Brandon Ferguson

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Tuesday, April 8 Foster the People Fox Theater Pomona Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    The 50 Worst Things About the OC Music Scene

    Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    The Five Must- See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, September 30 Toro Y Moi The Observatory Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes pure vibe music--actually, he kind of makes pure vibes, with every song a snapshot of its own moment and its own world. On most recent album Anything In Return, he glides through a post-chillwave--we can say that now, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Coastal Commission Raised Questions of Poseidon Honesty Years Ago

    Poseidon Resources Inc., the company hoping to build a $1 billion desalination plant on Huntington Beach Shores, left out vital information when applying for a permit for its Carlsbad facility in 2007. That's according to California Coastal Commission (CCC) documents obtained by the Weekly which say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Huntington Beach City Councilmembers Move to Oppose Poseidon Desalination Project

    Things got chilly in the council chamber at Huntington Beach City Hall last night following passionate public debate over the proposed construction of a $1 billion desalination facility to be built by Poseidon Resources Inc. on Surf City's shores.The debate ended with a 4-3 vote in favor of councilm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, May 3 Basscon The Yost Theater Friday night's alright for partying down, so make your way over to Santa Ana's historic Yost Theater for Basscon tonight. The Yost has been putting out great EDM and trance music nights for a while now, but Basscon looks like its going to be an intense night o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, April 26 DJ Shadow The Observatory Boasting one of the most extensive vinyl record collections ever--at a whopping 60,000 LPs--DJ Shadow's range is overwhelmingly impressive and his influence well-known. The Davis, California native rose to the ranks of DJ notoriety with London-based recor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Did OC Human Relations Breach an Anaheim Community's Trust During Last Summer's Unrest?

    Anaheim's city manager has yet to propose a model for a civilian review board, a task the council unanimously directed him to do in January, but the very idea has already caused political tensions to arise from the police union. In his staff report, Bob Wigenroth strongly favored the possibilit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The Night Marchers at Alex's Bar - Alex's Bar - February 23, 2013

    Night MarchersFeb. 23, 2013Alex's BarIt's fair to argue that if the Night Marchers' frontman Jonathan Reis hadn't been in such seminal 80s/90s bands as Drive Like Jehu and Rocket from the Crypt, he couldn't draw the same crowd as the one that showed at Alex's bar on Saturday night. Much like Hot Sna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    A Hollywood Legend in a Santa Ana Boneyard!

    There's nothing remarkable about the grave of Hollywood comedy writer Clyde Bruckman, who was buried in Santa Ana's Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary. Far from the ornate angel statues and historic Civil War monuments in the adjacent county-run cemetery, Bruckman's plot is marked by a flat, faded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Irvine Makes Sweeping Changes To Clean Up Struggling Great Park Operations

    Irvine's first majority Republican city council meeting in more than a decade kicked off last night and the winds of change raged like a hurricane. With the five-member body focused on the Orange County Great Park, the new council voted for sweeping changes including a restructuring of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Federal Judge Okays More Anaheim Police Secrecy in Manual Diaz Civil Lawsuit

    In a rapidly conducted hearing this afternoon, a federal judge in Orange County officially ruled that lawyers for the estate of Manual Diaz, an Anaheim man killed by police in 2011, are not yet entitled to inspect investigatory records while prosecutors consider whether to file charges against the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Monday, January 31New Year's Eve With Kendrick LamarThe ObservatoryLike Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet, Kendrick Lamar's self-explanatorily titled Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is about children lost to overmedication. A casualty of first-world comfort, Lamar raps of being strung out on pharmaceu ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Navel Gazing's Project Un-uncensored

    Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Tuesday, Dec. 4Bruce Springsteen Honda Center Some rock 'n' roll shows simply fill a Tuesday night with enough noise to free the audience from the minutiae of the work week. The band sings a couple songs and flashes some strobe lights--whoopity doo. Then there are concerts that are spiritual, st ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2012

    'We Will Live to Fight Again'

    Election Day dispatches from around the county

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in O.C. This Week: Nov. 5-9

    Monday, November 5Lindsey SterlingThe Observatory It's violin dubstep from a sci-fi-loving, eccentric little 26-year old with a knack for interpretive dance. This is Lindsey Stirling and she was born right here in OC. Her sound is a surprisingly unconventional collaboration of styles and genres--b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Weekend: Adam Ant, Frightenend Rabbit

    Friday, October, 19 Crocodiles, The Soft Pack The Glass House Two new bands--"new" as in they post-date the Feelies and the Psychedelic Furs, respectively, even if they've both been around for a couple years--with two new albums on which they make some perfect new choices and deliver us some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    The Best Five Shows in OC This Week: Big Business, Major Lazer

    Monday, October 15Big BusinessAlex's BarFor those not familiar with the genre Sludge Metal, meet Big Business. Hailing from Seattle and signed to Gold Metal Records, they traffic in crunchy, chugging jams with wonky, drop-tuned strings. Reminiscent of instrumental metal band Pelican, Big Business fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Space Gallery to Feature Work of Iconic Punk Rock Photographer Roberta Bayley

    Beginning this weekend through November 3, the Space Gallery (in its inaugural showing), will feature the photographic work of Roberta Bayley, former door girl at famed punk club CBGBs. Bayley's unconventional career path granted her insider access to one of Rock 'n' Roll's most fascinating eras.&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: The Black Keys, Girl Talk

    Monday, October 8The Black Keys Honda Center Very rarely does a musical duo produce a sound so dynamic and soulful that listeners mistake them for a quin- or quartet, but that is exactly the mistake one makes when first hearing the Black Keys. The Ohio band comprised of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Phil Aguilar, Set Free Soldiers, To Hold Car Wash For Cop Shooting Victim Manuel Diaz

    A carwash will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. on Anna Street near the site where 25-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot by Anaheim police officers. Proceeds from the event will go toward paying for the costs associated with his funeral."Everybody's welcome," said Pastor Phil Aguilar. "We're going to help the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    The Delorean's Orange County Roots

    Back when a 56 year-old entrepreneur named John Z. Delorean first introduced drivers to his avian-emulating automotive creation, the world was a different place. The year was 1981 and Coke was it. In the absence of YouTube and reality television, primitive audiences were thrilled by MTV and the soun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Jeremy Popoff FINALLY Admits Slidebar's Role in Call to Police That Led to Kelly Thomas Killing

    After months of denials and ridiculing the OC Weekly and others, Slidebar owner Jeremy Popoff finally admitted on KFI's John and Ken Show that one of his employees did, in fact, call police the night Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten by six Fullerton Police officers to death.Good job, Jeremy!

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Lawsuit: Fullerton Bar Manager Enticed Police with a Lie Before Officers Beat Kelly Thomas to Death

    A fired security guard at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in Fullerton has filed a lawsuit accusing Lit guitarist Jeremy Popoff, an owner of the establishment, with enticing police to harass Kelly Thomas on the day officers savagely beat the homeless, schizophrenic man to death in July 2011, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Mysteries of Fullerton: Tony Bushala and the Schumacher Building

    ​It was sometime in the mid 1980s, when the family of local blogger (and scourge of three-fifths of Fullerton's city council) Tony Bushala acquired a unique piece of property near the Fullerton train station. A 375-square-foot building at the rear of the lot was used by the previous owners as a ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    What Explains Odd Conduct of LA Sheriffs in the Death of Cal State Fullerton Student?

    ​We'll probably never know why homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department acted oddly in the recovery of the skeletal remains of 24-year-old Cal State Fullerton student Mitrice Richardson in Malibu Canyon.The August 2010 decision by sheriff's investigators to move Richardson' ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 10, 2012
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    January 12, 2012

    Will Occupy OC Rifts Destroy the Anti-Corporate Greed Protests?

    ​Despite a reputation for raucousness, some 40 Occupy Orange County members gathered quietly outside of Fullerton city hall last night to discuss the future of the local movement after Wednesday's dismantling of Irvine's three-month protest.While two Occupy leaders outlined negotiations with Fulle ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2011

    What We Learned

    The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Marisa Gerber, Chingona Cub Reporter, Leaving the Weekly to Go Back Home :-(

    Off to better places you go, kid...​For the past three years, the Weekly has given kiddies straight out of college an opportunity to do a six-month stint with us at a reporter's salary. Our first person was Spencer Kornhaber, who wrote THE definitive piece on Birfer queen Orly Taitz, was a staffer ... More >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2011

    Fender Factory Opens to Public

    [Mental Notes] Also: Latina theater group Breath of Fire goes gypsy

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert and Food Drive Last Saturday

    Brandon FergusonJulian Porte performing at Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert​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 an eclectic mix of local band ... More >>

  • Music

    August 11, 2011

    Katy Perry and More Showgazing

    [Mental Notes] Highlights from the U.S. Open of Surfing with Jimmy Eat World, plus the Yost's reopening with Unwritten Law

  • Music

    July 21, 2011

    Bob Dylan's Words Blowin' In the Wind

    [Mental Notes] Plus, the verdict on Rebecca Black's new single is out

  • Columns

    May 19, 2011
  • Music

    May 5, 2011

    Sheila E., Still Hot

    [Mental Notes] Plus, Avenged Sevenfold's the Rev portrayed by a local 13-year-old drummer

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Foo Fighters at Fingerprints!

    [Mental Notes] Record Store Day, Andrew W.K. and Honeypie at Detroit Bar

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Bob Dylan Opens OC Fair

    [Mental Notes] Also: The winners of two OCMA awards, Amateur Chemist is on hiatus

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    An Interview with Aquabats Singer The MC Bat Commander

    ​After a five-year hiatus, the perennially goofy Orange County ska-punk band the Aquabats will be releasing a new album. Unless you've been living under a rock in the interim, you know lead singer MC Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) has been busy creating, writing and directing the hugely succ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2010

    Lynsie Ekelund Remembered at Moving Service

    ​Almost two months after  Los Angeles County Coroner's officials removed the bones of missing Fullerton College student Lynsie Ekelund from a shallow grave in Santa Clarita, a memorial service was held today for the 20-year-old Placentia woman. Ekelund left her mother's Placentia home on ... More >>

  • Music

    February 18, 2010

    Tom Morello Rages Against Disney

    [Mental Notes] Also, two decidedly different takes on ALO's visit to Long Beach

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Last Night: the Reverend Horton Heat, House of Blues, Anaheim

    The Hype: If you've had a chance to pick up the Texas psychobilly pioneers' latest album, Laughin' & Cryin' With the Reverend Horton Heat, then you've probably noticed that for the most part, psycho has been surgically removed from billy. Brandon FergusonThe songs on this record run the gamut ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 10, 2009