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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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    Do Yourself a Flavor - Fall into the Fall

    It's tough to explain, if you're reading this with ears unbruised: there's no satisfactory American equivalent to Mark E. Smith and his unkillable band the Fall, the same way there's no British Velvet Underground or D.B. Cooper or Texas. But you can...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 6, 2004
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    Panic in Anaheim!

    Photo by Jeanne Rice David Bowie and The Polyphonic Spree Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim Friday, April 23 David Bowie was actually playing "The Theatre at the Arrowhead Pond," a neat trick in which the Pond peeps haul out huge black curtains and cut th...

    by Rich Kane on April 29, 2004
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    Almost Almost Famous - Five bucks got us a night with Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac and Heartsort of

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWe had been enjoying Pat Benatar's Friday-night set at the tiki-bar-meets-truck-stop Marlin Bar for half an hour before we noticed the tall, thin, blond woman standing in front of us. Dressed in black, sporting feathered hair an...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on April 29, 2004
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    Black Humor, Blue Sentiment - Between the world and Miguel Mendez

    Photo by Grace LeeThe guy who's putting out a record for Miguel Mendez worries this tour is going to fuck up his voice. And because Miguel left all his samplers and effects bullshit at home in New York, a fucked-up voice means all he'd have left is ...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 29, 2004
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    Rest In Peace, Ray - But Ronnie Van Zant spins in his grave

    When you're a devotee of vintage music, you get used to your favorite peeps croaking like a school of tuna swimming beneath a bleeding Exxon tanker. However, the news that slammin' songster Ray Condo was found dead of a heart attack at age 53 in his...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on April 29, 2004
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    The Flavor-Lovers Rock - Jucifers banjo-and-amp extravaganza

    If you own a Jucifer record, you're only getting half the picture. Yes, the studio version of Jucifer is awesomely good stuff--a varied and intricate mixture of blistering rock and beautiful melodies combined with a m?lange of instrumentation spanni...

    by KAT JETSON on April 29, 2004
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    The Desert Rose - Coachellas sonic souffle

    Frank Black used to say--said as recently as a year ago--that his old band the Pixies would never get back together. And yet here they are, the main attraction at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the reason Pixies-obsessed ki...

    by Rich Kane on April 29, 2004
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    I Steel Them From You! - 10 Mexican-bashing songs from the rock & roll canon

    If you're a P.C. warrior, then stay far away from the Galaxy Concert Theater this Cinco de Mayo, where OC's O.G. punk veteranosManic Hispanic will ese a good hour of the most stereotypical tunes since the days of minstrelsy. In their defense, the se...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on April 29, 2004
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    Sweet and Nutty!

    Photo by Jeanne RiceJust in time for spring--and with it, countless minutes spent reminiscing spring-fever flings from second semesters gone by--Marzipan's PanoramicEP is a cute, verging-on-sickly sweet bundle of college-aged indie-rock gems, guaran...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on April 22, 2004
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    Chambered - Insert Freudian reference about Revolvers gestation here

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIt' s difficult to imagine anyone successfully pulling off a night of visual art and experimental music inside the catacomb-like basement that is La Cave, but that's exactly what local DJ/Everywhere Man Sean Sloan is attempting ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on April 22, 2004
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    Spinal Tap, Minus Irony

    Ahhh, the Darkness, that Brit-bred band of glammy revivalists and their seductive aura of next-big-thingness who opted to bypass OC altogether on this tour, thereby forcing us to trek down to San Diego to engage them in a proper sonic deconstruction...

    by Rich Kane on April 22, 2004
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    Works Well With Sports Bloopers - No sleep till Wembley for Bad Dudes

    Photo by Kat JetsonIt's no easy task getting all the members of a band in one room to sit down for an interview--especially if the band has six people in it. But we did manage to get three Bad Dudes inside our abode: timely synthmeister and ex-Frien...

    by KAT JETSON on April 22, 2004
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    When He Was a Young Dude - A David Bowie list

    SEVEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT DAVID BOWIE 1The man has great taste in guitar players--Mick Ronson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Adrian Belew, just for starters. That shit almost mitigates the whole Brian Eno problem (see "Seven Things I Hate About David Bowie,...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on April 22, 2004
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    Dead Boy to Man - Cheetah Chrome could be your dad

    A guy who calls himself Cheetah Chrome? You'd expect him to be punk. You'd be disappointed. But much to my aghast, Mr. Chrome (born Gene O'Connor), legendary '70s punk rocker, founding guitarist of Rocket From the Tombs, and later the Dead Boys,...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on April 22, 2004
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