The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Cypress Hill--See Friday
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Friday, December 27

Cypress Hill
The Observatory
If you've been lucky enough to see Cypress Hill perform, you've experienced one of the true gems of rap's golden age. Though the South Gate-bred hip-hop group is well known for rhymes about getting high, they always bring an undercurrent of activism to go along with the shenanigans. Their one-of-a-kind sound was developed with the aid of percussionist Eric Bobo (son of Jazz percussionist Willie Bobo), whose contributions to Cypress Hill's live act brought explosive energy and trumped the efforts of lesser bands relying heavily on drum loops. With 10 albums under their belt and another on the way, fans can still witness the show live--your luck hasn't run out just yet, so check 'em out.
(Brandon Ferguson)

Saturday, December 28

Fathers & Suns
4th St. and Vine
Let the light in today with what will be a stellar performance by Long Beach folk quartet Fathers & Suns. With a blend of mellow acoustic guitar infused with a touch of psychedelia, the group's indie rock recipe is both unique and a welcome addition to the sounds of Southern California. Keep an eagle eye out for a new record coming in the new year, but do give a listen to their current Mama Provides album that will surely make you feel groovy for days. Hopeless Romantics will also be making a musical appearance tonight. (Aimee Murillo)

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk
Yost Theater
Is there room for two Daft Punks in the world? Really, there's barely room for the one, at least psychically--but One More Time found a tribute-band-shaped space somewhere in there and managed to cram in their own Daft Punk light-up pyramid. Founded well before the release of Random Access Memories, One More Time keep the Alive 2007 era, well, alive in 2013, delivering what will one day be called the "classic" Daft Punk live experience. They got all the details handled, including some particularly deft costume changes, and they come with enough power to push through an hour-plus set of Daft Punk hits, sleeper hits and even some original remixes. Harder better faster stronger? Well, definitely hard and fast and strong enough. (Chris Ziegler)


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