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    Pachuco Boogie

    VARIOUS ARTISTS PACHUCO BOOGIE ARHOOLIE Pachuco boogie--the jump blues with tropical rhythms that were a soundtrack for zoot-suited Mexican-Americans during the 1940s--has been gathering dust in the attic of jazz history for too long. But now a...

    on September 26, 2002
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    INTERPOL TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS MATADOR New York had it rough this year--what with the terrorist attacks, a new chapter of Guliani fascism and the Strokes--yet out of the wreckage crawls a record so surprising it makes you forget all about po...

    by KELLY HARDY on September 26, 2002
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    Do Not Disturb the Sexy!

    If anyone had any doubts that conscious hip-hop has been completely paved over by the bling-bling materialists, then the invitation to Sean Puff Daddy/P. Diddy Combs' (or whatever he's calling himself these days) MTV Video Music Awards after-party o...

    by Rich Kane on September 26, 2002
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    Warm Up Those Kegel Muscles! - The Muffs are back!

    Photo by Gary LeonardTwo years ago, Kim Shattuck was down on the Muffs. There were the label hassles, both major and minor, and the creative burnout--it was a hairy situation, you know? So she cut the Muffs down, until the world was again ready for ...

    by JIM FREEK on September 26, 2002
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    Borders Are Stupid - Enjambre is/is not the Hives

    Photo by OCW staffAnaheim-based Latin alternative quartet Enjambre--brothers Luis and Rafael Navejas on lead and bass, Osamu Nishitani on rhythm, and Nicols Saavedra on drums--is a whole so disparate that only a parts list gives them justice: ?Th...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Mississippi Ear Burning - The Allstars punked-up blues

    Speaking to singer/guitarist Luther Dickinson is a real Dood Experience. Dickinson punctuates his conversation with Beavis & Butthead laughter and phrases his sentences in the manner of a bud-head who came of age on the beaches of Southern Californi...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on September 26, 2002
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    Josh Wenzel

    Photo by James BunoanInside the body of baby-faced JOSH WENZEL beats the heart of a 55-year-old--a whiskey-on-the-rocks-drinking, girls-on-the-butt-pinching old-timer. How else to explain the 23-year-old bartender at Costa Mesa's La Cave/aspiring fi...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 26, 2002
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    KERRY GETZ LITTLE VICTORY WORLD IN MOTION RECORDS Love can make you do things you know you shouldn't--especially if you're drunk and especially if you're drunk and have access to the Internet. But sometimes we can't help ourselves, and it's that...

    by JOHN ROOS on September 19, 2002
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    Linval Thompson Productions

    LINVAL THOMPSON PRODUCTIONS CAN'T STOP US NOW EASY STAR Linval Thompson was one of the chief architects of dancehall in the late '70s, stripping reggae down to its rawest essentials of mellow guitar and bass, dubby percussion, and conscious voca...

    by ANDREW ASCH on September 19, 2002
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    Queens of the Stone Age

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE SONGS FOR THE DEAF INTERSCOPE Queens of the Stone Age have always had a shot full of grunge sludging up their metal cocktail, so Dave Grohl as their new drummer is a natural fit--it works out to be the hard rock equivalent...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on September 19, 2002
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    Big Pimpin!

    Photo by James Bunoan THE (NAME OF SOFT DRINK BRAND) LIQUID MIX TOUR (NAME OF PHONE COMPANY) AMPHITHEATER SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 Subjecting ourselves to yet another cacophony of skate demos, corporate logos, spiky-haired cretins getting blotto on the...

    by Rich Kane on September 19, 2002
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    Their Charming Man - Dispatches from the Latino Morrissey love-in

    Illustration by Kathryn HyattYUMA The crowd chants, "Me-xi-co! Me-xi-co!" in an attempt to get the singer to acknowledge that the majority of the audience is Latino. He does. "I'm going to sing a couple of more songs," he tells them, "then all of ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on September 19, 2002
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    The Guy From the Liars Got Stabbed in the Face! - And his band is pretty great

    Photo by Joe Dilworth "When I moved to New York, my mom told me not to get stabbed," says Pat Noecker, bassist for a New York band called the Liars. "And after a month and a half, I got stabbed." God, you gottalove New York. And a lot of people do...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 19, 2002
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    Smokey Robinson Is My Bard - And he should be yours, too

    Smokey Robinson has been a trusted guide throughout my life. One of my fondest toddler memories is watching Sesame Street and learning about the letter U courtesy of Smokey's revamped-for-the-show "You Really Got a Hold on Me." The first CD I ever b...

    on September 19, 2002
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    Loud Into Quiet - The metamorphosis of Azure Ray

    Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray are a couple of sweet Athens-Georgia-turned-Midwest girls who write songs that feel like a left hook to the gut. Painfully beautiful overtures that echo in the mind and sting the senses, with wistful acousti...

    by LARA ROSSMAN on September 19, 2002
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    Wretch Like Me

    I AM BECOME DEATH OWNED & OPERATED RECORDINGS More often than not, mixing elements of various subgenres tends to result in shit stew: rap-metal and ska-punk support this idea so well you'd figure it's one of Newton's Laws by now. So an album that c...

    by REX REASON on September 12, 2002
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    Mala Rodriguez

    LUJO IBRICO SUPEREGO We descendents of the conquered love to ridicule modern Spaniards as a bunch of lispers--so what Latino could have possibly imagined that a country full of sibilant wusses could produce as stunning a hip-hop album as Lujo Ib...

    on September 12, 2002
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    Jersey Devil - Southside Johnny makes Bruce Springsteen his bitch

    Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will forever personify the Jersey Shore rock & roll ethic; a sweltering compound of barroom funk, Muscle Shoals soul, white-punks-on-booze energy and a proud jubilation of the blue-collar mindset. So preternatur...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on September 12, 2002
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    Shopping Mall Blues - Brother Yusef is a gutbucket superstar

    Orange County ain't Mississippi. There are no red-clay back roads here, no Christmas-light-bedecked juke joints reeking of stale beer and chicken grease, no cotton fields, no shotgun shacks, and certainly no sun-beaten blues players with guitars slu...

    by Rich Kane on September 12, 2002
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    Do Not Play Freebird - Cherry Valence riffin, smokin, menstruatin

    The Cherry Valence put on one hell of a live show, complete with two drummers, two singers, two guitarists and a bassist--they'll "Sweat, Sweat, Sweat (All Over You)," just like their song says, with an arsenal of Ampegs-on-10 Allmans-to-Zep classic...

    by LISA LEEKING on September 12, 2002
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