The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Sunday, May 18

Fox Theater Pomona
If you've never heard the phrase "Primus sucks," allow us to formally educate you. Primus is the oft-bizarre prog-rock trio from the Bay Area who dazzled alt audiences in the '80s and '90s with songs about sturgeon fishing and big brown beavers. Earning the ironic fan chant "Primus sucks" with their wonky rhythms and arrangements, their eccentricity was rivaled only by their musical virtuosity. Best of all, rather than centering their ensemble around grungy guitars, Primus features bass wizard Les Claypool front and center. Their shows are funky, high energy, and weird. After a long hiatus and various side projects, the band is on the road again touring in support of its 2011 album Green Naugahyde. This concert features 3-D visuals and Quad Surround Sound. Enjoy some groovy sounds, right in your face. (Brandon Ferguson)

Holy Ghost!
The Observatory
New York natives Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser have hit it big in '80s synth pop wonderland as Holy Ghost!, a duo whose music features futuristic disco beats and club remixes of top-40 hits by MGMT, Moby and Phoenix, among others. Since their breakthrough hit "Hold On," Holy Ghost!'s popularity has gone global, being featured on numerous Kitsuné compilation albums and music review blogs citing their flair for funk and R&B flourishes. For a good time, check out their dance-inducing tracks "Static On The Wire" and "Do It Again." Later this year they'll be touring with the grandaddy of electronic dance groups, New Order, but tonight at the Observatory you can check them out with fellow synth pop duo Classixxx. (Aimee Murillo)

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