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    A Horrible Guide to Reasonable Noise

    So a guy walks into the experimental music show, hears some fart noises, and calls the artist a fraud--this is why I can't tell people I'm a music writer, because they'll think my whole life is frauds and fart noises. Funny, too, because Aaron Xim...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 5, 2005
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    This Shit Is Bananas - A probing analysis of Gwen Stefanis Hollaback Girl

    Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" is one of the most baffling pieces of music of the modern age. It's got something to do with cheerleaders--that much is clear, judging from the chanting and the marching band that's honking and tooting in the backgrou...

    by GREG STACY on May 5, 2005
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    Lets Give - God bless Loretta Lynn

    Now that Jack White (of the White Stripes, y'all) has done gone and produced the legendary Loretta Lynn's latest, VanLearRose, do you suppose this county's young(ish) hipsters will finally come out and give her the audience she deserves? When we s...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 5, 2005
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    Starstruck - Square shouldve had what Maroon 5 got

    Maroon 5 have had it all in the three years since their debut album SongsAboutJanecame out: world tours, insane fan adulation, glossy magazine covers, packed hockey arenas, platinum records, big bucks, a Best New Artist Grammy, SaturdayNightLiveappe...

    by Rich Kane on May 5, 2005
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    Saut Wa Soora


    by REX REASON on April 28, 2005
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    SLIGO RAGS THENIGHTBEFORETHEMORNINGAFTER CELTHICK MUSIC 16-TRACK FULL-LENGTH CD If you talk of Irish music and Orange County, that talk will inevitably turn to the band that's been doing the Eire thing for years: the Fenians. So omnipresent ar...

    by Rich Kane on April 28, 2005
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    Good Vibrations - DJ Drezs not-very-stoned soul picnic

    With thick dreadlocks dangling over his back, you might think that DJ Drez is a fall-down stoner reggae freak, and you'd be right about the reggae part. Drez has been going to the Bob Marley Festival in Long Beach since the parking lot was just half...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on April 28, 2005
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    Stinkstock! - Coachella is part festival, part endurance test

    Photo by Pamela LittkyHow, year in and year out, do I possibly find fault with all that is naturally good and righteous about Coachella? Well, easy: these big huge mega-fests aren't really about enjoying live music as much as they are a challenge of...

    by Rich Kane on April 28, 2005
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    Teen-Age Cruisers - Xalos tries to jumpstart the roots-rock/hot rod/kustom kar kraze

    Maybe no one told promoter Jaime Munoz that the roots-rock subculture is in a bit of a stall lately. Or that DaVinci has apparently reissued a whole slew of "'50s-style" shirt-jackets, oversized for the modern man. Or that Dave Alvin's not with the ...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on April 28, 2005
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    !A Todos Bailar el Cover! - Seven terrible Mexican remakes of American songs

    The modus operandi of Orange County vatospunkosManic Hispanic is to transform punk classics into pochopoems such as "The INS Took My Novia Away" and "Brand New Impala." But don't think this shtick is original--ripping off American songs is a proud M...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on April 28, 2005
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    The Leon Touch - How to go from 10 sushi aficionados to 300 Felines in less than two hours

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThere are three grains of sticky rice floating in a small puddle of soy sauce on my barstool and a pair of women singing karaoke--"I Will Survive"? "Ladies' Night"? Something like that--when I arrive at Quan's Rockin' Sushi for ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on April 21, 2005
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    Photo by Matt OttoLOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES JC FANDANGO, ANAHEIM THURSDAY, APRIL 14 Everyone who visited JC Fandango on April 14 demanded that headliners Los Amigos Invisibles consummate a tease the group let linger last summer. That's when the Ven...

    on April 21, 2005
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    Perfect Sound forever - Everything in the world is Aaron Ximms pop song

    One of Aaron Ximm's best-selling CDs is called Plumbing and Irrigation in South Asia. It sounds exactly--probably more exactly--like you'd think: sprinklers, pipes, a hotel-room sink. Unaltered, unglamorized: drip-drip-drip. The and/OAR record label...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 21, 2005
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    Hawaii Calling - Go on, pick up

    Photo courtesy Irvine Barclay TheatreWhat a gracious, giving and forgiving people the Hawaiians are: like other native Americans, they got heinie-screwed out of their land, sovereignty, legacy and culture; a great people reduced to providing enterta...

    by JIM WASHBURN on April 21, 2005
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    Verily Poetic - Sol Arte Gallery Cafe is the new Koos

    Photo by James BunoanOutside Sol Art? Gallery Caf? in Santa Ana, a lone, scrawny, 17-year-old-ish kid sits smoking, his beat-up black hoodie serving, for the moment, as a headrest between his neck and the window. My boyfriend and I, having arrived a...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on April 14, 2005
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    Alone in the Dark - Never heard of Writers Block?

    Dannu is kind of glad you've never heard of him--he's spent a lot of time trying to keep things that way. It's the rest of the guys in hip-hop crew the Visionaries who get the press, and that leaves Dannu and Lord Zen--both MCs--alone in the dark to...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on April 14, 2005
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    Live Previews

    Photo by Henry DiltzDR. JOHN NIGHT TRIPPIN' If the genitalia of all the drunken men who peruse the French Quarter every Mardi Gras could speak whenever an ample-chested lass reveals her bodacious bosoms, then the collective wiggly-wobbly parts w...

    on April 7, 2005
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    Virgin Megastore Costa Mesa


    by REX REASON on April 7, 2005
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    What Perfect Sounds Like

    MATT MCCLUER & KATHRYN JENSEN SHE'SAREVOLUTION 18-TRACK FULL-LENGTH CD So this is what it's come to: stamp "Matt Adams" anywhere on your CD, and it's a guarantee the music contained therein is of a quality of the highest order. But it also he...

    by Rich Kane on April 7, 2005
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    Begin Your Pilgrimage Now - The District ditches the drunken Betties for more Lounge-y crowd

    Photos by Tenaya HillsLast September, during the homestretch of Old Towne Orange's International Street Fair--you know, when the waist-high heaps of discarded beer cups began resembling modern art and every third reveler sported a thin, caked mustac...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on April 7, 2005
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