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    Hightone Deaf - How many roads? At least one more

    American Music: The Hightone Records Story boxed set (Hightone Records) is extremely likable in concept. The imprint is a hardworking indie out of Oakland that has spent the past 20 years documenting modern roots music. In fact, Hightone has released...

    by Justin P. Farrar on November 16, 2006
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    SMoCA If You Got 'Em - And drink 'em, too

    SMoCA Nights has become the quintessential fashionable event for Valley clubgoers who want to hang up their ho-bag clothes for the night and feel high-class. With fine art as the backdrop, social sophisticates showed off their stiletto pumps and desi...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 16, 2006
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    A Few Random Drunks - Things go better with smoke

    "All music shows are better with booze," according to Josh Preston, lead vocalist and guitarist of local band A Few Random Drunks. True to its name, the group formed out of "four men who accidentally stumbled into each other" over brewskis, and their...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Fetti Profoun - Valley Fever (PaperChase Records)

    "Fetti Profoun" is a horrible hip-hop handle, but the hooks here are hot as hell. The CD opens with audio clips from local news stations, spliced together to sound like a big, controversial story about Fetti, then busts into the title track with hydr...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Tierra del Fuego - The Great Saturday Night Swindle (Scapular Winging Records)

    "It would mean so much to me to know mystery," Brock Ruggles announces early on in The Great Saturday Night Swindle, but he and his new band Tierra del Fuego have crafted a debut album even Colonel Mustard with a lead pipe in the study would have no ...

    by Serene Dominic on November 16, 2006
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    Rooney - Coppola real nice guys

    Ben Lee may be headlining the "Fun! Fun! Fun! Tour," but the artist most likely to live up to the spirit of that tour name is Rooney, a band whose infectious self-titled debut felt like the Beach Boys bringing in Rivers Cuomo to save the day when Bri...

    by Ed Masley on November 16, 2006
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    Fireball Ministry - Love the sinner

    Holy cowbell, biker babes! This co-ed stoner metal band sure has some gritty gee-tars and hard rock chops on its fourth studio effort, Their Rock Is Not Our Rock. The album takes its title from Deuteronomy 32:31, but the only gospel Fireball Ministry...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Special Edition CD/DVD) (Roadrunner Records)

    If you take a cynic's view toward "expanded" reissues of recent albums, then, yeah: Anymore, the masters don't even get shelved before record labels are padding releases with videos and B-sides, and dangling them before the same folks who bought the ...

    by Aaron Burgess on November 16, 2006
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    The Elected - Regime change

    Based on polls conducted last week, here are some of the reasons Americans chose The Elected this year: 1) They ran a positive, intelligent, feel-good, idea-filled campaign with their second album, Sun, Sun, Sun; 2) They're uniters, not dividers th...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on November 16, 2006
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    CMT Tour - Rural meets urban

    Everybody knows that Dubya is a diehard country music fan, but even the good ol' boys would have wrinkled their noses if Trace Adkins had played "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" at the Republican National Convention in 2004. Unfortunately, that hick-hop song...

    by Niki D'Andrea on November 16, 2006
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    Tom Waits - Orphans (Anti-)

    Wherein Tom Waits cleans out the closet, holds a garage sale and finds the crowd begging for more, more, more. Hence the 26 soundtrack-compilation-etc. familiars and 30 "new" songs that sound like all the old ones, spread over three discs that glibly...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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    Celluloid Elvis - Your Eddy bear

    Despite the best efforts of several generations of right-wing extremists, it's impossible to watch this DVD, Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows (Image Entertainment) today and truly understand just how electrifying Elvis Presley would have seemed t...

    by Ed Masley on November 16, 2006
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    Disbanded Brothers - South American way

    Last month, two Argentinean children appeared on the popular free video Web site YouTube with their endearing rendition of the classic Sepultura protest song "Refuse/Resist," live from their living room. Within days, the video became the latest I...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on November 16, 2006
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    Vex*a*tion - Save a buck if you're cool

    It's no secret the devilish dance demons of Sadisco hate Tranzylvania. Besides nursing a grudge over how an overzealous bouncer at the popular weekly goth night allegedly broke Sadisco member Dark Father's arm last year, members of the freaky faction...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on November 16, 2006
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    The Sonny Side - Sax after 70

    Old folks' music. An antique museum piece. A bleak and forgotten cause. All stereotypes to describe the American-born and -bred art form known as jazz. By these standards, the music created by 76-year-old jazz legend Sonny Rollins belongs locked i...

    by Steve Jansen on November 16, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 16 Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Cat Eye: Punk Rock Thursdays with DJ Diesel (rock, punk) Club Central: DJ Luis (salsa, merengue) The Crown Room: DJ Gable (rock, house, hip-hop) Dos Gringos: DJs Benjamin Cutswell & Kid Vicious (rock...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Mountain Music - Bringing the hoedown

    "Know any banjo jokes?" my roommate asks me when I tell him I'm going to see local bluegrass purveyors The Breadwinners on a recent Tuesday night. I don't, but my roomie does. "What's the difference between a banjo and a vacuum cleaner? A vacuum clea...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on November 9, 2006
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    Queen of Blackhearts - Joan Jett wants "a fair shot" for Sinner

    It's the Fourth of July at Cricket Pavilion, and kids wearing tee shirts that pledge their allegiance to every band from Anti-Flag to Less Than Jake are pressed against a makeshift stage at this year's local Warped Tour stop to see a star their paren...

    by Ed Masley on November 9, 2006
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    The Model Host - Little tushes on the catwalk

    Paris, Milan, New York. . . Scottsdale? Okay, so maybe we aren't top billing for fashion hot spots, but with the ever-increasing flow of higher fashion retail possibilities pouring into the Valley, we may get there someday, dammit. And if you happen...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 9, 2006
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    Jello Shots - Paranoid punk prose

    As you read this, the National Security Agency has probably been monitoring your phone calls, while the Department of Homeland Security peruses your e-mail, and agents from the Central Intelligence Agency torture detainees in the War on Terror. A...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on November 9, 2006
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