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  • The Year in Music - 
Is Detroit the new Detroit?

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    The Year in Music - Is Detroit the new Detroit?

    It's a simple decision, but one that doesn't happen enough--watch for some new rock city action happening in Costa Mesa this next year.

    by Chris Ziegler on December 29, 2005
  • This Week in Naughty Women in Black Sweaters - The Adolescents

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    This Week in Naughty Women in Black Sweaters - The Adolescents

    It's really excellent when you're home for the holidays and get to snuggle with your family for a little while and share stories and gifts and hugs. But eventually the heady eggnog fumes wear off and you're left with a handful of asshole idiot fatti...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on December 22, 2005
  • Blowing Up - Bob Kurthy, Blow Up Blow

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    Blowing Up - Bob Kurthy, Blow Up Blow

    Drummer Bob Kurthy of Blow Up Blow--alias Dr. Drummond of the Bolides--is happy to discuss his artwork, his music and his participant's perspective on the past 15 years of local music. However, it's as one of the area's pre-eminent progressive roc...

    by REX REASON on December 22, 2005
  • Don't Need a Cassette -  Breakestras live mix tape

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    Don't Need a Cassette - Breakestras live mix tape

    Here's the etymology of Breakestra, according to Stones Throw Records' Egon: "Break as in 'breakbeat': that 10-second slice of percussive magic in the middle of a funk song that--when looped together by progressive South Bronx DJs in the 1970s...

    by MIKE SONKSEN on December 22, 2005
  • Dear Band - Derek Thomas

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    Dear Band - Derek Thomas

    Dear Derek Thomas, I LOVE THE WAY YOU . . . have an impressive grasp of your acoustic guitar; you've created melodies that are solid if a little lackluster, and your voice has enough of the Elliott Smith-brood-whisper to make someone stop (...

    by ERIN SMITH on December 22, 2005
  • Get Out! - The Most Wonderful

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    Get Out! - The Most Wonderful

    THURSDAY, DEC. 22 And begins the weakest week in show biz: the ice forms on all the venue doors now till New Year's, confining seasonal affective drunk and disorderlies to quarters and getting them good and desperate for that first vicious ...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 22, 2005
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    Hits! - Compact Disc Warehouse

    Top 10 records sold from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8 at Compact Disc Warehouse, 125 N. Tustin St., Ste. D, Orange, (714) 771-6646. CD Warehouse specializes in new and used music, DVD sales, hard-to-find items, and special orders. 1 Korn, See You on the Other...

    by REX REASON on December 22, 2005
  • Enjambre, Los Abandoned - Live review

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    Enjambre, Los Abandoned - Live review

    ENJAMBRE, LOS ABANDONED JC FANDANGO, ANAHEIM WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 Holiday-mas is here, so I'm happy to report two of my favorite local Latin alternative music groups arrive bearing gifts: Anaheim rockeros Enjambre nabbed three nominations f...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Oxxnard - Live review

    OXXNARD ALEX'S BAR, LONG BEACH FRIDAY, DEC. 16 The annual Oxxnard Christmas show materialized before the townspeople gathered at Alex's to drink away the stress of the season, and, lo, we got wasted. So let it be written: Oxxnard do metal tunes...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on December 22, 2005
  • This Week in Scandalous Hoes - Mike Jones

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    This Week in Scandalous Hoes - Mike Jones

    Who can't root for Mike Jones? The gentle giant of Houston's blazing hip-hop scene captured national attention mid-year with the smash "Still Tippin'," opening the door for that song's other MCs, Slim Thug and Paul Wall. His second single, "Back The...

    by DOUG WALLEN on December 22, 2005
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    "I Really Do Like Everything" - Robert Bringas, the Music Baron

    The Music Baron sort of fell into Robert Bringas' lap: in 1996, while working at colossal used bookstore the Book Baron in Anaheim, Bringas began managing the records the store was acquiring. Six years later, the Music Baron took up residence a few ...

    by REX REASON on December 15, 2005
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    Dear Band - Alabaster Rhumb

    I LOVE THE WAY YOU . . . craft songs that play like Grimm Bros. fairy tales--bouncy, optimistic melodies that turn (shockingly!) into a dark type of pop-punk freakout. And I love your simple progressions tied to erratic vocals that are so over-the-t...

    by ERIN SMITH on December 15, 2005
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    Get Out! - White Lightening Dec. 15 - Dec. 22

    THURSDAY, DEC. 15 Glen Matlock should have been in Iron Virgin (real band: song is "Rebels Rule" or something stupidly righteous), but instead he got stuck being the only musician in the Sex Pistols. Can't believe he gets slagged as the wimpy one w...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 15, 2005
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    Live Review - Guitarchestra-on-the-Go

    CHASE FRANK, HELL AT NIGHT AND PAPER PLANES FITZGERALD'S PUB, HUNTINGTON BEACH FRIDAY, DEC. 9 It was loud and heavy and over before you knew it: a triple bill, maybe the best one that Chase Frank has booked in months and certainly the best in ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 15, 2005
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    Blessed State - The Matachine eat your heart out

    For a while, the Matachine were Costa Mesa's onliest punk band (since Sarah Abrams Attack Tank broke up), more likely to set up in someone's living room than on someone's stage, and more likely to finish a set with everybody screaming at once instea...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 15, 2005
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    Harry, Can You Hear Us? - Madman Moon brings Nilsson back to life

    Some say heaven is a place on earth, but I say it's a piano bar in the sky--specifically, a dim, dank dive with brown cracked-leather chairs and oil paintings of naked women and a bearded Harry Nilsson holding court onstage, swigging from a bottle o...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 15, 2005
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    Papas of Goth - Bauhaus as band, not memory

    While Bauhaus reunion hype has pretty much worn off--following a 1998 reunion tour with all the original boys, Bauhaus also played to a heat-crunked audience at Coachella this year--the strength and tenacity of their songs have not. They've been dec...

    by ERIN SMITH on December 8, 2005
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    Get Out! - Kill them all

    THURSDAY, DEC. 8 Crzzzzy distorto-dreadnought rockers Immortal Lee County Killersare the heaviest thing out of the American South since the Merrimac: everybody in the world wishes Can had been the Allman Brothers, so here you go for piles and pile...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 8, 2005
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    Hits! - Bionic Records

    Top 10 records sold from Nov. 18 to Nov. 24 at Bionic Records, 2466 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 526-1912. Bionic specializes in independent underground music with an emphasis on rock, punk and metal. 1 Thrice, Vheissu (Island) 2 Propagandh...

    by REX REASON on December 8, 2005
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    One Last Long Night - 11 years of the Starvations

    There's a kind of conversation that's safe and tasteful to begin only when the most concerned party is otherwise indisposed, like indisposed with 6 feet of dirt and flowers crunching down the halo on their head: that's the messy sentimental honesty ...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 8, 2005
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