The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Marilyn Manson--See Wednesday

Monday, February 18
 DJ Hype
The Observatory

Pre-iPods, pre-laptops, pre-everyone's-a-DJ, DJ Hype was circling the globe, bringing his turn table skills to millions of party people. Born in Belgium, Kevin Ford began as a DJ on Fantasy FM, a pirate radio station in London. But he hit mainstream mega stardom in 1993 when his drum and bass single "Shot in the Dark" shot up the UK charts. The '90s proved lucrative as he could do no wrong--his Ganja Record label earned dance floor cred around the world and compilation albums got passed around clubs like nondescript little pills. Fast-forward two decades, and he's still spinning drum and bass to the masses, schooling young'uns with their fancy mixing software all the while.--Erin DeWitt

Wednesday, February 20

Marilyn Manson
City National Grove of Anaheim

Nobody is blaming school shootings on rock provocateur Marilyn Manson anymore these days. That doesn't mean the "Antichrist indie star" hasn't experienced a creative resurrection. Manson's latest album Born Villain, released last year on Cooking Vinyl Records, received praise as his best effort in years, and the single "No Reflection" netted him a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Accolades aside, with Twiggy in tow, the rocker is hitting the road, returning to Anaheim for the first time in more than three years as his current tour winds down. There may be a smattering of protesters outside, but they'll easily be outnumbered by a multigenerational legion of goths and other assorted Mansonites looking for anthems of alienation from their dark lord. -- Gabriel San Román

Thursday, February 21

Cold War Kids
The Observatory

A lot of the praise (and blame) for the current state of indie rock can be traced back to bands like the Cold War Kids. In effect, the explosion of the Fullerton-bred quartet was a bi-product of what we'll call the Garden State-era of indie rock--bands ushered in by a Zack Braff film that, for one reason or another, basically helped kickstart our modern love affair with all things folky, depressing and old-sounding. Watching them develop in tiny concert dens like Plush Cafe (R.I.P.), even we couldn't have predicted how big they'd get on the heels of their 2006 debut Robbers and Cowards. Even with the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album this April, we guarantee you that even half a decade and albums later, there is a generation of hipster bands who still hold that songs like "Hospital Beds" and "We Used to Vacation" close to their flannel-covered hearts.--Nate Jackson

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