Top Five Concerts in OC This Week

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Ra Ra Riot--See Wednesday

Monday, Feb. 11

St. Lucia
The Constellation Room
For the purposes of this blurb, St. Lucia is not the Swedish figure known for wearing a wreath of candles in her hair and bearing gifts for Scandinavian children. Rather, it's the nom de plume of musician Jean-Philip Grobler (doesn't sound pretentious at all). Hailing from South Africa by way of Brooklyn, Grobler rocks a pop music that's heavy on the dance synth. His big percussive arrangements call to mind Paul Simon spinning in an East Germany disco. --Brandon Ferguson

Tuesday, Feb. 12

OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 6
Founders Hall (at Segerstrom Center)

Having witnessed each of the showcases thus far in the battle for live-band supremacy, Tuesday's sixth installment could easily be one of the most exciting. The venue, Founders Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is definitely the most refined venue on the list. Funny, considering the chord-shredding irreverence we'll be experiencing courtesy of a handful of OC's loudest, rowdiest rock acts, including Jeramiah Red, the Devious Means, Breach the Summit, Standing Hawthorne and Midnight Hour. There might be five very different types styles represented here (from baroque pop to FM alt-rock), but one thing's for sure: They will all be loud. --Nate Jackson

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Ra Ra Riot
The Observatory

If you just missed the worldwide, live, online broadcast of Ra Ra Riot's concert at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, celebrating the release of new album Beta Love, consider yourself a lucky little synth-popper because the band is playing at the Observatory this week. It's the group's first record since the departure of founding member/cellist Alexandra Lawn--who seemingly took with her Riot's signature baroque indie-pop sound. But the group's new musical horizons take them straight into the world of sci-fi fiction, with robots and synthesizers and machines now taking center stage. Out with the old-fashioned and in with the space age. --Erin DeWitt



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