Feb. 12 Music in the cafs at night, and revolution in the air! Well, songs of revolution, anyway, from the pre-show spin of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" into Earle's own "Th...

    by Rich Kane on February 17, 2005
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    Awe Yeah! - Homework before rock with Smoosh

    Dad tells us that things around the House of Smoosh have been hectic recently, with (in no particular order) "sick kids, State Cup soccer games (go Aysa!), cleaning for the Today Show film crew, huge homework assignments [and] our normal jobs." With...

    by KAT JETSON on February 17, 2005
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    No Fat Viking-Helmeted Chicks - Milena Kitic, superhot mezzo-soprano

    Photo by Srdjan SimonivicFor the role of Delilah in French composer Camille Saint-Sans' Samson & Delilah, opera companies need a first-class mezzo-soprano who can really strut her stuff--at least they do if they want the celebrated Old Testament ta...

    by MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG on February 17, 2005
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    Jimmy Smith - 1928-2005

    At the moment of this writing, it's the night before Valentine's Day, so it's as good a time as any to talk about something I love: the music of Jimmy Smith, the master of the Hammond B3 electronic organ. The Hammond organ predated Jimmy Smith's e...

    by DENNIS OWENS on February 17, 2005
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    More Live Previews

    THE MATCHES LEAVE HOME Between the agony of adolescence and the burgeoning cynicism of early adulthood is that golden time of discovery when possibilities become terrifyingly real. You know, the subject matter for after-school specials, coming-o...

    on February 10, 2005
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    Enjambre

    Enjambre Consuelo En Domingo Oso Records (full-length release) Consuelo en Domingo is the first major release by an Orange County-based Latin alternative group, and there's no better band to blaze the trail than Enjambre. But the debut by this ...

    on February 10, 2005
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    Pier Records

    Top 10 selling records from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 at Pier Records, 2301 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-3271. Pier carries T-shirts, stickers, artwork by local artists and music "leaning toward punk rock." 1 D.I., Team Goon (Triple X) 2 Pi...

    by REX REASON on February 10, 2005
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    Peggy Honeywell - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Sunday, Feb. 6

    Ever since we plucked Peggy Honeywell's debut, Honey for Dinner, from beneath a stack of nondescript promotional discs at our college radio station a few years back, her slurred drawl--likely fueled more by tall mint juleps than shots of brown-bagge...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 10, 2005
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    Soulicious - Checking Irony at the Blue Water Music Festival

    Photo by Matt OttoI'm sipping a cup of mango juice mixed witha ShotPak of thrice-distilled grain vodka and staring at a five-foot-tall painting filled with unicorns, teddy bears and random, bearded, bodiless heads when I realize something: it's Jerr...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 10, 2005
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    Live Previews

    MOS DEF GIMME NEW DANGER Mos Def is a poet, a rapper, an actor and a man whose ambition and ability to work effectively with a wide range of music created a genre-expanding hip-hop masterpiece with 1999's Black On Both Sides. That same desire an...

    on February 10, 2005
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    Ashlees Jam - Down the Rabbit Hole of the Simpson Larynx

    Courtesy MCA RecordsOn a May night in 1849, the English actor William Charles MacReadywent up against American actor (and hometown favorite) Edwin Forrest in dueling New York City productions of Macbeth; by the time the Seventh Regiment of the Natio...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on February 10, 2005
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    Less is Moorer - Country music to get you through the night

    The Duel, the most recent release by Nashville singer/songwriter Allison Moorer, is soaked through with early Neil Young and Patsy Cline and rings with a kind of immediacy unique to a woman known for making her own decisions. "Of course I used to ...

    by MARK SANDERS on February 10, 2005
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    Back to Life - Steve Earle kicks ass for an almost-dead guy

    The transformation of Steve Earle from cocaine-, heroin- andalcohol-addicted professional asshole to strident sociopolitical activist has been fascinating. The guy probably should have died around 1990, but--ever a rule-breaker--Earle decided that g...

    by Rich Kane on February 10, 2005
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    Evolution, Installment No. 3

    Photo by James BunoanSTICKY CHILDREN, FM BATS Que Sera, Long Beach Sunday, Jan. 30 The inevitable part of the Warhol-style Exploding Plastic Whatever must be how tough it is to break out of the exploding plastic routine. Revolution--or Evolutio...

    by REX REASON on February 3, 2005
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    Green Girl Of Your Dreams - And who at Linbrook Bowl thinks a woman should be President?

    Photo by James BunoanIf you're a nice guy--a nice guy who's been feeling a bitdown, or perhaps a little bored, sickly, randy, or any combination thereof--here's what $5 can get you at the Green Girl Saloon: one (1) bag of peanuts, shells included; o...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 3, 2005
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    Live Previews

    Shoot Out The Lights Do The Blackout "Joy Division was my first love," says Adrienne Pearson, front woman for LA rock group Shoot Out the Lights. That's as much of an admission of guilt as a battle cry; that moody Manchester sound is smeared acr...

    on February 3, 2005
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    Forget Rock & Roll - Panthers rather read a book

    Panthers lead man Jayson Green has a line that goes "Give me a book, and I'll read the shit out of it!" It's okay to giggle, but Green isn't kidding about his appetite for literature. And if you're familiar with the New York band's smoldering guitar...

    by KARA ZUARO on February 3, 2005
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    The Times, They Are A-Samening - KC and the Sunshine Band: a light that will never go out

    Harry Wayne Casey certainly hasn'tdawdled. As a teenage stable hand at Miami's T.K. Records and studio complex, Casey was on hand for the initial merging of pop, funk, R&B, and Latin and Caribbean music into what would come to be known as "the Miami...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on February 3, 2005
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