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    They Want My Smokes!

    Photo by James BunoanTHE DUANE PETERS GUNFIGHT/RIVER CITY REBELS/CIVET HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM SUNDAY, MARCH 6 An accounting of the State of Punk Rock in 2005 can't be composed without a fashion report, which on this night included one tire...

    by Rich Kane on March 10, 2005
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    Since 'Til Tuesday - Aimee Mann carries on

    Not many musicians made it out of the '80s with their careers intact; even fewer emerged from the rubble with the respect Aimee Mann has garnered since her days in 'Til Tuesday. That's a tall order when you factor image into the equation: the white-...

    by MICHELLE MCCARTHY on March 10, 2005
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    Low Ball Ass Chatter - Texas is the reason

    If it's March, then it's time for the annual migration of OC/Long Beach bands to Austin, Texas, for the music-industry wank-o-rama/booze-'n'-barbecue orgy that is South By Southwest (SXSW). This year's contingent making the Central Standard Time zon...

    by Rich Kane on March 10, 2005
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    Our Crowd Will Pound Your Bar - Nex Level makes hip-hop look Eazy

    Photo by Matt OttoAt10:38p.m.onaThursday,theCrazyHorse Steakhouse boasts little more than some autographed headshots of country music has-beens displayed in the foyer and a trio of doughy, Bud Light-swilling cowgirls getting loosey-goosey on the dan...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on March 10, 2005
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    'It's Getting Scary' - Living Legends vs. a media monster

    LivingLegendsisaloosecollectiveofninehip-hoppers rarely seen--and even more rarely heard--all together, even though individually, they're staples in the California underground rap scene. Murs, the Grouch, Eligh, Sunspot Jonz, Luckyiam, Scarub, Bicas...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on March 10, 2005
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    Live Previews

    THE GAME WEST COAST POPPIN' "The West Coast never fell off/I was asleep in Compton/Aftermath been here/the beats been knockin'/Nate Dogg doing his thing/DPG still poppin'!" spits the Game over killer piano keys on "Westside Story," the first s...

    on March 3, 2005
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    VIP Records, Long Beach

    Top 10 selling records from Feb. 18 to Feb. 24, at VIP Records, 1014 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 591-2349; www.viplongbeach.com. VIP Records specializes in R&B, rap, gospel, blues, jazz, and reggae CDs, LPs, cassettes and DVDs. 1) Th...

    by REX REASON on March 3, 2005
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    Sloshy! - Disguster

    Photo by Matt OttoGUSTER NINE-SONG DEMO CD It's the Velvet Revolver of OC! Meaning it's a bunch of guys from bands we've known of for years--K.C. from the Co-dependents, Hedge from Mr. Mirainga, Jorge from Smear--plus one guy we've never heard of...

    by Rich Kane on March 3, 2005
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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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    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

    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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