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    Pop Off the Tops - Ten to score in 2004, plus a few more

    Photos (top three, respectively) by James Bunoan, Matt Otto, ChickenhawkIf nothing else in 2004, we wanna start some bar fights. Here's the first punch: our picks for bands who, while "best" had all its meaning sucked away by American Idol, are gon...

    on January 15, 2004
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    Another Year With Nothin To Do

    Photo by James BunoanRevo/Palisade/Black Tie Optional Dipiazza's, Long Beach Sunday, Jan. 4 What better way to kill our seasonal optimism than to get tanked on two-buck Chuck, head over to DiPiazza's and sit among the Bukowski fantacists while w...

    by Rich Kane on January 8, 2004
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    Kings of the Otherworld

    Odelia The Angel as an Imposter (9-song CD) Fullerton's Odelia aren't a band as much as they're sonic constructionists, mood-setters and atmosphere-crafters--four guys who operate in swaths of mystery and melancholy, with a unique canon of other...

    by Rich Kane on January 8, 2004
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    Vicentico Vicentico BMG Argentina This eponymous tour de amor by Vicentico, the former leader of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, is finally appearing in the States over a year after its initial release in Argentina. But anyone hoping for LFC screeds wi...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 8, 2004
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    Send Me an Angel - Looking for love and more in 2004

    Photo by Tenaya HillsEvan was bleary-eyed, fresh-faced and a big fan of my column. Or so he'd been telling me over rounds of whisky-Cokes and the occasional Cars ditty at the Red Room. It was Saturday night, precisely four eves before New Year's Eve...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on January 8, 2004
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    Its part science, part destiny - It is biologically impossible to dislike Neil Diamond

    Illustration by Kathryn Hyatt In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, "Ask what you wish me to give you." --1 Kings 3:5 I wish for you all you wish for yourself, Mr. Diamond. --Marianne, Neil Diamond Dreambook...

    by STANLEY LAUGHNER on January 8, 2004
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    To Major-Label Hell and Back - Handsome Devil are much happier now

    Handsome Devil's impossibly coiffed frontman, Danny Walker, has run the rock & roll gauntlet in reverse. His first brush with fame came when he played guitar in Wank, a once-hot local band that released a Mike Ness-produced single, "Forgiven," a rel...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 8, 2004
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    El Zelig - Despite a Decade of Unfulfilled Hope, El Pelos builds a rock en espanol scene

    Photo by Matt OttoJess "El Pelos" Olvera trudges into Lee's Sandwiches one recent Sunday morning bundled in a coat, his eyes puffy but lucid with optimism. He had spent the previous night at South Gate's decrepit Allen Theater hosting an all-ages r...

    on January 8, 2004
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    Winter Formal

    Photo by James BunoanDios Chain Reaction, Anaheim Sunday, Dec. 21 The kids were slow-dancing the way kids always slow-dance--babyfaced and sullen, eyes bolt open, barely shuffling their shoes off the floor--and we were at prom all over again, th...

    on December 25, 2003
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    Brook Lee Losing Esperanza 10-track Full-Length CD Nice guy, this Brook Lee. We met him a couple of months ago, and he handed us this CD and politely--respectfully, even, in a total non-ass-kissing way!--asked us to give it a listen. And, if ...

    by Rich Kane on December 25, 2003
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    Making It Up - Sleepless nights with Willie Waldman

    It may be New Year's Eve in Long Beach to you, but to trumpeter Willie Waldman, it's amateur night in an amateur town--fun, but child's play. Maybe that's a good thing. "Shit, if you play around midnight, it's the cleanup slot. That's what Mike Wa...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on December 25, 2003
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    Out of the Shadows - The Funk Brothers sweetest fruit

    The revolving group of musicians known as the Funk Brothers--Motown's house band from 1959 through 1972--created more enduring radio classics than any assemblage of studio cats in history. The group labored in anonymity by design of label massa Berr...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on December 25, 2003
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    This Charming Bar - Pampering lifes complexities during Memphis Definitely Maybe

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWell. It had at least sounded like a good idea at the time. A date with my mom to the opening night of The Nutcracker? And she'd pop for dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill beforehand? A piping-hot dish of creamy pasta, gratis, wh...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 25, 2003
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    Poet as Prophet - Mike Barnets call of the wild

    Photo by Steve MayedaBack in the day, prophets wailed in the wilderness. History tells us that most people ignored the prophets-- until it was too late. Such mystics still walk among us. Take Fullerton singer/ songwriter Mike Barnet. The 28-year-old...

    by Joel Beers on December 25, 2003
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    Talk Radios Left Echo - Why does anyone still care about Rage Against The Machine?

    It's not the worst legacy you could ask for. Three years after Rage Against the Machine's last show, people have finally quit asking who's gonna be the new Clash, and started asking who's gonna be the new Rage Against the Machine. But, three years i...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 25, 2003
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    Pass the Sheep! - Beyond the Valley of the Dance Disaster Movement Video

    Guerrilla filmmaking. That, Mr. and Mrs. Orange County, is why your sons and daughters now have a slim shot at appearing on TV in several hundred seconds' worth of steamy girl-on-plastic-sheep action, erotic banana-eating and--oh, yeah, also they're...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 25, 2003
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    Super Tonite!

    Photo by James BunoanBlow Up Blow Sunday, Dec. 14 Alex's Bar, Long Beach "This song is about having the best Saturday night of your life," says the singer of Blow Up Blow, "or the best Sunday night of your life." Close enough. For the past six m...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 18, 2003
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    Just What I Needed - Preseason holiday debauchery with Flock of 80s

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsLast Friday, with the holiday season nigh upon me--and with it, copious amounts of Chrismukkah parties that, despite almost always guaranteeing a rollicking, spiked-egg-nog good time, don't necessarily facilitate rollicking, ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 18, 2003
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    Love in the Time of Kinky - Photo Chick, Primeval Basses, and the Most Buzzed-About Latin Alternative Band in America

    It's been a little over a year since I saw the Mexican quintet Kinky warm up a chilly November night at the Coach House, yet I relive the show every time I think about the pleasure, disappointment and beauty that is love. Another woman had dumped ...

    on December 18, 2003
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    Hating the Haters - The Smut Peddlers arent Nazis, mmkay?

    Here's the buy-'em-by-the-sack facts about the Smut Peddlers: punk rock band; been around since '93; four-fifths of them live in OC; range in age from 23 to 43; have recorded four full-length CDs; had their song "Let's Get Fucked Up" featured in Jac...

    by Rich Kane on December 18, 2003
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