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    MATT MUNOZ: Get up close and personal with Chris Shiflett

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 11:58 AM

    Chris Shiflett's journey from arena rocker to honky-tonk rabble-rouser is about to come full circle. Following the release of his album of classic country covers, "All Hat and No Cattle," last year, the Foo Fighters guitarist performed to a full house at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. That show was followed by a year-round trek of beer-soaked dives and festival tent showdowns in support of his country side project and backing band, the Dead Peasants.

    Now Shiflett is bringing it back to barroom basics for a spring break weekend blowout when he makes his way back to us, this time in the intimate downstairs confines of Sandrini's on Saturday.

    "I love 'em man," said Shiflett of performing in close quarters, where audience...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Some Traffic jams on the bill

    The 2014 Bright House Networks Amphitheatre concert series kicks off Saturday featuring guitar icon Dave Mason. Widely known for his groundbreaking work with English psychedelic rock architects Traffic during the late 1960s, he also...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Big break, thanks to 'Voice' lessons

    The last time we checked in with singer Rudy Parris, the Visalia artist with close Bakersfield ties was basking in the afterglow of his appearance on season three of NBC's "The Voice," as a member of Blake Shelton's team. Since then, he's...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Time to get your freak show on

    Ladies and gentlemen, step right up: Have we got a date night plan for you. Bringing their cavalcade of the wild and truly bizarre for one night only are The Enigma along with Bakersfield's very own George "The Giant" McArthur. They...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Honky-tonk's evolution continues

    Visitors to Trout's may notice a few modifications to the iconic honky-tonk's rustic interior next time they roll through looking for a good time. With the debris of the renovations mixed in with random artifacts collected over the years,...

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    MATT MUNOZ: A tale of the mix tape for rapper

    The mix tape has been at the foundation of underground hip-hop music and rap since its inception. Produced in makeshift recording studios set up in neighborhood basements, closets and bedrooms during late-night sessions -- when...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Reggae group rolls with changes

    It was a year ago that Iration -- a band that stands out in the wildly popular California reggae rock scene -- last sold out the house in Bakersfield. But when the band returns Tuesday, fans will need to roll with one major change: the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Rising up from Down Under

    He may be known as A Black Sunday, but for folk singer Brent Brown, life has been anything but shrouded in darkness. A familiar face at a number of restaurants and troubadour-friendly establishments scattered throughout the city, the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: The nurturing of The Nature

    Bakersfield progressive indie rock trio The Nature haven't been around long but long enough to have learned a couple of valuable lessons: * How to build a home studio, Walmart style * And don't let any label types talk you into playing...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Back from school, ready to perform

    School is out for Isaiah Morfin, which means his journey into the real world is just beginning. Feeling confident about life after completing his studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston in May, the multi-talented...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Meet fire-breathers of Dragon

    When SoCal punk-funk outfit Year of the Dragon chooses to make a musical point, they always take it to the stage. Rising from the depths of the California underground with a mix of heavy funk and metal, the quintet bring their freaky...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Resurgent Crowes land at Fox

    Popular music at the tail end of the '80s may not have been entirely ready for The Black Crowes retro heaviness. Neither gangster rappers nor glam rockers, the band's Stones/Faces-influenced blues psychedelia was filled with reminders of...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Hot releases for the music lovers on list

    When it comes to picking the right gifts for my nearest and dearest, I can be a bit of a slouch. I'm definitely not into shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I normally settle for scooping up gift cards I grab while standing in line at...

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