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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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    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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    Give the Cowboys Some Acid

    Photo by James BunoanCAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN/CRACKER HOUSE OF BLUES WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 We looked forward to partaking in this slice of early-'90s nostalgia--returning, however briefly, to a time when most of the bands we heard on the radio were tole...

    on May 29, 2003
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    LUIS GABRIEL BARBOSA HERE WE BELONG (SIX-TRACK SELF-RELEASED EP) It is with earnest regret that we announce the demise of Latin alternativers Voz de Mano, who have declared an indefinite hiatus after nearly a decade of unappreciated genius. Than...

    on May 29, 2003
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    Yerba Buena

    YERBA BUENA PRESIDENT ALIEN RAZOR & TIE New York hasn't developed anything noteworthy in the Latin-music galaxy since the days of the Fania All-Stars in the '70s, but here come Yerba Buena. With their debut, President Alien, the seven-person col...

    on May 29, 2003
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    The Bellrays

    THE BELLRAYS RAW COLLECTION UPPERCUT The BellRays are one of SoCal's greats, and singer Lisa Kekaula is one of our greatest, a no-bullshit belter with a voice as hot as a blowtorch--reviewers reference Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin and easily ...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 29, 2003
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    Try Everything Once - Money Marks stupid, lurid brilliance

    The mystique surrounding Money Mark is that of a serious indie musician, but his mantra might as well be "stupid, lurid, brilliant." Case in point: it's 1994, and Money Mark (real name: Mark Ramos-Nishita) is playing a gig in downtown LA. The peop...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 29, 2003
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    Carburetors and the Devil - Texas is trying to kill the riverboat gamblers

    The Riverboat Gamblers are explaining Texas for us. King of the Hill is dead-on, says singer Mike Wiebe. So is The Last Picture Show. Pat Boone and Roy Orbison both lived in the Gamblers' hometown of Denton, a flat little college satellite outside D...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 29, 2003
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    Catharsis Queen - Loving the cruel world with Googoosh

    I was halfway through my interview with Persian pop princess Googoosh when our connection abruptly cut off. She called back about five minutes later, apologizing profusely for her mercurial cell phone. "What happened was that I was in a special plac...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on May 29, 2003
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    PHOTOBOOTH/WELLSVILLE THE HUB, FULLERTON SUNDAY, MAY 11 Mother's Day night at the Hub, with music supplied for people bent on avoiding the rituals of the made-up holiday. Who wants to hang with grouchy, bipolar Mom, after all, when they could go...

    on May 22, 2003
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    The Spector Watch

    No matter where you stood at Memphis in Costa Mesa the night of May 5, Robert Giampa's eyes were watching you. Not his actual eyes, but the ones in his new photography collection, "Eye," which consists of 11 lone eyes, each blown up to 13 inches by ...

    on May 22, 2003
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    Under The Influence: Mixed by Rob Swift

    VARIOUS ARTISTS Under The Influence: Mixed by Rob Swift Six Degrees Rob Swift, backbone of legendary New York turntablist group X-ecutioners, proves he's quite the laid-back scratch DJ with this CD mix. He doesn't overpower the music with typica...

    on May 22, 2003
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    Turbonegro Scandinavian Leather Epitaph/Burning HeartA four-year layoff, some rehab and some disturbing reports that had them finding religion have done nothing to tame the sound of Turbonegro, a band so convincingly dark and taboo fucking the chu...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on May 22, 2003
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    Quackos - Ugly Ducklings Politics Are Even Uglier

    Where I'm from--that'd be the German port town of Hamburg--Long Beach's Ugly Duckling are one of America's more noteworthy exports. Their videos are all over TV. Music magazines compare them to the likes of De La Soul, Black Eyed Peas, Jurassic 5 an...

    by MIKE RÃ-ESLER on May 22, 2003
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    Equal Rights and Upset Stomachs - Huffing George Sarahs electronic-classical gas

    George Sarah is the dictionary definition of a nice guy, with his quick smile and art-nerd get-ups. So what's he doing getting his ass booted out of a prestigious Hollywood club? Blame it on the agitprop gods. That's the only explanation for how S...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 22, 2003
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    Pet Project - For Greg Ginn, its not about the moneyits about the cats

    Photo by James BunoanFor nine years, Greg Ginn was Black Flag. The nonstop touring, the police harassment, the 36-hours-per-week practice schedule, the internal strife and the rabid fan abuse ground down four singers, three bassists and six drummers...

    by REX REASON on May 22, 2003
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    Negrology - The Glory of Soloman Burke

    My friend Handsome Vic likes to refer to himself as a "big, fat, greasy country Negro." It always makes me laugh when he says this, and I wish more people would refer to themselves thus, even if they don't really fit the account. Personally, I am fa...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on May 22, 2003
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    The Exploding Hearts

    THE EXPLODING HEARTS GUITAR ROMANTIC DIRTNAP Power-pop punk only has room for geniuses or Xerox machines; if you're not razor-sharp enough to be a Buzzcock, you better be sneaky enough to steal their riffs out from under them, else your clunky l...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 15, 2003
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    Getting Blotto Live!

    Photo by James BunoanMARIBEL GUARDIA/BANDA EL RECODO/VICENTE FERN?NDEZ ARROWHEAD POND SUNDAY, MAY 25 "An 800-pound gorilla does whatever he wants," goes the clich?, but this hypothesis doesn't apply to reality. Just ask El Califas, an at-least-4...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on May 15, 2003
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    Quest for Structure

    SLIPPERS "AKIEF THE UNDERWATER WELDER/THUG PASSION" (12-INCH VINYL EP) Rolling around in musical sludge isn't a problem for Slippers; they just call it "improvisation." Their sound is a head-butt of indefinable listening, a grasp for quixot...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 15, 2003
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