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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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    Top 10 selling records from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7 at Fingerprints, 4612 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 433-4996. Fingerprints carries a full range of new and used CDs, DVDs and LPs and specializes in indie rock. They also have frequent in-store appeara...

    by REX REASON on November 11, 2004
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    If You Close the Door - After-hours at All Tomorrows Parties

    Photo by Amy TheligIt wasn't the real after-party; that was either at the Booby Trap or some tiny cabin up on the boat or the (alleged, but if they pulled it off, salute!) Wolf Parade deal on the Russian sub, tipping back Scorpions on the Scorpion. ...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 11, 2004
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    Live Previews

    EVAN DANDO & LEE VING WISH I WAS THEM Pairing Evan Dando, the Lemonheads' teen pinup-boy vocalist, with Fear's hardcore-punk front man Lee Ving, might be the most bizarre acoustic tour duo ever. It's as crazy as Ike "Aw, Tina, baby . . ." Turner ...

    on November 11, 2004
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    Beats Rhymes Life - A Tribe Called Quest: not another Urban Dance Squad!

    Photo courtesy Rootz MediaBack in 1990--after I watched KDOC-TV's Wally George rip into Rick Dees--Request Video came on, and crazy-funny images of Pedro, a 4-foot-high man with a sombrero, filled the screen. It was A Tribe Called Quest's video for ...

    by BEN QUIƃ'ONES on November 11, 2004
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    Zulu Spelled Backward - Wrangler Brutes: The Most Shameless Scam

    Photo courtesy Blueghost PublicityAn interesting moment passed at last month's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alamitos Bay solid-waste-transfer unit, although you had to be observant to catch it. Flanked by Maria and armed with a (presumably pa...

    by WALTER BURGERNS on November 11, 2004
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    Not Your Papas Bluegrass - Watkins Family Hour

    Nickel Creek is arguably the most original and daring bluegrass group to emerge in, well, quite a spell. The youthful San Diego trio--mandolin/banjo/bouzouki player Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and fiddler Sara Watkins--has not only made a na...

    by JOHN ROOS on November 11, 2004
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    Beat Vinyl & Life

    Top five selling commercial 12-inch singles and top five independent 12-inch singles Oct. 25 to Oct. 31 at Beat Vinyl & Life, 517 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, (714) 774-7780. Beat Vinyl & Life is a hip-hop specialty store carrying vinyl, CDs and clot...

    by REX REASON on November 4, 2004
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    Live previews

    Photo by Brendan Tobin SON, AMBULANCE CHILD IS FATHER OF THE MAN Let's play a little word association here, huh? You say, "Son, ambulance." I say, "Paramedics! Little boy with a broken leg!" For me, even the band's name conjures thoughts of an ac...

    on November 4, 2004
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    So Boring Its Scary!

    Photo by Matt OttoSitting backward in a chair outside Momo's, his fingers tightly clutching a silver counter that--judging by the crowd inside--probably read 13, the bouncer was a portrait of absolute indifference. "I smell gas. You smell gas?" hi...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on November 4, 2004
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    The F-Ups/Wiggum

    Photo by Amy TheligTHE F-UPS/WIGGUM SANTA FE CAF?, FULLERTON SATURDAY, OCT. 30 T'aint much sonic variety when you're going out on Halloween eve--everything's mostly a blur of barroom costume contests and four-act tribute-band bills (for us, the ...

    by Rich Kane on November 4, 2004
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    The Wanderer - Richard Buckner criss-crosses the continent

    Photo courtesy Merge RecordsIt's probably possible to dislike Richard Buckner,but it's hard. Even if his sorta folky/country/rock music (Okay to call it alt.-country, Buck? "I don't give a fuck," he says cheerfully) ain't your thing: if you have a c...

    by REX REASON on November 4, 2004
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    If They Have a Plane, I Hope It Crashes - Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower gives back to the kids

    On paper, it sure must have sounded great: drag your gear onstage, the same as you've done countless other times this tour. Set up the amps and drums. Do a brief sound check, and then leave a single guitar--set to maximum volume--tipped against an a...

    by MARK SANDERS on November 4, 2004
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    Whats Inside a Band? - The lost years of the Cramps

    Photo by James BunoanThe Cramps drip obsolete culture like your hidden sores drip pus: B horror movies, buried rock & roll sounds, and barfy sex regurgitated as 1-4-5 fuzz from Poison Ivy Rorschach's pink-polished phalanges. Add singer Lux Interior'...

    by JAMES BUNOAN on November 4, 2004
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    Heart In Darkness - Ted Leo: Get up and be it

    Photo courtesy Lookout! RecordsRight in the middle of the August before last, a sparksnapped in the dark deep inside Con Edison's hulking mainframe, and New York City--along with the better part of the American Northeast--was instantly powerless. Ti...

    by JOHN FANNING on October 28, 2004
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