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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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    Blazer Of Glory - Kiss or the Killers?

    The Killers have the kind of cool, snarly name that plenty of punk bands would, um, you know, kill for. And it's actually kind of hard to believe that none of the other hip young hooligans--from the Kills to the Immortal Lee County Killers--nabbed i...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on August 26, 2004
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    Reverse of a Bomb - Wives speak as little as possible

    Photo courtesy Cold Sweat RecordsSo how do you want to do this interview? I asked Wives. "Where we speak as little as possible," Dean said. He laughed and then Randy laughed, and then they both got nervous and looked somewhere that wasn't me. Th...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 26, 2004
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    Call Me Back, Cupcake - Jive, Jerk, Wobble and Jerry Lee Lewis

    Photo by Kent Barker 1995WEDNESDAY Phoebe Lewis picked up the phone on the first ring. "I just put Jerry Lee on a plane," she said. "If you need a quote, it's probably not gonna happen. I'm so sorry, honey. I forgot. I don't feel so good. Dealing ...

    by JAMES BUNOAN on August 26, 2004
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    Live Reviews

    Photo by Matt Otto VAN HALEN Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, Mon., Aug. 16 Whatever happened to the Hessian class of '84? The lanky, mulleted stoner boys who dreamed of someday drumming like Neil Peart or howling like Bruce Dickinson? And their skanky, fea...

    on August 26, 2004
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    Live Previews

    XIU XIU STRIVE FOR ELEGANCE Undergrads tend to make that mistake where they cram everything they just learned into one giant impenetrable knot of confusion--and then turn it in as their midterm. And that's what the tangle of unrestrained emotion ...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Flying at 30,000 Feet . . . - . . . Without leaving the ground or entering the terminal

    Photo by Tenaya Hills "Remove the planes, and airports are just malls," a frienddeclared, wondering why anyone would ever voluntarily hang out in an airport--much less go to one for a drink. But another friend, this one a few years older, countered,...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on August 19, 2004
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    Live Reviews

    Photo by Matt OttoAndrea Echeverri, Ni?o Astronauta JC Fandango, Anaheim Wednesday, Aug. 11 Allegations that Andrea Echeverri was now officially a wimp plagued the rock en espa?ol goddess for months before she took the stage at JC Fandango. Sinc...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Breaking From the Pack - Wildchild goes solo

    Photo courtesy stonesthrow.com "Gimme one sec--I'm trying to get some gas, and I gotta pick up my wife," says Wildchild, weaving his car through late-afternoon traffic in Oxnard, a city famous mostly for its sugar beets and--just recently--the Dalla...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on August 19, 2004
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    Sophisticated Space-y - Galactic channel the Meters

    Photo by Danny ClinchYou wanna talk about New Orleans funk, then you're inevitably gonna talk about the Meters. Maybe a little on the Neville Brothers, too, who formed from the Meters' remnants after the band splintered. Mostly though, Crescent City...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Cheese Lounge - More Lovingkindness than you can stand

    Lovingkindness hasn't performed in at least five years, not since the night at the now-defunct Foothill Club in Signal Hill where singer Monte Vista--the dinner-jacketed a.k.a. of rumpled ex-punk Tom Holland--fired the band halfway through the first...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 19, 2004
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    Snorting Coke Off a Hanson Kids Butt Cheek - And even more fun with the Unicorns

    So you go out with this particularly inquisitive stranger and grab a couple of beers. You answer questions with variable degrees of honesty. You drink for free. You could be bar scum on a date, or you could be band scum on an interview, but it's bas...

    by KARA ZUARO on August 19, 2004
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    FM Bats

    FM BATS Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, Huntington Beach Thursday, Aug. 5 Tall skinny Todd was sick in the parking lot, and at first, I thought he was dumping out a bottle of wine because the booze was coming so hard--flat and wet as it splattered in ...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 12, 2004
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    Charlie Hunter Trio

    FILE UNDER: CHARLIE'S JAZZ, NO IDLE MOMENTS Charlie Hunter Trio Friends Seen and Unseen Ropeadope The best thing Joe Satriani ever did was give Charlie Hunter guitar lessons: this new record, cut with Hunter's first trio in nearly a decade, fe...

    by DANIEL ROSS on August 12, 2004
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    Comets On Fire

    FILE UNDER: HARD ROCK, ACID CRUD SPACE OPERA Comets On Fire Blue Cathedral Sub Pop Comets On Fire have matured into a sleeker, leaner machine since 2002's Field Recordings From the Sun, growing from raw and grainy garage into a band polished en...

    by ALEX ROMAN on August 12, 2004
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    Monk Hughes and the Outer Realm

    FILE UNDER: LOUNGE, DRUNKEN DENTIST'S WAITING ROOM Monk Hughes and the Outer Realm A Tribute to Brother Weldon Stones Throw Weldon Irvine was a respected and admired musician in the soul, jazz and hip-hop communities, bumping elbows with such ...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on August 12, 2004
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    Live Previews

    HINT HINT: NOT THOSE PEOPLE Seattle's Hint Hint has tones, wants moods--has the heavy keys, the post-punk stutter beat, the quavering vocals and the big rock bombast; wants it all to talk to people about nervousness and longing. But guitarist Dean...

    on August 12, 2004
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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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