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July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Oakland pot activists fresh off a victory at local polls on the taxing of medical marijuana took their first official step Tuesday toward asking California voters to legalize pot. A proposed ballot measure filed with the California attorney general's office would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot. Homeowners could grow marijuana for personal use on garden plots up to 25 square feet.
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August 10, 2001 | Steve Baltin
The Crystal Method has always kept one foot in the rock world, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that it treated Wednesday's show at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim as if it were a rock concert in one crucial respect. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland disregarded the most basic rule of live electronic music by stopping between each song to talk with the audience. They even introduced each other halfway through the set. In the once faceless world of live techno, that is downright brazen.
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July 26, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
OK, so the future isn't entirely here yet. "Has anyone got a guitar?" joked one of English electronic dance music duo Orbital's Hartnoll brothers from the dark stage during a "technical difficulties" pause toward the end of their otherwise masterful closing set of the Community Service tour Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. A little techno humor, sure. But it was also a back-handed acknowledgment that some rock concert conventions can be useful at times.
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July 27, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
The Crystal Method is in many respects the ideal ambassador for dance music right now. The duo's high-energy performances, rock-infused beats and willingness to collaborate with mainstream artists have allowed it to reach out to fans outside the dance genre. That proved to be the case on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl, where the team of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland headlined a world electronica night, part of the KCRW World Festival series.
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July 20, 2006 | Steve Baltin
AS one of dance music's most in-demand acts, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of the Crystal Method have to preface their rundown of an ideal weekend with "If we're in town." But when the duo, one of the headliners for the rescheduled Giant Village taking place Saturday, is in its adopted hometown of L.A., the weekend kicks off with its Friday radio show, at 10 p.m. to midnight on Indie 103.1 FM. Funny warmup Jordan: Friday night is always based around the radio show.
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July 22, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
SINCE the Crystal Method released its third album, "Legion of Boom," in January, the dance music duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland has played virtually everywhere except its home base of Los Angeles. There were shows in Australia, Hong Kong and even Malaysia -- almost. "Kuala Lumpur ... we got there, then at 6 p.m. they call up to say they couldn't get our work visas, so we can't play," Kirkland recalls. "We're like, 'Oh, we'll just play it. It's not going to be a big deal.'
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December 26, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
ONE sure way for the Grammy Awards to court controversy is by not recognizing an increasingly significant music genre. It seems another sure way is to recognize an increasingly significant genre. When the music business' top awards show added rap in the late '80s, there was an outcry when the first few awards went to such safe acts as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince rather than to more cutting-edge figures.
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January 3, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
Around 11 a.m. on New Year's Day, DJ Lee Burridge, who'd been spinning records either by himself or as part of a tag team with fellow British DJ Danny Howells since 2 in the morning, wrapped up his Herculean efforts in the Pasadena Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
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July 21, 2002 | Robert Hilburn; Dean Kuipers; Steve Baltin; Randy Lewis; Natalie Nichols; Soren Baker
*** 1/2 SOLOMON BURKE "Don't Give Up on Me" Fat Possum Burke is one of the all-time great soul singers, an artist with the character and command of such legendary figures as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. But the Philadelphia native, who did his most acclaimed work for Atlantic Records in the '60s, has been off the pop radar screen for so long that he is probably known today only by soul cultists.
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October 12, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Sammy JAMES JR., lead singer of the Mooney Suzuki, has an interesting perspective on his New York garage-rock quartet's unlikely teaming with the Matrix, the hot production-writing trio best known for crafting Avril Lavigne's hits. "It's an all-win situation," James says. "It's going to be something we couldn't accomplish on our own and that the Matrix couldn't [on its own], which is the goal. If it doesn't succeed, it will be so bad that at least it will be a fabulous disaster."
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