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    Good Grief - The Littlest Man Band gets sloshed

    Courtesy Lisa HueyThe Littlest Man Band's ScottKlopfenstein has a platinum-selling skeleton in his closet--a not-so-littlest band called Reel Big Fish, which still packs 'em in almost 10 years after they started. But, says Klopfenstein, that's okay-...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on December 9, 2004
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    In the Midnite Hour - Thee Midniters never cared for ethnicityothers did

    Courtesy Mike CarcanoBelieve it or not--I'm looking at you here, Barbara Coe--there was once a time when the children of Mexican immigrants actually wanted to lose their ethnicity and be plain ol' Americans, when Jorge and Consuelo called themselves...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 9, 2004
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    Shopping Bagged - Deck the malls with rounds of Stoli

    Photo by Tenaya HillsBy our estimates, the three Stepford-by-way-of-Newport blondes had been drinking champagne inside Quattro for more than an hour, chasing their tiny sips with high-pitched giggles and nonchalant twists of their wedding bands. Inv...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 2, 2004
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    Live Previews

    Photo by Steve ShermanBlind Boys Of Alabama Go Tell it on the Mountain The Blind Boys of Alabama have long been one of the most soulful and sweet gospel groups to inhabit the planet. But the septet has recently blossomed into much more than just...

    on December 2, 2004
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    La Banda Elastica Awards Show

    Photo by Matt OttoLa Banda El?stica Awards Show The Vault 350, Long Beach Wednesday, Nov. 24 The nights leading up to Vault 350's Latin alternative mega-concert were all little deaths for Southland rockeros. No one bothered to dance at Caf? Ta...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 2, 2004
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    Locals Only

    Photo by Christine MarieSocial Distortion Sex, Love, And Rock 'n' Roll Time Bomb Recordings Sure, we're about two months late with this review--but why hurl ourselves into a sea of September blather when we can instead sneak in the last word? ...

    by Rich Kane on December 2, 2004
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    Make the Music Go Bang - Gun Club reissues give Jeffrey Lee pierce his due

    In The Secret History of Rock: The Most Influential Bands You Never Heard, author Roni Sarig writes of Jeffrey Lee Pierce, "His impudence in freely appropriating a tradition so clearly not his own was a bold punk statement in it's own right." But ...

    by GABRIEL HART on December 2, 2004
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    Felonies and Misdemeanors - Band talk with Only Crimes Bill Stevenson

    Photo courtesy Fat Wreck ChordsAt 17, Bill Stevenson founded his first band, the Descendents. That band would go on to create the blueprint for pop punk, making millionaires out of the legion of bands that followed, as well as pioneering the nerds-w...

    by REX REASON on December 2, 2004
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    Id Miss The Butter - Tighten up with Calvin Johnson

    Photo by Michael LavineWhen Calvin Johnson, ringleader of the lo-fi indie-rock circus that is Olympia's K Records, answers the phone, his signature baritone is as throaty as the bark of a mopey basset hound. On his solo record, What Was Me, he sings...

    by KARA ZUARO on December 2, 2004
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    Black Hole Records

    Top 10 selling records from Nov. 15 to Nov. 21 at Black Hole Records, 108 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 449-1788. Black Hole specializes in British pop, rockabilly, psychobilly and punk rock. 1) Stray Cats, Rumble in Brixton (Surf Dog) ...

    by REX REASON on November 25, 2004
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    The 80s Are Way Back - Jungle-green-is-the-new-orange back

    Photo by Matt OttoIn case you weren't paying attention, yet another'80s club opened in Orange County last Friday. Unfortunately, it opened in Lake Forest, which is kinda like fanny packs finally making it to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1998, which means...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on November 25, 2004
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    OhNo, Peanut Butter Wolf

    Photo by Amy TheligOhNo, Peanut Butter Wolf Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa Saturday, Nov. 20 Mr. P.B. Wolf wasn't as schizo as BadMeaningGood or as hyper as Madlib on Blunted in the Bombshelter, though Stones Throw resurrectee Pookie Blow did get a c...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 25, 2004
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    Live Previews

    Photo by Chapman Baehler / Capitol RecordsDoes anyone still care about Metallica? Apparently, yeah--this show is sold-out, so says our latest TicketBastard check. By now, though, the people who buy tickets to a Metallica gig are going strictly so ...

    by Rich Kane on November 25, 2004
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    For Those About Duroque, We Salute You!

    Mal DuRoque What's Left In Orange County Carpet Cat Records It ought to be well-known that the source of some of the world's red dye is a bug, Dactylopius coccus, a South and Central American beetle that, when dried and powdered by the tens of...

    by TODD MATHEWS on November 25, 2004
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    Josh Ones Big Crash - The DJ/producer wrecked his car, but his album is a smash success

    After gigging for years with hip-hop luminaries like Poet Name Life, Josh One established himself as an almost-famous DJ/producer. On the eve of finishing his debut full-length, he was almost dead. Blame it on modern technology. Josh One (born 29 ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on November 25, 2004
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    When The Sick Get Serious - Gwar Now Rip from the Headlines

    Oderus Urungus is a uniter, not a divider: he wants everyone to come together and die. Being the lead singer of an outlandish thrash-metal group, that's his thing. An advocate for chaos, violence and destruction, he's puzzled as to why there isn't m...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on November 25, 2004
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    Serpents Tongue - Grappling with Hot Snakes

    Photo by Chris Woo / Swami RecordsPicture, thousand words--you know. In the case of(sort of) San Diego band Hot Snakes, they come courtesy pen-and-ink line drawings on their record covers--influenced in equal parts by Raymond Pettibon and Looney Too...

    by REX REASON on November 25, 2004
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    The Inmates are Running the Asylum - Pink Mountaintops talk about sex, drug reform, and rock & roll

    Photo by Dale NixonIf My Morning Jacket were to record an album thatwas inspired by their favorite porn, it might sound something like the Pink Mountaintops' self-titled debut. With a scraggly beard and a lonesome tenor, front man Stephen McBean loo...

    by KARA ZUARO on November 25, 2004
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    Ted Leo And the Pharmacists

    Photo by Matt OttoTED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS Chain Reaction, Anaheim Wednesday, Nov. 3 Fleshies played Huntington the very first night we started bombing, and they had a song for that: "There will be no apocalypse, but things will get worse." A...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 11, 2004
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    All Tomorrow's Parties

    Photos By Tenaya HillsALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES Queen Mary, Long Beach Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 6-7 BLACK HEART PROCESSION: San Diego's Black Heart Procession were creating a "sound environment" on the main stage amidst quite an air of anticipation: LA...

    on November 11, 2004
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