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

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The Black Keys--See Monday

Monday, October 8

The 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) and Patrick Carney (drums) play blues rock so convincingly, you'd believe they were born and bred in the hard-living shanty towns of the South rather than honing their skills in the abandoned warehouses of old tire factories of Akron. Experience the band's new album El Camino (Nonesuch) live as they begin the last leg of their worldwide tour with a performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim. --Amanda Parsons

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Tuesday, October 9

Dinosaur Jr.
The Observatory

Dinosaur Jr. were some outta-nowhere mind-blinders when they first came out in the '80s, using hardcore punk to make heartbroke pop that wasn't working right unless it was recorded with every dial in the red. That collapsed during the early '90s, but then in 2005, Dinosaur reunited after a particularly acrimonious split between guitarist J. Mascis and bassist Lou Barlow--seriously, there were some legendary head games happening. Then, they pretty much tipped over all conventional expectation by going on to be not just a functioning band but matching and maybe even besting their "original" work on a streak of new albums that leapt up from where the band had left off. Newest record I Bet On Sky continues Dinosaur's gentle evolution--it's a little more sweet than loud this time, but still there's not a note out of place. -- Chris Ziegler

Wednesday, October 10

Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. John might be the gate between funk, soul, spirituals and whatever mysterious ancient music persist yet in the city of New Orleans, which draws its songs from a source deeper and older than anywhere else in the USA. His bleaked-out early songs and revved-up hits ("Right Place") prove he's as fearless as he is versatile, so it's natural to match him with the Grammy-loaded Blind Boys of Alabama (the gospel-blues group dating back before World War II) for a concert peeling up the overlap between the various powerful sounds of Harry Smith's ancient America. Done right, this show has revelation potential--and these are the exact musicians to do it right. --Chris Ziegler

Location Info


The Observatory

3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Music

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