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    Nothing to Be Mad About - Good shoes, fair prices with Scarlet Crush!

    Photo by James BunoanIt's so weird, really, this bright, shiny, impossibly hooky tune bobbing in an ocean of lesser songs currently rotating on KMXN-FM 94.3, tucked in amongst all the Green Day and the Hives and the New Found Glory and the Unwritten...

    by Rich Kane on August 1, 2002
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    More Cheap Less Trick

    Photo by James Bunoan CHEAP TRICK VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER, IRVINE SATURDAY, JULY 13 We hadn't been to an arena rock show since we saw Jackyl chain saw the genre's already-flaccid dignity to pieces back when we were about 12, but you can't ...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 25, 2002
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    Never Heard of Him? Perfect! - Ben Kweller happy to be a retread at 21

    Photo by Alyssa ScheinsonBen Kweller just turned 21, and he still believes that somebody will someday write a story about him that doesn't begin by mentioning his age. "I really feel like it's slowly dying down, the whole age thing," Kweller says ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 25, 2002
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    Five-Year Flop - Reventon Super Estrella Casts Doubt on Gods Existence

    When Spanish radio station KSSE 97.5 (better known as "Super Estrella") began its Reventn music festival five years ago, Southland rockeros thanked the gods. But today, these rockeros are atheists. See, the Reventn was supposed to help the the...

    on July 25, 2002
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    A Blessing and a Curse - Binging and Purging with Nellie Bly

    Photo by Stephanie HernstadtIf my survival mechanism worked half decently, I'd run like hell from people like Missy Gibson and Mike Flanagan. Any sane person would. Their music is truly dangerous--and not in the contrived way that local news shows b...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 25, 2002
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    That Thing That Makes a Noise - The Kills find that sick inch

    You can write a song that sounds like a lot of things, but it's hard to write a song that sounds only like you--something generated somewhere inside, not just an echo of the best old records in your collection. Too many people get tangled in all the...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 25, 2002
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    Straight From the Heart - What the world needs now is Jackie DeShannon

    Jackie DeShannon has enough feathers in her cap to make a duck: her 1964 song "When You Walk in the Room" ushered in the '60s folk-rock sound; she was the Beatles' hand-picked opener on their first U.S. tour; she had memorable hits with her "Put a L...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 25, 2002
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    Sublime to Ridiculous

    Photo by Matt Otto THE FLATLANDERS/ASHLEY BEE THE COACH HOUSE WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Last year's Flatlanders show at the Anaheim House of Blues was only one-quarter full. Last week's show at the Coach House? Hordes. Perhaps it was the recent Larry Ki...

    on July 18, 2002
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    Contact High

    THE POP NARCOTIC RIDE (13-TRACK CD) Bands like the Pop Narcotic are why the much-yakked-about "return of rock" argument currently being propagated by scores of know-nothing music scribes rings hollow and tells us more about the lazy, wait-till-e...

    by Rich Kane on July 18, 2002
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    I Am Totally Insane - And its because of the rolling blackouts

    Photo by Matt OttoThe Rolling Blackouts are a crazy good band--obviously, they need crazy fans. So I ask them if they have any. Like any wild-eyed weirdoes with bad haircuts who've followed them since Day One? Or any panting creeps who corner them a...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 18, 2002
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    Armchair Revolutionary - Millionaire just wants to make the room happy

    Ten or twelve years ago, lounge music was just a cheap laugh. But there was a revolution fomenting in all those swank martini glasses, and after grunge sandpapered the airwaves, America was ready to chill out a little bit. Enter the lounge-core move...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 18, 2002
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    Love American Analog Set Style - More or less straight-edge pop pretty boys from Texas

    American Analog Set love to be in love. They love to be loved. They even love it when love dumps you on your ass when you least expect it. And we love them for it--there is a special place in our worn-out heart for the prettiness that is the America...

    by LARA ROSSMAN on July 18, 2002
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    Way 2 Fonky - DJ Quikunderexposed and loving it!

    DJ Quik is his a.k.a., but David Blake's 32nd birthday was in January, and he has spent almost half that lifetime as a hip-hop musician. There's nothing quick about that, especially in a genre known for short careers--and shortened lives. And the Co...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 18, 2002
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    New Music

    Photo by Jay BlakesbergKRONOS QUARTET NUEVO NONESUCHIf Vicente Fox doesn't make the Kronos Quartet honorary Mexican citizens after Nuevo, then there really is no God. These audaciously experimental classical musicians have adapted standards from ...

    on July 11, 2002
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    Undeserved Self-Abuse!

    STAYTE/TAMING INGRID/DOWNTOWN POPULAR THE GYPSY LOUNGE FRIDAY, JUNE 28 We ambled into the Gypsy Lounge, told our buddy Mike to start hitting us with the Rolling Rocks, wiggled into our usual seat at the back by the mixing board and prepped ours...

    by Rich Kane on July 11, 2002
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    FELIX STRUCTURE (SELF-TITLED THREE-SONG 12-INCH VINYL EP) This is nervous, hyperactive music, and when their MC opens his mouth, he sounds like a fey Munchkin who has been secretly suckling on the helium tank at a neighbor kid's birthday party. ....

    by Rich Kane on July 11, 2002
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    R.I.P. Ox

    Let it be known now that recent articles to the contrary ("Haiku-O-Rama!" by Rich Kane, May 24-30, and Dave Wielenga's "Hope They Die Before They Get Old," June 21-27), we at the Weekly are not in any way responsible for the sudden death by heart at...

    on July 11, 2002
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    New Music

    LITTLE AXE HARD GRIND FAT POSSUM/EPITAPH Moby must have been a genius back in '99, breathing new technofied life into the musical fossil of country/blues with his Play album. Or not--because Little Axe dredge up a saucy blues/electronic sound al...

    by ANDREW ASCH on July 11, 2002
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    Burning Sensations - Hootenanny makes me hot

    Illustration by Bob AulI don't have black hair. I don't wear eyeliner. I have no tats or piercings, and I own not a single pair of flaming crotch panties. But I really want to have flames in my crotch--and tattooed on my back and just above my ass...

    by Stacy Davies on July 11, 2002
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    This Is What We Believe In - OC punk label raises funds to help Afghan women

    Photo by James BunoanSept. 11 made punk rock put its militancy where its mouth is: after America entered a permanent yellow alert, criticizing the government wasn't quite so simple. Heela Naqshband even remembers punk kids wondering if they should t...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 11, 2002
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