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2011 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • Rita Rudner

    published August 25, 2011

    Comedian Rita Rudner doesn't have much in common with post-millennial fart comics, but that doesn't mean her act isn't something to marvel at. Her... More >>

  • Dam-Funk

    published August 25, 2011

    Signed to Stone's Throw Records, Dam-Funk has been called Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk." The DJ is known for mixing hypnotic electro... More >>

  • Corpus Christi

    published July 28, 2011

    All you have to do is read the blurbage and verbiage describing the Garage Theatre’s upcoming production of Corpus Christi to know... More >>

  • Sailors of Neptune

    published August 25, 2011

    Formed from the ashes of Orange County teeny-pop band the Raymies, Sailors of Neptune are on the path to adulthood. Rocking an edgier surf sound... More >>

  • 100 Monkeys

    published August 25, 2011

    With a name like 100 Monkeys, you know this band have to be fun. Be sure to check out the video for the song "Modern Times," which features images... More >>

  • Three Bad Jacks

    published August 25, 2011

    If you weren't at this year's Hootenanny—congratulations; it was fucking sweltering. Even though you missed some kick-ass bands, you're in... More >>

  • Helmet

    published August 25, 2011

    Though the '90s saw bands once considered strictly metal diverge into alternative territory, New York's Helmet were possibly the world's first... More >>

  • MTV VMAs: Dissed by Adam Levine and Bon Iver, it Still has Loads of Fans

    published Aug 30, 2011

    ​In the wake of this year's MTV Video Music Awards media outlets and webites are buzzing with chatter about the event's exponential viewership and questions about the cable network's contributi... More >>

  • I Hate You Just Kidding

    published August 25, 2011

    I Hate You Just Kidding is one of OC's musical objects of pride. Centered around the sweet languid voice of Jessi Fulghum, this band was somehow... More >>

  • The VMAs Last Night on MTV
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    The VMAs Last Night on MTV

    published Aug 29, 2011

    ​This year is my second go at covering MTV's Video Music Awards, which spotlight the music industry's most lucrative personalities with an orgy of self congratulatory speeches punctuated by A-List c... More >>

  • OC Songwriter Stacy Clark Gets 'L.A. Ink'ed
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    OC Songwriter Stacy Clark Gets 'L.A. Ink'ed

    published Aug 26, 2011

    ​If you saw a recent episode of LA Ink featuring a young lass named Stacy Clark you may have wondered to yourself "who is this person?" If so, then you haven't been paying attention to your local mu... More >>

  • 311 and Sublime With Rome

    published August 18, 2011

    A finer celebration of summer one couldn't find. Though they hail from Nebraska, 311's reggae-inflected alterna-jams scream of the salty ocean... More >>

  • Mr. Crumb

    published August 18, 2011

    Though there are lots of good bands on this bill, part of a summer series, we want to talk about Mr. Crumb. This indie/folk artist is remarkably... More >>

  • The Dead Ships

    published August 11, 2011

    Strumming fuzzy, power-chord melodies, the Dead Ships sing wistful songs. Though their arrangements are sparser, they bear more than a passing... More >>

  • Wilson Phillips

    published August 18, 2011

    We remember Carnie Wilson on The Howard Stern Show after she famously had her stomach stapled. She talked about how her sex life had... More >>

  • Bon Iver + Edward Blake: Three Reasons Their Collab is Terrible, and Three Reasons It's Amazing
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    Bon Iver + Edward Blake: Three Reasons Their Collab is Terrible, and Three Reasons It's Amazing

    published Aug 25, 2011

    ​ One of the bigger topics on Wednesday's music blogs was the recent collab between folkie Bon Iver and British electro-centric producer James Blake. Stereogum mentioned the BBC  played a ... More >>

  • Sailors of Neptune May Be Young, But They're Not Noobs

    published August 25, 2011

    Sailors of Neptune—made up of singers Rachel Perry, 18, Sean Ryan, 16, and drummer Niko Dangond, 20—are a South County band with an... More >>

  • [UPDATE: Thomas' Previous Slidebar Encounters] Sources: Slidebar Kitchen Placed Call Resulting in Kelly Thomas' Death
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    [UPDATE: Thomas' Previous Slidebar Encounters] Sources: Slidebar Kitchen Placed Call Resulting in Kelly Thomas' Death

    published Aug 23, 2011

    UPDATE, AUGUST 23 2011, 5:35 P.M.: We've got Slidebar co-owner Jeremy Popoff's reaction to Kelly Thomas' death, as told to local blog Fullerton Stories. See bottom of post for update.ORIGINAL POST 4:2... More >>

  • Don Steves, La Habra Chevrolet Dealer, Found Dead
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    Don Steves, La Habra Chevrolet Dealer, Found Dead

    published Aug 19, 2011

    ​A 70-year-old man found dead in his car yesterday evening at 2342 Vista Road in La Habra Heights has been identified as Donald Steves Jr. According to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles D... More >>

  • Law Enforcement Descends on OC Weekly Building!

    published Aug 18, 2011

    ​UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011: We've got an update on the story here.ORIGINAL POST, ___: Usually, when an aspiring journalist imagines the excitement of his job, he has visions of far-flung battlefield... More >>

  • Dead Ships at the Slidebar Last Night

    published Aug 18, 2011

    ​Dead ShipsAug. 17, 2011SlidebarI'm a fan of lushly layered, elaborately-arranged songs. Fledgling Los Angeles duo Dead Ships doesn't do those types of arrangements. But I'm a fan of theirs anyway.&... More >>

  • [UPDATE: Maybe Not]: Fullerton Mayor Dick Jones to Resign: KFI Reports
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    [UPDATE: Maybe Not]: Fullerton Mayor Dick Jones to Resign: KFI Reports

    published Aug 17, 2011

    ​UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: An official with the city of Fullerton tells us that the KFI reports of Fullerton Mayor Dick Jones stepping down are false. "The Mayor is not resigning," says Public Information ... More >>

  • Minor Threat: Anti-Captalist Punk Icons Or Blatant Sellouts?

    published Aug 17, 2011

    ​Most of us have found ourselves embroiled in passionate arguments defending or blasting artists who "sell out." Those who rail against musicians who use their product to amass wealth will often cit... More >>

  • Fall Out Boy Fail: Buddy Holly Tribute is Overproduced and Kitschy

    published Aug 15, 2011

    ​With what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday fast approaching, record companies are predictably shifting to tribute mode and cashing in. Late June witnessed the release of Fantasy Records'... More >>

  • Five Ways to Celebrate Leo Fender's Birthday!
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    Five Ways to Celebrate Leo Fender's Birthday!

    published Aug 11, 2011

    ​It's sort of mind bending to think that the county responsible for nurturing the careers of such establishment-defending squares as Richard Nixon, Mike Carona and Deborah Pauley also produced a pro... More >>

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