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    Renegades of Funk - And jazz. And soul. And blues. And rock

    It's hard to imagine a more inspired pairing than War and Poncho Sanchez, who play together Friday night at the Sun Theatre. War is among the most criminally underrated bands of the past 31 years in several important respects. First, they remain lar...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on January 11, 2001
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    Return to Sender - The year in really, realy bad music publicity photos and press releases

    IT'S WANKER-RIFIC! "PAPA ROACH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING MASTER BAY TOUR WITH (HED)PE AND LINKIN PARK" WE'RE THIS DESPERATE "Aussie band CURFEW want to be heard over the American airwaves. They are determined to be internationally recognized and wil...

    by Rich Kane on January 11, 2001
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    Not Just a Beach Boys Fanboy - Bikerides newest CD shows how far you can go if you pedal backward hard

    Photo by Erik ForrssellAmid the fashionable misanthropic punk and throwaway ska the Orange County music scene once stirred, Tony Carbone never forgot the sublime bits of Orange County that inspired some of the most melodic music in America. Indeed, ...

    by MICHAEL ALARCON on January 11, 2001
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    Rewind - Great gigs of '00

    Photo by Jack GouldJan. 15 at Chain Reaction: Sparklejets UK cement a reputation as OC's most perfect, pure-pop band. Jan. 21 at the Hub Cafe: The Moseleys shoot off a wigged-out blast of lust gone oh-so-wrong, hip-thrusting, psycho-hoodoo, crotch...

    by Rich Kane on January 4, 2001
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    Absolute Honesty

    Last night, George dreamed that he got away with murder. In his dream, he was a 9-year-old prodigy who'd killed someone and buried the body in the back yard. In order to stay one step ahead of the feds, he went through "a continual process of diggin...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 4, 2001
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    Absolute Honesty

    Last night, George dreamed that he got away with murder. In his dream, he was a 9-year-old prodigy who'd killed someone and buried the body in the back yard. In order to stay one step ahead of the feds, he went through "a continual process of diggin...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 4, 2001
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    How Punk Rock Saved This Puppys Penis - The year in feel-good music stories

    Photo by Andy HarrisMaybe punk is dead, you say; maybe it never changed anything but a few haircuts. Maybe you're right. But in some small way, it changed a dog's penis. And maybe that's how the revolution is going to start. It was St. Patrick's D...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 4, 2001
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    Brian Brannon

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBrian is the singer for JFA, Rossmoor/Los Alamitos editor ofThe Sun newspaper in Seal Beach > The Idiots. The punkest muthas I know. When these guys play a show, soundmen cringe and club owners either leave the building or go ble...

    on December 28, 2000
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    Flawed Beauty

    Have you ever gone out with someone who has horrible taste in the opposite sex and yet finds you attractive? It really does a number on the self-esteem. One night, I jokingly asked my date --we'll call him Horton--if the bruises on my legs (which ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on December 28, 2000
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    Vandals Incorporated - Oi to the world!

    Joe Escalante lies semi-conscious on a cracked, dry lakebed somewhere north of LA, clad only in his socks and boxers. The two thugs who've kidnapped him are nudging him to get up, and since they're both waving guns in his face, he's happy to oblige....

    by Rich Kane on December 28, 2000
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    Real Purty - Buddys 10 best of two-oh-oh-oh

    There's a couple of telling statistics in my list of the 10 Best Albums of 2000: six were released on indie labels, two were artist-owned label releases, and only two came from corporate conglomerates. Draw your own conclusions. Also, two of the act...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on December 28, 2000
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    Mudhoney Plugged-In

    Damien Jurado/Songs: Ohia/Map Koo's Art Cafe Wednesday, Nov. 29 Riverside's Map were both intriguing and not, plopping down some of that slow, sad, dreamy shoegazer stuff, only without the feedback. That their songs had cheesy titles like "The...

    by Rich Kane on December 21, 2000
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    Derrick Brown

    Photo by Keith MayDerrick is lead wordsmith of the John Wilkes Kissing Booth > The Longpigs, Mobile Home. Here's an album from the best band in England right now, reminiscent of those Sinatra moments where you can hear the booze affect some of his p...

    on December 21, 2000
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    Various ArtistsThe Hostage SituationHostage Records

    Back in the primordial days, carloads of pumped-up beach kids would descend on Hollywood, spit on the Urinals, punch Darby Crash in the nose, and then go home and crank out their own aggressive, intense, stripped-down breed of punk. Now Hostage Reco...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 21, 2000
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    Do I Smell Like Grandma? - La Cave captures the toots, honks of your soul

    My friend Mike from the band Smile might get an old Jaguar. My roommate told him that if he does, he should get a personalized license plate that says SHAGUAR because it's a sexy car and then people will know he means business. I told him that I dis...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on December 21, 2000
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    Ill Communicado - Manu Chao rocks the universal barrio

    For the past dozen years, Manu Chao, the Paris-born troubadour formerly of the French ethno-punk band Mano Negra, has helped define what critics labeled rock en espaol. During their lifespan, Mano Negra served up a fat plate of Clash-influenced L...

    by Nick Schou on December 21, 2000
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    Palace Music - Taj Mahals deep blues

    When Taj Mahal came on the scene in the late 1960s, he made a lot of radicals sick. He seemed like some benign and beneficent Uncle Remus, a throwback to an era when black musicians routinely performed with a backdrop landscape featuring watermelons...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on December 21, 2000
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    Kinky Horse Sex! - Pud-pounding prose with punks Blood Brothers

    For Seattle's Blood Brothers, it's not so much the drugs or the rock & roll--it's the sex. And not the squeaky-clean, oooh-baby-baby, vanilla-pop stuff: it's greasy, vivid, illicit, insatiably desperate sex. Plastic-surgery-disaster sex. Zombie sex....

    by Chris Ziegler on December 21, 2000
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    Sizzo - What the hell are you listening to?

    Photo by Jeannie RiceSizzo is the vocalist of Livid and a cast member of VH1 Television seriesHollywood Hills. > The doudouk. My favorite instrument, a wooden wind device mostly heard in Middle Eastern music. When played correctly, its haunting howl...

    on December 14, 2000
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    Fabulous Celebrities

    Rx Bandits/A New Found Glory Chain Reaction Sunday, Nov. 26 Celebrity night at Chain Reaction! Well, if you count Blink-182's Mark Hoppus as someone who might be judged celeb-worthy, even if your judges are an army of horny teenage girls. But t...

    by Rich Kane on December 14, 2000
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