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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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    Punk You!

    D-Cup, The Drips, Thee Indigents, The Pegs New Hostage Records Releases Four Vinyl Seven-Inch Records A tragic byproduct of this all-digital age is the death of vinyl. So we were delighted to haul out our turntable for the arrival of the latest ...

    by Rich Kane on May 20, 2004
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    In Any Language - Alejandro Sanz sings no evil

    This is a new Alejandro Sanz, and somehow you can sense that, even if you never knew the old one--even if somebody has to tell you that No Es lo Mismo, the title song of his latest CD and current international concert tour, means "It's Not the Same....

    by DAVE WIELENGA on May 20, 2004
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    Profane and Ass-Shaking - The Doheny fest does it again

    The Doheny Blues Festival has been re-named the Doheny Heritage Festival this year, and one can only applaud the inclusive intent of the new handle. But the Doheny fest has long been a comprehensive entity and one of the West Coast's finest American...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on May 20, 2004
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    Barrio Love

    Photo by Matt OttoMANIC HISPANIC, GO BETTY GO GALAXY CONCERT THEATER, SANTA ANA WEDNESDAY, CINCO DE MAYO It's a county springtime event that's beginning to attain the perennial frequency of San Juan Capistrano's swallows: the Manic Hispanic Cinc...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on May 13, 2004
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    Bebel Gilberto

    BEBEL GILBERTO BEBEL GILBERTO SIX DEGREES RECORDS On her debut, 2000's Tanto Tempo, Bebel Gilberto pushed Brazilian sounds into the 21st century with intriguing mixes of electronic music and the ever-fruitful genres of her country. But in thi...

    on May 13, 2004
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    So, More Mr. Nice guy - Grahan Parker pisses the piss away

    Graham Parker's well into middle age, but since his breakthrough album Squeezing Out Sparksin 1979, he's been stuck with the angry-young-man tag the music press deploys with a profligacy that embraces everyone from Elvis Costello to Fred Durst. His ...

    by JOHN ROOS on May 13, 2004
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    Smoking in the Boys Room - Can a girl get a hook-up?

    Photo by Tenaya HillsLooking, I'm sure, like a timid, wide-eyed second grader who suddenly found herself separated from the rest of her class during a field trip, I had been awkwardly standing just outside the entrance to Hookups Hookah Lounge for n...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on May 13, 2004
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    Are We Keeping You Awake? - Artists like Sleater-Kinney rock, fans zone, Jesus weeps

    You see him at every show, from Modest Mouse to Blonde Redhead, even the recent secret Pixies gig--the tall, rail-thin hipster in size-eight women's jeans, a tattered grey Members Only jacket over a T-shirt he once spent three hours silk screening. ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on May 13, 2004
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    Haunted and Hell-Spawned - Johnny Winter: Not dead yet

    At age 60, Johnny Winter looks like a pile of bleached-out human bones someone found in the woods, glued together and propped up for display. That this man continues to lurk among the living is both inspiring and terrifying. Winter is an albino; alb...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on May 13, 2004
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    The Tao Of The Groove

    GROOVE SYNDICATE SELF-TITLED EIGHT-SONG CD With 14 singers and musicians credited, South County's Groove Syndicate are halfway to a Polyphonic Spree--with more horns and deeper bass lines, but without the white robes. They could also give Natu...

    by Rich Kane on May 6, 2004
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    Kiss Me Cock!

    Photo by Rich KanePIXIES SECRET SHOW GLASS HOUSE, POMONA FRIDAY, APRIL 30 Aw, Pixies, you came back with all the grace of an ex-girlfriend slumming for dry-spell sex till she can trade up to something better, but we still love you: you were the ...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 6, 2004
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    We had joy, we had fun

    There was something familiar about The Orange County Register's March 30 feature story in which staff writer Andre Mouchard proclaimed 1974 as pop music's worst year ever. We just knew we'd heard the same argument before--and really recently, too. A...

    on May 6, 2004
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    Taj Mahal and the Secret of the Blues

    Speaking with blues veteran Taj Mahal is like encountering a whole roomful of talking heads that've collectively ingested way too much coffee. Opinions and theories are thrust before you like spermatozoa on an egg (you are the egg), with such energy...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on May 6, 2004
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