The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Phantogram--See Monday
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Monday, October 21

Phantogram
The Observatory
New York duo Phantogram are a revelation, mixing in ecstatic hip hop beats with soft synthesizer and hypnotizing psychedelic pop guitar riffs. Sara Barthel and Josh Carter both provide vocals on their tracks, which anchor all the sounds together with romantic, yet melancholy lyrics. Their first full length album Eyelid Movies best exemplifies this, putting on full display the depth of Phantogram's eclectic range of musical influences. Their follow up Nightlife continues in the same ecstasy-laden vein, with reflections of shoegaze. Fall in a trance tonight with Phantogram at the Observatory. (Aimee Murillo)

Tuesday, October 22

7th Annual Rocktober Costume Concert
House of Blues Anaheim
Got a ghastly over-the-top Halloween costume that's just begging to be worn before the big party weekend? Acropolis Records gets the festivities started early this season with their 7th Annual Rocktober Costume Concert at the House of Blues on Tuesday night. Brush out that wig and get those appendages glued on just right--Halloween deserves more than just one night of wicked celebrating. In the Main Hall, rock out to such "spooky" bands as My Own Ghost, The Resurrectionists, Sons of Guns, Faceless Angels and more--then, on the Rose Terrace Patio (re-dubbed the EDM Patio), get down to DJs Black Magic, Bad Birdy, NuModern, PUMA, and, of course, many more. The night crescendos in a costume contest--we just hope your getup includes dancing shoes. (Erin DeWitt)

STRFKR
The Glass House
Though they tread in the same musical territory as bands like MGMT, Portland's STRFKR separates itself from the digital players with a uniquely sweet sound. Founded in 2007, this dance-pop quartet quickly grabbed the attention of ad agencies who've used the band's catchy tunes in several commercial spots, including one for Target that dared to ask why Pepto Bismol is pink. Rank consumerism aside, we adore this band--they're just that good. The 2010 track "Julius" features STRFKR at its best with vacillating waves of digital sound punctuated by what is best described as danceable Morse-code signals. The endorphin-releasing melody demonstrates that while their musical peers are concerned with how they look on the dance floor, STRFKR is more focused on the joy of dancing. (Brandon Ferguson)


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