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    Chuck Berry and Ike Turner Made Your World - Rocks progenitors come to Doheny

    Photo by Jenny LensTake the white man's table scraps, transform them into something new, and spice it up so good that the white man wants it back. That's much of the story of black American culture in the past century. At the Doheny Blues Festival t...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 16, 2004
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    Live Reviews

    Photo by Matt OttoThe Neptunes International Surf Museum, Huntington Beach Sunday, Sept. 12 They were big barrel-chested guys who looked like they could drink some beer, but you know, they weren't gonna get to: in downtown Huntington, you can t...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 16, 2004
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    Velvet Underground

    File Under: Rock & Roll, Curtain Calls Velvet Underground Live at Max's Kansas City: Deluxe Edition Rhino/Atlantic While not their best live album (1969: Velvet Underground Livetakes that honor), Live at Max's Kansas City: Deluxe Edition captu...

    by ALEX ROMAN on September 9, 2004
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    Viktor Vaughn

    File Under: Hip-Hop, Weirdoes on the Mic Viktor Vaughn Venomous Villain Insomniac Music Since his original group KMD dissolved following the death of his brother, British-born rapper/producer Daniel Dumile has kept it real--real weird. Startin...

    by JASON THORNBERRY on September 9, 2004
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    Hades, Indeed - Descending into hell at the International Street Fair

    Photo by Tenaya HillsPeering down Chapman Avenue from where we stood at the entrance to the Orange International Street Fair--cozily sandwiched between the port-a-potties and a pair of Police Explorers armed with Maglites--it felt as though we'd stu...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on September 9, 2004
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    Live Previews

    Photo by George Campos/Girlie Action PRWar What is it Good For? Kids! For my eighth birthday, I got a stereo of my very own: white plastic, oversized pink buttons and a turntable for my favorite 45 rpm records. The very first two I played were ...

    on September 9, 2004
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    Ill Communicators - Politics and the Beastie Boys dont mix

    In looking back over a long list of embarrassing phases I passed through on my way to adulthood, the one in which I thought it was inexplicably kEwL to communicate via freestyle rap feels particularly cringe-worthy. Not that these e-mail raps--yes, ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 9, 2004
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    Always Touched by Your Presence, Dear - Seven for Blondie heaven

    O lonely rock creep, you used to have the escort girls come over to dance at your government-assisted apartment, and over their shoulder on the wall was that printed-out Internet picture of Debbie Harry where her eyes are waxy off some kind of pill ...

    by LOUIE Q. NUDNIK on September 9, 2004
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    Love Without Ego - GB gives the loverman a melvin

    Photo by James BunoanI'm jealous of GB. I'm a guy who was hardly able to mouth "I love you" to the women I've pined for during the past two decades, and sitting before me at In-N-Out Burger in Irvine is a 20-year-old kid who must have written the bo...

    by ANDREW ASCH on September 9, 2004
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    Web Exclusive!

    FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC/TECHNO-TOONS Wagon Christ Sorry I Make You Lush Ninja Tune Wagon Christ is an android's Saturday Night Fever, a hot and steamy dance hall with a disco ball, a smoke machine, and poppin' and lockin' animatronics. See, unl...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Noise Nazis - The heat keeps San Clemente bars sleepy

    Photo by Matt OttoJudging from where we'd parked on a side street off El Camino Real, it appeared last Friday that perhaps Orange County Sheriff's Department officials had been justified in recently citing a number of San Clemente's beachside bars f...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on September 2, 2004
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    Live Previews

    Clarence Carter Back-Door Santa Blind like Homer, Clarence Carter too has spun epics of grief. Consider 1969's "Patches," where he speaks of growing up in rags, watching his father struggle while "a little money from the crops he raised/barely pa...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Live Reviews

    Photo by Matt OttoThe Von Bondies, Blood Arm, Sweet and Tender Hooligans Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana Saturday, Aug. 28 Opening act the Von Bondies were great as usual; the groove-punk Blood Arm proved a pleasant revelation. But everyone a...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Pedals To the Metal - The resurrection of Bikeride

    Photo by James BunoanAn obituary for the late, great Bikeride, one of many undervalued local bands that never made it mega. Beloved by millions--well, it could've happened--they put out four terrific albums during their lifespan, generating swaths o...

    by Rich Kane on September 2, 2004
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    Scared To Sleep For Years - The fall and fall and surprise rise of Throw Rag

    When Throw Rag first takes the stage at New York's Irving Plaza, where they're opening for Stiff Little Fingers, nobody seems to notice. It's early, the place is cavernous, and punk is dead. But once they start playing--an electrifying and depraved ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 2, 2004
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    This is Going Down on My Personal Record - Violent Femmes add it up

    Illustration by Bob AulAug. 20, 1994 Dear Diary, I had the craziest dream last night. I was in this cobwebby old clock tower, and there was this big window looking down on a college campus. It looked just like the brochures--kids reading and lau...

    by KARA ZUARO on September 2, 2004
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    Tap of the Class - Guide to watering holes worthy of the old college try

    Photo by James BunoanSo you're stretching a brand-new navy-blue fitted sheet over what is perhaps the smallest bed ever when he walks in. "Hey, roomie!" he gurgles, extending a hand. All you can see is his sizeable belly, thick neck and noon o'clock...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on August 26, 2004
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    Live Previews

    INTERPOL POST IT ON LIVEJOURNAL There are people who answer the question "Do you like Interpol?" with a tart little "Actually, I'd rather listen to Joy Division." And these people can blow it out their bunghole because if every other band hadn't...

    on August 26, 2004
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    Some Real Blues - Steal from James Harman and youre stealing from everyone

    Early this month, OC's mainstay bluesman James Harman was robbed, to the tune of eight rare guitars and thousands of vintage albums and 45s. You have to admire the taste of the thieves: there is scarcely a cooler trove of booty in the nation. But fr...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 26, 2004
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    Kill Me Kill Me Kill - Your cheat sheet to todays killer bands

    Once upon a time, at a record store near you, a mother refused to purchase her son a copy of the Killers' Hot Fuss because she was worried about the band's violent name. But had she taken the time to sound out those glossy guitar hooks and flashy di...

    by JAMI MAKAN on August 26, 2004
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