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    Death to Trendy Pomade Cretins! - Deke Dickerson in three dimensions

    Q: How many rockabilly guys does it take to change a light bulb? A: One to change the bulb and all the rest to stand around talking about how much cooler the old one was. The repulsive veracity behind this well-worn witticism has not been lost o...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on April 3, 2003
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    The Chavos Are All Right - Son del Centro make the homeless dance

    Photo by Matt OttoThe music life is tough for the kids of Son del Centro. The badass Santa Ana downtown community space Centro Cultural de M?xico pays its rent solely off the gig greens the seven-member group gets. Their acoustic instruments, ricket...

    on April 3, 2003
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    Piss Off, England! - OC Music Awards founder Martin Brown thinks were cooler, anyway

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe jarring shriek of Martin Brown's fucking cell phone keeps interrupting our chat. Some calls he ignores, others he has to take. It's just more than a week before the second edition of the Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) goes...

    by Rich Kane on April 3, 2003
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    Gustavo Cerati

    GUSTAVO CERATI SIEMPRE ES HOY BMG LATIN Gustavo Cerati could have easily retired to a Buenos Aires caf? after the 1997 break-up of his group Soda Stereo with the knowledge that his status as one of Latin alternative's greatest visionaries was...

    on March 27, 2003
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    Baxter Dury

    BAXTER DURY LEN PARROT'S MEMORIAL LIFT ROUGH TRADE RECORDS You gotta hand it to a guy who jacks the chorus of the Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" on his debut album, works it into his own material, and ends up with an even more gorge...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on March 27, 2003
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    Little Bit O Soul

    THE HELMUT STEIN EXPERIENCE ON RETURN (10-SONG FULL-LENGTH CD) Last we heard from the Helmut Stein Experience, at the tail end of 2001, they had just put out a superb three-song sampler, a drippingly delish m?lange of sweet soul, blues, jazz, an...

    by Rich Kane on March 27, 2003
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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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