The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Tycho--See Wednesday


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 craft some new tunes, including a cover of British electro-pop outfit New Order's "Temptation." Formed by the British twins while they still teenagers at the Orange County High School of the Arts, Pop Noir quickly built a following in the indie clubs of Los Angeles. To this point, the band has supported Doves, The Wombats, Robyn, Sebastien Tellier, Iglu & Hartly and Fitz & The Tantrums, and headlined shows in places ranging domestically from Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, to internationally from London, Manchester and Paris. They return to OC this month with more songs and just as much hair.--Daniel Kohn

Tuesday, January 15

OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 2

The District at Tustin Legacy

How the months fly by. It's time once again for the Orange County Music Awards' annual live music showcase, a series of free concerts leading up to the big trophy ceremony held in March. Each week, a slew of local bands--some you've heard of, some you haven't--vie for that coveted Best Live Band award and prize pack. This week's showcase, held at the District Tustin Legacy (each show is at a different OC venue), features hopeful contestants Annie McQueen, Becky Holt, Cherokee Fade, Alice Wallace and Justin Soileau. Judges rate performances on a series of skills--originality, song composition, crowd participation, and so on--to determine who plays the finals at the House of Blues in late February. Who knows? One of these starry-eyed musicians might just make it to the big time--and it all could start right here. --Erin DeWitt

Wednesday, January 16

Tycho
The Constellation Room

Tycho is the stage name of Scott Hansen, a rising star out of San Francisco whose sound craft centers in the electronic/ambient music genre. Though his music is sufficiently unique enough to defy simple classification, his sound calls to mind the artists of chill wave style, notably Toro y Moi. But where Toro seeks to infuse structure into his sound, Tycho seeks to deconstruct. Listening to the floating melodies interspersed with keyboard bleeps and rustles, it's hard not to think of a glass of water whose walls have disappeared, and the bounty of liquid drifts into the cosmos. -- Brandon Ferguson

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