The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Monday, February 4

Social Distortion
House of Blues Anaheim
With few shows happening this Monday, you might consider trying to check out Social Distortion's umpteenth gig at the House of Blues this month. Perhaps setting a record for the most shows played at the Anaheim venue by a single band in one month, it's clear SD knows its fan base in the land of citrus is serious. Go enjoy such pseudo-rockabilly hits as "Ball and Chain," and "Story of My Life," (again). With the final OC Music Awards show set to go off at the Grove in March, it'll be interesting to see if SD makes an appearance and personally accepts one of the awards they're sure to be given, or if they'll just take the money and run. --Brandon Ferguson

Tuesday, February 5

Fathers and Suns
The Prospector
Long Beach band Fathers and Suns are trying to match Van Morrison's looseness with the Grateful Dead's laid-back-ness, which means they light up songs with harmonies and then let the lead guitar take a little walk around the block. (See the song "Takin' a Walk," featuring an attempt to capture some of the magic of 13th Floor Elevators svengali Tommy Hall's bubbling electric jug.) And there's plenty of contemporary touches that no '70s ruraldelic band could have even conceived of--drum machine on "All My Friends Are Animals"--but we aren't in the '70s and things aren't so ruraldelic anymore, and even drum machines have got a little bit of soul by now. If you're lookin' out your back door, you'll probably spot these guys in the next backyard over. --Chris Ziegler

The Littlest Viking
Detroit Bar
Even though rock & roll duos are increasingly more prevalent these days, the idea of forming a shredding, math rock band with only two people sounds a bit limiting. That is until an act like the semi-local Littlest Viking comes along. Formed by drummer Christopher Gregory and guitarist Ruben Cortez, TLV exhibits the a mix of experimental moxie, punk rock power and melodic precision, all while staying refreshingly vocal-free. The band is supported by Cobalt Cranes, the Bellhaunts and Research Team Down. --Nate Jackson



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