Jonny Whiteside

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Eastside A-Sides

The way-boss East Los Angeles sound of The Midniters, the Premeirs, the Blendells, Cannibal & the Headhunters - one of the greatest-ever eruptions of street-level rock & roll - certainly deserves a serious account of its history and development. Which is precisely what co-authors David Reyes and Tom Waldman had......
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Mr. Rhythm Beats On

Andre Williams is a monster, a powerhouse rhythm & blues showman so verily bad that he almost defies description. He roars, he vibrates, seems to breathe fire and hurl lightning bolts - he wears spats over two-tone shoes. Alabama-born, Chi Town-hepped and Motor City-hardened, Williams and his mad, mad brand......
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Tramp on Your Street

Billy Joe Shaver, widely recognized as one of country music's greatest songwriters, is continually beset by a cycle of professional and personal woes that seems weirdly inevitable. The former hard-bitten outlaw brawler has seen some spectacular high tides over the course of his near-30-year career: His songs have been recorded......
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Honk if You're Hungry

Los Angeles tenor saxophonist Clifford Solomon is one of the cool ones, a jazz and R&B man whose 53 years of bandstand experience follow him, like an exotic perfume, into a room. Solomon and his sax loom large, a presence characterized by warmth, spontaneity, offbeat humor and an artful dedication......
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Wild Angel

DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS Fuzz Fest (Bomp) Although this album was first released (for about 15 minutes) in late 1996, the subsequent demise of the Atomic Beat label effectively rendered Fuzz Fest stillborn. Reissued by the indie titans of Bomp and goosed up with two additional tracks, it features......
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Back to the Country

Country singer Randy Travis' tour bus - over half a million dollars' worth of steel and chrome, emblazoned with an adobe-village mural on either side and muzzled with a tucked-and-tooled cream-and-turquoise Indian-motif leather front end - idles in a parking lot behind Universal City's Country Star Restaurant. A TV camera......
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This Week Sucked

VARIOUS ARTISTS Live at Raji’s 1987 (TON) Musty, dark, smoky, with an inescapable stench of stale beer, sweat and passion, Hollywood Boulevard rock pit Raji’s was, for mid-’80s postpunk music fans and rock & roll aspirants alike, the ultimate home away from home. Manager-booker Dobbs, doorman Bernie and beertender Autumn......
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Jackie Lee Waukeen Cochran, R.I.P.

Jackie Lee Waukeen Cochran, the restless, intense singer-guitarist best known for rockabilly classics "Hip Shakin' Mama" and "Ruby Pearl," was found dead, apparently from a heart attack, at his Toluca Lake apartment on Sunday, March 15. Cochran, who entertained at Santa Monica's Gaslite club on and off for the last......
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Mockin' Bird

As half a dozen gaudy koi fish shimmy beneath a blue glass dolphin that appears to leap from the mosaic fountain dominating the front bar of Rancho Mirage nitery Basin Street West, a crush of flashy suits and svelte furs crowd to their tables. Semifamiliar faces from bad-trip '70s television......