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    Super Tonite!

    Photo by James BunoanBlow Up Blow Sunday, Dec. 14 Alex's Bar, Long Beach "This song is about having the best Saturday night of your life," says the singer of Blow Up Blow, "or the best Sunday night of your life." Close enough. For the past six m...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 18, 2003
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    Just What I Needed - Preseason holiday debauchery with Flock of 80s

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsLast Friday, with the holiday season nigh upon me--and with it, copious amounts of Chrismukkah parties that, despite almost always guaranteeing a rollicking, spiked-egg-nog good time, don't necessarily facilitate rollicking, ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 18, 2003
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    Love in the Time of Kinky - Photo Chick, Primeval Basses, and the Most Buzzed-About Latin Alternative Band in America

    It's been a little over a year since I saw the Mexican quintet Kinky warm up a chilly November night at the Coach House, yet I relive the show every time I think about the pleasure, disappointment and beauty that is love. Another woman had dumped ...

    on December 18, 2003
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    Hating the Haters - The Smut Peddlers arent Nazis, mmkay?

    Here's the buy-'em-by-the-sack facts about the Smut Peddlers: punk rock band; been around since '93; four-fifths of them live in OC; range in age from 23 to 43; have recorded four full-length CDs; had their song "Let's Get Fucked Up" featured in Jac...

    by Rich Kane on December 18, 2003
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    What Side Are You On? - Fast Forward To Death

    I looked around, and I don't know why, but I assure you that never, never before, did this land, this river, this jungle, the very arch of this blazing sky, appear to me so hopeless and so dark, so impenetrable to human thought, so pitiless to hu...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 18, 2003
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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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    Movin on Up - Cooing over Groove Ensembles didgeridoo at Subject Matters kegger

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsBy the time I arrived at Subject Matter Gallery in Costa Mesa last Saturday, a well-on-its-way-to-sloshed crowd of trucker hats and hoodies had spilled into the stripmall parking lot, smoking and laughing and sketching. Yes, ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on December 11, 2003
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    Photo by Matt OttoGerald Clayton Steamers Caf?, Fullerton Friday, Dec. 5 During our many years on this beat, we've never, ever used the words "teenage" and "genius" in the same sentence (we know--we've Googled ourselves). To find true youthful g...

    by Rich Kane on December 11, 2003
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    We Got the Neutron Bomb!

    Photo by Matt OttoThe Red Onions "Livewire" b/w "Sexy Thang" Revenge Records The Red Onions are furious live, so it's funny that their debut is as polite as a tap on the shoulder. Maybe it's the we're-desperate, Edison-cylinder recording techniq...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 11, 2003
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    Award of the State

    Photo by Jeanne RiceIt's submission time again for the third annual Orange County Music Awards, which for its March 27, 2004, presentation will return to what OCMA founder Martin Brown jokingly refers to as its "ancestral home"--the Galaxy Concert T...

    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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