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    I Do the Mess Around - Guitar Shorty, Ray Charles and Irvines bleachy blues

    Photo by Dan MonickIt was oddly amusing, watching this weekend's Irvine Lake Blues Festival come together, as up until just recently, there were no black people on the bill--of course, there are no black people in Irvine, so it kinda made sense in a...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 24, 2004
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    Five Records to Make You Forget Ray Charles Was Ever Alive in the First Place

    ESQUERITA, Esquerita!(1959, Capitol): Before Richard was ever Little, the vivacious Voola (as Esquerita was even more incoherently nicknamed) was hitting the ivories harder than he hit particularly mouthy broads. Plus, he was so terrifying in person...

    by JAMES BUNOAN on June 24, 2004
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    Jazz Destroyers - A nod and a wink at the Days End

    Photo by James Bunoan"This is fuckin' jazz. This ain't punk rock!" says this Cheech-Marin-look-alike after one particularly memorable show for arty-punky bass-guitar-less Long Beach trio the Days End--and you know, for a guy who looks that stoned, C...

    by REX REASON on June 24, 2004
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    We Sell Soul - The last temptation of Eighteen Visions

    James Hart, singer of flashy local hard-rock/metalcore band Eighteen Visions, is either under the weather, which wouldn't be that surprising given his band's busy touring schedule, or developed something of a nervous tic, which also wouldn't be that...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on June 24, 2004
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    Los Amigos Invisibles

    LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES THE VENEZUELAN ZINGA SON, VOL. 1 LUAKA BOP After three years of denying the world their deliciously lascivious, jiggle-worthy music, Los Amigos Invisibles return with their third album--and somewhat disappoint. Sure, The Ve...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on June 10, 2004
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    Bourbon Street West

    Photo by Matt OttoA BUNCH OF BANDS AROUND DOWNTOWN FULLERTON SATURDAY, JUNE 5 Whenever we're at a live-music impasse, we head to downtown Fullerton, where on any weekend night, we can walk the streets and indulge in 10 different bands playing fr...

    on June 10, 2004
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    Banned in OC - Pot-party ad in Weekly is like paraquat for Marijuana: The Band

    Photo by James BunoanLast Thursday, after nearly six months of designing fliers and ads for Marijuana: The Band, band members Bong Rip and Chronic Sax finally went too far. Or at least Liquid Den owner Jim Cline thought so. Thumbing through the Week...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on June 10, 2004
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    Mild Thing - Exene Cervenka lightens up on anarchy and embraces punk pacifism

    Exene Cervenka is a punk rock legend--and one who would probably be pissed if you called her that to her face. The anarchist front woman for X, the Knitters, Auntie Christ and the Original Sinners--not to mention her exceptional solo records--cannot...

    by Stacy Davies on June 10, 2004
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    Right Place, Wrong Time - Hoodoo moon phone calls from Dr. John

    A few years ago, Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack stood me up. The illustrious New Orleans singer/songwriter/pianist/shaman--he calls himself "The Night Tripper"--was supposed to call me for an interview just before a big show. He didn't call. A week afte...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 10, 2004
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    Its Only Rock & Roll - Spontaneity rules at Memphis Cafes Easy Rider

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIt had been on my calendar for months: one of the Pike's not-quite-secret Pirate Parties, held in Long Beach on the fifth Saturday of every month fortunate to be graced by a fifth Saturday, featuring pirate music courtesy of a f...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on June 3, 2004
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    Something to Say

    photo by James BunoanScarlet Crush Hands Of Love (13-Track Full-Length Cd) Rochester Records How 'bout them Angels? They're 29-17 as of this scrawling, the best record in baseball. And how have they done this? With Arte Moreno's deep pockets? Na...

    by Rich Kane on June 3, 2004
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    Built This City On Dislocated Shoulders - Surrender to Toys That Kill unless hung-over

    This is the house that Toys That Kill built: plywood for drapes, red and black spray paint and band stickers for load-bearing adhesive, a dirt garden and washing machine out front, a hammock in the back. No dogs, but a ghost in the back closet and a...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 3, 2004
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    Hot and Nonstop - Now boarding: B-52 Kate Pierson

    The B-52's are post-punk legends whose avant-garde sounds and kitschy style put them on the map in 1979, when most popular music was either angst-ridden anarchy or whipped-cream disco. Unlike other bands who ushered in new wave (Devo, Adam & the Ant...

    by Stacy Davies on June 3, 2004
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    Koopers Kool - But Blood, Sweat & Tears make me so very cranky

    If you've never heard Blood, Sweat & Tears' stunning 1968 debut album, Child Is Father to the Man, go out, buy it and listen right now before reading any further. I know, I know--Blood, Sweat & Fuckin' Tears?!? Just trust me on this one, okay? I'll ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 3, 2004
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    Bersuit Vergarabat

    Only a demented soul would follow one song that confesses "Fucking isn't love--it's much better!" with a track mournfully advising listeners to battle solitude by kneeling "before your mother's love/And beg for tenderness." But that's just the begin...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on May 27, 2004
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    We Take Requests - Club Addiction turns four!

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThink of them as casualties of war: Lake Forest's the Drink. Huntington Beach's Therapy. Big Andy's in Costa Mesa. The Matrix in Brea. And these are just the bars. There's also the innumerable fallen clubs--McClure's Verve Tuesd...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on May 27, 2004
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    When Animals Attack - Self-defense with the Piranhas

    So the hooks in your little pop songs--is this how we keep score? Because Piranhas got hooks: they put them right between your teeth, get you that metal taste with blood, get you that adrenalin flush in your gut. And because over here at Music No On...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 27, 2004
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    Kevlar-Coated Soul - Greyboy breakdances music like architecture

    Photo by James BunoanGreyboy's street cred should be chiseled into some earthquake-cracked chunk of concrete. The DJ/producer has been a hero to SoCal's hip-hop underground for more than a decade, renowned for blending the music with idiosyncratic, ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 27, 2004
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    Material Hurl - 21 reasons Madonna blows

    We were going to write a big, long article on why Madonna, appearing June 2 and 3 at the Arrowhead Pond, is a tired pop icon whose image flip-flops and running life commentary bug like a nasty horsefly biting your tender ass--but we thought we'd spa...

    by Stacy Davies on May 27, 2004
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    That Kweller Feller!

    Photo by Rich KaneBen Kweller House Of Blues, Anaheim / Saturday, May 15 Songwriting popster Ben Kweller has lots of love from the teen and 'tween set, and no wonder--the Brooklynite is 23 but looks 12, and is still blessed/cursed with enough lit...

    on May 20, 2004
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