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2012 Stories by BRANDON FERGUSON

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  • A Day Without a Mexican

    published January 26, 2012

    Political cartoons have been savaging illegal Mexican immigration since at least the early 20th century—but it's a wonder some form of... More >>

  • The Jayhawks

    published January 26, 2012

    With their country-inflected alterna jams, the Jayhawks (sprung from mid-'80s Minneapolis) could easily have been an influence on modern bands... More >>

  • Railroad to Alaska

    published January 26, 2012

    Night five of the OC Music Awards features some of the most aggressive bands of the competition. Be sure to check out Railroad to Alaska, whose... More >>

  • I Hate You Just Kidding

    published January 26, 2012

    This month's residency at the Constellation Room is being filled by local band I Hate You Just Kidding. Known for a delicate and, at times,... More >>

  • Captain Jeff and his Musical Chumbuckets

    published January 12, 2012

    When it comes to swinging, rootsy music, Captain Jeff is top shelf. His raspy voice is backed by an exceedingly competent group of musicians,... More >>

  • Don't Stop Believin'

    published January 26, 2012

    Get ready for one of the greatest tributes to one of the greatest arena bands of all time. Don't Stop Beleivin' will be on hand to rock your... More >>

  • Dengue Fever

    published January 26, 2012

    Don't let the name of this band keep you from checking them out. We promise they bear no resemblance to the horrific tropical disease that causes... More >>

  • Slime Kings, Red9, Death Hymn #9, Snakebit Drifters and Railroad to Alaska at Night Five of the OC Music Awards Showcase - Tiki Bar
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    Slime Kings, Red9, Death Hymn #9, Snakebit Drifters and Railroad to Alaska at Night Five of the OC Music Awards Showcase - Tiki Bar

    published Feb 01, 2012

    ​Red9, Slime Kings, Death Hymn #9, Snakebit Drifters and Railroad to AlaskaTiki Bar, Costa MesaJan 31, 2012Night five of the OC Music Awards saw the most consistent lineup of bands in the series thu... More >>

  • The Adicts

    published January 26, 2012

    It's been almost a year since the Adicts struck out on tour following a super-secret Slidebar show. Now they're back in town and ready to delight ... More >>

  • Are Fullerton Cops Running a Towing Scam?
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    Are Fullerton Cops Running a Towing Scam?

    published Jan 31, 2012

    ​Are Fullerton cops involved in a vehicle towing scam?The answer is yes, according to a Jan. 13 lawsuit filed by Rowland Heights-based Safeway Towing Services, Inc. [DBA Bob's Towing].In the seven-p... More >>

  • Polyphonic

    published January 26, 2012

    This show is being billed as Polyphonic's last. That's too bad—this Huntington Beach trio specializes in a smooth brand of indie rock with... More >>

  • Styx

    published January 19, 2012

    Sure you've heard of the band Styx. But how many memorable songs do they really have? As it turns out a lot. With a reign that spanned two... More >>

  • Full Metal Jacket

    published January 19, 2012

    If you think a metal statue of Marines raising the stars and stripes over the sands of Iwo Jima is the finest representation of the Corps, think... More >>

  • Honeypie

    published January 19, 2012

    Night four of the Orange County Music Awards keeps the showcases rolling with one of our favorite local bands, Honeypie. There's a lot to like... More >>

  • Anthrax

    published January 19, 2012

    When it comes to down-home thrash, Anthrax are tops. Sure, they suffered some bad post 9-11 publicity when an anonymous madman was sending out... More >>

  • [UPDATED: Young the Giant Responds!] Does OC Have BO? Why Do Orange County Bands Distance Themselves?
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    [UPDATED: Young the Giant Responds!] Does OC Have BO? Why Do Orange County Bands Distance Themselves?

    published Jan 27, 2012

    ​Young the Giant tweeted at us yesterday after the blog went live. They said, "We live in the quiet hills of East LA and the label doesn't pay rent. We do. We live together and can write at will thi... More >>

  • Mexican Institute of Sound

    published January 19, 2012

    If you think this is an advertisement for a trade school that will teach you how to run sound for mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra, think... More >>

  • Occupy Orange County's Protest Courts Disaster

    published January 26, 2012

    For several hours on Jan. 20, Orange County activists besieged the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in an action timed to coincide... More >>

  • Honeypie, Skee and More at Night Four of the OC Music Awards at Malone's Last Night
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    Honeypie, Skee and More at Night Four of the OC Music Awards at Malone's Last Night

    published Jan 25, 2012

    ​Honeypie, Skee, I Hate You Just Kidding, Button Willow Locomotive, Kacie YoshidaMalone'sJan. 24, 2012Check out a slideshow of the event here!And the gold star for best performance goes to--in this ... More >>

  • Visual Tales from Eire and England

    published January 12, 2012

    For those who think art students throw good money after bad going to fancy schools, here's your chance to run your mouth about where they put... More >>

  • American Head Charge

    published January 19, 2012

    Hardcore band American Head Change called it quits, much to the dismay of their fans, in 2009. But just like that, they've returned. This... More >>

  • NAMM: So Much More Than Long Hairs and Van Halen Fans
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    NAMM: So Much More Than Long Hairs and Van Halen Fans

    published Jan 23, 2012

    ​Almost every year for the past decade it seems like I have some musician friend who struts around waving a NAMM show pass in my face like the fucking golden ticket to Wonka's Chocolate Factory. My ... More >>

  • Wu Tang Clan

    published January 12, 2012

    When it comes to '90s rap ensembles, few are more influential than New York's Wu Tang Clan. The group that gave the world Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP),... More >>

  • Augustana

    published January 12, 2012

    Augustana specializes in super sensitive piano rock, though not quite to the level of, say, Elliott Smith. Oddly enough, this music is reminiscent... More >>

  • Handsome Furs

    published January 12, 2012

    Fuzzy guitars, electronic handclaps, thy name is Handsome Furs. The Montreal duo, signed to Sub Pop, will be on hand to play jams inspired by club... More >>

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