The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

Modest Mouse -- See Friday
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Friday, July 26th

Pacific Amphitheater
Although Weezer's image and reputation has faded over the years with albums Raditude, Hurley, and Death to False Metal seriously lacking in what Weezer is known for, most Weezer fans are die hard enough to stick with them anyway. With the bands first self-titled release also called the Blue Album, Weezer took over the radio with fuzzy punk songs that you and your mom can both sing along too. Between hits "Buddy Holly," "Say It Ain't So," "Undone (The Sweater Song)," and "Holiday" all coming off the same debut release the band could do no wrong. Throw in the cult like appreciation for the album Pinkerton and many more hits following that album, and you see why this is a band that's just too loveable to hate.

Modest Mouse
The US Open of Surfing
With last years headliners Best Coast, and the year before having Weezer, it's hard to say if this is the biggest US Open yet, but it's definitely the best free concert this year. Even if parking is a nightmare and there isn't a square foot of sand to lie down in for a mile in each direction of the pier, at least on Friday it's worth going to Huntington
Beach to catch this event. Grammy Nominated musicians standing out in the sun and playing to a crowd with the backdrop being the ocean, I'm not sure if this happens anywhere else in the world than in Orange County. With front man Isaac Brock sure to be playing the bands biggest hit like "Float On", he will hopefully pull out a few older songs for the monstrous crowd to enjoy.

Saturday, July 27th

John Mayer
Verizon Amphitheater
Whether he's spreading dirt about his celebrity ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, or Taylor Swift, or he's doing features for hip-hop stars like Kanye West or Odd Future member Frank Ocean, John Mayer is making a name for himself. Graduate from Berkley College of Music, Mayer definitely has the chops in guitar playing to back up everything he's done, however it took him more than just music to become the pop-culture star he is today. With his new album Paradise Valley to be released this year, everyone's anticipating to see what Mayer will do next.

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