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  • Forget the Hype - The Walkmen

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    Forget the Hype - The Walkmen

    Okay, people, we've been through this before: small New York City band forms and for a while is arguably unique--you know, clangy instruments, distinctive lead vocals, dance-y tunes. Band then releases their first full-length and people are surprise...

    by Vickie Chang on June 8, 2006
  • Up for the Movement - 
Garden Grove rapper Temps represents the real real OC

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    Up for the Movement - Garden Grove rapper Temps represents the real real OC

    At age 19, Temps is already making a name for himself in Orange County hip-hop as a rapper and the man behind Sick House Records. Do you consider what you do gangsta rap? It's gangsta rap, it's hip-hop, it's rap to me. I don't label it. I rap. ...

    by REX REASON on June 1, 2006
  • World Still Up Ass - 
Circle Jerks: Yet to die in a nuclear war

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    World Still Up Ass - Circle Jerks: Yet to die in a nuclear war

    Do not be alarmed as America bounces down the back of its bell curve. Besides the cheap thrills of a bumpy downhill ride, you can now enjoy the security of a definite destination--the bottom--and some familiar scenery: basically, everything we saw o...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 1, 2006
  • Get Out! -  June 1 -           June 8: Skulls and Whiskey

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    Get Out! - June 1 - June 8: Skulls and Whiskey

    THURSDAY, JUNE 1 At the old, old Coney Island freak show, there was a guy named Captain Fred Walters, and his shtick was eating colloidal silver--a quacky medical practice that survives still, most recently in Libertarian candidates in Montana--be...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 1, 2006
  • Live Review - Nino Moschella, Detroit Bar, Sat., May 27

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    Live Review - Nino Moschella, Detroit Bar, Sat., May 27

    The way the press sheet tells it, Nino Moschella emerged ready to go from a tiny town in the Northern California woods after long winters warming up the four-track, which made him a seasoned and versatile songwriter before his first release ever cam...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 1, 2006
  • Survivors of Madchester - The Charlatans UK

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    Survivors of Madchester - The Charlatans UK

    Yes, it's true: the Charlatans UK are still around--turns out the psychedelic-tinged Brit popsters weren't done in by all those illicit substances during their early '90s Madchester days. However, despite a dozen U.K. top 20 singles and No. 1 albu...

    by GEORGE A. PAUL on June 1, 2006
  • Simple Horticulture - Delta Nove

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    Simple Horticulture - Delta Nove

    It's simple horticulture: when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, 250 pounds of cells infused with various hallucinogens were released into the environment. Tragic, yes, but the moment also provided the organic foundation necessary for the evolution of the ...

    by Joel Beers on June 1, 2006
  • Puking Rainbows - Giant Drag

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    Puking Rainbows - Giant Drag

    Giant Drag boasts a set list that reads like the inside of a 13-year-old delinquent's spiral notebook--"Kevin is Gay," "YFLMD" (translation: "You Fuck Like My Dad"), "My Dick Sux" and personal favorite "You Are Full of Shit (Check Out My Sweet Riffs...

    by Vickie Chang on June 1, 2006
  • Uncross Your Arms - Liars

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    Uncross Your Arms - Liars

    Liars are the soldiers behind some truly mind-expanding noise. Their brand of viscous drone takes the finest elements of Oz didgeridoo croaks, psychotropics-in-the-woods drumming, No New York and rec-room guitaring and blends them with a kamikaze pu...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on June 1, 2006
  • Album Review - Eugene Mirman, En Garde Society (Sub Pop)

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    Album Review - Eugene Mirman, En Garde Society (Sub Pop)

    Has anyone else noticed that Eugene Mirman is funny exactly half the time? I've seen him live, and only every other time has it been hilarious. And as a non-comedian (except in bed), I do have quite a bit of respect for the art of getting up in fron...

    by JED MAHEU on May 25, 2006
  • My Place On This Planet - 
How did Dudley Perkins get so funky?

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    My Place On This Planet - How did Dudley Perkins get so funky?

    Dudley Perkins is also a rapper named Declaime--and an all right comix-style artist on the side, too--but people didn't really start to call him crazy until he went back to using his given name and started putting out records where he . . . sings. T...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 25, 2006
  • Get Out! - May 25          - June 1: Heaven and Back

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    Get Out! - May 25 - June 1: Heaven and Back

    THURSDAY, MAY 25 You and your crew at Mobb Deepat the Vault. FRIDAY Starvations back from the grave with Fortune's Flesh: a self-assessed "death doo-wop" band, revisiting a genre left wheels up and spinning when Jan Berry copped a coma on a ...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 25, 2006
  • Article

    Hits! - KUCI

    Top 10 records spun from May 12 to May 18 at KUCI FM-88.9, (949) 824-KUCI; www.kuci.org. Now in its 32nd year of operation, the volunteer-run public station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the UC Irvine campus. 1 Islands, Return ...

    by REX REASON on May 25, 2006
  • Live Review - Strawberry Fields Forever: Neighborhood Festival, Queen Mary Events Park, Long Beach, Sat., May 20

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    Live Review - Strawberry Fields Forever: Neighborhood Festival, Queen Mary Events Park, Long Beach, Sat., May 20

    One $10 parking space, two Bud Lights, five cigarettes and 11 sightings of American Apparel running shorts (in assorted colors) later, I'm still kind of surprised I had a good time at Long Beach's first-ever Neighborhood Festival--that is, except fo...

    by Vickie Chang on May 25, 2006
  • Grand Canyon or Bust - 
Pelican create topographical wonderswith music

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    Grand Canyon or Bust - Pelican create topographical wonderswith music

    Any band can make music. Few can make music do something. Illinois rockers Pelican do just that, though, effectively creating Grand Canyons of sound with every meta-suite they attempt. Their songs are filled with the proverbial highs and lows of lif...

    by ROBERT ACOSTA on May 25, 2006
  • Get Shorty - 
Smoosh make you feel kinda icky, but in a good way

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    Get Shorty - Smoosh make you feel kinda icky, but in a good way

    I've witnessed music make a grown man cry--specifically, every time my father hears "Let There Be Peace on Earth"--and I've caught many an indie dude blush at the sight of a particularly adorable female singer--namely, Jenny Lewis and Chan Marshall....

    by ELLEN GRILEY on May 25, 2006
  • Taking the Good With the Bad - Eels

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    Taking the Good With the Bad - Eels

    You know those bands you just can't seem to outgrow? The bands you still cling to even though their past few albums were not so great? In your mind, these bands can do no harm--at least not anything you can't conveniently forget: the good will alway...

    by Vickie Chang on May 25, 2006
  • Totally Harmless Band - The Little Ones

    Article

    Totally Harmless Band - The Little Ones

    Given the pastel-colored, Chutes Too Narrow-inspired cover art on their debut EP, Sing Song, it seems Los Angeles band the Little Ones are the newest members of that whole lighthearted, cute-name-equals-cuter-pop scene that's been sweeping up indie ...

    by Vickie Chang on May 25, 2006
  • Making It Dance - 
Rub-n-Tug

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    Making It Dance - Rub-n-Tug

    For any heads out there who like to move their bag of bones to a different beat, Orange County can sometimes be a very boring place. Interesting electronic dance music--whether spun, performed, arpeggiated or otherwise--is a rarity in these parts, b...

    by EYAD KARKOUTLY on May 25, 2006
  • Rush on Klonopin - The Transmissions

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    Rush on Klonopin - The Transmissions

    When pressed for thoughts about his music, all Christian Biel, singer/guitarist for LA-based band the Transmissions, can muster is a humble, "It's music that is best heard and experienced. Not talked about." But I shall try anyway. Because that's ...

    by LAUREN MOONEY on May 25, 2006
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