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    Reality Check - LBC Gay-Bashing Gets Straight Victim

    Photo by Matt OttoWhen, on a whim, we decidedto drop by the Silver Fox a few Sundays ago, the last thing we expected was a line outside the door. Despite having long been one of the best karaoke nights in Long Beach and Orange County, Sundays at the...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on August 12, 2004
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    The Great Pretenders - Everyone borrows, especially the Platters

    We're all derivative: the buildings we build, the way we talk, the songs we sing are all taken from or influenced by someone or something else. In music, this is simply accepted science. Guitar wizards have done it for decades without resorting to l...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on August 12, 2004
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    Listen Between the Lines - If Built to Spill's Doug Martsch ever wrote his life story...

    So you're on the phone with the lead singer of Built to Spill, a band you've been listening to since you were 16, and he's not nearly as excited to talk about his records as you are. You sang along with him in your first car--windows open, tape deck...

    by KARA ZUARO on August 12, 2004
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    The Harder They Come - Wonderful World, Beautiful Jimmy Cliff

    Jimmy Cliff has been making records since the time when you needed a can opener to open a beer.Long before anyone stateside ever heard of Bob Marley, reggae was introduced to our pink, virgin ears in the late '60s by Cliff, Desmond Dekker and Johnny...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 12, 2004
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    Zine Scene - Koos gets literally literate

    Illustration by Bob AulBeyond the cutesy self-indulgence--which will one day be more telling to anthropologists than anything they'd care to read about Tragedy or veganism--zines are the little Morse code blips of a culture trying to get some feelin...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 12, 2004
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    Pan American

    FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL, NOVOCAIN DRIP Pan American Quiet City Kranky It's one thing to experience the ambience of the underworld during a David Lynch film like Eraserhead, but it's quite another to take on the dark side without even a visual...

    by MAXWELL YIM on August 5, 2004
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    FILE UNDER: POP, SUGAR HIGH Komeda Kokomemedada Minty Fresh Komeda's bouncy new album is the happiest, gayest--in the dandies-and-gallivanting sense, or maybe not?--thing you'll hear all year, so get all your expletives out before you congratu...

    by JENNY TATONE on August 5, 2004
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    Angels, Osmonds & Bosoms!

    Photo by Tenaya HillsTHE INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW FITZGERALD'S IRISH PUB, HUNTINGTON BEACH SUNDAY, AUG. 1 Quick blurts from a five-week cross-country road trip: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the global capital of miniature golf courses. ...

    on August 5, 2004
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    FILE UNDER: HARDCORE, ROCK IN A COP'S FACE C.AARM? self-titled Carcrash/Burning Heart/Epitaph The key to any rock movement worth revering has proved to be a sort of self-righteous anger--so why are so many good, loud, pissed-off punk bands c...

    by REX REASON on August 5, 2004
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    Girls Gone Wild - Punker Shane West meets his fan base

    In retrospect, it's difficult to say who had the better view: the two dozen teenaged girls gathered in front of the stage, screaming and snapping cell phone pictures of the chiseled, sweaty movie star; or Shane West, the jaded-looking, sweaty punker...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on August 5, 2004
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    Get Out! - Live previews

    TOTIMOSHI POPPY LIKE A PIT BULL Plotting Totimoshi's sludge takes some sort of algebra--vectors along punk and metal axes--and still it's not quite right. Better to go zoological: singer/guitarist Antonio Aguilar says the band is a pit bull. But n...

    on August 5, 2004
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    New Wavy, Less Gravy - The Fever: From arty to tarty

    Photo by Paul SavianoCalifornia--just the word, never mind the actual state--conjures some intense memories for the Fever's front man, Geremy Jasper. The way he tells it, before he became the singer for the New York City-based art punk quintet the F...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on August 5, 2004
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    Alan Jackson on Earth - Country music in hell

    Alan Jackson will never go to hell, unless he's got a sick little locked room somewhere, which he does not--that moustache bespeaks only the clearest, purest, most honorable, predictable soul, a country singer at home in an era when the open range i...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on August 5, 2004
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    Live Previews

    LL COOL J MOZART SAID KNOCK YOU OUT! Every year, Orange County plays host to thousands of musical performances--and while most of the time, audience members go home simply poorer and disappointed that the band didn't sound like their record, som...

    on July 29, 2004
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    Breasts Always Get You In - Beach-party crashing 101

    Photo by James Bunoan "See that girl in the blue skirt?" the bouncer asked, setting a confiscated, half-empty Cuervo margarita cup in the sand before slyly motioning toward a petite, dark-haired young'un to our right. "Her wristband--she turned it i...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on July 29, 2004
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    The National

    FILE UNDER: BUMMER POP, ANGUISHED AND BOOZY The National Cherry Tree Brassland Comparisons to old-school brooders such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Drake don't really cut it next to the National's decidedly modern and dismally magnifi...

    by KARA ZUARO on July 29, 2004
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    The Book of Knots

    FILE UNDER: ANCIENT MARINERS, RIMES OF The Book of Knots self-titled Arclight Tying together noise, pop craft and wreckage rescued from the bottom of the ocean, the Book of Knots--not so much a band as a collection of dear old punk rock fogi...

    by ANTERO GARCIA on July 29, 2004
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    The Fiery Furnaces

    FILE UNDER: INDIE POP, CONFUSE AND AMUSE The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat Rough Trade/Sanctuary Gallowsbird's Bark, the debut album from other brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces, simultaneously screamed shtick and invoked intrigue with its...

    by JOHN FANNING on July 29, 2004
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    Yeah, Songs!

    Steve Burns Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa Sunday, July 25 Steve Burns was on TV (Blue's Clues!), and then he took a walk; like with Elvis, a lot of slightly cool moms who loved watching him on TV resigned their cotton undies forever unthrown to a bedr...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 29, 2004
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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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