The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Adam Ant -- See Friday

Friday, July 19th

Adam Ant
Grove of Anaheim
Supporting his new album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, Adam Ant is back in the states and back on the road. As one of the strangest characters to come to America as a part of the changing music scene of the late 70's, Adam Ant has reinvented himself with his new album. Distancing himself from the new-romantics movement and aligning himself more with punk or post-punk, the new album doesn't try to bridge the gap Adam Ant has created between his own adventurous over-the-top persona and the pop music world that once loved him. If you are an Adam Ant fanatic, or someone who just loves 80's pop-culture, you have to see Adam Ant at least one last time.

Chain Reaction
From Torrance California the boys of Seahaven grew up going to shows at Chain Reaction, now when they play it, they sell it out. Breaking out of the LA/OC DIY scene Seahaven has grown to headline this West Coast tour and open for The Story So Far in a European tour this fall. Playing house shows in 2008 with bands like Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, and Pianos Become the Teeth, Seahaven along with all of the bands quickly outgrew the Torrance DIY scene they helped to grow. Seahaven's carefully crafted sound of post-hardcore with a softer pop-punk side has become more popular as of recent, but Seahaven definitely has their own way of doing it.

Saturday, July 20th

Matchbox Twenty
Verizon Amphitheatre
Rob Thomas and the boys from Matchbox Twenty are back from their second hiatus. In September 2012, the band reunited with a new album "North" and have since been on tour. This summer's tour includes another 90's favorite, The Goo Goo Dolls. With neither band landing on our list for "The Lamest Bands of the 90's" not only can you bring your mother who loves both bands to the show, you can sing along to every radio single without a hint of embarrassment. Who doesn't love a little 90's nostalgia?

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