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    Ryan Shuck

    Photo by James Bunoan"We are now an unsigned band with a couple of million records under our belts," laughs Orgy guitarist/hairstylist extraordinaire Ryan Shuck, to which I say, "My God, how do you sit down?" But really: Orgy covered New Order's "Bl...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on October 31, 2002
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    In the Closet With the Blues - Keb Mo aint pretty no mo

    When I had last spoken to Keb' Mo', it was right around the time his synth-drenched shitbag of an album, Door, was released in the fall of 2000. That CD--more James Taylor than Skip James--came as such a disappointment that I determined I wanted no ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on October 31, 2002
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    Jocko Homo - Tony Hawk and Devo: Lets whip it again!

    Michael Jordan is the Tony Hawk of basketball--or so certain skaters will tell you. Maybe. But Tony Hawk, at 33 as active a skateboarder as ever (even though he might not wear pink as much as he used to), is definitely the Michael Jordan of skateboa...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 31, 2002
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    Band of Sisters - Augie: sweet, charming, willing to kick your ass

    Photo by OCW StaffThe sun filters through menacing clouds on a gloomy late afternoon in Buena Park, gilding an expansive back yard in a calming glow. Maybe it's this threat of rain that ensures the audience waiting to hear Augie--sisters Mara (drum...

    on October 31, 2002
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    Destroy All Emo!

    Photo by James Bunoan MIDTOWN/RECOVER/DAYS AWAY CHAIN REACTION, ANAHEIM FRIDAY, OCT. 4 Feels time for yet another filing on the state of Emo Nation, though it's not like we really wanted to be here. Honestly, until our press comp plans fell thr...

    by Rich Kane on October 17, 2002
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    There Were Freaks Everywhere - The Vanishing come to terms with Gothness

    The Vanishing should be from Berlin, not San Francisco. Their In the Bat HausEP on SF indie Cochon is tied up tight in the grim chiaroscuro of German Expressionism, all woozy black-and-white shots that look like they were swept off Fritz Lang's cutt...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 17, 2002
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    The Saviors of Mexico, the Scourge of Latin Alternative - Kronos Quartet is the greatest thing that ever happened to Mexican music, Juanes just sucks

    You don't know anything about Mexico's stunningly diverse musical traditions. You couldn't tell a son jarocho from a son huasteco. All you know about mariachi is that sombreros, machismo and a heroic intake of tequila play a crucial role. And that's...

    on October 17, 2002
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    The Jewish Gaucho - Osvaldo Golijov makes it all come together

    They're still talking about it in Stuttgart--about the night in the summer of 2000 when a capacity audience in that normally strait-laced metropolis went berserk for nearly half an hour at the world premiere of a 90-minute choral work from an unknow...

    by ALAN RICH on October 17, 2002
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    Not Bad Company to Keep - Patty Griffin does it her way

    Photo by Traci GoudieAdd Patty Griffin's name to the long list of musicians-as-corporate-chew-toys, guilty of the unpardonable sin of not selling kajillions of records. But don't put her down as a casualty just yet--she might have come out the other...

    by JOHN ROOS on October 17, 2002
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    Mirk Richardson

    Photo by James BunoanMirk Richardson, the long-haired bassist for Slingshot, knows a thing or two about crotchless panties, which is both unsettling and yet exactly what you'd expect from a man who works at a sex shop. He also knows about portable v...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on October 17, 2002
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    Panache Ramblers

    Photo by Matt Otto MOJO FILTERS self-titled 4-song demo Contradiction comes cheap and easy in OC, so don't even blink when we tell you that soul band Mojo Filters is really a bunch of UC Irvine alums--and if sterile, vacuum-sealed Irvine is now b...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 10, 2002
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    LADYTRON LIGHT & MAGIC EMPEROR NORTON Ladytron are two lads and two lasses from across the Beatles' ocean, looking to invade car commercials everywhere with their deliciously synthesized grooves. Their just-out Light & Magic is a clever, sophi...

    by KAT JETSON on October 10, 2002
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    James McMurtry

    JAMES MCMURTRY SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS SUGAR HILL Austin singer/songwriter James McMurtry often pens sad-but-sweet tales about hard-luck losers, alcoholics, ugly breakups and busted dreams. Nothing too wild or TV-news-ish, though--his characters...

    by Rich Kane on October 10, 2002
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    Lick My Colin Powell!

    The B-52's/The Sharp Ease House of Blues, Anaheim Friday, Sept. 27 The Sharp Ease opening up for the B-52's at the House of Blues is--as Fred Schneider might say--faaaaaaabulous, a sweet-as-hell spot for a worthy local band to sneak in and shake...

    on October 10, 2002
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    I Wanna Riot! Sex Riot! - Moving Units and the punk rock poor mans aphrodisiac

    Photo by James BunoanWe figured the Moving Units must have some kind of sex-for-rock scam going. Yeah, they're a good band--when we saw them back at the Smell, they were whiplashing around the same ESG vs. PIL dance-punk shtick that makes the Raptur...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 10, 2002
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    The Loneliest Part of the Heart - Julieta Venegas is Latin alternatives reigning reina

    Julieta Venegas doesn't grab you at first. The born-in-Long Beach/raised-in-Tijuana/now-living-in-Mexico City singer seems--on first listen--like a pretender against the towering talents of fellow Latin alternative divas. She's nowhere close to the ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on October 10, 2002
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    My Elvis Weighs a Ton - Public Enemy: still angry after all these years

    Photo by Gillian KleinYears after hip-hop overtook grunge as America's most profitable music, Public Enemy finally became part of America's cultural mainstream. The New York Times included the band's music in its list of the "25 Most Significant Alb...

    by Nick Schou on October 10, 2002
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    Zuco 103

    ZUCO 103 TALES OF HIGH FEVER SIX DEGREES I hate dance music. I think most Americans who swear by those Brazilian beats are just working out some liberal guilt. But I don't hate Zuco 103's Tales of High Fever: this German/Dutch/Brazilian trio r...

    on October 3, 2002
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    ODELIA ARGYPLANISCHA (8-SONG CD) Like Frank Falupa and Outerspace--the two bands that preceded them in both members and direction--Odelia are most interested in building melancholic aural sculptures. What they're offering up here on . . . well, ...

    by Rich Kane on October 3, 2002
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    Chico Suave!

    Photo by James Bunoan MAROON5/SCAPEGOAT WAX/AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN/WEST BEVERLY CHAIN REACTION, ANAHEIM TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 LA band Maroon5 must have a killer publicist. Michelle Branch drops their name in Spin, Radio & Records gives them its "Re...

    by Rich Kane on October 3, 2002
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