2011 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • WTF: Former Iron Maiden Singer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    published Feb 16, 2011

    ​WTF:Perhaps this week's post is a more pathetic cautionary tale than a bona-fide WTF. In any event, it demonstrates that iconic stars everywhere might benefit from the stern help of M*A*S*H's own M... More >>

  • James Fletcher

    published February 10, 2011

    Something unique comes across in the sound of folkie James Fletcher’s work: languid, piano-based, sweet ballads that have the presence of... More >>

  • Jeremiah and the Red Eyes

    published February 10, 2011

    Jeremiah of Jeremiah & the Red Eyes plays a bittersweet brand of acoustic music. Fusing country, rock and folk styles, he rocks jams about love,... More >>

  • Champanties

    published February 10, 2011

    The Champanties specialize in a soulful brand of pop rock reminiscent of girl bands from the '60s such as the Ronettes. Would you expect anything... More >>

  • Goldenwest

    published February 10, 2011

    It's Tuesday, and you still have a hefty chunk of workweek in front of you. But Detroit Bar will help to ease the pain. Its stage will play host... More >>

  • Fatlip

    published February 10, 2011

    For those of you in need of a hip-hop history lesson, go listen to '90s group the Pharcyde. They were easily one of the best comedy-centered rap... More >>

  • The Book of Liz

    published February 3, 2011

    When humorist David Sedaris teams up with little sister Amy, incredibly bizarre comedy is in the cards. Would you expect less from a stalwart... More >>

  • OC Music Awards At the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana Last Night

    OC Music Awards At the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana Last Night

    published Feb 09, 2011

    ​Click here to see the photos!The OC Music Awards really give new meaning to the phrase "awards season." A months-long competition like this really starts to test the resolve of even the most intrep... More >>

  • Judge to Bay Island: Bridge Is Public

    Judge to Bay Island: Bridge Is Public

    published Feb 07, 2011

    ​For decades, residents of über-exclusive Bay Island have had the benefit of a narrow salt-water moat that prevented beach-goers from getting too close to their million-dollar homes. Now, thanks to... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Mai Tai at Scott's Restaurant and Bar

    Drink of the Week: Mai Tai at Scott's Restaurant and Bar

    published Feb 04, 2011

    ​Inspired by the chilly weather we've been experiencing this week here in California, I decided to find a drink with psychologically warming effects, as opposed to the hot toddy's instantaneous comf... More >>

  • Quiet Riot

    published February 3, 2011

    Time to bust out the Aquanet and have those leather pants taken out. After all these decades, not even the grim reaper himself could stop Quiet... More >>

  • Sederra

    published February 3, 2011

    By now, everybody should know that OC punk band Sederra features two former members of local '90s staple Longfellow. They sound as good as ever.... More >>

  • Gun Runner; Bella Novela

    published February 3, 2011

    Staring down the barrel of another dreary Sunday? Alex's Bar has the prescription. San Diego's Gun Runner will be playing along with Long Beach... More >>

  • DJ Bobby Soul

    published February 3, 2011

    For those audiophiles who want to avoid the loud, distorted guitars of any number of bands playing the Fullerton area this Friday, DJ Bobby Soul... More >>

  • Garrison Keillor

    published February 3, 2011

    Icon of public radio and venerable yarn spinner Garrison Keillor—you know, the creative genius behind NPR’s A Prairie Home... More >>

  •  OC Music Awards at the Tiki Bar Last Night

    OC Music Awards at the Tiki Bar Last Night

    published Feb 02, 2011

    ​Click here to see the slideshowWith the final showcase of the OC Music Awards looming, the Tiki Bar was host to night five of the months-long event. Last night featured four hard-rock bands (and on... More >>

  • Tales From the Brea Oil Field: What Are They Doing Up There?

    Tales From the Brea Oil Field: What Are They Doing Up There?

    published Feb 01, 2011

    ​Night drivers motoring past the affluent housing tracts and well-kept strip malls of north Brea, not paying attention to the road in front of them, will notice an odd site: a solitary, house-shaped... More >>

  • WTF of the Week: Jimmy Buffett Bows Out, Not Gracefully

    published Jan 28, 2011

    ​If you've been tuned in to the current media cycle, Jimmy Buffett took a nasty spill this week while performing in Sydney, Australia. Watching the video is baffling. It appears Buffett carelessly s... More >>

  • Orange County District Attorney Reportedly Convenes Grand Jury in Irvine 11 Case

    published Jan 27, 2011

    ​Radio station KPCC 89.3 reported today the Orange County district attorney's office has convened a grand jury to look into the possibility of filing conspiracy charges against a group of Muslim stu... More >>

  • Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve

    published January 27, 2011

    Nearly a century before tomes such as Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and cinematic gems such as The Truth about Cats and... More >>

  • The Get Up Kids

    published January 27, 2011

    So maybe the Get Up Kids represent some of the dweebier aspects of emo music: overwrought singing and melodramatic lyrical material. But when they... More >>

  • Amos Lee

    published January 27, 2011

    Signed to jazz-heavy Blue Note records, former elementary-school teacher Amos Lee is the Norah Jones of the folk world. And instead of rocking the... More >>

  • Voodoo Glow Skulls

    published January 27, 2011

    Who says nothing good comes out of the Inland Empire. Third-wave ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls hail from one of the world's most prolific... More >>

  • The Toasters

    published January 27, 2011

    For those OC residents who were alive in the '90s to experience the third-wave ska explosion, give a large portion of your applause to New York... More >>

  • Marcy Playground

    published January 27, 2011

    Here's a mindfuck for you: The band you didn't know never left are back. New York's Marcy Playground were an alt-band who gained success in the... More >>

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