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    Color Me Impressed - Paul Westerberg

    Photo by Matt OttoPaul Westerberg House of Blues, Anaheim, Saturday Feb. 26 Paul! Paaaaaauuulll!Hey! You know my cousin. Chris Mars? Drummer in your old band? The Replacements? Him.I was the Mats' first California fan, so I'm at least partial...

    by Rich Kane on March 3, 2005
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    Grand Old Party - Club JFK!

    Photo by James BunoanJoshCairnsusedtobeahardcorekid,used to sing for It's Time to Rock, and now's he got his own club: the majestically named JFK, commemorated each night it happens with what Cairns calls "a shitty li'l fanzine," which is a nice ind...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on March 3, 2005
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    The Wind Cries Yablonka! - Laguna songsmith Dan Yablonka gets it right

    Oneofthedownsidesofbeingarockcritic--acritic unassuaged by all the schwag and gratuitous sex--is that sometimes someone you know hands you their CD. This is hard because you know that the little disc means a lot to them and they sowant it to mean a ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on March 3, 2005
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    The Tweakings of the Decent - David Byrne apparently loves PowerPoint

    Photo by Danny ClinchRare are the artists who find themselves welcomed in more than one great cultural scene. The herky-jerky art-rock band known as Talking Heads accomplished this trick early in their career, however, neatly mixing with New York Ci...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on March 3, 2005
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    Back Door Man - Kiefer Sutherland likes Rocco DeLucanow its your turn

    Photo by James BunoanAsLittleRichardoncesaid,rock&rollisonlyrock&rollwhen it feels like the devil is knocking on the back door, and there isn't another instrument that captures that sense of sinister intent like a slide dobro. If hell has a symphony...

    by Joel Beers on March 3, 2005
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    Live Previews

    Photo by Matt OttoMASTER P ONLY GOD CAN UNGGGGGH HIM For those of you who find your self-esteem running a bit high, a good dose of Master P might be just the ticket. At 35, this physically and lyrically unremarkable rapper is listed in the Guinn...

    on February 24, 2005
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    Greene Records

    Top 10 selling records from Feb. 11 to Feb.17 at Greene Records, 12932 Newport Ave., Ste. 4, Tustin, (714) 505-6626; www.greenerecords.com. Greene Records specializes in punk, hardcore, indie, alternative and metal CDs and vinyl. Greene also carries...

    by REX REASON on February 24, 2005
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    Sin, Soul & Salvation - The Helmut Stein Experience

    The Helmut Stein Experience Uptown Game 12-track full-length CD You know how bad we've had it lately? Bushels-of-toxic-aural-swill bad, as our mail bin keeps feeding us slabs of unlistenable dreck. Like the atrocious metal band that has a sound...

    by Rich Kane on February 24, 2005
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    Photo by James BunoanSMOOSH KOO'S, LONG BEACH SUNDAY, FEB. 20 Who would be so savage and cold-hearted as to criticize the alleged artistry of a musical duet comprised of a pair of sweet, cute, prepubescent girls? Wewould. But we'll try to be ...

    by Rich Kane on February 24, 2005
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    Spin Off - Vinyl junkies go from buying to selling

    Photo by James BunoanBrian Flores looks about a minute away--give or take a 10-second hesitation or two--from dropping $100 on a vinyl record that maybe 15 other people in Orange County have heard of when his cell phone rings. Standing on the tips o...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 24, 2005
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    Presto Django! - Gypsy jazz fest in Laguna

    There'snotmuchyoucandowith two fingers. You can poke Curly in the eyes, or you can play the most thrilling jazz guitar in the world. French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt did the latter, becoming an inspiration not just to generations of jazz play...

    by JIM WASHBURN on February 24, 2005
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    Not a Product of His Environment - J. Rocc buys everything that says jazz on it

    Photo by James BunoanJ.RoccslowlywigglesthecapoffaHeineken,then bends down and switches records on his silver Vestax turntable. He's cueing up the next song as naturally as putting one foot in front of the other, and he never breaks stride in the co...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on February 24, 2005
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    Here Comes a Regular - Has Paul Westerberg suffered long enough?

    Photo by Len IrishHe was raised in Minnesota's Twin Cities and is known for his romantic style; he tasted early acclaim, peaking with his third major work, and then that early acclaim cast a shadow over the rest of his life. While it's a description...

    by REX REASON on February 24, 2005
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    Not Just Soccer Moms' Fun - 7 Seconds take the bronze

    Courtesy Side One Dummy RecordsGraphic designers of the far future will look favorably on the golden age of punk-band logos. The best of these designs still grace the underpasses and leather jackets of the industrialized world. How many Fortune 500 ...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on February 24, 2005
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    'We Saw the Truth That Day' - Johnny Cash was kindness from a dirt-floor perspective

    JohnnyCashstartedplayingtheprison circuit in the late 1950s, living up to his own promises in songs (to "the prisoner who has long paid for his crime/but is there because he's a victim of the times") to play for men who "had their hearts torn out, a...

    by RYAN LEACH on February 24, 2005
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    Savage Transcendentalism - Saint-Saens never ceases to amaze

    There's still hope for those of you who've always wanted to try writing classical music--provided you're younger than, say, 35. After all, French great Camille Saint-Saens didn't pick up a pen until his mid-30s. Oh, but wait: he was a child prodigy,...

    by ELIZABETH KHURI on February 24, 2005
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    Live Previews

    JAY-Z A BIZARRE BLUEPRINT Jay-Z walks the line: the Brooklyn rapper has been the wealthy king of pop-rap since before MTV switched to reality shows, and yet the man who calls himself the black Warren Buffet still has more street cred than a bus f...

    on February 17, 2005
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    Stacks the Vinyl Authority

    Top 10 selling records from Feb. 4 to 10 at Stacks the Vinyl Authority, 18300 Gridley Rd., Ste. B, Cerritos, (562) 809-8560; stacksvinyl.com. Stacks prides themselves on being the premier source for vinyl and acts as a hip-hop community center in So...

    by REX REASON on February 17, 2005
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    Hell in a Shoebox - Tentation's haughty, wealthy asshats and Anna Nicole look-alikes

    Photo by Matt Otto"We tried to go to Rouge," my new brunette friend was explaining, shivering a bit from the rainy cold but nonetheless leisurely smoking her cigarette, "but they'd stopped serving food." "Actually," interjected her chiseled, fak...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 17, 2005
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    Live Reviews

    RED HOT NIGHTMARE, GINGER SLING DETROIT BAR, COSTA MESA MONDAY, FEB. 14 Valentine's at Detroit Bar: Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet on the TV sets and Depeche Mode and Joy Division on the stereo--love will tear us apart, indeed, especially with ...

    on February 17, 2005
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