The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Crookers--See Friday

Friday, January 25

The Observatory
After almost a decade together, Bot announced he was leaving Crookers in October of 2012. Since then, Francesco "Phra" Barbaglia has carried on the Crookers name as a solo project and is bringing his take on electronic dance music to the Observatory in Santa Ana on Friday January 25th. Thanks to Insomniac Events and INTOTHEAM the Italian electro house artist is coming straight of the madness on the Holy Ship and is sure to bring that same kind of energy with his unique different styles and medley of genres, sounds and instruments to OC . Known for having lots of high-profile friends, "Phra" puts the thug in EDM and has proven he can make everyone party their asses off and get crazy on the dance floor for what promises to be the best EDM show of the month.--Alejandra Loera

Agent Orange
Di Piazza's
Emerging from Southern California's punk scene at the tail end of the '70s, Agent Orange hails from the fine city of Fullerton. Known for a style that defied conventions of the day, this band used typically unpunk sonic elements in their style including surf rock and metal. Listening to old gems such as "Bloodstains," the snaking lead seems to draw on middle eastern influences. The jam "Fire in the Rain," gets heady and poetic with vocalist Mike Palm singing about a vast world of possibilities with a heavy, yet new wave sound. We're glad they're still at it. --Brandon Ferguson

Saturday, January 26
Sound Asylum
Detroit Bar

It's pretty crazy to think that in less than a year, OC hip-hop has created a new home base for itself at a time when it seems to need it the most.  Sound Asylum, Detroit Bar's quarterly boom bap mecca, is one part club night, one part networking bazaar and one part underground cypher fest.The mission was simple: deliver an ego-free, hip-hop club night that doubles as a curated showcase of four rotating, OC-bred MCs. This weekend, the third installment of the event features crate-digging sets from DJ Revolution, DJ Spintelect and DJ Prime Meridian who take center stage, spinning a mix of Golden Age joints, wall-rattling club bangers and reggae. Also look out for performances from undeniably ill emcees Fifth Double P, Hochii and Hardware.--Nate Jackson

House of Blues Anaheim
Fans of glam metal rejoice. With Stryper set to take the stage at the House of Blues , it's time to round up the family, grab a few cases of Aquanet and bust out the fine sequined crucifixes. This Christian band out of OC is ready to rock you with loud guitars, epic choruses and pious lyrics. It should be a riot considering there's nothing's more pleasing to God than 80s style metal, teased hair dos, and bright yellow spandex onesies. -- Brandon Ferguson

Sunday, January 27

The Glass House
For those who feel that the French are little more than cheese-eating surrender monkeys, we give you Gojira. This metal band from Bayonne does dark the way only Frenchmen can. With rapid fire guitar chuggery, raspy growling vocals and dual bass drums, Gojira are simultaneously heavy and haunting. With five studio albums to their credit, the band is known for championing the cause of the environment through their lyrics. --Brandon Ferguson

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