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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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    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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    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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    Make Believe Were in Love - The Velvet Teen: Permission to crack a joke?

    Photo by Sara SangerThe Velvet Teen's front man, Judah Nagler, sometimes sounds so much like Jeff Buckley that you have to stare at him hard, just to make sure dead guys aren't crawling out of the Mississippi to steal our rock bands away from us. Bu...

    by KARA ZUARO on July 22, 2004
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    Me Enamorado de Una Chica Mala - Heartbreak via Cafe Tacubaa tragedy in four parts

    Illustration by Bob AulI've learned my lesson. As I take the following week off to barnstorm with Latin alternative all-stars Caf Tacuba on their five-date California tour--this Saturday, they're at the Arrowhead Pond as part of the usually reprehe...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on July 22, 2004
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    Non-Fortunate Son: - John Fogerty should be bigger than Neil Young

    Photo by Miranda Penn Turin/Reprise recordsYou think you like Neil Young, but you don't. You like John Fogerty--the down-home flannel-flyin' aw-shucks guitar rock, the inspiring-but-not-embarrassing Everyman politics (thanks to George W., Fogerty's ...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 22, 2004
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    Done Got Over It - Soul Queen Irma Thomas fronts Motowns Funk Brothers at the fair

    What's Irma Thomas up to these days? Just being Irma, she says, laughing. And she does probably the world's best job of being Irma--makes it seem effortless. Her upcoming four-night stand singing Motown hits with the Funk Brothers, for example, "is ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 22, 2004
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    The Go-Gos: The Beat Goes On

    Laugh them off as cute and bubbly, mock their simplistic approach to songwriting, or toss them aside as has-beens--you could do all of those things to the Go-Go's, but why the hell would you want to? Without these punkettes-turned-pop princesses, th...

    by KAT JETSON on July 22, 2004
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    Free Moral Agents

    Photo by Jeanne RiceFree Moral Agents Everybody's Favorite Weapon GSL Ikey Owens is not polite--at least not when it comes to a typically second-banana instrument like the keyboards. At one of the rare live gigs for his latest project, Free Mo...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 15, 2004
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    New Face in Hell

    Photo by James BunoanBay City Rollers Alex's Bar, Long Beach Friday, July 9 In hell, you'll have a spot on the list, and the drinks will be cheap, and you'll tip well, and everyone will say hi and clap your back because they've all been waiting ...

    on July 15, 2004
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    A.C. Newman

    Photo by Karin BubasA.C. Newman The Slow Wonder Matador Records Fans of the New Pornographers may not recognize the band's redheaded front man, but Carl Newman's hooks are instantly familiar--even if under the layers of sugar, they turn out to b...

    by DANNY MAGUIRE on July 15, 2004
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