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    Sharp-Dressed Men - Shoe talk with Drunk Horse

    I hate ZZ Top. I hate them so much it hurts. I hate them so much that if I even think about that stupid sleeping-bag song, my eyes hurt and I want to throw up. Don't even get me started on "Legs." But Oakland's Drunk Horse, who happen to be my very ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 30, 2003
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    Movies and Metal - The two worlds of Volumes Patrick Brink

    Five years is an eternity in a local band life span, long enough to break big, break up, or, in those ultrarare cases, get better. Take OC stoner rock outfit Volume (though if you're actually in a stoner rock band, you probably call it "heavy" rock....

    by Rich Kane on January 30, 2003
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    Holy Hip-Hop! - Non-preachy Christianity with the Jupitersciples

    Photo by Matt OttoBetween burrito bites and horchata slurps on a cold Wednesday night, the hip-hoppers of Jupitersciples mull over the success of their recently released maxi-single. "We're really not giving the release any publicity, and we're st...

    on January 30, 2003
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    In Search Of . . . - The tale of hip-hops Pharcyde

    Research can be a bitch. Take the assignment of tracking down hip-hop superheroes the Pharcyde. Their 1992 album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcydetook the Pharcyde's thick jazz-inspired mixes and their Richard Pryor-like humor and catapulted the LA fours...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 30, 2003
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    Spunks Not Dead! - The Groovie Ghoulies give you some hits

    Photo by Michael MullerIt seems as if the Groovie Ghoulies have been pogo-ing around forever. Since the late '80s, this Sacramento-based husband-and-wife-team-plus-a-drummer outfit have been pounding out spastic, spirited pop, and even after seven f...

    by KAT JETSON on January 30, 2003
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    Bronx Cheer

    Photo by James Bunoan THE BRONX HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Always keeping up with the soon-to-be mega-hyped, we figured we had to check out the Bronx. They're catching major buzz, which could mean the group is brilliant or that thei...

    by Rich Kane on January 23, 2003
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    Cafe Tacuba

    CAF? TACUBA VALE CALLAMPA MCA When a big-name band releases a little EP, the first thing you do is attack their obvious laziness. But when the group is chilangos chingones Caf? Tacuba and the EP is Vale Callampa ("It's Worthless," in Chilean sla...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 23, 2003
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    TIPSY REMIX PARTY! ASPHODEL You know all about remix albums, right? If not, there's a Grand Canyon-sized dumpster of cheesy, stomach-churning remix discs (Paul Oakenfold! ChillOut albums! Anything from the Moonshine label!) that make "electronic...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 23, 2003
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    Yes, Depression - Daniel Ahearns electro-country road songs

    Photo by Matt OttoDaniel Ahearn's life is infected with the rootless romance of the Kerouac-era beatniks. Any time school was out, whenever he could skip class, Ahearn would drive across America, creating songs from junk. Equipped with tape machines...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 23, 2003
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    Rule Your Radio

    Photo by James BunoanDespite what most people think, freakishly tall Sean Sloan never served in the armed forces. He did, however, play football for four years at UNLV before falling into a career promoting illegal desert raves, so that's kind of th...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 23, 2003
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    Panda Punk! - Peelander Z made themselves from noodles

    You've been misinformed if you think Peelander Z is from Japan. They're not from Japan, despite speaking (and being) Japanese--well, perhaps at some point, they were from Japan, but they put the band together in New York City. Except, um, they didn'...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 23, 2003
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    Redd Kross

    NEUROTICA (RE-ISSUE) FIVE FOOT TWO RECORDS Fifteen years after its initial release, Redd Kross' Neurotica still stands the sugar-coated test of time. With its ultra-catchy hooks and pop-rock prowl, this was the McDonald brothers--Jeff and Steve--...

    by KAT JETSON on January 16, 2003
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    Tegan and Sara

    IF IT WAS YOU VAPOR RECORDS While it's tempting to agree with the masses and proclaim "Canadian music blows," we simply cannot. We are unabashedly, madly in love with Maple-leafed musicianship. It comes as no surprise, then, that we are unable ...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on January 16, 2003
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    Big Fish, Little Pond - The Blue Whales try to stay afloat in OC

    Enshrined somewhere in the snotty I-wuz-there-and-you-wuzn't! annals of Orange County rock is the beautiful corpse of Film Star, an eccentric--sometimes ethereal, sometimes hard-rockin'--band that almost scratched their way to national attention in ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on January 16, 2003
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    Incendiary? Exactly

    Photo by James BunoanIntrospective vocalist/guitarist Dan Sena used to be a hopeless romantic, but that was back when he was playing in the vaguely emo-sounding Give Until Gone, and fuck that, you know? These days, he rocks out in the more aggressiv...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 16, 2003
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    Blissed-fully Clean - Stryper cum parousia apologia (rock on!)

    When janitor James Hampton died in 1964, he might have slipped unnoticed into history--except someone decided to take a look inside his garage. There, unknown to anyone, Hampton had spent the previous 14 years constructing a titanic work of Christia...

    by STANLEY LAUGHNER on January 16, 2003
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    Ass Crack Peep Show!

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoCENTRO CULTURAL DE M?XICO BENEFIT SHOW CENTRO CULTURAL DE M?XICO, SANTA ANA SATURDAY, DEC. 21 In the weeks before Saturday's Centro Cultural de M?xico benefit show, someone had mass-produced fliers fraudulently advertisi...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Punky Reggae Party

    DOMINION STATUS THE BLAME GAME BAMBOO GROOVE RECORDS (10-TRACK CD) Dominion Status brand themselves as "reggae-influenced power pop," which is fine and all, but not the whole picture. Read that word "reggae," and you usually know exactly what ...

    by Rich Kane on January 9, 2003
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    DJ Soluz

    Photo by James BunoanMaggie Gutierrez (nee Guaico), a.k.a. DJ Soluz, is her own person, damn it, and what better way to stick it to a family of musicians (older bro plays in Breakestra, older sis played in Relish) than to eschew the stringed things ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 9, 2003
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    Best Albums of 2003! - 363 days before everybody else!

    AUGIE The year 2002 was a big, vicious circle for Augie. The Santa Ana-based emo trio put the recording life on hold in favor of seeking paying gigs to raise money for studio time. But big venues don't take kindly to demo-less acts, so Augie's 200...

    on January 9, 2003
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