The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, October 25

Tav Falco's Panther Burns
Alex's Bar
Something wild and even a little spooky is coming to Alex's Bar, and he comes bearing gifts of lo-fi blues-infused rockabilly. Tav Falco's Panther Burns is one the of original rhythm shakers of the late 1970s rockabilly revival, with members hailing from Memphis to New York and instilling a Hasil Adkins-esque swagger to his rock n' roll songbook. Falco, a fellow Cramps lover will most likely revitalize your faith in sleazy R&B from days of yore, attaching any and every one of his rock, punk, and garage influences along in his music. Tonight's lineup features Death Hymn Number 9, The Green Machines, and Thee Unreels. (Aimee Murillo)

William Shatner
The Coach House
How William Shatner made the transition from ultimate sci-fi idol to cult poet/musician is a mystery the universe may never solve. But for those who desire to explore uncharted (and maybe even a little weird) new territories, head to the Coach House this Friday night for an event only Shatner could pull off. He performs his new album, Ponder the Mystery, comprised entirely of original material, backed by prog band Circa (featuring former members of Yes, including album co-writer Billy Sherwood). Shatner's uniquely rhythmic speech makes him a natural for the art of spoken word--and even now, at 82 years old (what?!), he finds new ways to perform. Don't miss this show, his only Orange County appearance, scheduled for stardate 91421.44. (Erin DeWitt)

Ramon Ayala
The Observatory
It's Ramon Ayala's 50th anniversary performing, but he's not some moldy oldies act wheezing through tours for some godforsaken reason--Ayala is probably more vital now than ever, especially given his music will have the Observatory swaying like no other act in its history. At the very least, Ayala is more beloved than any of his regional Mexican peers, as he's the one most like our dads: not cartoonishly macho like Vicente Fernández, but proud of who he is: eternally wearing a mustache, tejana, and the most fabulous Mexi-mullet of all time. (Gustavo Arellano)

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