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    Bishop, Pawns and Kings of the Blues - The Doheny Blues Fest showcases a seldom heard scene

    Good-time bluesman (yes, such an entity doesexist) ElvinBishophasn't been in the headlines for five years. The last time the mainstream music media deemed our man newsworthy, it was because Bishop's daughter Selina; ex-wife Jennifer Villarin; and Vi...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on May 19, 2005
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    Where the Real Roots Lead - The Hootenanny has become predictable but thats good

    Photo by James BunoanOf all the noteworthy regional music fests happening this summer, the Hootenanny is the one that's always been the most OC-centric, tapping into a local fascination with custom cars, slick pompadours, vintage clothing and tattoo...

    by Rich Kane on May 19, 2005
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    Third Eye Records

    Top 10 selling records from April 16 to April 28 at Third Eye Records, 2428 Newport Blvd., #7, Costa Mesa, (949) 650-0043, www.thirdeyerecords.com. "Third Eye is not your average record store experience. Our focus is mainly on records. Genres includ...

    by REX REASON on May 12, 2005
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    Koos Cant Lose - LB art center wins live-entertainment permit

    It only took three easy minutes to finish off thirteen long months of soundproofing, neighbor-appeasing and bureaucracy-wrangling for Long Beach's sometimes-struggling Koo's Art Center: on Tuesday, May 3, the Long Beach City Council instantly and un...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 12, 2005
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    Void Faith Split - Who is Das Oath and why are they here?

    Photo by Matt AverageDas Oath are four orbiting-30 guys from two different continents whose entire conscious adult lives orbit minute-thirty hardcore songs on cheap black vinyl 45s, and society is fine with that because this is a new era: behold pos...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 12, 2005
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    The Lemons of Orange - The Pacific Symphonys vanity fair

    Photo courtesy of Pacific SymphonyThe Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival is a class act if there ever was one. The fifth running, which ended last weekend, may have been a lumpier mix than some, but it brought some interesting music to v...

    by ALAN RICH on May 12, 2005
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    Sinatra in Rhinestones - Erasure still look for a little respect

    Photo by Dirk Linder"I was just watching Nickelodeon and saw these adverts for children's albums you can buy, with 'Hallelujah' and all this rubbish," says Andy Bell, on the phone from a New York City hotel, where Erasure were preparing for a sold-o...

    by GEORGE A. PAUL on May 12, 2005
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    Ironys Siren - Pat Boone grapples with his demons

    Pat Boone is no boomer; the irony of MadMagazinearrived too late for his childhood. Born during the Depression, he managed to catch the first wave of rock head on, with the steely resolve of a Marine taking Normandy. Boone's image as "the kid in the...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on May 12, 2005
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    Corn Dont Go - I See Hawks in L.A. grow it organically

    "I guess we are kind of an alt.-country type of band," admits I See Hawks in L.A. singer Robert Rex Waller Jr., cozying up to a label that by now means whatever you want. When he says it, though, you can almost hear FaithlessStreet-eraRyan Adams sin...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on May 12, 2005
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    Music Like Dirt - Dr. Freeclouds moves again . . .

    Dr. Freecloud's Mixing Lab, one of Orange County's most beloved DJ culture record outlets, moved its turntables and its obscure house records from the hipster bliss of the Lab "anti-mall" in Costa Mesa to the determinedly unhip locale of Fountain Va...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 12, 2005
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    Bionic Records

    Top10sellingrecordsfromApril15toApril21atBionicRecords, 2466E.ChapmanAve.,Fullerton,(714)526-1912."NotonlydoesBionichaveagreatselectionofhard-to-findmusic,butourstaff'swaybetterlookingthanAmoeba's,"saysBionicmanagerShane. 1Queens of the Stone Age,...

    by REX REASON on May 5, 2005
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    DESERT STORM

    Photos by Tenaya HillsCOACHELLA EMPIRE POLO FIELDS, INDIO SAT.-SUN., APRIL 30-MAY 1 Random Coachella VI memos scribbled on a pair of bunny ears tossed out by Gram Rabbit, who weren't nearly as good as we hoped and were actually kind of annoyin...

    by Rich Kane on May 5, 2005
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    A Horrible Guide to Reasonable Noise

    So a guy walks into the experimental music show, hears some fart noises, and calls the artist a fraud--this is why I can't tell people I'm a music writer, because they'll think my whole life is frauds and fart noises. Funny, too, because Aaron Xim...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 5, 2005
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    This Shit Is Bananas - A probing analysis of Gwen Stefanis Hollaback Girl

    Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" is one of the most baffling pieces of music of the modern age. It's got something to do with cheerleaders--that much is clear, judging from the chanting and the marching band that's honking and tooting in the backgrou...

    by GREG STACY on May 5, 2005
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    Lets Give - God bless Loretta Lynn

    Now that Jack White (of the White Stripes, y'all) has done gone and produced the legendary Loretta Lynn's latest, VanLearRose, do you suppose this county's young(ish) hipsters will finally come out and give her the audience she deserves? When we s...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 5, 2005
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    Starstruck - Square shouldve had what Maroon 5 got

    Maroon 5 have had it all in the three years since their debut album SongsAboutJanecame out: world tours, insane fan adulation, glossy magazine covers, packed hockey arenas, platinum records, big bucks, a Best New Artist Grammy, SaturdayNightLiveappe...

    by Rich Kane on May 5, 2005
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    Saut Wa Soora

    Top10sellingrecordsfromApril8toApril14atSautWaSoora,2565W.BallRd.,Anaheim,(714)220-0553.SautWaSooracarriesanextensiveselectionofMiddleEasternmusicCDsandcassettes,DVDs,videos,andbellydancingaccessories.ThestorehasbeeninAnaheimfor15years.Itssisterstor...

    by REX REASON on April 28, 2005
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    BETTER THAN ENYA!

    SLIGO RAGS THENIGHTBEFORETHEMORNINGAFTER CELTHICK MUSIC 16-TRACK FULL-LENGTH CD If you talk of Irish music and Orange County, that talk will inevitably turn to the band that's been doing the Eire thing for years: the Fenians. So omnipresent ar...

    by Rich Kane on April 28, 2005
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    Good Vibrations - DJ Drezs not-very-stoned soul picnic

    With thick dreadlocks dangling over his back, you might think that DJ Drez is a fall-down stoner reggae freak, and you'd be right about the reggae part. Drez has been going to the Bob Marley Festival in Long Beach since the parking lot was just half...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on April 28, 2005
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    Stinkstock! - Coachella is part festival, part endurance test

    Photo by Pamela LittkyHow, year in and year out, do I possibly find fault with all that is naturally good and righteous about Coachella? Well, easy: these big huge mega-fests aren't really about enjoying live music as much as they are a challenge of...

    by Rich Kane on April 28, 2005
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