The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Dollyrots--See Staurday
Friday, January 11

Cheap Sex/Lower Class Brats
The Observatory

No, the band's not getting back together--Cheap Sex is reuniting for one night only to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their debut album's 2003 release. And while fans are charged to once again hear the band's reckless, thrashing grade of American street punk, it's a bittersweet homecoming as Cheap Sex broke up in 2007 following the tragic death of guitarist Chris Wick--their final show was played in Fullerton. But Mike Virus, Johnny O. Negative, Gabe, Brock and Phil DeVill come back to pay homage to the wild decade they've endured since Launch Off to War launched their punk rock pilgrimage around the world. They play this night with friends and fellow tour-mates Lower Class Brats. --Erin DeWitt
Los Lobos
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Los Lobos may be an LA institution by now, but every so often--well, more often than not--they like to do something a little different. They started out as a band from the in-between places, finding a spot to call home between punk and rock and folk and even more idiosyncratic styles of music. But in 2005, they put out their Acoustic en Vivo album, which (just as you'd think) was a live Los Lobos set of traditional and original music cut back to its barest roots. Now they're doing the first of a select few California appearances at the Cerritos Center in just the same way, and if it's anything like the album, they'll be presenting Lobos classics and Lobos obscurities in between the kind of folk songs you might catch your parents singing now and then. --Chris Ziegler

Saturday, January 12

The Champanties
The Prospector

The Cramps had Songs the Lord Taught Us, but of much additional utility to us scholars of scuzz was the quasi-legal compilation series Lux and Ivy's Favorites, a guided tour through three decades of revved-up, off-the-map rock 'n' roll 'n' fuzz 'n' soul. Long Beach's Champanties have studied this kinda thing well, so you get a fangs-out backing band doing the dark side of '66 with a line of tuff-girl singers singing about voodoo and assorted delinquency. There's some of the Pleasure Seekers and some of the Downliners Sect--yeah, that's right, the Pleasure Sect!--and plenty of fire-starting power at work here. If they ever put out a record, it needs to be a limited-edition black-vinyl 45. --Chris Ziegler

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