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2008 Stories by Ryan Ritchie

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  • It's Still a Snoop Doggy Dogg World

    published December 25, 2008

    Snoop, There It IsOne writer argues that it’s still a Doggy Dogg WorldWhenever Michael Jackson is charged... More >>

  • Punky Reggae

    published December 4, 2008

    For a stint between the late ‘70s and mid ‘80s, Washington, D.C. based punk/reggae band the Bad Brains were the most visceral live act... More >>

  • [Feedback 2008] Long Beach's Mike Monster Isn't Just Pretending to Be Spooky

    published November 27, 2008

    Art Imitates DeathLong Beach’s Mike Monster isn’t just pretending to be spookyHorror-punk bands... More >>

  • Gobble Gambol

    published November 20, 2008

    At first glance, it would seem there are fewer reasons to participate in the Long Beach Turkey Trot than reasons not to. For... More >>

  • Group Activities

    published November 6, 2008

    Bands agree to residencies because they want to test new material, sharpen the tunes they’ve got, or build a fan base. But Long Beach’s... More >>

  • The Blues Don't Have to Suck, at Least When Portland's Hillstomp Play Them

    published October 16, 2008

    Punched In the GutbucketBlues don’t have to suck, at least when Portland’s Hillstomp play... More >>

  • Hot Little Pony Are Actually Emo Icons Far. Or Are They?

    published October 9, 2008

    Bring on the Dancing HorsesHot Little Pony are actually emo icons Far. Or are they? Band reunions are... More >>

  • The Loud Outdoors

    published October 2, 2008

    Almost every camping trip leads to someone busting out a guitar for a sing-along. The OC Music and Fun Festival is taking that idea to its next... More >>

  • Crank the A.C.

    published October 2, 2008

    Ask any band what they sound like, and you’re sure to get hyperbole about a great many influences, frequently none of which makes sense. Or... More >>

  • Class It Up

    published September 18, 2008

    The Killers of Comedy are not for the faint of heart. Comprising contributors to the Howard Stern Show, the group takes a no-holds-barred... More >>

  • Rendezvous

    published September 11, 2008

    Location, location, location. It works for real estate and for throwing a good party. Every Thursday, DJs take control of the heated outdoor patio... More >>

  • Motor Heads

    published September 4, 2008

    Southern California is home to lots of car shows, but few are as exciting as the one taking place in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore neighborhood.... More >>

  • The Long Beach Blues Festival Is the Anti-Warped/Anti-Coachella Experience

    published August 28, 2008

    No Yuppie Hipsters AllowedThe Long Beach Blues Festival is the anti-Warped/anti-Coachella experienceAdmit it:... More >>

  • Karaoke

    published August 28, 2008

    Have you seen that cell-phone commercial in which the guy wants to rent a hotel room, but the clerk is all, “You don’t want that room.... More >>

  • They've Been Around

    published August 21, 2008

    Perception is everything when it comes to the Circle Jerks. The Los Angeles punk band began approximately three decades ago and put legions of... More >>

  • Rockabilly Icons the Stray Cats Give the OC One Last Hurrah

    published July 17, 2008

    Twangs for the Memories 30 Years After They Started, Rockabilly Icons the Stray Cats Prepare Their Final... More >>

  • Paisley Pelts

    published July 17, 2008

    Having a 1980s John Hughes film named after one of your songs is a one-way ticket to ‘90s obscurity, but somehow the Psychedelic Furs... More >>

  • Blues Guitar Legend B.B. King to Thrill Pacific Amphitheatre

    published July 10, 2008

    The Thrill Is Still Goin' To know B.B. King is to love him—and Lucille Sorry if this sounds melodramatic,... More >>

  • Double Barrels

    published July 10, 2008

    Greg Ginn is the Halley's Comet of guitarists. He lies dormant for years, makes a splash, then returns to wherever he came from. The last time... More >>

  • Built for Speed

    published July 3, 2008

    The Hootenanny is supposed to be about bands that fall under the rockabilly umbrella, but there's a reason the ad features a drawing of a... More >>

  • Speak Easy

    published June 26, 2008

    Open mics are a cringefest full of artists whose material is so bad it isn't even ironically funny. But the weekly free-for-all at Long Beach's... More >>

  • Ice Cube's Powerhouse Show at Honda Center Will Show If He's Still Got Game

    published June 19, 2008

    AmeriKKKa's Most Cuddly Profane MC At an age when most rappers are toast, Ice Cube's still got game More... More >>

  • Young MC Leads a Loaded Freestyle Explosion Lineup at Honda Center

    published June 12, 2008

    Beyond 'Bust a Move' Why Young MC is better than today's chart rappers I wasn't expecting much from my... More >>

  • Sweat it Out

    published June 12, 2008

    The success of Los Angeles' Dengue Fever could have something to do with the group's blend of Cambodian pop and '60s pyschedelia heard on two... More >>

  • Get It?

    published May 8, 2008

    There's mean, and then there's mean . Based solely on her outlandish appearances on numerous Comedy Central roasts, it's safe to say Lisa... More >>

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