2010 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • Five Reasons to Root Against Tom Tancredo in Tomorrow's Debate in Denver

    Five Reasons to Root Against Tom Tancredo in Tomorrow's Debate in Denver

    published Nov 15, 2010

    ​EDIT, NOV. 16, 6:30 P.M.: Watch the debate live here! EDIT, NOV. 16, NOON: Click here to find out how to watch the debate! After years of effort on the part Patty Calhoun--editor of Westword, our s... More >>

  • Alkaline Trio at Alex's Bar Last Night

    Alkaline Trio at Alex's Bar Last Night

    published Nov 15, 2010

    ​Check out our slideshow here!Alkaline TrioNov. 13, 2010Alex's BarI can't put my finger on it. Alkaline Trio is a three-piece punk band with a straightforward sound whose songs don't bear any unusua... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Blackbeard Martini at The Olde Ship

    published Nov 12, 2010

    ​For an authentic British-themed drinking experience in Orange County, The Olde Ship in Fullerton is hard to match. British-owned, with Premier League matches broadcasting on a loop from the telly, ... More >>

  • Mae

    published November 11, 2010

    An indie band that beautifully mixes a shoe-gazey blend of piano and crunchy guitars accompanied by sweet vocal melodies is an indie band that... More >>

  • Yellowcard

    published November 11, 2010

    So maybe Florida punk band Yellowcard rocked a violinist who happened to do back flips on stage. So what? They wrote some catchy-ass songs. For... More >>

  • Ill Repute

    published November 11, 2010

    Who knew Oxnard was home to a thriving hardcore scene? Hardcore fans probably. Eighties hardcore band ill repute? Definitely. Formed in 1980, the... More >>

  • Freelance Whales

    published November 11, 2010

    Grabbing sounds evocative of the Appalachian Mountains as well as the Promise Ring, Freelance Whales represent a beautiful marriage of the old and... More >>

  • Charlotte's Web

    published November 11, 2010

    Rarely does a children’s story strike a successful balance between the harsh realities of the life and the sugary sweetness of schmaltz.... More >>

  • Riding Bikes With the DUtch

    published November 11, 2010

    Californian's love to toot their Prius's horns when it comes to saving the environment. But let it be known, the Golden state has nothing on the... More >>

  • Lynsie Ekelund's Accused Killer Awaits Arraignment

    published November 11, 2010

    As Kim McAmis stands outside the Fullerton home she shares with her husband, Chris, their 4-year-old daughter, Skyla, giggles and runs in... More >>

  • WTF of the Week: Death Cab for Cutie Get Photo Book

    published Nov 10, 2010

    ​WTF?Pitchfork reported yesterday that famed rock & roll photographer Autumn de Wilde will release a bound collection featuring 200 images of the indie kings, Death Cab for Cutie. Wilde has rele... More >>

  • Frontier Records' 30th Year Anniversary at the Echoplex Last Night

    Frontier Records' 30th Year Anniversary at the Echoplex Last Night

    published Nov 08, 2010

    ​Frontier Records' 30th Year AnniversaryNov. 7, 2010EchoplexSee the slideshow here! As commonplace as punk music has become over the years, there's something incredibly esoteric about watching the g... More >>

  • Celeb Watching and Tasty Vittles at Bowlmor Lanes

    Celeb Watching and Tasty Vittles at Bowlmor Lanes

    published Nov 05, 2010

    ​For heterosexual guys who think watching a show like Dancing With the Stars is only for those who are light in the loafers, it's time to wake up. Yes, the ABC dance contest features lots of muscula... More >>

  • Senses Fail

    published November 4, 2010

    Sure they sing about digging up corpses, and they're classified as a post-hardcore band, but Senses Fail have a lot going for them as far as pop... More >>

  • Dokken

    published November 4, 2010

    Remember Dokken? Yeah, we didn't think so. But there was a time when this heavy metal outfit sold millions of records world wide. With their... More >>

  • Blok

    published November 4, 2010

    Here's something you don't see everyday: An avant-garde indie, dance, hip-hop electro band. Even odder, this trio is comprised of three suburban... More >>

  • Cold War Kids

    published November 4, 2010

    Featuring undulating rhythms and classic rock sensibilities, The Cold War kids are one of the most exalted indie bands out of Orange County in... More >>

  • Hellbound Hayride

    published November 4, 2010

    Despite multiple lineup changes, internal strife and battles with addiction, Hellbound Hayride persevere. Featuring rockabilly songs with punk... More >>

  • Assuming We Survive

    published November 4, 2010

    Wednesday night music pickins are usually pretty slim. Thank God for Assuming We Survive. The Alta Loma pop-punk quartet plays metal infused songs... More >>

  • Le Switch

    published November 4, 2010

    While we think a new band adopting a French name is an easy way for said band to score instant indie cred, LA’s Le Switch would still rock... More >>

  • WTF of the Week: Rivers Cuomo's Change of Heart on Weezer's 'Pinkerton'

    published Nov 03, 2010

    ​WTF?Let's just start by saying there's probably any number of aspects in Rivers Cuomo's life that would make good fodder for this weekly blog post: His one extended self-imposed celibacy, his choic... More >>

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Your Guide to Prop 19

    INFOGRAPHIC: Your Guide to Prop 19

    published Nov 01, 2010

    ​For all you unmotivated pot-heads waiting til the last minute to get the facts on Proposition 19, this just in: The election is tomorrow. Take a look at this trippy infographic designed by Jay Broc... More >>

  • BREAKING: Arrest Made in Case of Missing Placentia Woman

    published Oct 29, 2010

    ​UPDATE, 8:45 P.M.: OCDA ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE ON THE CASE TODAY. SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR DETAILS.After nine years of investigation and fears the case had been forgotten, an arrest has been made in ... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Whiskey Smash

    Drink of the Week: Whiskey Smash

    published Oct 29, 2010

    ​As drinks go, this one goes light on the Tennessee alcohol, but it's big on flavor. A signature cocktail at Taps Brewery in Brea, the Whiskey Smash would make a decent pairing with a nice piece of ... More >>

  • Starfucker at Detroit Bar Last Night

    Starfucker at Detroit Bar Last Night

    published Oct 29, 2010

    ​Check out our Starfucker slideshow here!StarfuckerOctober 29, 2010Detroit BarLast night's gig at Detroit Bar was the last stop for Oregon indie-electro band Starfucker.  Despite being on the r... More >>

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