The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Yeasayer--See Monday
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Monday, August 12

Yeasayer
The Observatory
Brooklyn band Yeasayer always want to push things a little further. When they started a few years ago, they seemed like they were aiming somewhere between Animal Collective and the (then just beginning) off-beat sounds of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label artists. And now on their most recent Fragrant World, they've doubled and re-doubled their commitment to experimentalism with an album that's some unheard-of collision between M.I.A., Talking Heads and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. What's that mean to you? Big beats, melodies lifted from anywhere and everywhere, and enough sci-fi audio ambiance that you'll be looking for a James Cameron credit. They're slated to get a new album out soon, so consider this a final chance to see them as they are before yet another metamorphosis. (Chris Ziegler)

Tuesday, August 13

Mike Stud
The Constellation Room
Behind this up and coming hip hop artist's music is a most interesting and surprising background. Long before making it as a rapper, Stud was actually an accomplished baseball player with a bright future ahead, until an injury sidelined his career in baseball. While in recovery mode, he would dabble into making music. Fast forward to 2013 and the Rhode Island native is on tour with his new album Relief. If the name Mike Stud doesn't fascinate you, his music will; The Stud employs playful synth, minimalist beats and his own voice for a very chill, relaxed set of music. You too can experience relief tonight at The Constellation Room. (Aimee Murillo)


Wednesday, August 14

Dam Funk and Allensworth
Blackbird Records
Signed to Stone's Throw Records, Dam-Funk has been called Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk." The DJ is known for mixing hypnotic electro-synth sounds with dance grooves. This week, he's teaming up with soul troupe Allensworth for a benefit show at Blackbird Records in Fullerton, with proceeds going to benefit All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation. $20 Donations are being accepted at the door and the first 100 people in the door will get a free Wahoo's fish taco and Pop Chips--and some serious funk for desert. (Brandon Ferguson)


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