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    Sad Cucumber - Rod Stewart was brilliant, once

    In olden times, Rod Stewart was not a cartoon tragedy; a depleted figure of contempt and ridicule; a tabloid fogy to be squawked over by middle-aged frumps who'd once lustily polished their pearls to his voice and image as hormones flooded their pub...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on March 18, 2004
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    The New Woody Guthries

    Photo by James Bunoan BOOTS RILEY, TOM MORELLO, LILA DOWNS, SLOWRIDER ACROSS THE STREET FROM TACO BELL WORLD HEADQUARTERS, IRVINE FRIDAY, MARCH 5 The atmosphere was ripe for a riot last Friday afternoon in the mad, bad streets of Irvine. A maze ...

    on March 11, 2004
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    What We Do Is Not Normal - Brody Dalle and the art of Distilling

    A Cliff's Notes version of the Distillers' history: Before she was LA's reigning scarlet-lipped and husky-voiced punk rock savior, Brody Dalle was a rough-around-the-edges gutter punk in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Spending her early tee...

    by KAT JETSON on March 11, 2004
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    Love Among the Mutants - The Chinese Stars: A horrible guide to horrible noise

    Eric Paul says his band has a new record that could teach you something; Eric says that it could teach you that he is consumed by women (his phrase, left wobbling somewhere between the figurative and the literal). Eric says maybe we could go on a da...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 11, 2004
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    Oiled and Topless! - The realities of being the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    When Best Alternative Album nominees the Yeah Yeah Yeahs strolled the green (courtesy of Heineken) carpet on their way into the Grammys last month, their arrival was overshadowed by the grand entrance of multinominee Beyonc? Knowles. Not that the Ne...

    by BOB CANTU on March 11, 2004
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    Experimental Kitchen - Talking sex, politics and sauerkraut with Ute Lemper

    We don't have a lot of Germans in this paper. We like the Germans, though. We even like the name German. And we really like hot Germans with names like Ute (Ooo-Tah). So when we got to speak with German cabaret star Ute Lemper, we tried not to dumms...

    by Stacy Davies on March 11, 2004
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    Talk Boxes, Banjo Pickings

    Photo by James Bunoan MELISSA ETHERIDGE HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM FRIDAY, FEB. 27 What--Melissa Etheridge a bit too mainstream for this space? Too Star 98.7, which sponsored this show even though Mel (she lets us call her that) is nowhere to be fo...

    on March 4, 2004
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    A Rainbow With Pants On - Eyad spins, I swoon and everyone feels the love

    Photo by James Bunoan"Eyad is a rainbow with pants!" a pal e-mailed last week, encouraging me--for the eleventieth straight time--to catch his friend's Tuesday-night DJ set at the Kitsch bar. In short, he concluded, "Eyad = Love." Seven days later...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on March 4, 2004
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    This Is Pop - And Eugene Edwards is your brain on pop

    Photo by Steve MayedaEugene Edwards is calculated. You can tell when he's onstage. He's a dynamic, lively performer and a living encyclopedia of every imaginable classic rock stage move: The "goddamn-this-guitar-solo-is-painful-to-play" facial exp...

    by Joel Beers on March 4, 2004
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    This Is My Life! The End! - Q: Are We Not Polysics?

    In the dream, it went like this: we heard the last half of a Cecil Leuter LP, whispering tape loops over the trans-Pacific fiber-optic lines. Polysics guitarist/singer Hiroyuki Hayashi excused himself for a moment, set a cocktail on the console of a...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 4, 2004
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    Hater of Love - The joy and pain of discovering Grandaddy

    Grandaddy are part of a four-band bill this Saturday at the House of Blues, and if you've loved them since their 2000 breakthrough, The Sophtware Slump, and have already plopped down the $22.50 for a ticket and are pee-your-shorts giddy for this sho...

    by Rich Kane on March 4, 2004
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    Cover Me!

    James Bunoan Scarlet Crush Angel Stadium Parking Lot, Anaheim Saturday, Feb. 14 It should've been a nice little bastion of goodness amidst the otherwise tacky, swap-meet atmosphere of this first-ever Angels FanFest (too many people in booths pus...

    on February 26, 2004
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    Joe Ongie

    Photo by Jeanne RiceJoe Ongie: Critical Darling Full-Length Self-Released CD Joe Ongie: Benevolent songbird or despotic audio god? You may recall that a few months back we profiled Ongie's music-making process: his sunless months sequestered in ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on February 26, 2004
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    House Is in the, uh, House - Promoters try to rebuild a once-hot music scene

    Photo by Tenaya HillsFive minutes after my interview with Pauley, one of the three men responsible for Focus Tuesdays and Level Thursdays--Orange County's latest house-music offerings--he calls back. "I forgot to tell you something," he sputters a...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 26, 2004
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    The Gang of Four Invades Orange County - Chen Yi speaks for Chinese music reborn

    There was a time in China, Chen Yi remembers, when playing Paganini on your violin--or Mozart or Beethoven--could land you in a labor prison, with your instrument confiscated or burned. "I was about 13," she says, "and I remember that I had to play ...

    by ALAN RICH on February 26, 2004
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    Split your head down the middle - The Manichean misadventures of Rock Goggle Fantasy

    Photo by James BunoanRock Goggle Fantasy is four people with about a billion molecules between them. And they started the band when they felt all those atoms cooling and congealing--that's their native Manhattan Beach crud, the adolescent descendent...

    by Chris Ziegler on February 26, 2004
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    Life Aint Phair - Liz Phair joins a sorority

    Photo by Phil PoynterWe took it personally. Everyone who loved Liz Phair because she wielded the word fuck and the phrase shit brown like a man. Everyone who loved her 'cause she couldn't really sing. She was our indie empress; did she record in her...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 26, 2004
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    After Midnight

    Robert Deeble Thirteen Stories Pete Records/Fractured Discs Longtime Long Beacher Robert Deeble recently moved up to Seattle, but good music is always worth writing about, even if it's from an expatriate. So as we were spinning this CD, we remem...

    by Rich Kane on February 19, 2004
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    New Friends, New Enemies

    Photo by James BunoanPaper Planes, Katie the Pest, This Song's a Mess and So Am I Que Sera, Long Beach Saturday, Feb. 14 So we go and write this radioactively glowing review of the Paper Planes CD, hyping this show at the end of it, and people w...

    by Rich Kane on February 19, 2004
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    Her Tang is Fantastic! - I left Vegas for Alexs sweet, sweet Tang

    Photo by James BunoanSo. Costa Mesa's newest nightclub, Vegas, opened last Friday. Did you hear about it? Good. Because while I would be more than happy to regale you with the antics of the 300 or so personally trained, impressively bronzed social c...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 19, 2004
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