The Five Best Concerts in O.C. This Week

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2Chainz--See Wednesday
See Also:
*Free Ticket Wednesday: She Wants Revenge at the Observatory
*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/Video]
*Jim Norton Wants to Sleep With You, if You Can Stand His Sleep Apnea


Monday, September 17
Martin Sanchez (Residency)
Detroit Bar
Martin Sanchez is an absolutely manic rapper (and guitarist!) who firehoses his verses and then dives into autotune for his choruses, while his pals Company provide live instrumentation for his beats. Do they do a balls-out cover of "Sabotage"? Oh, yes they do, and that Beastie Boys live-and-unchained vibe is a pretty good indicator of what Martin and Company are going for. The result is something that you could maybe put on an alt-hop label like Mush, if it was a hard track, or you could maybe put on the radio if it was one of the sweeter ones. As September's resident, this aspiring genre polymath has plenty of chances to show you both.  --  Chris Ziegler

Tuesday, September 18

The Used
Fox Theater Pomona
While the majority of the world hasn't heard from too much from The Used in a cool minute, Bert McCracken and company are poised to snag back some of the fans that flitted away along with screamo postcore's popularity (though a solid niche of die-hard fans remain as ferocious as ever). Admittedly, 2009's Artwork is the group's least-favored album, and damn their previous label for mucking around with it too much. But this year saw a little of that old maniacal light come back to their collective eyes with the release of Vulnerable, their fifth studio album and the first to surrender complete creative control in far too long. Take a trip back to the millennium as The Used play the Fox with special guests Twin Atlantic and Stars in Stereo.


Wednesday, September 19
2Chainz
The Glasshouse
2Chainz, the heavy-handed support on songs like Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" and Kanye West's "Mercy" probably thinks that changing his name in 2011 was the best career move he ever made (Tity Boy? Yuck.) His recently released video for the sleazy, amazing single "Birthday Song" (featuring West) nixes the usual bling and pomp in favor of some good, wholesome trashiness--strippers, family members and dead-eyed clowns partying hard in a lower-class neighborhood. The teens saw him perform on last week's VMA's with Lil Wayne but us big kids already know--2 Chainz is coming to the Glass House for a very anticipated solo show. He usually supports the biggest names in hip-hop--but now the spotlight is all his.  -- Erin DeWitt

Thursday, September 20
Andre Watts Plays Brahms
Segerstrom Center  for the Arts

The Pacific Symphony begins their season with a concert from esteemed classical pianist André Watts. Since his 1963 televised performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat at a Young People's Concert, Watts' career has climbed a steady incline ever since. Now, nearly 50 years after that initial debut of astonishing talent and grace, he continues to tour--but now mentors young musicians as a professor at Indiana University, where he also holds the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music. This week, Watts comes to the Segerstrom Center to perform a trio of masterful works: Strauss, Jr.'s Overture to "Die Fledermaus," Strauss' Suite from "Der Rosenkavalier," and the finale, Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Pure class, all the way.--Erin DeWitt



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