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    A Whole Lotta Ragin Goin On! - My nights with Jerry Lee and Smokey

    I have a couple of personal anecdotes to regale yer azzes with this week, dear readers, as sometimes a story can convey the essence of a man and do so in more entertaining fashion than all the pointy-headed critical dissection one can muster. It w...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on March 2, 2000
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    No Doubt - Like Anaheim, superstardom is a weird place to come from

    Three small orange trees grow along the curb in front of her stately mansion in an old-money neighborhood above Los Angeles, and the bright pink that has replaced brassy platinum as her hot new hair color glows all the way down to her scalp. No, Gwe...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on March 2, 2000
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    Rock, Roll, & Tumble

    The Ziggens/The Line/Secret Hate The Lava Lounge Saturday, Feb. 5 Have we ever mentioned that we invented "action sports"? It's true! As a not-very-bright 8-year-old during the '70s, we once attempted to skate down a steep dirt-bike jump--so w...

    by Rich Kane on February 24, 2000
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    Monique Powell, Hypersensitive Lead Singer, Save Ferris

    Photo by Jeanne Rice "Fortress Rehearsal Studios on Highland in Hollywood--for the REAL LA rock experience at an affordable price. Every band has to rehearse here at least once to say they 'paid their dues,' and it will be one of the few Hollywood l...

    on February 24, 2000
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    He Made Us Walk - Big Jay McNeely's back in town

    BIG JAY MCNEELY's back in town, honking, squealing, screaming, bleating, braying, blowing his sax like a one-man herd of gaseous cattle chewing up the bean fields--and that's a good thing. Of all the lunatic tenormen to come to the fore during the...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on February 24, 2000
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    Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1929-2000

    The legendary Screamin' Jay Hawkins passed away Feb. 12 at age 70. His classic "I Put a Spell on You" belongs on any sensible Top 10 All-Time Coolest Rock & Roll songs list and suggests much of what you'd want to know about the man: he was a true or...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on February 24, 2000
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    It's a Wu-Tang After All - What's your Wu-Tang tag?

    Are you down with the Wu-Tang? Probably not, unless your crew regularly addresses you as Method Man, Masta Killa, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus, a.k.a. Joe Bannanas, a.k.a. Dirt M...

    by Rich Kane on February 24, 2000
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    Hippos Not Extinct - Even as third-wave ska tumbles to a close, the Hippos stomp

    There's a story about how the Hippos formed, the best part of which is that Danny Rukasin (trombone, keyboards, backing vocals) and Rich Zanhiser (keyboards, backing vocals, trombone) were, according to their bio, "drafted from jazz camp." Jazz ca...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on February 24, 2000
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    Molly Mondays! Tub Tuesdays!

    Flogging Molly Linda's Doll Hut Monday, Jan. 31 "Consarn you, Locals Only!" a fan recently complained, taking us to task for not getting out enough on the weeknights. Fact is, knave, we do--we just don't always scribble about everything we see...

    by Rich Kane on February 17, 2000
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    Music Reviews

    CADILLAC TRAMPS LIVE! BYO RECORDS It's almost too obvious to declare this new Cadillac Tramps live disc--recorded during their Galaxy Concert Theatre reunion show last April and in stores Tuesday--their best ever; not to undermine the fine cata...

    on February 17, 2000
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    Ideas Die Hard - The passion of the Siren Six

    To get to the interior of the roomy (if not dingy) practice space the Siren Six share with a number of struggling LA bands, you must first pass through a series of impediments: locked screen doors, wood doors, metal doors and, finally, an impossibly...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on February 17, 2000
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    Not Da Ramones - The Groovie Ghoulies G-rated horror rock

    Saying (as we did last March) that Sacramento's Groovie Ghoulies sound like the Ramones is like saying Jan Crouch wears too much makeup--it's not merely obvious, it's really, really obvious. There's a Buzzcocks thing going on, too, if you care, thou...

    by Rich Kane on February 17, 2000
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    Men in Black - The Hollisters sound like Johnny Cash, and John Sebastian sounds like a jug band

    There's good news and bad news about Houston-based roots rockers THE HOLLISTERS, who play the Crazy Horse on Sunday night. I love this band, and I'm definitely in their corner; I want them to grow and mature and become my favorite group, which isn't...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on February 17, 2000
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    Sex, Smoke and Shyness - Diana Krall gets big

    When Diana Krall came to Los Angeles from Canada in the early 1980s, she was a shy, somewhat nervous kid with a tremendous ability for stride piano. When she performs this week at the Orange County Performing Arts Center--and later this month attend...

    by BILL KOHLHAASE on February 17, 2000
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    The Killingtons/No Motiv/Autolux - Chain Reaction Sat., Jan. 29

    To be honest--and, brothers and sisters, we are always honest--we were kinda dreading this night of (ugh!) "emo," a style we generally like, though a term we abhor. So we'd really like to kick our own ass and smash our own face into a bloody, tomato...

    by Rich Kane on February 10, 2000
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    Steve Lynch - Drummer, Burnin' Groove

    Photo by Jeanne Rice> The Replacements, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me and Let It Be. "These three albums are my picks, but if you're a no-risk-taking, greatest-hits-only music buyer, then there's always their All for Nothing, Nothing for All. If I had to ...

    on February 10, 2000
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    Arling & Cameron and Guy Clark

    ARLING & CAMERON MUSIC FOR IMAGINARY FILMS EMPEROR NORTON Arling & Cameron have discovered the Ghost of Disco Past on this cheeky ode to film scores, which they say is not a true follow-up to their delicious, pie-in-the-face-of-dance-music debu...

    on February 10, 2000
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    Vein of Pain - A week in the life of the blues

    ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART is one of the best things to happen to the blues since people first started singing about how their sex organs tended to complicate their lives. In other words, he understands the emotional heart and traditional soul of this mu...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on February 10, 2000
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    The A&R Man Clappeth - Primus heavy, funky kook

    When NoCal trio Primus played their A&R man a rough version of "Electric Uncle Sam," a track from their latest album, Antipop, the A&R man reportedly did something he'd never done before when listening to a Primus song: he clapped. Now, you tell m...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on February 10, 2000
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    Visions of Utopia - Onboard Basslands magic bus

    Photo by Jeanne RiceSuperstitions, dreams and visions often seem to run Alex Xenophon's life, but he knows well enough that his reliance on mystical forces isn't practical business for his techno band, Bassland. It hasn't landed them a big record de...

    by ANDREW ASCH on February 10, 2000
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