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    Its the Soul, Baby! - Hitch a ride with the Flash Express

    Photo by James BunoanYou meet a guy like Brian Waters, you let him introduce himself--out of respect, out of deference, out of the hope he'll cadge you a free drink. And when you write about a guy like Brian Waters and his band the Flash Express, yo...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 27, 2003
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    White Riot - Eyedea & Abilities next-gen hip-hop

    Photo by Dan MonickRapper Eyedea has bested hordes of lesser MCs in some of the toughest competitions in the nation. Big contests, too, such as the 1999 Scribble Jam MC Battle and the Rocksteady MC Battle in 2000, which earned him mad respect in the...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 27, 2003
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    Trio Dreams - Midnight Movies are ready for their close-up

    Photo by James BunoanMidnight Movies played their first show last year at LA's Sunset Junction Street Fair and--perhaps taking the term "street fair" a bit too literally--plunked down right there on the pavement and plugged in. "We saw Jay-Z in th...

    by KAT JETSON on March 27, 2003
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    Live From Ground Zero - New wave goes nuclear with the Epoxies

    It's spring again, and you can forget all about love because new wave is in the air, says a guy named F.M. Static (the "F" stands for Fritz). The legwarmers, the stripes, the crushing fear of nuclear missiles arcing over the Arctic circle and air-bu...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 27, 2003
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    Andre Afram Asmar

    ANDRE AFRAM ASMAR RACE TO THE BOTTOM MUSH RECORDS LA mixologist Asmar calls his Race to the Bottom a "soundtrack to life," but post-Sept. 11 xenophobia could limit his audience (especially with the Arabic script that adorns the cover). If you're...

    by JASON THORNBERRY on March 13, 2003
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    MORELENBAUM/SAKAMOTO CASA SONY CLASSICAL Unlike infants, DJs and classical composers, Antonio Carlos Jobim can be taken everywhere. His classic songs such as "Aguas de Marco" and, yes, "The Girl From Ipanema" fit perfectly in both steamy nigh...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 13, 2003
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    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS NOCTURAMA EPITAPH Nasty lampoons haunt Nick Cave with unintended laughs. He almost begs for them with his canon of melodramatic tunes, Southern Gothic posings and humorless attempts at Iggy Pop-style destruction....

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 13, 2003
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    Stoned and Dethroned

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/RYE COALITION THE GROVE OF ANAHEIM TUESDAY, FEB. 25 "This is for all the ladies with the nice racks!" blathered one of the guys in dull New Joisey opening outfit Rye Coalition. Of course it was a guy, too, as this was a p...

    by Rich Kane on March 13, 2003
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    Such Nice Boys! - Mae are innocent, pure and almost totally sober

    Photo by Tim Owen"We write to apologize." That's the first line on Mae's debut album, Destination: Beautiful. But why the regrets? "We're nice guys," says singer/guitarist Dave Gimenez. "That's what people say when they let us crash on their flo...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 13, 2003
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    Locked and Loaded - Jazzbo George Shearing disses funk!

    Ya gotta give mad props to an 83-year-old musician who still tours six months out of the year. But when venerable jazz pianist and gentlemanly Englishman George Shearing had to cancel our first interview appointment because he was medicated into the...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on March 13, 2003
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    Yeah, Yeah, Old Man! - Tuning in to 20 years of Channel 3

    Photo by Brad Robarge/Skate Scene MediaYou're 18, you get a guitar, and you write about what your hormones tell you to write about. It's where everyone starts, whether it's inflamed political passions or just regular old, inflamed, lock-the-bathroom...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 13, 2003
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    Photo by James BunoanIf ever you're doing a crossword puzzle or watching Jeopardy or about to take it outside with your roommate over an argument about whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable (it's a FRUIT!), Costa Mesa DJ Steve Fisch (a.k.a. DJ aD...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on March 13, 2003
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    Ears Shall Bleed!

    Photo by Matt Otto DRINKER'S PURGATORY (FIVE-SONG DEMO CD) Drinker's Purgatory isn't a pretty band--they're staggering around somewhere between good ol' punk rock and that Cometbus-y/Crimpshrine-y introspecto-core, which puts them in a sort of un...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 6, 2003
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    Booty Tears - The sad but fruitful year of Los Abandoned

    Lady P. and Don Verde were despondent a year ago. Products of broken homes, each had also recently endured the breakups of their respective bands--Lady P.'s Pescadores Pescadores and Verde's Tijuana Bibles. So the two found themselves spending hours...

    on March 6, 2003
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    Sex Divas and Jazz Police - Terence Blanchard explains it all for you

    Among the more gratifying jazz journeys over the past 20 years has been the transformation of trumpeter Terence Blanchard from a "young lion" into something resembling a dominant silverback. He came to prominence in the '80s along with such kindred ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on March 6, 2003
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    Metal? Christian? Gay? - Queer talk with Kings Xs Doug Pinnick

    Metal bands aren't very interesting. Black men fronting metal/punk bands? Seen it before--Bad Brains, Living Colour, Body Count. Christian black men in metal bands? There's that guy in POD, and . . . give us an hour, we'll find another. Gay Christia...

    by Rich Kane on March 6, 2003
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    SAUCERS WHAT WE DID GRAND THEFT AUDIO After years spent moldering in some Connecticut closet, the last elusive component of the Cleveland proto-punk trifecta is finally getting a little sun. When godhead group Rocket From the Tombs split in 1976...

    by Chris Ziegler on February 27, 2003
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    Bersuit Vergarabat

    BERSUIT VERGARABAT DE LA CABEZA CON BERSUIT VERGARABAT UNIVERSAL The only chance Argentina has of surviving its current hell will originate from the country's mad-as-fuck music groups and their fans. And from this seething underclass, the ablest...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on February 27, 2003
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    Bullshit, Booze & Belching!

    PRIMER JARIPEO DEL A?O ARROWHEAD POND, ANAHEIM SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Now that the stench has somewhat dissipated from the bull plop that was this year's Primer Jaripeo del A?o, here are some recommendations for the organizers if they want to make it s...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on February 27, 2003
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    Vanishing River Songs - Hot blondes like Lanternas NPR music

    It seemed like hopping a fast train to obscurity. In the early '90s, Henry Frayne took a break from the flagging fortunes of his rock group Moon Seven Times and started making tapes of his exotic solo guitar music. The tuneage avoided anything rem...

    by ANDREW ASCH on February 27, 2003
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