2010 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • Over the Weekend: Ben Folds at the Anaheim House of Blues

    Over the Weekend: Ben Folds at the Anaheim House of Blues

    published May 17, 2010

    ​Click here for the slideshow!The Hype: Luckily for fans of comedy rock everywhere, Ben Folds exhibits two often mutually exclusive characteristics: genius and longevity. Borrowing from the template... More >>

  • On the Grind Premiere

    published May 13, 2010

    Throughout the history of sports, pundits have sought to connect various games to street culture (cough, basketball). However, we think this... More >>

  • 15 Minutes of Fame

    published May 6, 2010

    As art shows go, this one runs a bit on the fractured side. Call it photo jambalaya, but "15 Minutes of Fame," the new exhibit at the Orange... More >>

  • An Evening with David Sedaris

    published April 29, 2010

    Whether talking about the need to compulsively lick light switches as a child, or the joys of crafting visual art whilst caught in the grip of an... More >>

  • Long Beach Grand Prix

    published April 15, 2010

    The streets of Long Beach will soon be primed and ready. Gear heads, speed freaks and the all around motor-minded will converge on the downtown... More >>

  • North Shore

    published April 8, 2010

    Here’s a blast from the past for all you grommets and hodads. This Wednesday, check out a screening of the camptastic ‘80s surf... More >>

  • The Genius of Billy Wilder

    published April 1, 2010

    Possibly one of the most unassuming cinematic geniuses of the 20th century, Billy Wilder had the face of a plump little elf or cherub. But... More >>

  • Nixon in China

    published March 25, 2010

    What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name Richard Nixon? It’s that he opened up relations with China, right? Just... More >>

  • We Are the Pilots

    published March 18, 2010

    Anaheim indie band We Are the Pilots may have made things harder for themselves by choosing a name that is virtually identical to Shiny Toy... More >>

  • Brandi Carlile, House of Blues, Anaheim, 3/12

    published Mar 15, 2010

    The Hype: Playing a sold-out show presented by public radio station KCRW at the Anaheim House of Blues is a far cry from her days as resident musician at Los Angeles club Hotel Cafe. Back then, alt-c... More >>

  • FRIDAY: Brandi Carlile at House of Blues, Anaheim

    published Mar 10, 2010

    Brandi Carlile is one of those alt-country songstresses whose music doesn't smack of the coy vulnerability found in other musicians of her ilk. Instead, she persuasively delivers the musical missives ... More >>

  • Starpool

    published March 4, 2010

    Flashback to OC in the ‘90s, and you’d see that ska-punk was big like sliced bread. Sort of. Seeing an opportunity to have a legitimate... More >>

  • Long Beach Trio Bella Novela Are Ready to Blow Up

    published March 4, 2010

    Jackie Ojeda, lead vocalist and ivory-tickler for Long Beach’s Bella Novela, definitely calls to mind the adage that dynamite comes in... More >>

  • Bonebrake Syncopators, Voodoo Dahlia's Burly-Q, Maison Derriere at Alex's Bar, 2/26

    published Mar 01, 2010

    The Hype: A great deal of being a music blogger, or any type of journalist for that matter, is hunting down leads. And it was during a recent trip to the Alex's Bar's Web site that one lead in partic... More >>

  • Aushua

    published February 25, 2010

    Ok, bad news first: Aushua lead singer Nathan Gammill’s voice bears more than a passing resemblance to Bono’s. But who cares? In the... More >>

  • The Littlest Viking at Bull Bar, Long Beach

    published Feb 19, 2010

    Ask guitarist Ruben Cortez of Whittier's the Littlest Viking to deconstruct his music and he'll flash a boyish smile and tell you he simply writes pop songs. "I could play all of our songs as pop-pu... More >>

  • ALO at Fingerprints, Long Beach

    published Feb 11, 2010

    The Hype: Right now, jam band ALO has reason to celebrate. Their latest album, Man of the World, was released Tuesday and the group is gearing up to tour in support of it. As a bonus, the album was... More >>

  • La Traviata

    published February 11, 2010

    Jealousy, tragedy and the love of a well-educated hooker are just some of the central elements of Giuseppi Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata.... More >>

  • ALO

    published February 4, 2010

    When the four-man harmony on ALO’s song “Man of the World” kicks in, it’s hard not to hear a whisper of the Grateful... More >>

  • Last Night: Wilco's Nels Cline with Norton Wisdom as Stained Radiance at DiPiazza's, Long Beach

    published Feb 03, 2010

    The Hype: Guitar virtuoso Nels Cline of Wilco fame making an appearance at DiPiazza's in Long Beach?  An enticing proposition, indeed. Performing with visual artist Norton Wisdom under the moniker S... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: the Riverboat Gamblers, Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Throw Rag at Alex's Bar, Long Beach

    published Feb 01, 2010

    The Hype: The bar that has served as the setting for scenes from the HOBO series True Blood and Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, not to mention a slew of top-shelf local and touring music acts, ... More >>

  • Abraham Lincoln visits Old Orange County Courthouse

    published January 28, 2010

    So you know that the man in the iconic stovepipe hat took a lead ball to the back of his skull. But what do you really know about Lincoln? Your... More >>

  • Last Night: The Black Lips, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    published Jan 21, 2010

    The Hype: the Black Lips aren't one of those bands people go see because of their polished sound. The Atlanta natives are known for producing awesomely sloppy, lo-fi, vintage-flavored, garage-punk--an... More >>

  • Professional Bull Riders

    published January 21, 2010

    OC residents will soon have the opportunity to watch brave or just plain suicidal cowmen attempt to demonstrate their dominion over enraged beasts... More >>

  • Last Night: the Adolescents, Pennywise and More at Mike 'Gabby' Gaborno Benefit at House of Blues, Anaheim

    published Jan 20, 2010

    The Hype: It's a bit unsettling to think of punk rockers undergoing bypass heart surgery. And when a purveyor of youth sub-culture such as Mike Gaborno goes under the knife, it sort of reminds us all... More >>

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