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    Nearly Non-Nazi Night!

    Photo by Eric MayfieldAmVamp/Bottom Turn/55 North/Postnatal Abortion The Shack Sunday, Jan. 20 What better symbolic occasion, on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday eve, to journey into the dank pit of the Shack in Anaheim--which, need we remind...

    by Rich Kane on January 31, 2002
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    Sonic Zoom - Billy Zoom takes the Angoras on a shakedown cruise of his new Orange studio.

    Photo by Jack Gould "This has been my end goal since 1969. Everything else was just leading up to this," said Billy Zoom. All those years as a musician, of re-defining the sound of rock with X and such, has only been in preparation for his current a...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 31, 2002
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    Sex Jam - Milemarker making sex music militant

    So you can't get laid. Maybe you need a better haircut. Maybe you need to shower more frequently. Maybe you need to kill that perpetual stale-gin breath with a few blasts of Listerine or some after-dinner mints or something, for God's sake, because ...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 31, 2002
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    One Word: Plastico

    LA OCTAVA MARAVILLA (6-TRACK DEMO CD) Repeatedly yelling, "Of plastic!" may not be the best way to break it off with your lover, but the words become an anguished cry of romantic emancipation on La Octava Maravilla's (The Eighth Wonder) "Plastico...

    on January 24, 2002
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    New Music

    Psyco On Da Bus Psyco On Da Bus Platform Recordings There's no way we could begrudge Tony Allen spending the rest of his career playing nostalgic renditions of the revolutionary Afrobeat rhythms he built with the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Aging ...

    on January 24, 2002
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    Like a Third Leg!

    THE DILIGENTS/KEVIN DARISH/GOOD CHILD THE HUB FRIDAY, JAN. 11 Now that some persnickety Santa Ana city officials have successfully halted operations at Koo's Art Cafe--at least for the moment--the Hub in Fullerton is OC's oldest continually runn...

    by Rich Kane on January 24, 2002
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    High Colonic for the Eardrums - Fu Manchu turn it up to 11

    Photo by Alex SolcaIt's easy to dismiss Fu Manchu as rock's answer to That '70s Show. I did until two years ago, when I caught their set at an Austin, Texas, record shop. They hauled in gargantuan amps better suited to the Arrowhead Pond than the co...

    by Rich Kane on January 24, 2002
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    Judas Priest!? - The key, of course, is opera

    Classic "British New Wave" heavy metal music--a genre in which Judas Priest is gospel, the easy equal and arguable better of stalwarts like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden--is too easily tagged as satanic, shrill screaming and suicide-inducing (recall...

    by STANLEY LAUGHNER on January 24, 2002
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    The Really Annoying Guy

    The Blue Whales/The Thingz Din Din at the Bamboo Terrace Saturday, Jan. 5 It's hard to figure out the exact moment on Saturday night when things at Costa Mesa's Din Din at the Bamboo Terrace started getting weird, but it might have been when th...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 17, 2002
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    New Music

    Voz de Mano Polen DLN Distribution Voz de Mano sound like a Stratocaster smashing onto a turntable. On Polen, they squash hardcore guitar crunches together with electronic riffs, crafting a CD that could spin easily during the band changeovers a...

    on January 17, 2002
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    Two Minutes, Please!

    STARCRASHER (5-SONG CD EP) We admit to harboring a bias against grown women who sing in high, reedy, little-girl voices (think Jewel, Gwen Stefani or that awful, awful Nelly Furtado), which is made all the more annoying when they try to croon ato...

    by Rich Kane on January 17, 2002
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    When the 50s Werent Evil - In which the Eyeliners travel back to the Eisenhower era with the Ramones as their soundtrack

    Your new favorite band, the White Stripes, have gotten a lot of mileage out of claiming to be brother and sister, but everyone knows they're really ex-husband and -wife. Albuquerque, New Mexico's Eyeliners, though, are the real deal: three sisters--...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 17, 2002
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    All Rise Together - OCs first real independent hip-hop label is all about friends helping friends

    Photo by Nick SchouAbout a decade ago, in a record shop in a suburban mall, a music label was born. Eighteen-year-old Carlos Perry was working the register at the Record Shop, a store in the declining Huntington Beach Mall, when a kid approached h...

    by Nick Schou on January 17, 2002
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    The Most Hated Band in America? - Phobia isnt a patriotic band

    If Shane McLachlan has learned anything from 11 years of singing with his grindcore band Phobia, it's that you can't be grindcore all the time. Sure, you can do things like rip through 48 back-to-back, balls-out, hyperspeed shows in Europe and cance...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 17, 2002
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    Lee Noise

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBassist of Thee Makeout Party, weiner-wrangler at Concourse Bowl, damage-causer, bronc-buster by birth, rock & roller for life, and the only kid in the Orange County public school system who rolls into class listening to teenage ...

    on December 27, 2001
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    New Music

    Electric Eels The Eyeball of Hell Scat Records In the 1970s, Cleveland, Ohio, boasted one of the most insanely fucked-up (and therefore best) music scenes in the country. They had Pere Ubu, Dead Boys and the Pagans, but the Electric Eels were the...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 27, 2001
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    Hot Porn Lix!

    FRANK LENZ THE HOT STUFF (10-TRACK FULL-LENGTH CD) Frank Lenz is either the funkiest white guy this side of Beck, Barry White's sauciest love child, or, hell, both. Either way, Lenz, who has spent most of his time drumming in such bands as the L...

    by Rich Kane on December 27, 2001
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    A Friggin Ska Supergroup - Forces of Evil gathering strength

    The Forces of Evil were hoping for their first-ever show--this Friday at Chain Reaction--to be a somewhat low-key affair. "We thought it would be cool to get our feet wet and see how things went," says bass player Derek Gibbs. To this end, the For...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on December 27, 2001
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    Hello, Norman! - Phildickian High School Punk

    Mind Driver/Rich Bensons Chain Reaction Monday, Dec. 17 And now comes the time for us to take a journey, a journey to a world at once eerily familiar and grossly alien, a world in which everything we know still feels right but is deeply wrong, a...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 27, 2001
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    Face Value - A hero needs a weapon, and Billy Idols face is his

    There are those who look and never see, listen but never hear, and then there are those--those with discipline, curiosity, determination--who can pierce the spectacular (in the most literal sense; see G. Debord) faade that is the hallmark of modern...

    by STANLEY LAUGHNER on December 27, 2001
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