2011 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • The Bloody Hollies

    published September 22, 2011

    When it comes to slide guitar infused punk, the Bloody Hollies are second to none. Hailing from New York by way of San Diego this band is equal... More >>

  • Calabrese

    published September 22, 2011

    When a band defines themselves as horror rock, people come to expect a sound in line with the Misfits or the Cramps. But Calabrese switches it up... More >>

  • Cinderella

    published September 22, 2011

    When glam band Cinderella appeared on the scene late in the evolution of heavy metal's first wave, things were out of control. Hair was teased so... More >>

  • Mammoth Thunder Power

    published September 22, 2011

    If you're looking for some old fashioned fun, Mammoth Thunder Power hearkens back to simpler times. With their simmering chugging buzz saw guitars... More >>

  • Canadian Band The Sheepdogs Sell their Souls to Rolling Stone, Tim Gunn

    published Sep 26, 2011

    ​If this blog seems less than timely, I apologize. But I just can't get last Thursday's episode of Project Runway featuring Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs out of my mind. Last week's episode ... More >>

  • Opera on Tap

    published September 15, 2011

    For most Americans, opera means elitist fat cats in tuxedos chuckling smugly and squinting through monocles at singing robust ladies in viking... More >>

  • Hello Seahorse

    published September 15, 2011

    Some bands are happy to strum a catchy melody or two and shake their moneymakers on stage. Mexico City's Hello Seahorse digs deeper. They infuse... More >>

  • En La Noche

    published September 8, 2011

    Tired of going to museum events concocted by shiftless promoters to lure patrons into a sparse room rocking a few flaccid cocktail wieners and... More >>

  • Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert and Food Drive Last Saturday

    published Sep 19, 2011

    ​Saturday's concert in memory of brutalized Fullerton homeless man Kelly Thomas saw a modest crowd of protesters, local residents and music fans gather in the Fullerton Downtown Plaza to listen to a... More >>

  • Tim Reynolds

    published September 8, 2011

    Calling all college coeds. The next best thing to having Dave Matthews perform in OC is happening at the Coach House where guitarist Tim Reynolds... More >>

  • Fender Factory Opens its Doors

    Fender Factory Opens its Doors

    published Sep 16, 2011

    ​Though it moved a relatively short distance from the quaint shopping district surrounding downtown Fullerton to the bucolic splendor of Corona (cough), Fender has truly come a long way. Birthe... More >>

  • 'WaterWorks'

    published August 11, 2011

    If you could follow a single molecule of water from the aquifer to the moment it gurgled from the showerhead onto your scruffy mane, you’d... More >>

  • Strung Out

    published September 8, 2011

    Known for their furiously fast paced sonic contributions to punk's 1990's resurgence, Strung Out has traveled a long road. Founded in 1992 and... More >>

  • Dengue Fever

    published September 8, 2011

    Seeing Dengue Fever live is a once in a lifetime music experience. Drawing on Cambodia's 1960's obsession with all things rock, this band,... More >>

  • The Joy Formidable Last Night at Detroit Bar

    published Sep 12, 2011

    ​Click here to see more photosThe Joy FormidableSept. 11, 2011Detroit Bar, Costa MesaI feel bad for youngsters whose first experience with live music is UK power trio The Joy Formidable. After watch... More >>

  • Rancid

    published September 1, 2011

    If you've never listened to defunct East Bay ska band Operation Ivy, do yourself a favor and get cracking. And though you can't experience their... More >>

  • This Time with Feeling

    published September 1, 2011

    Here's one for the arty soulful types. This Time with Feeling features music which centers around the gravitas-inflected vocals of Ali Coyle and... More >>

  • Pawnshop Kings

    published September 1, 2011

    It's Monday. You've got a whole work week lurking ahead. Take the edge off. Head down to the Commonwealth in Newport and check out the PawnShop... More >>

  • Pearl Jam's Ten Club: Are They Eddie Vedder's Copyright Police?

    Pearl Jam's Ten Club: Are They Eddie Vedder's Copyright Police?

    published Sep 08, 2011

    ​We don't condone the violation of copyright law. But if you try to upload a video on YouTube featuring a live Pearl Jam or Eddie Vedder performance, chances are your account will be blocked due to ... More >>

  • Craig Chaquico

    published September 1, 2011

    It's time to dust off the old fringe jacket and pop a can of Billy Beer. Former Jefferson Starship guitarist and grammy winning song writer Craig... More >>

  • Shorline Jam

    published September 1, 2011

    If you're a fan of radio friendly neo-reggae, you won't want to miss this year's Shorline Jam. It's happening at the Queen Mary, located smack... More >>

  • What Really Happened at the Playground <s>FAILstival</s> Festival?

    What Really Happened at the Playground FAILstival Festival?

    published Sep 07, 2011

    ​So this weekend's Playground Festival was a resounding failure. The two-day event conceived by promoters Jason Winkler and Dean Abramowitz and held at Irvine's Hidden Valley had dubious claims, tha... More >>

  • Starpool

    published September 1, 2011

    Orange County produced a lot of third wave ska bands in the 1990's. Read: a lot. And with so many once epic bands now relegated to the basement... More >>

  • [UPDATE] Law Enforcement Descends on 'OC Weekly' Building!

    published Sep 06, 2011

    ​UPDATE, 2:30 P.M., SEPT. 6: It's been eerily quiet in the hallways surrounding the Weekly world headquarters since our neighbors at the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas were escorted off the premises ... More >>

  • Descendents, Broken Social Scene and More at FYF Fest Last Saturday

    Descendents, Broken Social Scene and More at FYF Fest Last Saturday

    published Sep 06, 2011

    ​FYF FestSept. 3, 2011Downtown LAThis year's Fuck Yeah Fest was much like previous ones. It was held in the dusty, weed-strewn urban splendor of Los Angeles State Historic Park, it was attended by t... More >>

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