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    New Wavy, Less Gravy - The Fever: From arty to tarty

    Photo by Paul SavianoCalifornia--just the word, never mind the actual state--conjures some intense memories for the Fever's front man, Geremy Jasper. The way he tells it, before he became the singer for the New York City-based art punk quintet the F...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on August 5, 2004
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    Alan Jackson on Earth - Country music in hell

    Alan Jackson will never go to hell, unless he's got a sick little locked room somewhere, which he does not--that moustache bespeaks only the clearest, purest, most honorable, predictable soul, a country singer at home in an era when the open range i...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on August 5, 2004
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    Breasts Always Get You In - Beach-party crashing 101

    Photo by James Bunoan "See that girl in the blue skirt?" the bouncer asked, setting a confiscated, half-empty Cuervo margarita cup in the sand before slyly motioning toward a petite, dark-haired young'un to our right. "Her wristband--she turned it i...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on July 29, 2004
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    Maldita Vecindad

    Maldita Vecindad Vault 350, Long Beach Sunday, July 25 Maldita Vecindad might still play the same songs they originally fired up years ago, but no one at their Vault 350 show Sunday night gave a damn--maybe because those same tunes are still unf...

    on July 29, 2004
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    Live Previews

    LL COOL J MOZART SAID KNOCK YOU OUT! Every year, Orange County plays host to thousands of musical performances--and while most of the time, audience members go home simply poorer and disappointed that the band didn't sound like their record, som...

    on July 29, 2004
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    Day for Night - The Kelly Bowlin Band

    Photo by Bill Warshaw PhotographyOpening for the Flatlanders, Thurs., Aug. 5 Self-employed loan broker and family man by day, wonderfully noisy roots rocker when he clocks out, Kelly Bowlin--with his eponymous band, which presently featuring ex-Hu...

    by JOHN ROOS on July 29, 2004
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    Someone Else Would Dream a Song - Chapter and verse on the Flatlanders

    Photo by Johnny Buzzerio/New West RecordsCHAPTER ONE: IN WHICH JOE ELY GETS HIS FIRST SET OF STRINGS As kids, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore were like brothers, singing the cowboy songs that had been passed down since the old cattle-driving days,...

    by KARA ZUARO on July 29, 2004
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    Into the Void - A psychonauts guide to Black Sabbath

    A set by the original Black Sabbath is enough of a rarity now--with the band's age and health, they may be not long for this world--that a fan can't miss a chance to see the band how they were meant to be seen: fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked-up. But prudently f...

    by REX REASON on July 29, 2004
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    No Ass is Shown - Life is a joke for Plastilina Mosh. All you need to do is laugh

    So two headbanded strangers storm into a house, grab a tennis racket and golf club, and begin breaking lamps and turntables, then proceed to tear the clothes off the women. When all is said and smashed, the men retire to a couch, their captives smil...

    on July 29, 2004
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    The National

    FILE UNDER: BUMMER POP, ANGUISHED AND BOOZY The National Cherry Tree Brassland Comparisons to old-school brooders such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Drake don't really cut it next to the National's decidedly modern and dismally magnifi...

    by KARA ZUARO on July 29, 2004
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    The Book of Knots

    FILE UNDER: ANCIENT MARINERS, RIMES OF The Book of Knots self-titled Arclight Tying together noise, pop craft and wreckage rescued from the bottom of the ocean, the Book of Knots--not so much a band as a collection of dear old punk rock fogi...

    by ANTERO GARCIA on July 29, 2004
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    The Fiery Furnaces

    FILE UNDER: INDIE POP, CONFUSE AND AMUSE The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat Rough Trade/Sanctuary Gallowsbird's Bark, the debut album from other brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces, simultaneously screamed shtick and invoked intrigue with its...

    by JOHN FANNING on July 29, 2004
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    Yeah, Songs!

    Steve Burns Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa Sunday, July 25 Steve Burns was on TV (Blue's Clues!), and then he took a walk; like with Elvis, a lot of slightly cool moms who loved watching him on TV resigned their cotton undies forever unthrown to a bedr...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 29, 2004
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    Dignified and Old

    Photo by James BunoanLive Concert Reviews Dignified and Old Sonic Youth The Glass House, Pomona Sunday, July 19 For a band that managed to supplant the power chord with the effects pedal (at least as far as every high school band from about 19...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 22, 2004
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    The Third Unheard

    FILE UNDER: HIP-HOP, OLD-SCHOOL Various Artists The Third Unheard Stones Throw Long before Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons were folding each other's underwear and fighting over the top bunk at NYU, Tony "Mr. Magic" Pearson--a record-store own...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on July 22, 2004
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    Gorge Trio

    FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL, DELIBERATELY ALIENATING Gorge Trio Open Mouth, O Wisp Skin Graft You wonder if Gorge Trio are intentionally trying to alienate their listeners. For "A Comedy in Sun," the first song on their new album, they begin with...

    by ANTERO GARCIA on July 22, 2004
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    Cocktails and Dreams - Terri Torzon wins with delish Dona

    Photo by Tenaya HillsLast Sunday afternoon, surrounded by the dozen or so Sunset Beach locals who elected to sweat out the heat wave and sip beers inside J. King Neptune's, Seal Beach native and part-time bartender Terri Torzon held up a martini gla...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on July 22, 2004
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    Live Previews

    Photo by Tod SeelieROGERS SISTERS: START TO MOVE Think about the Rogers Sisters when you're stuck in traffic: when you got all that impotent mechanized power idling underneath you, all that time to tap a backbeat on the steering wheel, all that ti...

    on July 22, 2004
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    Mariachi cheat sheet - Five songs you will hear at this Saturdays Orange County Fair mariachi fest:

    "El Rey": This Jos Alfredo Jimnez standard's popularity is perhaps the best insight into the Mexican psyche outside of the tortilla. I mean, what other nation would embrace a song advocating a machismo so obnoxious ("With or without money/I do wha...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on July 22, 2004
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    Dont Need a Cure - Icarus Line: Aint it fun?

    Courtesy of Big Hassle PRThe Icarus Line are into drugs, which you might have realized from the myriad references on their galvanizing yawp of scuzzy Stooges-influenced rock Penance Soiree, over which the British press has worked itself into a lathe...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on July 22, 2004
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