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    OC Music Awards "Best Live Band" showdown Galaxy Concert Theatre Wednesday, March 6 Though we weren't judges for this 10-band extravaganza to pick five nominees for the Best Live Band category at the Orange County Music Awards on March 30, we en...

    on March 21, 2002
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    Freaked-Out Guitar Abuse

    THE FLYING SAUCERS LEARNING TO FLY AND READY TO DIE(16-TRACK FULL-LENGTH) Thank God they still make kids like this. Just when we think years of suburban eugenics have bred teenage mutants into obsolescence or Prozac complacency, something like the...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 21, 2002
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    Ambient Sidewinding - Revving up with Sidecar

    Sidecar sound like the Smiths dispatched through an isolation tank, or Julee Cruise trapped in a misty David Lynch dream, or an orchestra of toy instruments searching for a deep bass rhythm. Do you understand now? Or does that sound like an uniden...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 21, 2002
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    Sounds Worth Swiping - Greater Californias golden state

    You can't always tell how good your band is by how many people turn out for your shows. Or the number of them who buy your CDs. Or the length of your mailing list. Or how handjobby your write-up in the Weekly was. Sometimes you know how good you a...

    by Rich Kane on March 21, 2002
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    A Real Garage Band - Barnacles Appalachian punk echoes in these hollers

    John Kraus is sitting in the same place he was 10 years ago--the garage of a tree-lined street in suburban Fullerton--which is not to say he hasn't gotten anywhere. "Yeah, I'd say I've played bigger, better rooms," Kraus says dryly, surrounded by re...

    by Joel Beers on March 21, 2002
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    Richard Thompson - Gee whiz, but hes good

    If your radio were working, you'd hear Richard Thompson on it. What's broken isn't an easily remedied matter of capacitors and speaker coils, though, but a moribund corporate monopoly that only plays "product" dull and calculated enough to be songs ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on March 21, 2002
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    Not Ha Ha Funny - Atom and His Package loves his mom

    Adam Goren could have been a neurosurgeon. But something went wrong. He got a little black box--the technical term is "sequencer"--that let him write these perky little '80s-synth-pop songs about his friends, his family, his dog, whatever. So he wri...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 21, 2002
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    Textbook Heckling

    The Distraction The Liquid Den Friday, March 1 Is there life beyond boardshorts and bad blond-tipped dye jobs? Not in Huntington Beach--at least, not till recently. But now strange stirrings on the fringe are starting to make us wonder what else...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 14, 2002
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    Sound Salvation - 94.3 aims to be OCs independent rock radio

    Photo by Rich KaneThe country boom that KIK-FM rode for 20 years faded out, and the "Cool Mix" of "hot adult contemporary" stylings that followed quickly went bust. So KMXN, the radio station at 94.3 on the FM band--one of just two commercial outlet...

    by Rich Kane on March 14, 2002
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    Positively Sartrean - The euphonic existentialism of Zurdok

    Growing up as a rockeroin Monterrey in the early 1990s meant living in isolation from a wide variety of musical ideas. Mexico's only real rock en espaolscene was in Mexico City. But these days, the members of Zurdok cite this deprivation as the sou...

    on March 14, 2002
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    No Lecture Band - Le Tigre has the roller-skate jams

    We can't turn Le Tigre into a bumper sticker for you. Well, we could try--"I Brake for Dialectical Sprechstimme"? "Ask Me About My 50 Years of Ridicule"? "My Other Car Is an Underground Electro Feminist Performance Artist"?--but it's not gonna work....

    by Chris Ziegler on March 14, 2002
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    Sushi Bar or Dennys? - Wilcos food for thought

    Not pestering Jeff Tweedy last November when we bumped into him a few blocks from the Fillmore Ballroom in San Francisco wasn't the best use of our good manners. As a result, this story about Wilco doesn't feature even one fresh comment from the cat...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on March 14, 2002
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    Aural Anarchy! - Herbie Hancock praises jazz eclecticism, disses Wynton

    For four decades, Herbie Hancock has upheld jazz traditions while simultaneously decimating its pieties and conventions. It's hard to think of a jazz artist whose career has been more fertile, eclectic and ultimately controversial. And at age 61, th...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on March 14, 2002
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    Accidental Art

    NAZTI SKINZ SIC SEMPER TYRANIS (SEVEN-INCH EP) YOUTH ATTACK RECORDS Before you get all riled-up, we should tell you that the Nazti Skinz were a joke band--no real-life Nazties or skins knuckling around to take the fun out of things. But before y...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 7, 2002
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    New Music

    Gustavo Cerati 11 Episodios Sinfonicos Universo TV From the rubble of Argentina comes Gustavo Cerati's 11 Episodios Sinfnicos (11 Symphonic Episodes), further proof that the country's inhabitants create musical masterpieces despite their perpetu...

    on March 7, 2002
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    Your Knees on Asphalt

    So we finally get around to exploring the new, improved, spiffier confines of the Doll Hut--it's Linda's no more, fun couple Blue and Anthony Castaneda having bought the slowly decaying roadhouse last fall from Linda Jemison--and we must say we like...

    by Rich Kane on March 7, 2002
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    New Music

    Cornelius Point Matador Five years ago, this Japanese DJ (known to his grandma as Keigo Oyamada) released the phenomenal album Fantasmaand then lived up to its name by dropping out of sight. His follow-up, Point, lives up to its name as well. Cor...

    by KRISTIN FIORE on March 7, 2002
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    Goofball-Free Rockists - Help Death On Wednesday quit their day jobs, wont you?

    Reality--and the encouraging prospect of an impending rent payment--sometimes hits you like a sock full of quarters. Huntington Beach's Death On Wednesday felt just such a blow last year after a series of gigs opening for Social Distortion. "There...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 7, 2002
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    Rapitalism - $till down with the Wu-Tang?

    Once hip-hop's mightiest unit, the Wu-Tang Clan have fallen off some since their mid-'90s zenith. Now even they and their three-headed-dragon-sized egos can't deny that their metaphysical kung-fu style is out of fashion. From the slums of Staten I...

    by ADAM BREGMAN on March 7, 2002
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    Blood Brothers - The Blasters Dave and Phil Alvin agree to disagree

    Downey's favorite sons, the Blasters, almost single-handedly spawned the roots-rock movement of the early '80s, paving the way for such acts as Rank & File, Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakam, the Long Ryders, and my own band, the Beat Farmers, among others. ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on March 7, 2002
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