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    March 8, 2013

    Mysteries of Carbon Canyon: The Ski Villa

    First a disclaimer: This spot isn't actually located in Carbon Canyon. Rather the ruins of the Ski-Villa resort lie just east of the region's border with Chino Hills. But for Orange County residents interested in viewing this crumbling gem of vintage kitsch, Carbon Canyon is the only logical approac ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, March 4MusInk Battle of the BandsHouse of Blues Anaheim Though it may not share the same level of hipster-deigned prestige as Coachella, Musink Festival represents a high-water mark for up-and-coming bands. This year's festival, which celebrates all things tattoo, will feature an impressive ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, March 1 Super Diamond House of Blues Anaheim Remember the movie Saving Silverman with Steve Zahn and Jack Black? It was about a couple of lovable loser musicians whose idol was none other than Neil Diamond, the psuedo-rock crooner from your parent's generation. Sometimes truth is stranger ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 25 Ramona Falls Constellation Room Brent Knopf was the polymath co-founder of Portland's Menomena, the impressively (or was that intimidatingly?) creative band that would reverse-engineer their live songs from an insane collection of custom loops--kind of like an indie rock band d ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Top Five Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 11 St. Lucia The Constellation Room For the purposes of this blurb, St. Lucia is not the Swedish figure known for wearing a wreath of candles in her hair bearing gifts for Scandinavian children. Rather, it's the nom de plume of musician Jean-Philip Grobler (doesn't sound pretenti ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, February 4 Social Distortion House of Blues Anaheim With few shows happening this Monday, you might consider trying to check out Social Distortion's umpteenth gig at the House of Blues this month. Perhaps setting a record for the most shows played at the Anaheim venue by a single band in o ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    NAMM Announces Best in Show Winners

    The fact that NAMM's Sunday Best in Show event, featuring a panel discussion of the week's  coolest gadgets and companies, happened at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m.and was still packed speaks volumes about the allure of this epic trade show and its ability to inspire musical gear heads and retaile ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, January 14 Pop Noir The Constellation Room After spending a year laying low, Huntington Beach's own Pop Noir are ready to resurface with a month-long residency at The Constellation Room in The Observatory. Brothers Luke and Joe McGarry have used this time out of the limelight to carefully ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, December 28Sweet and Tender HooligansHouse of Blues Anaheim It's an understatement to say that fans of the Smiths are rabid. Obj ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Tuesday, December 18Stevie TombstoneThe Prospector Stevie Tombstone's sweet, soulful country croon juxtaposes delightfully with his hard craggy face. Rocking some hard-luck chic, his songs feature mentions of the undertaker and give thanks for the little things in life--such as not being in jail ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: Nov. 12-16

    Monday, November 12 Future FixDetroit BarBands in Orange County often start out as a bunch of buddies sitting around in a garage. Many, unfortunately, sound pretty similar--adhering to a style as common as tight jeans in a coffee shop. But sometimes, a group of friends come together and find so ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: Nov. 9-11

    Friday, November 9Haymarket SquaresSlidebar The Haymarket Squares specialize in a quick clip brand of folk music. Using mandolin, piano, and whistling, they weave a folk tapestry while busting lyrics about righteous anger and the songs of Britney Spears. N ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in O.C. This Week: Markus Schulz, Waka Flocka Flame

    Monday, October 29Skeleton WitchSlidebar Hailing from Ohio, Skeletonwitch rocks a technical brand of schreechy metal. Be sure to check out their video for "Bringers of Death," which blends images of furries with Orwelian commentary and a zombie apolcalypse straight out of the film Easy Rider. -- Br ... More >>

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    October 7, 2012

    Explosion Rocks Anaheim Hotel Prompting Evacuations and Bomb Squad Deployment

    A large explosion startled residents of the Rainbow Hotel in the 800 block of south Beach Boulevard in Anaheim early this morning, prompting the evacuation of three buildings and the deployment of the Orange County Sheriff's bomb squad. According to Anaheim Police Spokesman Sgt. Bob Dunn,  at a ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Over the Weekend: Braid - Glass House - 8/17/12

    See Also:*Post-hardcore band Braid Shout Down Obstacles to Come Out of Retirement* How Alabama Shakes Turned a Shitty Career Break Into a Major Score* Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy MoveBraidThe Glass House 8/17/12Friday night saw the freshly-reunited 90's po ... More >>

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    July 29, 2012

    Anaheim Police Arrest Protesters; Angrily Point Rifles at Photographers

    Just after 3 p.m. in Anaheim, law enforcement officers knocked down an unarmed male protester in the street for an as yet known reason and police--some oddly wearing military combat equipment and camouflage--reacted with hostility to citizens who tried to film the event.While two officers handcuf ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Bruises, Burning Dumpsters, and More: Photos from Yesterday's Anaheim Protests Against Killings by Police

    Previous stories on Anaheim police shootings:"He's Still Alive!" Video Emerges of Immediate Aftermath of Anaheim Police Killing of Manuel DiazAnaheim Police Department Kill Another Man After Day of ProtestsAnaheim Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Crowd After Officer-Involved ShootingLast night's protes ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Mysteries of Laguna: The Pirate Tower of Victoria Beach

    This week's mystery found our intrepid reporter ankle deep in the pristine sands of Victoria Beach. One of Orange County's more secluded public areas, the tiny beach is guarded on both ends by rocky cliffs and is accessible by a narrow concrete stairway down a steep slope. Above the beach, verdant h ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Relics of Fullerton: The Buildings of Leo Fender

    Though it goes without saying, we'll say it anyway: Fullerton's considerable contributions to history will probably forever be marred by a few rogue cops, their cowardly police chief and flip-flopping spokesperson. Happily the city has a few saving graces, not the least of whom is Leo Fender. While ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Cults at Lamb & Flag, Brea Mall, March 25, 2012

    ​Cults Lamb & Flag, Brea MallMarch 25, 2012New York hipster band Cults has been super busy these past several months. I first checked them out when they played FYF last September. Last week they toured through Los Angeles playing shows at the Glasshouse and the Music Box at the Fonda. And thou ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Mysteries of Costa Mesa: Armalite and the Creator of the M16, a Walking Tour

    ​For reasons not entirely clear, Orange County isn't out loud and proud when it comes to its connection to one of the most famous battle implements of all time. In my efforts to discover the one-time Costa Mesa location of ArmaLite, developer of the M16, I was met with blank stares and should ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Barack Obama Delights, Annoys Corona del Mar Fans and Protesters

    Brandon FergusonCritics of the president hold a banner in preparation for his OC visit​On a sunny Southern California morning, an evenly split crowd of perhaps 500 protesters and fans of Barack Obama lined the sidewalks of swank, oceanfront Corona del Mar in anticipation of the president's arrival ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

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

    ​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 thus far. That's not to say there weren't a few dips in what proved to be an exciting evening, but ther ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

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

    Brandon Ferguson​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 turn to stroll amongst the aisles of new musical products finally came this weekend. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Brea Police Pursuit Ends in Wrecked Cruiser

    ​A Brea Police cruiser was in need of a little body work last night after colliding with another car at the intersection of Lambert and the 57 freeway. The accident was the result of a pursuit which began in Corona around 6 p.m. Cops there were hot on the trail of a suspected motorcycle thief, 35- ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    [UPDATED With Dispatches from the Port:] Occupy Converges on the Port of Long Beach; Over 200 Protestors Block Access to Pier

    Brandon Ferguson​UPDATE DEC. 12, 1:15 P.M.: Though there were several incredibly tense moments at the Port of Long Beach this morning as protesters and police squared off, the day ended without any serious incidents. Between 200 and 300 Occupy activists from Irvine, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, La ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Occupy Flash Mob Hits Santa Ana Walmart

    ​At 5 P.M., a "flash mob" of about 20 activists from Occupy Santa Ana quietly filed into the Walmart on Harbor Blvd. and McFadden in Santa Ana to tell employees not to come to work on Black Friday--the busiest shopping day of the year. Within minutes, they were standing shoulder to shoulder b ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    [UPDATE: With Irvine Protest] Occupy Santa Ana March Sees Large Turnout; Protest In Front of John Wayne Airport Tonight

    Brandon Ferguson​UPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2011 8:30 P.M.: The most amusing part about this evening's Occupy protest in front of John Wayne Airport was the bewildered faces of cranky business travelers as they wheeled their suitcases through chanting crowds on the way back to their cars. But widesp ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Santa Ana City Council Denies Occupy Protesters Permission to Camp in City, Laugh at Protesters

    Brandon Ferguson22-year-old Crystal Ngo Addresses Santa Ana City Council​Last night, the Santa Ana City Council denied Occupy permission to camp in the Civic Center, or anywhere in the city for that matter. Following a public comment session which saw more than 30 people deliver impassioned speech ... More >>

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    November 5, 2011

    Occupy Santa Ana Honors Day of the Dead

    Brandon Ferguson​Guy Fawkes got the Dia De Los Muertos treatment this evening, Occupy Style. The Santa Ana contingent of Occupy Orange County held a march honoring the November 5th holiday which serves to honor the dead. More than 20 activists lined up at the civic center  to have their faces ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Occupy UCI Holds Campus Event

    Brandon Ferguson​The University of California Irvine contingent of Occupy held a modest event on campus this morning attended by about 20 people.  The group, though mostly students, represented a diverse cross section of OC society and included visitors from Occupy OC, which is curr ... More >>

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    October 29, 2011

    Occupy Orange County Morale Still High and Gaining Supporters

    Brandon Ferguson​This morning marked Occupy Orange County's first big event since Tuesday when the Irvine city council unanimously granted the group permission to camp 24/7 on the civic center lawn. The atmosphere was jubilant as nearly 100 activists, hoisting signs decrying corporate injustice, g ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Irvine City Council to Allow Occupy Orange County to Camp

    Brandon Ferguson​"I don't understand a lot of what your message is," said Councilman Jeffery Lalloway at tonight's meeting of the Irvine City Council. "But by all means, if you want to sleep on our lawn. Sleep on our lawn." It was a surprising turn of events coming from a planned city known m ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

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

    Brandon Ferguson​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 tens of thousands of people who turned out for 34 top-shelf indie bands spread across ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Dead Ships at the Slide Bar Last Night

    Brandon Ferguson​Dead ShipsAug. 17, 2011Slide BarI'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. Though it may seem like being in a band comprised only of a guitarist and drum ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Law Enforcement Descends on OC Weekly Building!

    Brandon Ferguson​Usually, when an aspiring journalist imagines the excitement of his job, he has visions of far-flung battlefields or back alley crime scenes in some gritty urban environment, not the sterile office-park building that houses the Costa Mesa newsroom where he works.But that's exactly ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Last Night at The Commonwealth Lounge Newport Beach: Miss Dakota Burlesque

    Brandon FergusonAlexis on Fire​Miss Dakota BurlesqueJuly 27, 2011Commonwealth Lounge Newport BeachWell, we're not entirely sure if Miss Dakota actually performed at the swanky Newport Beach nightspot. After three hours in the bar area, we didn't see the famed brunette burlesque dancer, known for h ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Dead Sara at Slidebar on Friday Night

    Brandon Ferguson​Dead SaraMay 6, 2011Slidebar, FullertonIn an April interview with the Wall Street Journal online, Jefferson Airplane singer and counter- culture legend Grace Slick mentioned that her favorite new female singer was  Emily Armstrong of Los Angeles band Dead Sara. After see ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Rock, Rum and the OC Roller Girls

    Brandon Ferguson​Some say the sport of roller derby is experiencing a resurgence--but it probably never really went away. Though its 1970s heydey has long since passed , the commitment to the sport demonstrated by the girls who don old-timey skates, fishnets and knee pads is impressive. 

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    February 7, 2011

    Judge to Bay Island: Bridge is Public

    Brandon Ferguson​For decades, residents of über-exclusive Bay Island have had the  benefit of a narrow salt-water moat that which prevented the beach goers from getting too close to their million-dollar homes. Now, thanks to a ruling by Orange County Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto, island r ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

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

    Brandon Ferguson​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 structure perched above the city, surrounded by pitch-black rolling hills and illum ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Luck of the Leprechaun at Auld Irisher

    Brandon Ferguson​First things first, we apologize for not bringing you a pumpkin martini or some other such seasonal concoction. But the Auld Irisher in Orange put  something tasty in front of our face, and we couldn't resist. The title of this week's offering is: The Luck of the Leprach ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Tantalum in Long Beach

    Courtesy of Tantalum​The Place: Tantalum Waterfront Lounge. 6272 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, (562) 431-1414.

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    August 5, 2010

    The New Limb Last Night at Detroit Bar

    Brandon Ferguson​The New LimbAugust 4, 2010Detroit BarThe Show: Listening to The New Limb's brooding piano-infused pop rock, it's hard to shake the feeling I've heard these guys somewhere before. Then it dawns on me: Maritime, the Milwaukee-based group featuring former Promise Ring singer Davey&n ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Trainwreck at DiPiazza's in Long Beach

    Brandon Ferguson​TrainwreckJuly 10, 2010DiPiazza'sWhether you're in on the joke or not, watching a band featuring Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame can be a little confusing. Performances by the bald-pated minstrel and his musical minions delivering irony-laced homages to all things bloat-rock beg th ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    The Submarines at Detroit Bar Last Night

    Brandon Ferguson​The SubmarinesDetroit BarTuesday, June 29, 2010Husband and wife pop duo the Submarines have been producing sugary sweet ear candy together since 2006. Singer Blake Hazard sings softly with an aw-shucks demeanor while husband Jon Dragonetti fills it out with poppy guitar and wa ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    The Union Line Set to Tour

    [Mental Notes] Plus, Steelwells power through multiple SoCal residencies, Thrice's drummer has a Heard Mentality column and cute girls use abrasive name for Cock Sparrer cover band

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    February 11, 2010

    ALO at Fingerprints, Long Beach

    The Hype: Right now, jam band ALO has reason to celebrate. Their latest album, Man of the World, was released Tuesday and the group is gearing up to tour in support of it. As a bonus, the album was produced by laid-back granola-rocker Jack Johnson, who signed ALO to his Brushfire Records in 2007. ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Dios on Friday at Alex's Bar, Long Beach

    The Hype: So, it's official. The band Dios, which at one time became Dios Malos, is once again just Dios. The nearly 10-year-old band from Hawthorne with the eclectic pop-sound is readying itself for the release of their third studio album, Cosmic Rays (due out Feb. 16). Expectations were high. T ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Last Night: Alberta Cross, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

    The Hype: Drawing comparisons to such rock luminaries as Neil Young and the Band, relative newcomers Alberta Cross have been touring in support of their first full-length album, The Broken Side of Time. Signed to ATO records (founded by Dave Matthews), it's obvious that these guys have done somethi ... More >>

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