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    Cursed! - A Farewell to Blood Arm

    Photo by James BunoanThe premise was simple enough: show up to any Virgin Megastore on Jan. 20, chip in two bucks, score one of those lovely rubber bracelets that the kids dig so heavily these days--this one a cool cherry red!--and catch a free in-s...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on January 27, 2005
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    The Big Beat-Off

    Photo by Matt OttoBANG! A STREET DRUMMING EXHIBITION CHAIN REACTION, ANAHEIM THURSDAY, JAN. 20 One thing we've learned from the National Association of Music Merchants confab every January is that the people who turn out for NAMM are just bare...

    by Rich Kane on January 27, 2005
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    RADIO 4 DANCE TO THE UNDERGROUND Radio 4 has always had a political agenda. But when they first started out, the only issues their irresistible dance rock truly threatened were New York's staunch cabaret laws. (As Footloose-ian--or Long Beach-ia...

    on January 27, 2005
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    Out In The Reel World - Fiddlin away with Natalie Macmaster

    Photo by Margaret MalandruccoloLike B.B. King strumming his guitar Lucille, NovaScotian songwriter/step dancer Natalie MacMaster and her fiddle were meant for each other. She's been immersed in a culture rich in the Celtic fiddle tradition: at age...

    by JOHN ROOS on January 27, 2005
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    Men At Work - Helmet straps it on again

    Page Hamilton says he's to thank for all those jockguitarists in baggy shorts and baseball caps: "Any guy who likes heavy music that's picked up a guitar post-Helmet will experiment with drop tuning and playing a minimalist riff," he says. "It sort ...

    by DAVE CLIFFORD on January 27, 2005
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    Bass-Guitar Anti-Defamation League - Ninja Academy Fight Song

    Photo by Foto NinjaReal ninjas wouldn't royally blow itlike this. Joey Maramba--a.k.a. Indo Ninja--was supposed to be on a mission, which was going to be easy. With Robert Shaffer--Outdo Ninja--he would illegally park a car in the bohemian norther...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 27, 2005
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    Vinyl Solution

    Top 10 selling records from Jan. 7-13 at Vinyl Solution, 18822 Beach Blvd., Ste. 104, Huntington Beach, (714) 963-1819. Vinyl solution specializes in rare punk and new wave vinyl. The store also carries a large selection of CDs, DVDs, cassettes, T-s...

    by REX REASON on January 20, 2005
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    Flying the Flannel - Feeding the bears at Pistons

    Photo by Matt OttoNot much has changed at Pistons since we were last here fouryears ago, before we finally found a decent, long-term boyfriend and got partnered and no longer felt the innate urge to come here for fresh, pud-pounding material--that's...

    by MATTHEW EVANS on January 20, 2005
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    Photos by Ryan Schierling and Bradley HansonKOOL KEITH PEE-PEE-FIVE-ONE-DOO-DOO Ask 50 hip-hop fans to describe Kool Keith and you'll get 50 different answers. Ask Keith himself to do it and, well, you'll get another 50 answers. But the facts at...

    on January 20, 2005
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    Mollystongue Running Out Of People To Blame Self-Released There are several reasons to hate Mollystongue just by looking at them, or at least their publicity shot: our psychic mind and all-seeing eye sensed a cadre of snarky, late-20s/early-30...

    by Rich Kane on January 20, 2005
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    Better Than a Grammy - Newports Ubiquity: Label of the Year!

    HumphreyPhotography.comNo hipster worth his vintage Miles Davis vinyl would 'fess up to wanting anything like a mainstream-y pat-on-the-back award, but Michael McFadin, co-owner of Newport Beach's Ubiquity Records, says his recent honorarium was bet...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 20, 2005
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    The Hives - Sunday, Jan. 16 House of Blues, Anaheim

    Photo by James BunoanSo they come out and THE HIVES screams in neon behind them--and I know how much neon costs!--in this '80s font that looks like it should be airbrushed on the side of a Corvette; they march out, and five songs in they start sayin...

    by JAMES BUNOAN on January 20, 2005
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    Love and Happiness - The proof is in the pandemonium for the French Kicks

    While the French Kicks may at first come off like just another indie-rock quartet--you know, what with their home on cool (and fast-getting-cooler) label Star Time International, and their scruffy, devil-may-care, shave?-not-today-good-sir aesthetic...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on January 20, 2005
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    A Moment in Rhyme - Crown City Rockers keep tradition of MCs rhyming with live musicians

    The Oakland-based Crown City Rockers are a five-piece hip-hop band rooted in competitive classical music--the founders met in Boston at the Berklee College of Music--and their viciously tight musical compositions make them not only one of the most r...

    by MIKE SONKSEN on January 20, 2005
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    Something Innaway - Everybody Lets Get Stonered

    Photo by Clarke ToltonThe first few bars of the LedZeppelin-esque riff on Innaway's new self-titled album are what make me ask the question: Umm, so, are you guys stoners? I'm meeting with three of the band members at the Harbor House restaurant i...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 20, 2005
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    Its All Geek to Me - Dekes Guitar Geek Fest sparks the NAMM show weekend

    Are you a guitar geek? Do you pore over every wordof guitar mags, books and old catalogs? Do terms like Vibramute, Ecco-fonic and Carvin AP-6 give you a book-matched, bird's-eye maple woody? Do the names Maphis, Nokie and Van Eps mean more to you th...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 20, 2005
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    Virgin Megastore

    Top 10 selling records from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 at Virgin Megastore, 20 The City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4400. In addition to the large selection of music Virgin is known for, this store carries a wide variety of punk, ska and alternative imports ...

    by REX REASON on January 13, 2005
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    The Fabulous Masonaires - Groove Ensemble and Take Back, tonight!

    Photo by Matt OttoEven though the teensy stage at Detroit Bar was an upgrade from modest gigs at such joints as Din Din at the Bamboo Terrace--where bands play in the dining room!--the Groove Ensemble looked almost comically cramped during their set...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on January 13, 2005
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    Hong Kong Six

    Photo by James BunoanHong Kong Six OC Music Awards Showcase, DiPiazza's, Long Beach Thursday, Jan. 6 Turns out all the post-show whimpering about how La Mirada's Hong Kong Six didn't play crowd-pleaser/our favorite/their best song, "1985" wasn...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on January 13, 2005
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    RICHARD SWIFT DEPRESSION GREAT AND OTHERWISE Go ahead. Call Richard Swift "Dick." Did it feel okay? He likes it. It gives this 27-year-old Fullerton singer/songwriter the excuse to act like a crotchety old man, making obscure music for cranky pe...

    on January 13, 2005
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