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    Keep the Engine Running - Motorsoule make a clean getaway from mundane rock & roll

    It's hard to believe that a band that sent their biggest fan to the hospital could still retain a devout following, but that little incident hasn't seemed to slow down Motorsoule. A few years ago, they were playing one of their bombastic shows to a ...

    by JOE HAULER on December 11, 2003
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    Pounding Out The Passion - Long Gone Johns Sympathy For the Record Industry turns 15

    Photo by Jeanne RiceIt's the day after Thanksgiving, and Long Gone John has a turkey in the oven and pop-art painter Mark Ryden on the phone to talk about cover art for an upcoming CD by LA rock band Scarling. Once he hangs up, the goateed, shaggy-h...

    by BOB CANTU on December 11, 2003
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    Cool Bucky - Pizzarelli patriarch shatters young jazzbos dreams!

    When I was a teenager, Guitar Playermagazine was de rigueur reading for any self-respecting picker. In those days before the Satriani sensibility drove the esteemed publication, classic axe-slingers of every bent were featured in its pages; several ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on December 11, 2003
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    Zeke/The Ruby Doe

    Photo by Jeanne Rice Zeke/The Ruby Doe Alex's Bar, Long Beach Saturday, Nov. 22 Since when did Nazis start liking hesher music? Perhaps if you play fast enough, then the shit--er, skinheads will come. This seemed to be the lesson of the night unt...

    on December 4, 2003
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    Wandering Minstrel

    Wandering Minstrel Doug Schmude A New Century 11-Track CD In the weeks when the Locals Only mailbox seems overrun with crappy teenage suburban punk bands whining about how they can't get laid in song after completely unlistenable, torturous son...

    by Rich Kane on December 4, 2003
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    Un Poquito Es Mas - Celebrating T-Day Eve 2003 with Buddha and the boys from Argentina

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsHaving long suffered from an unnatural aversion to all things Thanksgiving--except, of course, KTLA's Twilight Zone marathon, which was the highlight of my pre-pubescent years until Sci-Fi stole the rights to it, the fascists...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 4, 2003
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    Joyful Noises - Pearl Jam, Springsteen and R.E.M. open their vaults

    Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. have all just released multiple-disc CD packages. Springsteen's and R.E.M.'s are greatest-hits albums combined with limited-edition discs filled with rarities, alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks,...

    by CORNEL BONCA on December 4, 2003
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    From Homeless To Fat - Sound In Colors sampledelic spawn

    Photo by Matt OttoCelebrated hip-hop producer Matthew "Mumbles" Fowler goes to India for a pilgrimage. He meditates, sees elephants and feels he's making progress on his path to spiritual enlightenment. Upon his return to Los Angeles, reps from seve...

    by ANDREW ASCH on December 4, 2003
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    Road Ready - Smelling fresh and clean with Death By Stereo

    Laundry doesn't seem like a very punk rock thing to be doing, but on the eve of a two-week tour, that's what Death By Stereo frontman Efrem Schulz is handling--the lights, the darks, the gentles, that and watching Slayer's War at the Warfield DVD. ...

    by JOE HAULER on December 4, 2003
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    Control Machete

    Control Machete Uno, Dos: Bandera Universal Back after a four-year hiatus minus leader Fermin IV, but with menace intact, Mexican rappers Control Machete are at their bitter best with Uno, Dos: Bandera, a dystopic spin that should soon be boomin...

    on November 27, 2003
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    The Airplane! of Rock

    Photo by Chris WagnerThe White Liars Pharmacia 24 Carrot Records Several months ago, Barry Stevenson of the White Liars (perhaps the greatest rock & roll band in Stanton history) sent us a copy of his band's new CD, Pharmacia. And lord, we wante...

    by Rich Kane on November 27, 2003
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    The Funk of 40,000 Years - I cant resist the power of Quans Club Thriller

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsWhile reclining on the rents' living room couch last Wednesday, idly watching The O.C.'s Thanksgiving episode--Dear Seth, please stop making out with Summer. She's totally trouble times 10. Thanks!--and indulging in some eggp...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on November 27, 2003
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    Have Jarana, Will Travel - Quetzal find success making money for others

    Three members of the East Los Angeles super-sextet Quetzal are relaxing outside a South Pasadena ice cream shop when a man hurriedly shuffles past their table. Lead guitarist and band namesake Quetzal Flores eyes the walker warily for a bit, then su...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on November 27, 2003
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    Weve Lost that Self-Righteous Feeling - A few final words on Bobby Hatfield, and a few from him

    Illustration by Kathryn HyattIn the final days of his life, one of the things Bobby Hatfield was thinking about, at least in passing, was the OC Weekly. Back in the June 20 issue, the cover story was "The 129 Greatest OC Bands Ever," in which Hatfie...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 27, 2003
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    Chaos Brings Order - Music saved the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

    BOO-YAA! That's the sound of a shotgun. Like a sneak attack, the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is back for the kill with a bangin' new album, West Koasta Nostra. So let's go down to the Tribe's offices and catch up. Ever meet a small Samoan? The Boo-Yaa T.R....

    by BEN QUIƃ'ONES on November 27, 2003
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    Up From the Underground - Aceyalones intellectual hip-hop

    "You want to destroy underground hip-hop?!? What the fuck kinda questions are you asking?!?" Renowned hip-hopper Aceyalone is barking at me for daring to ask him offensive questions, like, "Why stay in the game?" and "Are you bothered you're not s...

    by ANDREW ASCH on November 27, 2003
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    Last Week, the DJ Saved My Life - Kitsch Bars John and Avalons Garron drive me crazy in a good way

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsLast Tuesday, after a harrowing evening spent preparing a scrumptious Trader Joe's frozen pad Thai feast--the 'rents were out of town, and I am not, how you say, one who successfully "cooks"--I headed over to the Kitsch Bar t...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on November 20, 2003
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    Union 13

    Union 13 Symptoms of Humanity Disaster There's something curiously comforting that sparks within the aural cluster bomb that is Symptoms of Humanity, and it's not just the fiercely plucked acoustic arpeggios that begin this brief-but-boisterous ...

    on November 20, 2003
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    Nerd City!

    Photo by James Bunoan All Tomorrow's Parties Queen Mary, Long Beach Sat.-Sun., Nov. 8-9 Well this was a different festival: small, compact and uncrowded, absent of not only stupid teen punk acts, but joyously lacking a Warped Tour-sized prepon...

    by Rich Kane on November 20, 2003
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    Lets Get Physical - Beware the Pinnochian underworld of Ocean Brewing Co.

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsUpon boarding my return flight from Chicago to LAX last Sunday, I recalled the lessons I'd learned during my brief pilgrimage to the Midwest: 1) beer tastes good; 2) red meat does, too; and 3) tailgating for four hours in 31 ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on November 20, 2003
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