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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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    The New Pornographers

    Photo by Chris BuckTHE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS ELECTRIC VERSION MATADOR RECORDS Widely touted as a Canadian supergroup--not a contradiction in terms--the Pornographers, with prime songwriter Carl Newman, future genius Dan Bejar and rising producer Jo...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on June 19, 2003
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    The Velvet Tinmine

    VARIOUS ARTISTS THE VELVET TINMINE: 20 JUNK SHOP GLAM RAVERS RPM Junk-Shop Glam might be the British equivalent of our Thrift-Store Funk, a crate-digging archaeological movement dedicated to blowing the dust off the last surviving singles of a...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 19, 2003
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    Know Your Rights!

    Photo by Jessica Calkins Pearl Jam Monday-Tuesday, June 2-3 Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine It wasn't exactly com-forting to see the big fat Lexus with the PRL JEM license plate cut in front of us on our drive into the parking lot opening n...

    on June 19, 2003
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    Butt-Probe Rawk!

    Photo by Mike AndersonThrow Rag Desert Shores(full-length cd) BYO Records Throw Rag, the punk/blues/roots sextet from the Salton Sea (okay, more like Huntington Beach, but we'll play into their shtick), have hit dry land once more with this, the...

    by KAT JETSON on June 19, 2003
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    Scoring the Fair Bands

    With The reopening of the Pacific Amphitheatre for this year's Orange County Fair (and how long before the shed is redubbed Wal-Mart Pavilion or Ace Hardware Arena?), something of a class divide has emerged between A-list Pac Amp acts who are chargi...

    by Rich Kane on June 19, 2003
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    Hell Drive - Dave Clucas sits high in the saddle with the Horsepainters

    Photo by Steve MeyedaIt's Sunday night at 2J's, one of Fullerton's oldest, smokiest bars. A crazy mosaic of patrons appears as if shot through silk. Actors unwinding after a show, vatos just out of jail--they chase eight-balls around pool tables, sh...

    by Joel Beers on June 19, 2003
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