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August 28, 2003|Kevin Bronson; Andrew Asch

Go Betty Go goes

They rehearse, they gig. They rehearse, they gig. When the women of Go Betty Go finally get around to holing up in a studio to record, it'll seem as if they've gone underground. "We play everywhere, all the time, whenever we can," bassist Michelle Rangel, 22, says of the Glendale quartet's routine. Their busy schedule has earned them a grass-roots fan base for their infectious pop-punk songs, half of which are sung in English and half en espanol. "It comes naturally," Rangel says. "Some of the songs feel right in English, some just feel right in Spanish." The band started as a collaboration between sisters Aixa (drums) and Nicolette Vilar (vocals). Rangel and Betty Cisneros -- when you catch the 21-year-old's guitar riffage you'll understand the band's name -- hooked up with the sisters through mutual friends. The foursome is working on an EP with help, when schedules permit, from producer Robert Carranza and Ozomatli's Wil-Dog. But first, on with the shows: Go Betty Go performs Sunday at the Roxy Theatre.

A shift in sound

Dumping his longtime look by shearing off his wooly dreadlocks was just one of Elvin Estela's recent surprises. His biggest was producing an album of psychedelic music. It's a shift from the moody hip-hop of his critically acclaimed 2000 debut, "Soulmates." With his second album, "Pacific Drift," Estela, 26, who produces electronic music under the moniker Nobody, updated classic psychedelic sounds with hip-hop beats. "Pacific Drift," to be released by Newport Beach's Ubiquity Records on Sept. 9, features guest vocals by Chris Gunst of Beachwood Sparks and Jimmy Tamborello of the Postal Service. Says Estela: "When you first hear this music, it all sounds like the Beatles. It's melodic and catchy, but it's still twisted." Nobody celebrates the release with a show Tuesday at the Troubadour.

Fast forward

Moving Units delivered a tight, intense set Sunday at Sunset Junction, but the word is that the release of the trio's debut album has been delayed until February. ... Singer-songwriter-actor Willie Wisely has hooked up with Linus of Hollywood's Franklin Castle Recordings for his next album. Linus produced "I Believe," the solo album (to be released next month in England) by Charlatans UK frontman Tim Burgess.

-- Kevin Bronson, with Andrew Asch

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