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    Small World - Matt Costa: Local boy makes 1956

    When someone is about to get famous, people start saying they have "something"--usually, that means prominent cheekbones, which Matt Costa happily happens to have. But what Matt Costa actually has is what a certain kind of rock star has always had: ...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 4, 2005
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    It's Going to Rock Your Gypsy Soul - The New World Flamenco Festival returns to the Barclay

    Courtesy Irvine Barclay TheatreMost of the things I loved about rock & roll--all that freedom-emotion-earthiness-immediacy-expression stuff--were pretty well leeched out of the music years ago. Sure, there are still a few pockets of resistance, but ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 4, 2005
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    Can't (Won't) Go Home Again - Billy Zoom gets the rockabilly band back together

    Photo by Tenaya HillsOn a hurried four-lane street in Orange, in a nonthreatening stucco building just north of a railroad crossing, the man who once wore a silver motorcycle jacket, drove a silver Hudson Hornet like a chopped Merc and played a silv...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on August 4, 2005
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    Bionic Records

    Top 10 records sold from July 15 to July 21 at Bionic Records, 16101 Bolsa Chica St., Huntington Beach, (714) 846-2585. Bionic specializes in independent underground music with an emphasis on rock, punk and metal. 1The Black Dahlia Murder, Miasma(...

    by REX REASON on July 28, 2005
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    Back to the Hole!

    ADOLESCENTS OC CONFIDENTIAL (FINGER RECORDS) This could've been a horror show put to plastic--maybe not as grotesque as, say, the New York Dolls or Sex Pistols live reunions, but unseemly nonetheless. Because gone-for-decades bands shouldn't emb...

    by Rich Kane on July 28, 2005
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    Smell You Later

    Photo by Tenaya HillsBECK The Pacific Amphitheatre Thursday, July 21 I caught a brief whiff before Beck Hansen even emerged, but the fumes were so faint I couldn't get a proper read on them. That's definitely not a sensimillan varietal. Fortun...

    by Matt Coker on July 28, 2005
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    THE WAR IS OVER. STOP FIGHTING - The truth about de-evolution: It was true

    Illustration by Scrojo '03Remember those canary-yellow jump suits: Devo knew but maybe didn't really want to believe that they knew, like characters from the trash sci-fi movies they used to watch so often. The truth, as the guy might say, clawing a...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 28, 2005
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    How Are the Huevos? - Pepe Aguilar vs. Alejandro Fernandez: ?Quien es mas macho?

    Illustration by Matt BorsThis month, Orange County might feel just a tad more testoster-riffic, thanks to the presence of ranchera singers Pepe Aguilar and Alejandro Fernndez, who will perform this Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center and Aug. ...

    by Ela Arellano on July 28, 2005
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    Music Revolution

    Top 10 records sold from July 8 to July 14 at Music Revolution, 52 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Anaheim, (714) 447-9288. Music Revolution carries new CDs and vinyl--specializing in hip-hop, dance music, jungle and rock--as well as clothing and gifts (the s...

    by REX REASON on July 21, 2005
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    Poetic Greatness!

    THE RADIOACTIVE CHICKENHEADS GROWINGMOLD 10-TRACK FULL-LENGTH CD Quickie back story: costumed funny-ha-ha band gigs around and puts out a couple of records during the '90s, vanishes for several years, then suddenly shows up again in our mailbox ...

    by Rich Kane on July 21, 2005
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    Revenge of the Rednecks - There was a time when Southern rock was a reveille for radicals

    I'maMuswellhillbillyboy ButmyheartliesinoldWestVirginia Thoughmyhillsarenotgreen Ihaveseentheminmydreams Takemebacktothoseblackhills ThatI'veneverseen --The Kinks,"Muswell Hillbilly," 1971 The American obsession with The songs of the sout...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on July 21, 2005
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    Oh, What a Station! - Remembering Oldies AM with the Dells and Dramatics

    For about a year, Oldies AM (540/1260) pleased thousands with a revolutionary all-oldies format. It was Indie 103.1 for the hot-rod set--those of us who stubbornly cling to an era when songs about love weren't a joke, but best expressed by Smokey Ro...

    on July 21, 2005
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    Born in Chicago, Buried Alive in OC - 60s blues pioneers are due to get their due

    Photo by Brad FurmanThe last time I saw guitarist Harvey "The Snake" Mandel at UC Irvine, it was some 32 years ago, deep in the hippie days, when his band Pure Food and Drug Act played a free show on the steps outside the Science Lecture Hall. Mande...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 14, 2005
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    Fresh Prince of Darkness - The hidden meaning of Will Smiths Switch

    Illustration by Matt BorsOnce upon a time, Will Smith was the teenaged Fresh Prince who charmed America with his comic raps about how Parents Just Don't Understand. Then he went off and became a huge movie star, with a mansion, a movie-star wife and...

    by GREG STACY on July 14, 2005
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    BECK - Guero (Interscope)

    Courtesy Nasty Little ManWHATTHEYSAY:"Beck quit being weird and just remade Odelay, except not quite as well. That's . . . cool." WHATWESAY:There issomething incestuous there if you shuffle tracks from Odelayand Guerotogether--it's sort of a frate...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 14, 2005
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    Black Hole Records

    Top 10 records from July 1 to July 7 at Black Hole Records, 108 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 449-1788. Black Hole Records specializes in British pop, rockabilly, psychobilly and punk rock. 1The Tears, HereCometheTears(Independiente) 2The Wh...

    by REX REASON on July 14, 2005
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    WEIRD LIGHT, WEIRD HEAT - Out On The Streets, Its A Weird War

    Illuminated By the Lightis the fourth-ish release by singer Ian Svenonius and his backup combo Weird War (Michelle Mae, Alex Minoff, ex-Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thomson), the latest in a long career that a new generation of college-graduated rock ...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 7, 2005
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    Guy And Dolls - In So Alone, Kris Swansons a supreme drag

    Photo by Tenaya HillsJohnny Thunders died at 38, but even that was 15 years beyond what the actuarial tables would have predicted--given the trash aesthetic that shaped not just his wardrobe but his diet of smack, smack and more smack. SoAloneis the...

    by Rich Kane on July 7, 2005
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    Hotter-Than-Hell-enanny

    Photo by James BunoanDeke Dickerson, stage right: opening the Hotter-Than- Hell-enanny with some fancy finger pickin' on his even fancier fiddle. That's a Gretsch white penguin to be exact, and Deke proudly pointed out that porno trash Jenna Jameso...

    by JAMES BUNOAN on July 7, 2005
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    HiTS!

    Top ten records from June 24 to June 30 at RhinoRecords,235 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) 626-7774. Rhino Records carries new and used CDs and LPs--rock, jazz, punk, soul, world and more--as well as DVDs, toys, T-shirts, accessories and magazines. ...

    by REX REASON on July 7, 2005
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