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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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    The Long Way Out - Smile decide to end it all

    Photo by Robert GiampaA few years ago, I was having a conversation with Smile front man Michael Rosas. I was wringing my hands over some relationship something or other. "Don't be such a what-do-I-do," he admonished. "Huh?" I asked, confused. "There...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on June 19, 2003
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    Prach Ly

    Photo by Jeanne RiceKHMER RAP KING PRACH LY DALAMA . . . THE LOST CHAPTER(21-TRACK CD) This is the second full-length from Prach Ly, a Long Beach hip-hopper who crafts eloquent rhymes about the horrors of growing up in late-'70s Cambodia during ...

    by Rich Kane on June 5, 2003
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    The Najite Olokun Prophecy

    The Najite Olokun Prophecy Africa Before Invasion SoFa Disk/EFA Caroline Afrobeat firebrand Fela Kuti died in 1997, the same year his LA-based music student Najite Agindotan finished the first version of this, his debut album. With a little cont...

    by ANDREW ASCH on June 5, 2003
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    The Vanishing

    THE VANISHING Songs For Psychotic Children GSL Records The Vanishing are Goth, but not the kind of Goth that perches you over the sink in a candlelit bathroom with a razor blade against your wrist. They're more like Goth that makes you put on th...

    by SAMANTHA OTT on June 5, 2003
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    For the Love of Dewey

    The late Dewey Terry was a huge lot of fun. Maybe it bothered him that he was robbed of the fame and dough he deserved, but not when he was onstage. He just did not care--put him in a dank Santa Ana beer hall, put him at a Gustav Anders brunch in fr...

    on June 5, 2003
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    Delinquent Habits - Not Getting Laid With the Orphans

    Photo by James BunoanThe Orphans are the most feared, loved and misunderstood group of sweetheart delinquents you'll likely ever encounter. Whether it's the relentless screeching of Dan Carranza's pick sliding against his guitar E-string, the Richen...

    by KAT JETSON on June 5, 2003
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    Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Cex - The weird-ass life of the white Eminem

    He did once call himself the white Eminem (though now he's more into being the "black Marilyn Manson"), and we know how kindly the parental-advisory generation regards Eminem--well, pre-8 Mile and a spate of you're-the-man-now-dawg! soccer moms, any...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 5, 2003
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    Like Mondrian Going Impressionist - The Buzzcocks Are Almost Real

    Like fellow Mancs the Fall, Joy Division and Happy Mondays, the Buzzcocks are--or were--true progenitors of a style. In 1976, they took classic themes of teenage lust and malaise and injected them with an amphetaminic urgency: Has love ever sounded ...

    by SAMANTHA OTT on June 5, 2003
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