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    This Is My Life! The End! - Q: Are We Not Polysics?

    In the dream, it went like this: we heard the last half of a Cecil Leuter LP, whispering tape loops over the trans-Pacific fiber-optic lines. Polysics guitarist/singer Hiroyuki Hayashi excused himself for a moment, set a cocktail on the console of a...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 4, 2004
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    Hater of Love - The joy and pain of discovering Grandaddy

    Grandaddy are part of a four-band bill this Saturday at the House of Blues, and if you've loved them since their 2000 breakthrough, The Sophtware Slump, and have already plopped down the $22.50 for a ticket and are pee-your-shorts giddy for this sho...

    by Rich Kane on March 4, 2004
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    Cover Me!

    James Bunoan Scarlet Crush Angel Stadium Parking Lot, Anaheim Saturday, Feb. 14 It should've been a nice little bastion of goodness amidst the otherwise tacky, swap-meet atmosphere of this first-ever Angels FanFest (too many people in booths pus...

    on February 26, 2004
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    Joe Ongie

    Photo by Jeanne RiceJoe Ongie: Critical Darling Full-Length Self-Released CD Joe Ongie: Benevolent songbird or despotic audio god? You may recall that a few months back we profiled Ongie's music-making process: his sunless months sequestered in ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on February 26, 2004
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    House Is in the, uh, House - Promoters try to rebuild a once-hot music scene

    Photo by Tenaya HillsFive minutes after my interview with Pauley, one of the three men responsible for Focus Tuesdays and Level Thursdays--Orange County's latest house-music offerings--he calls back. "I forgot to tell you something," he sputters a...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 26, 2004
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    The Gang of Four Invades Orange County - Chen Yi speaks for Chinese music reborn

    There was a time in China, Chen Yi remembers, when playing Paganini on your violin--or Mozart or Beethoven--could land you in a labor prison, with your instrument confiscated or burned. "I was about 13," she says, "and I remember that I had to play ...

    by ALAN RICH on February 26, 2004
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    Split your head down the middle - The Manichean misadventures of Rock Goggle Fantasy

    Photo by James BunoanRock Goggle Fantasy is four people with about a billion molecules between them. And they started the band when they felt all those atoms cooling and congealing--that's their native Manhattan Beach crud, the adolescent descendent...

    by Chris Ziegler on February 26, 2004
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    Life Aint Phair - Liz Phair joins a sorority

    Photo by Phil PoynterWe took it personally. Everyone who loved Liz Phair because she wielded the word fuck and the phrase shit brown like a man. Everyone who loved her 'cause she couldn't really sing. She was our indie empress; did she record in her...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 26, 2004
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    After Midnight

    Robert Deeble Thirteen Stories Pete Records/Fractured Discs Longtime Long Beacher Robert Deeble recently moved up to Seattle, but good music is always worth writing about, even if it's from an expatriate. So as we were spinning this CD, we remem...

    by Rich Kane on February 19, 2004
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    New Friends, New Enemies

    Photo by James BunoanPaper Planes, Katie the Pest, This Song's a Mess and So Am I Que Sera, Long Beach Saturday, Feb. 14 So we go and write this radioactively glowing review of the Paper Planes CD, hyping this show at the end of it, and people w...

    by Rich Kane on February 19, 2004
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    Her Tang is Fantastic! - I left Vegas for Alexs sweet, sweet Tang

    Photo by James BunoanSo. Costa Mesa's newest nightclub, Vegas, opened last Friday. Did you hear about it? Good. Because while I would be more than happy to regale you with the antics of the 300 or so personally trained, impressively bronzed social c...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 19, 2004
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    Everyone Listens to Rap Music Now - The short, happy life of the Wrangler Brutes

    Photo by James BunoanA bad blind date tonight. As an interviewer, you have just barfed in the prom queen's handbag, and you're still rolling your head back up for one last attempt at a kiss. The Wrangler Brutes--as befits prom queens--are gracious, ...

    by Chris Ziegler on February 19, 2004
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    Year of the Wolf - Los Lobos turn 30, and are still to be trusted

    In any just world, Los Lobos would be on the radio at least hourly, as befits one of the most soulful, inventive, tuneful and generally righteous bands on the planet. There may be no other group extant with their all-embracing scope and musicianship...

    by JIM WASHBURN on February 19, 2004
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    The Brando of the Bata - Music as Freedom With Francisco Aguabella

    Francisco Aguabella is the most important Cuban percussionist alive. Since coming to the United States in 1957, he's worked with everyone from Tito Puente to Peggy Lee, Mongo Santamaria to Paul Simon. Even Marlon Brando has sought his services. "I...

    by BILL KOHLHAASE on February 19, 2004
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    Guaranteed Tasty - Satisfaction declare war on mellow

    Photo by Robert GiampiMike Rosas might be lying. Now that his previous band Smile is over, he says, he pretty much just sits back and lets the checks roll in. He's focused on collecting Jaguars and buying up pricey west side Costa Mesa real estate. ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on February 19, 2004
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    Mystery Train

    Photo by Tenaya Hills'Tis a mighty depressing vision in downtown Fullerton these days, what with the good ol' Hub Caf all chainlink-fenced-up and abandoned-looking, and the Reagan Years arcade gone forever, with its vintage '80s games now merged wi...

    by Rich Kane on February 12, 2004
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    Fever Blister, Baby!

    Photo by Jeanne RicePaper Planes Five-Track CD EP Self-Released These are the life-affirming moments we live for: a CD comes in the mail from a band we've never heard of, with ordinary, hand-scrawled text on the paper-insert cover and a disc tha...

    by Rich Kane on February 12, 2004
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    Love is a Bullet - Concrete Blondes Johnette Napolitano talks about Valentines Day and all that bullshit

    Concrete Blonde grew out of the LA post-punk scene, and from 1987 to the present, they released eight albums of philosophically intense, richly textured--and sometimes morose--songs that occasionally chart yet are always brilliant. Lead singer/bassi...

    by Stacy Davies on February 12, 2004
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    Stirring It Up - Bob Marley lives forever

    At Christmas, a friend gave me a DVD collection of clips from the venerable old British music show The Old Grey Whistle Test. Some of the most "whoops-I-crapped-my-pants" moments on the set were provided by Alice Cooper, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on February 12, 2004
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    Beyond the Barrios - Mas Alla de los Gritos shows the importance of being Spic

    Photo by Chris ZieglerMs All de los Gritos (Beyond the Screams) is the Greed of punk cinema, a 1999 documentary covering 25 years of Latino punk history in 29 minutes that barrel by faster than a straightedge tune. It begins with Zapruder-slow foo...

    on February 12, 2004
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