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    Ordinary Girl - Theres something about Kelly Clarkson

    Photo by Kevin HeesKelly Clarkson, how do you do it? Prefab celebrity status. The ringlets. "Breakaway." A Candies shoe campaign. Our Lord Jesus Christ. Your Japanese symbol neck tattoo. Personal knowledge of the wad behind "Seacrest, out!" And with...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on September 1, 2005
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    The American Ruse - How Bob Seger took a silver bullet for you

    Photo courtesy Capitol RecordsSunday is the rottenest radio night of the week--please don't make me name old sad names--and just when it couldn't get any rottener: the right-wing talk scene discovered rock & roll, and the Drudge Report "broke" (fun ...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 1, 2005
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    Black Mountain

    Photo by Tenaya HillsVerizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine Sunday, Aug. 21 Coldplay might be the world's beigest band, but at least they had the guts to stop the standard-procedure second guessing that pinches the blood out of the music industry-...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 25, 2005
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    Dinosaur Jr. - With Drunk Horse, Alaska!

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThe Grove of Anaheim Tuesday, Aug. 16 Reunions are a mindfuck: "Who got fat?" "Who still hates who?" "Who's not going to show?" Even though the Dinosaur Jr. reunion at the Grove wasn't a high school reunion, it sometimes felt...

    by REX REASON on August 25, 2005
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    Virgin Megastore Costa Mesa

    Top 10 records sold from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18 at Virgin Megastore Costa Mesa, 1875 Newport Blvd., Ste. A, Costa Mesa, (949) 645-9906. Virgin Megastore Costa Mesa carries a large selection of music as well as DVDs, VHS movies, books, magazines and clot...

    by REX REASON on August 25, 2005
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    Bo$$ Dogg - Is Snoop selling out or just selling?

    Photo by Anthony Mandler/ Capitol RecordsIt is a beautiful thing Snoop Dogg's done, organizing a benefit concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and bringing together artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube to raise money so that poo...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 25, 2005
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    Catchier Than Vonnegut - Neko Ikon (and the New Pornographers)

    I first became aware of the New Pornographers at the end of 2001, when their "Letter From an Occupant" was included by my friend Mike (Hi, Mike!) on his always highly anticipated year-end mix CD. As with most great loves, I was initially repulsed by...

    by Steve Lowery on August 25, 2005
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    Civil Disobedience!

    IT'S REVENGE ROCK AND ROLL RETRIBUTION SONIC REBELLION 8-SONG CD To speak of It's Revenge, we must first recall the writings of Henry David Thoreau, he of Walden and Civil Disobedience. Earlier this month, while floating in Thoreau's famed Wald...

    by Rich Kane on August 18, 2005
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    Tom Petty & Jackson Browne - Verizon Wirelss Amphitheater, Irvine Sunday, Aug. 14

    Photo by John HillsSitting in the lawn section at Verizon Wireless is like catching an Angels game from the nosebleeds. There's little to see--the sound is great, but that blue blur down there? That's a band beneath a jumbo screen with Jackson Brown...

    by TENAYA HILLS on August 18, 2005
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    Vinyl Solution

    Top 10 records sold from July 29 to Aug. 4 at Vinyl Solution, 18822 Beach Blvd., Ste. 104, Huntington Beach, (714) 963-1819. Vinyl Solution specializes in rare punk and new wave vinyl and '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s rock. The store also carries a lar...

    by REX REASON on August 18, 2005
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    Do el Mash-up - Latin alternative: The place for effortless musical miscegenation

    All the recent talk about mash-ups and wacko mixes just proves that music's hipster elite--your Pitchforks and Spins--are a bunch of culture-ignorant dolts (remember rhythm & blues, guys?). To Latinos, the mash-up "phenomenon" is as old as the Conqu...

    on August 18, 2005
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    Black to Comm - Black Mountain, obscured by clouds

    Photo courtesy DecorporatedBeen tuned down so long it feels like up: after so many so-called "stoner" bands doing bald-guy riffs with fat-guy grace, Vancouver's Black Mountain offer actual physical relief--a cold mouthful of water to wash down a lon...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 18, 2005
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    Back From the Black Hole - If it wasnt for the Adolescents, your scene wouldnt be alive

    Photo by James BunoanThe first time they ever talked was during a blackout, sitting by candlelight at a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana called the Renaissance Cafe, waiting for somebody to pop and reset a circuit breaker so the bands could go back o...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 18, 2005
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    Away From My Country

    Photo by Danny SimonTHE COLD WAR KIDS MULBERRY STREET EP MONARCHY MUSIC CORP Cowboy Nation was the best Velvet Underground rip-off I ever saw, 10-gallon hats and all, scraping out a New York subway sound for songs about big skies and long rides-...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 11, 2005
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    Hes Having Much More Fun

    Photo by James BunoanBILLY ZOOM BAND GALAXY CONCERT THEATRE, SANTA ANA FRI., AUG. 5 If the tunes X guitarist Billy Zoom helped create back in the day were the unheard music, the ditties he doled out with his "re-formed" rockabilly band were the ...

    by Matt Coker on August 11, 2005
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    Short But Sweet

    Photo by Tenaya HillsBARRETT JOHNSON GYPSY DEN SANTA ANA FRIDAY, AUG. 5 Some of our most beloved musicians--like Damien Rice, among others--got their start in coffee shops and on street corners, and tonight we met a new one: coffee was sipped, c...

    by BEN HOOKER on August 11, 2005
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    Top 10 records sold from July 29 to Aug. 4 at SecondSpin, 1781 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870. SecondSpin carries new and used CDs, DVDs and VHS and buys used products. 1 Gorillaz, Demon Days (Virgin) 2 Various artists, Look at All th...

    by REX REASON on August 11, 2005
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    Doing It to Death - Tom Petty and Jackson Browne: Burned out or rusted?

    The argument made famous by Pete Townshend in "My Generation," that a rocker should "hope I die before I get old," is now itself long dead (though the phrase ought to haunt Townshend, who's fucking up the Who's legacy by selling it out to any corpor...

    by CORNEL BONCA on August 11, 2005
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    Sludge Feast - The return of Dinosaur Jr.

    Photo by Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock/ courtesy Sire/Warner Bros. RecordsDinosaur Jr. would have been Nirvana--history and hindsight agree--except they were insane crazy assholes, torturing one another like North Korean prison interrogators until the...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on August 11, 2005
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    Dr. Freecloud's

    Top 10 records sold from July 22 to July 28 at Dr. Freecloud's, 18960 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 962-9787; www.drfreeclouds.com. Dr. Freecloud's has specialized in electronic dance music for more than 10 years and recently moved to this ...

    by REX REASON on August 4, 2005
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