The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, November 25

The Limousines w/ Mona and Dresses
Constellation Room
Though EDM has become a catch-all term for club music these days, it's important to remember that there are some acts that present a less untz untz-filled approach to the genre in favor of genuine human feeling and a clever slice of electro pop. For that we have the Bay Area duo of Eric Victorino and Giovanni Giusti, better known as the Limousines. Drawing audiences to the dance floor with their 2013 summer release Hush , the band steamrolls into the Constellation Room alongside Ohio indie band Mona and unabashedly adorable indie pop Portland duo Dresses. (Nate Jackson)

Night Beats
Detroit Bar
We thought we were way into Roky Erickson, but Seattle's Night Beats have a new LP called Sonic Bloom that goes past respect and reverence toward actual reincarnation. It's out on Austin's Reverberation Appreciation Society, the unquestionable inheritors of the Texas psychedelic tradition, and it's bristling with Stacy Sutherland-style space guitar and hair-raising vocals inspired by the three best times Roky yelled, "Ohhhh yeah!" Naturally, there's plenty of connections to the other grand old head rockers here--pre-string section Spacemen 3, the first Stooges LP, the Lost and Found non-LP 45 and track 12 on volume 1 of Back From the Grave and don't tell us you don't know those! This will be a crucial show for those who like bands that come from beyond. (Chris Ziegler)

Tuesday, November 26

Alice Cooper
Segerstrom Center
As avid listeners of Nights with Alice Cooper, the musician's nightly radio show, we see his upcoming show at the Segerstrom Center as a sign that, deep down (way down), underneath the decades of morbid shock rock and smeared black makeup, Alice Cooper is pure class, all the way. Currently on his Raise the Dead tour, Cooper brings his penchant for macabre theater and stunning visuals to the performing arts center for the first time (ya think?), calling all secret Cooper fans out from their beige tract homes. Continuously recording and touring (with an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011), Cooper says he is "glad to be an elder statesman." And with age comes wisdom, or something like it, as he says, "We're carnivores, not dinosaurs. We eat whatever bands are in our path." The Segerstrom Center won't know what hit it. (Erin DeWitt)

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