Andy Bell
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After his massively successful spring tour,“The Erasure Show,” Andy Bell’s solo debut album has arrived. Electric Blue delves into Andy’s first true love, disco. And this album will force you to hit the dance floor. Yes, it’s that good. After years of collaborating with Vince Clarke and once Depeche Mode, Andy decided to step out of the shadow of Erasure (the band is so not breaking up, so don’t start any rumors) to deliver 14 superb songs. The album includes...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Warlocks
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The Warlocks have been generally typified by two characteristics: a lot of band members and a psychedelic sound. It’s almost as if they’re consistently approached as the twisted Brady Bunch of psychedelia. However, on their newest release Surgery, psychedelia blends into shoegaze and pop as the band’s range extends from catchy yet dark anthems like “Come Save Us” to the addictive, spaced out drone of “Thursday’s Radiation.” Talking with drummers Jason Anchondo and Bob Mustachio is like talking to...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Tender Box
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Band Name: The Tender Box Homebase: Los Angeles Interviewee in question: Lead guitarist, Ric Moon 1.) You guys have been around a lot longer than most bands, considering you’ve had no band member changes, you’re practically the Latino U2 of Los Angeles (minus the millions of dollars and fame). How did you manage to keep up all these years? We hired that therapist/shrink dude Metallica hired, although we had to pay him with publishing and allow him to write song...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
We Are Scientists
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When We Are Scientists played the Troubadour in Los Angeles last November, the room was filled to near capacity with young fans who already knew every word of the trio’s music. Keep in mind, the band’s album had not been released in the States yet. On stage, their performance was charismatic, the audience was dancing their asses off and interacting with the band during between song banter that seemed like a bizarre comedy show (and one that was actually funny)....

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Vacation
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American Recordings, home to System of the Down and Johnny Cash, recently signed The Vacation. President Dino Paredes leapt to sign the band comprised of fraternal twins Ben Tegel and Steve Tegel, Denny Weston, Jr, and Eric “Dutch” Suoninen after he saw one of their shows. Paredes felt they were a great live band who echoed a mix of T. Rex, The Stooges and early AC/DC. I discussed the band’s recent signing and success with frontman, Ben Tegel. SB: Let’s...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Viva K
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Viva K is a four piece whose sound range from dancy electro to psychedelic rock and George Harrison inspired melodies. The Los Angeles quartet comprised of frontwoman Ween Callas, guitarist Ravi Dhar, Sitarist/beatmaker Evan Haros and bassist Scott Skoda have gone from humbly playing Eastside venues for a couple of people three years ago to a residency at hipster haven, Spaceland as well as opening for local favorites, She Wants Revenge amongst others. I sat down with Ween and Ravi...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Gran Ronde
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1.) OK, someone puts a gun to your head and forces you to describe your band’s sound. Go. (Pow.) I’d probably just say shoot. Put me out of my misery. I don’t want to go back to my day job anyway….. but I guess that’s just a music fans response to not wanting to drop any reference points really. Essentially I’m a sucker for big rock songs, catchy choruses and weird left turn bridges, that aside I don’t like to...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Moth
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So, maybe Moth is an acronym and we didn’t know it. We sincerely regret not asking what it means. (Maybe we should have a contest and ask users to guess. First place wins a six pack and bug repellent.) What we do know is  that when answering questions via email, MOTH frontman Brad Stenz sort of  replies like a super peppy publicist with a flair for caps lock… However, you can’t really blame a guy for trying to sell his record. And in their favor,...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Flaming Lips
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Wayne Coyne is the greatest guy ever.* Just keep that bit of information in mind, it will make sense later. If you happen to be an audiophile and not completely blind, you may notice that the Flaming Lips are on the cover of tons of music magazines lately as they promote their latest album, At War with the Mystics. Like other Lips albums, Mystics is a milieu of soundscapes, weirdo lyrics, electro/acoustic embellishments, countrified signing and psychedelic titles. And I...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Gray Kid
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Steve Cooper will admit he’s more than a rapper, although he doesn’t mind the title. He’s also a booty-shakin, falsetto-singing, public policy-workin’ kid from the East coast who is using the good fortune he’s finding in Los Angeles as he inches toward fame. So, you moved here 6 months ago from NY. Do you think you can “make it” easier here than in NYC? It’s not even close. Physically the labels aren’t there. The community of musicians is much bigger,...

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