2011 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • Jeff Beck and the Imelda May Band

    published April 7, 2011

    When contemplating the triumvirate of great classic-rock guitarists, it would be blasphemy to omit Jeff Beck. Or so the scholars of rock say. The... More >>

  • Honeypie

    published April 7, 2011

    Sometimes life’s simple pleasures reveal the best surprises. Witness H.B. pop outfit Honeypie, who fill this month’s residency at... More >>

  • The Eyesores

    published April 7, 2011

    Following in the footsteps of such hard-rock luminaries as GWAR and Green Jelly are the Eyesores. Hailing from the fertile land of San Jose, these... More >>

  • Honeypie do the Residency Shuffle at Detroit Bar This Month

    published Apr 01, 2011

    ​Next on the list of local bands to fill a residency at Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar is Huntington Beach's Honeypie. Beginning the second Monday in April, this pop band, whose infectiously catchy vintag... More >>

  • Micah Brown: Top Picker

    published March 31, 2011

    The bounce and sway of congas backing Micah Brown's song "Coming of Age" seem to tell the story of island shores kissed by rhythmic tides. But his... More >>

  • Ani diFranco

    published March 31, 2011

    If you're too young to remember the musical icons of the '90s, you probably still know Ani diFranco, at least by name. After all, the feminist... More >>

  • Studio K and Cloud 9 Reunions

    published March 31, 2011

    It’s a resurrection, bitches! A dance resurrection, that is, for all OC Gen-Xers who came of age under the tyranny of the Reagan and Bush I... More >>

  • The Stitches

    published March 31, 2011

    In the über-saturated punk genre, it's always exciting to find a band capable of squeezing true laughs into their ribald lyrical... More >>

  • Talib Kweli

    published March 31, 2011

    It's refreshing when we come across a rap artist both underground and long-lived. On the rarity scale, Talib Kweli is a gem. Getting his start... More >>

  • the Pinker Tones

    published March 31, 2011

    If you're headed to Detroit Bar tonight expecting to see a power-pop tribute to Weezer's sophomore album, Pinkerton, you're in for a... More >>

  • Pistolero Breaks Up

    published Mar 28, 2011

    ​Bad news for all you Orange County headbangers and Hessians. Local quintet Pistolero, whose hard-charging vintage metal sound has been the likely cause of countless cases of concert-elated whiplash... More >>

  • Foxxhound Calls Me 'Douchebag'; We Discuss it in a Civil Manner

    Foxxhound Calls Me 'Douchebag'; We Discuss it in a Civil Manner

    published Mar 24, 2011

    ​After reading some of the comments posted on bands and fans during my reviews of this year's OC Music Awards, douchebag probably rates somewhere in the middle of the Richter scale. Yet when I saw D... More >>

  • Foxxhound Keep It Together

    published March 24, 2011

    If the pairing of guitarist/front man Daniel Morones, 32, and cellist Lizzi Murtough, 17, seems a little unusual, all you have to do is realize... More >>

  • [UPDATED] Chris McAmis Enters Not Guilty Plea in Lynsie Ekelund Killing

    published Mar 22, 2011

    ​UPDATE, MARCH 22, 12:44 P.M.: Today, after months of delays, 31 32 -year-old Christopher McAmis entered a plea of not guilty to allegedly murdering and attempting to rape Placentia woman Lynsie Eke... More >>

  • Sharon Van Etten

    published March 24, 2011

    Hailing from Tennessee by way of New York, Sharon Van Etten plays a slow, dreamy and haunting brand of folk-rock. Often backed by a softly whining... More >>

  • Foxxhound

    published March 24, 2011

    Sticking to the basics, Tustin's Foxxhound play an acoustic style of indie music centered on vocals, guitar and cello. And yes, their name is a... More >>

  • The Gromble

    published March 24, 2011

    As with any such show, this year's OC Music Awards had its fair share of yawn-worthy competition weighing down beacons of talent. Luckily, South... More >>

  • The Slow Poisoner

    published March 24, 2011

    Sunny, triumphant, rose-colored: none of these words describes San Francisco artist/musician/one-man-band the Slow Poisoner. What would you expect... More >>

  • Picasso At the Lapin Agile

    published March 17, 2011

    We all know Steve Martin—actor, comedian and third amigo. But there’s a lot about Martin that people may not know. Contrary to... More >>

  • Street Dogs; Black Pacific

    published March 17, 2011

    At first blush, it might seem the House of Blues should have booked über-Irish rock band Flogging Molly for its St. Patrick's Day... More >>

  • Katharine McPhee

    published March 17, 2011

    Poor Katharine McPhee. Like so many American Idol contestants, her career following her stint on the FOX juggernaut's fifth season has... More >>

  • Spades & Blades

    published March 17, 2011

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: The heavy-metal genre may be churning out the most innovative music these days. Witness Los Angeles... More >>

  • Exene Cervenka at Big's Grill Friday Night

    published Mar 14, 2011

    ​Exene CervenkaMarch 11, 2011Big's GrillEven if you're not a fan of the seminal '80s punk band X or the many side projects of vocalist Exene Cervenka, the woman herself is easy to like. The diminuti... More >>

  • Best In the West Chowderfest

    published March 10, 2011

    Yes, it’s a tad unnerving that the Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the Best In the West Chowderfest. We defy you to sit in front of a... More >>

  • Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics

    published March 10, 2011

    From a Clubs Editor perspective, it's refreshing to see top-shelf live entertainment in Fullerton that's not plopped in the middle of the main... More >>

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