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    Stifled No More - Alls well in Bangleland

    We know what you're thinking: the Bangles are playing shows again because they hopped on one of those horrific "best of" package tours--just another band from the past banking on their hits, playing it safe and cashing in. But you're wrong. That's n...

    by KAT JETSON on July 17, 2003
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    Better Than Sushi - Dwight Yoakam, from superdork to superstar

    Among the best snapshots in my box o' memories is the one of a Beat Farmers record-release party at LA's Club Lingerie in 1984. Various members of the Farmers, Blasters, Cruzados, Long Ryders, Plimsouls and Phast Phreddie & Thee Precisions merrily l...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on July 17, 2003
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    Bella Donna Groupies - Memories of a Stevie Nicks fan

    Stevie Nicks is coming to town--as if we didn't know. The relentless airplay of "Peacekeeper" and the barrage of ticket giveaways that uniquely span both classic and modern-rock radio stations say Fleetwood Mac is still hot. Or at least lukewarm. ...

    by Stacy Davies on July 17, 2003
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    Making Wussiness Okay - Juan Gabriel helps Mexicans bring out their inner queer

    Thirty years ago, a beer bottle on the head and a stab in the stomach would've greeted any Mexican male singer who dared to express wussy sentiments. The early '70s were the heyday of ranchera music, the virulently nihilistic ballad form of Mexican ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on July 17, 2003
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    Dancing With Myself

    Heaven, I'm in heaven And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak And I seem to find the happiness I seek When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek --Irving Berlin, "Cheek to Cheek" My parents love to dance--my mom, especially. It i...

    on July 17, 2003
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    Quetzal Worksongs Vanguard Records Rare is the recording that regresses from a band's previous efforts yet emerges better for the hearing, but such is Quetzal's fourth effort, Worksongs. Employing the sonorous son jarocho sounds of Mexico's Caribb...

    on July 10, 2003
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    Stay Warm

    Photo James BunoanThe Thermals Chain Reaction Thursday, June 26 Listen: when kids in Orange County-fated only for a life of either sedation or self-immolation-go to a show with homemade spraypainted T-shirts to see a band that never went to hi...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 10, 2003
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    Benefit for Billy

    When we get dicked around by our unreliable medical community, it's usually just an annoying inconvenience. For Billy Carter, though, it's literally a matter of life or death. Carter has Lyme disease, and because it went undetected (and then misdiag...

    on July 10, 2003
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    Cherrywine Bright Black Dcide/Babygrande RecordsIf music could be a Dorian Gray mirror, Cherrywine-n? Ishmael Butler-reveals one mean, bruised soul under his sleek facade. He's filed an album's worth of first-person reports on the thrills and regr...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 10, 2003
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    Resurrection Rock

    Death on Wednesday SONGS TO ____ TO(6-SONG EP) Sidecho Records These punkabilly dudes from HB once spent an evening jamming with Social Distortion at the House of Blues, only to face the cruel reality of doing restaurant work the next morning, ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 10, 2003
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    You Ought to be Ashamed of Yourselves! - Readers react to Greatest OC Bands Ever with a poll of their own

    Two weeks ago, we took a shot at it ourselves, trying to name the 100 best OC bands of all time-and then watched as the list blew past 100 to 110 and 120. We stopped at 129, and then turned to you for your thoughts. OUT OF TOUCH The people who p...

    on July 10, 2003
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    Get This Blasting True - Party til you transcend with Andrew W.K.

    "Now, he thought, that all these transitory things have slipped away from me again, I stand once more beneath the sun, as I once stood as a small child. Nothing is mine, I know nothing, I possess nothing, I have learned nothing. How strange it is! ....

    by STANLEY LAUGHNER on July 10, 2003
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    Out of the Chord Closet - Confessions of a Juanes lover

    I counted three strikes against Colombian rockero Juanes, the first when I heard he had just earned seven Latin Grammy nominations; he subsequently walked away with three trophies. For me, this was strike one: if winning a Grammy is the musical equi...

    on July 10, 2003
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    The Incredible Never-Ending OC Rock Doc

    Will the definitive cinematic (or at least straight-to-video) depiction of the OC music scene ever be made? Seems like there's always a handful of budding documentarians 'round the county looking to capture their version of such, and since we recent...

    on July 3, 2003
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    A Weenie In The Ear!

    Photo by Jeanne Rice The KROQ Weenie Roast Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine Saturday, June 14 Nine consecutive hours at KROQ's Weenie Roast somehow didn't completely suck. Hot Hot Heat surprised us early with their Ronald McDonald-meets-th...

    by JESSICA CALKINS on July 3, 2003
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    Scapegoats and Booze

    EL CHIVO EXPIATORIO (Self-titled/released 3-song demo) Jes?s "El Pelos" ("The Hairs"--ask him about the genesis of the nickname!) Olvera is living the sonic-geek dream, not only making moola with his musical musings as a staff writer for the fine...

    on July 3, 2003
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    Creepshow Superstars - Door-to-door new wave with I Am Spoonbender

    Among life's creepy things--people who act a little too happy, nine-to-five jobs, old truck drivers who haven't gotten laid in 10 years, Star Trek fans, Scientologists--there's San Francisco's I Am Spoonbender. They're proud groupies for celebrity p...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 3, 2003
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    Poor, Drunk, Talented - Bayadera love the Vietnamese hooch

    Photo by Michael LamA pall of heartbreak and depression had drifted into the Elephant Bar in Irvine the night the Mighty Ducks dropped Game 7. Everywhere, that is, except the comfy booth where the members of Bayadera had congregated. This band was b...

    by JOHN ROOS on July 3, 2003
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    Slideshow, Not Sideshow - The Trachtenburg Familys indie-vaudeville-pop-rock phenomenon

    The Trachtenburgs are an ersatz Partridge family, culled down to a two-piece and hosting a vaudevillian, boho parlor slideshow, with all the kitsch and irony you'd expect from a confirmed leftist and his conceptual-artist wife. But just as with thei...

    by CHRIS PARKER on July 3, 2003
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    The 129 Greatest OC Bands Ever!: 1 - 50

    Written By: Gustavo Arellano, Andrew Asch, Joel Beers, Claudia Figueroa, Rich Kane, Bill Kohlhaase, George A. Paul, John Roos, Alison M. Rosen, Rebecca Schoenkopf, Buddy Seigal, Jason Thornberry, Jim Washburn and Chris Ziegler. Why spend our time ...

    on June 26, 2003
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