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    MATT MUNOZ: Texas singer has a little Bakersfield spunk

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Aug 06 2014 02:58 PM

    There’s no shaking Aaron Watson’s commitment to keeping the independent spirit of Texas alive in his music. From his respect and admiration for the music of Waylon Jennings to his solidarity with the current wave of fellow Texans storming the airwaves, Watson keeps it all Texas, all the time. Currently hitting a career stride after 14 years of hunkering below the peaks of the Nashville-dominated country charts, the singer-songwriter is eager to share what he feels to be a kinship with Bakersfield when he returns to Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace on Aug. 14.

    “I think what we’re doing in Texas is no different than what happened with the Bakersfield Sound,” said Watson during a phone interview. “Buck wanted his own sound and that’s what he...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Reggae rockers keeping roots deep

    Elements Venue will play host to a Friday triple bill sure to please both current California reggae rock enthusiasts and those who prefer more roots with their riddim. Headlined by rising San Diego quintet Through The Roots, the show also...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Rocker is wearing two hats

    Bakersfield musician Art Machuca has big plans to use his knowledge and connections to bring crowds back to the basement at Jerry's Pizza, once home to some of Bakersfield's biggest all-ages shows. Those familiar with Jerry's Pizza...

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    MATT MUNOZ: War riding a new album low and slow

    Southern California funk legends War released their 19th full-length CD, titled "Evolutionary," last month. Released as a double album, the first disc contains 13 new original tracks while the second is a first-time CD issue of the group's...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Chainsaw, mandatory; clothing, optional

    Sliced, diced, hacked and chopped into a final edit, "Naked Zombie Girl" is the latest phantasmagoric short from the renegades at Bakersfield's Hectic Films. The grindhouse-style comedy fright fest will be unveiled to horror fans at a...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Radio station faces dead air

    It was a dream project years in the making, but now Bakersfield's only terrestrial community radio station may not live to see its second birthday. KSVG 89.7 FM is dangerously close to going off the air over the next few weeks, and it all...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Fade to Black with punk icons

    Southern California punk rock icons Black Flag have never been known for messages of peace and harmony. As pioneers of what became the soundtrack for disillusioned youth through the latter part of the '70s and '80s, the group redefined...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Mencia coming home (again)

    Carlos Mencia has always considered Bakersfield more than just another tour stop. What brings Mencia back time and again are the strong family ties and friendships he's developed, starting with his earliest years in stand-up and on...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Get up close and personal with Chris Shiflett

    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...

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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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