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2012: The Beehive Year in Review

Yes, we’re halfway into the first month of 2013 — but I realized I forgot to do one of these Beehive Year in Review posts. I swear it’s the last looking-back-at-2012 post I’ll write. If I didn’t do this post, though, how would you know which contests you entered the most and which commenters are still in our “top 10?” See. You’re welcome.

So without further ado — unless you want me to drag this out another 14 days — here are the most read and most commented Beehive posts of 2012, along with our most prolific commenters.

Whether you’re on the list or not, thanks to everyone who participates in the site, either by reading and responding, sharing links with your friends or even grumbling to yourself about what we write. You’re all appreciated.

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Fres-Know: If you don’t know, now ya know

We haven’t done Fres-Know in a few weeks, and there’s a lot we missed. So consider this a catch-up edition of stuff you shouldn’t miss from Fresno Internet land.

A FOODIE FAREWELL: Alisa sings farewell to the TasteFresno community. [TasteFresno]

ANOTHER FAREWELL: O.G. local blogger The Fresnan signs off. [The Fresnan]

HELLO: The Full Moxie adds a couple new voices. [The Full Moxie]

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET: Twitter account for #FresnoProblems. [@FresnoProblems]

NEWS: Investigation of Fresno State frat death getting national coverage. [USA Today]

WOOT: Fresno-based Pinch My Salt makes list of Top 25 Food Blogs. [The Daily Meal]

VOTE: Taco Truck Throwdown 2 for promo of the year. [MILB]

SURE, WHY NOT: Why Fresno should host the 2026 Olympics. Yes, for real. [Greengopost]

DID THEY JUST SAY … USC football adds a defensive package called “Fresno.” [OC Register]

GOOD READ: Sharing hometown love with Chris Colfer. [Khanversations]

SPOTTED: Our local lookalike of Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. [Windsong Productions]

IT’S BACK: The Flowing With Famous podcast. [Fresno Famous]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Frebby Awards are coming in February. [Frebby Awards]

Our 11 favorite tweets about The Black Keys concert

Yeah, I might have just hit play on “Everlasting Light” again. What of it? If you’re still thinking about Monday night’s Black Keys concert too, then consider this your Twitter time capsule. Here are our 11 favorite tweets — funny, true, odd or just plain amusing — about last night’s concert:


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Fresno, you ready for The Black Keys?


Well, Black Keys fans, the day is here. Tonight, the band rumbles into Save Mart Center with Tegan and Sara in tow. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are still available.

I had the chance to speak to Dan Auerbach recently about the Fresno show and the band’s rise to a pair of arena-level rockers. Our interview was in Friday’s issue of The Fresno Bee, but here’s one part that I thought was important to share.

“We’re not like KISS. We’re not spitting out blood and wearing costumes. But we do fill these rooms.”

With 10 years of touring under their belt — from dive bars to major festivals along the way — Auerbach does say it’s a bit sweeter having taken the long road.

“We appreciate it,” he says. “We’ve played little club shows that were terrible and little club shows that were amazing. We’ve played arena shows that were terrible and arena shows that were amazing. It all depends on the audience and the energy they want to give you. It doesn’t matter what size room we’re in. Every time we’re play, that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Translation: Bring your A-game, Fresno concertgoers.

To get you guys in the mood for the show tonight, I put together a playlist from your favorite-song selections from our giveaway last week. Listen below.

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Win tickets to see The Black Keys


UPDATE: Congrats to our winner — Cristina. Enjoy the concert!

ORIGINAL POST: We’re a week away from one of the most anticipated rock shows of the year. The Black Keys hit Save Mart Center on Oct. 1 and you wouldn’t want to be the “lonely boy” (or girl) left out, would ya?

Tickets are on sale now, costing $46.50. But one lucky Beehive reader is going to get a free pair for us. Here’s what you gotta do: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Black Keys song and you’ll be entered to win.

Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Thursday. A winner will be picked at random and notified via e-mail, so please use a valid e-mail address and please check it. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something from us in the past 30 days. Complete rules below.

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Fres-Know: Because you can’t get all your Fresno news from Conan O’Brien

WATCH THIS: Local musician Bobby Joe Neely’s “Obama Song.” [YouTube]

NEWS: Central High b-ball coach faces DUI, manslaughter charges. [The Bee]

NEWS: Memphis gets schooled on fighting gangs from Fresno PD. [WREG]

HA! Conan Night at Grizzlies — Conans, O’Briens and redheads free. [Grizzlies]

IT CAME FROM FRESNO: Draft Night fantasy football app. [iTunes]

SPORTS: Derek Carr named preseason player of the year. [Sports Buzz]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno makes Forbes list for buying vs. renting. [Forbes]

WIN: Tickets to see The Black Keys at Save Mart Center. [Fresno Famous]

GOOD READ: Story behind breakfast food truck Benaddiction. [Famous]


ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: Get work, Don Pepe ladies! [Yelp]

GOOD READ: Anthony Taylor on the “Inspirado” of Pecha Kucha. [Windsong]

DID THEY JUST SAY FRESNO: The literary edition. [Opinion Talk]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Beer Olympics in Fresno on Aug. 4. [Facebook]

COOL: Local band Strange Vine gets spin from Adam Carolla. [Twitter]

Concert News: Black Keys at Save Mart Center


Rock duo The Black Keys will paint “Gold on the Ceiling” of Save Mart Center, it was announced this morning. The rising classic rock-inspired band will visit Fresno on Oct. 1.

Tickets cost $49.50. Floor seats are general admission. The rest of the seating is reserved. Ticket sales start for the general public at noon on May 18. But, like the Drake concert, there will be a pre-sale exclusive to Fresno State students.

Students with a valid I.D. can buy tickets 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 15) and Wednesday (May 16). These pre-sale tickets are available only at the Save Mart Center box office.

The Black Keys have risen from longtime indie-rock faves to arena-level rock stars in recent years, behind their successful albums “Brothers” and “El Camino,” which include songs such as “Tighten Up” and “Lonely Boy.” This will be the band’s first time in Fresno. But it did play in Sacramento last weekend.

This is the first of two promised concert announcements today from Save Mart Center. The second announcement — the “major” one teased since Tuesday — will be announced at a 10 a.m. press conference. We’ll have an update posted soon.

The 2011 year-end music survey


I know some blogs do their year-end music lists as soon as the calendar flips to December. I like to let the music soak up as much as possible before putting together a year-end list. How else are you going to fully appreciate that Black Keys album that recently came out, right?

For The Bee’s best and worst music list, I gathered a panel of local tastemakers — DJs, promoters, radio personalities, bloggers, etc. — and asked them to pick their top 10 songs of the year plus answer a few other questions about what they loved/hated in 2011 (see the grid below for answers).

To help you digest, the 10 top 10 lists I’ve created an accompanying Spotify playlist that has about 85% of what’s listed. (Some is pretty obscure).

Now it’s your turn to play along.

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To-Do Tonight: Strange Vine and an ArtHoppin’ Thursday


The boys of Strange Vine — one of my favorite local bands, for sure — are headlining Fulton 55 tonight for some post-ArtHop tunes. Adding to the cool factor, as if Strange Vine wasn’t enough, is Long Beach band The Fling, which is another on-the-rise band that Strange Vine has buddied up with and brought to town.

Tonight is the second date of a West Coast tour that Strange Vine is pretty excited about (they played with The Fling in Santa Cruz last night as well). They’re playing this weekend at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco with Dredg, and have dates after that scheduled in Seattle, Portland, etc.

If you’re unfamiliar with Strange Vine, I’ll just boil it down to this: If you like bands such as The Black Keys, you’ll dig Strange Vine. If that’s you, go check ‘em out. They’re really good. If that’s not enough for ya, here’s a sample in video form, thanks to Dead in 60 Years.

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2010: The best and worst in music

As we enter the final days of 2010, a number of people are gathering year-end lists. So I asked a handful of local taste-makers to help narrow down the best music of the year.

In Sunday’s Spotlight section of The Bee, our panel of radio DJs, musicians, promoters and journalists picked their 10 favorite albums and songs of the year. The Black Keys and Kanye West were among the most-selected artists, while locals such as Fierce Creatures, Fashawn, Motel Drive and Strange Vine also got shout-outs.

Once you look over those lists, go over the chart below. We made selections in categories such as favorite discovery, most disappointing album and artist to watch in 2011.


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