The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, January 20

3 Doors Down (Acoustic Set)
House of Blues Anaheim
Back in 2000, 3 Doors Down flew out the gate with their first hit "Kryptonite," a song which then played on a seemingly-endless loop on every single rock radio station. Fast forward 14 years and not only is that track is still mildly popular, but the Mississippi-based outfit now has a solid number of hits in their catalogue. On their current month-long jaunt across the country, billed as Songs From the Basement, the band is playing acoustic sets at intimate venues. For a group many expected to fall by the wayside years ago, Brad Arnold and company have become one of the few rock groups big enough to tour on their own without an album to promote--a true testament to their staying power. (Daniel Kohn)

Mystic Braves
The Constellation Room
The exciting, sun-kissed guitar and lo-fi vocals of Echo Park's own Mystic Braves is undoubtedly reminiscent of mid-'60s fuzz predecessors The Seeds, but also bursting with youthful confidence like fellow garage rock contemporaries The Allah-Lahs. Formerly Blackfeet Braves, the quartet channel the look and feel of a '60s rock group, from the shaky Super 8 footage tricks in their music videos to the shaggy hair and patterned wardrobe. It's no wonder they'd be a hit here in SoCal, where we're absolutely spoiled with music groups reclaiming classic psychedelic-garage rock these days, most notably from the Lolipop or Burger records ilk. Tonight is the first in a three-week romance between Mystic Braves and the Constellation room where all are invited to twist and shout the night away like its 1969. (Aimee Murillo)

Tuesday, January 21

OC Music Awards Showcase, Night 3
Detroit Bar
The OC Music Awards showcase rolls on through this week to a well-curated indie rock showcase featuring including Semi Sweet, Sonny Spectrum, Future Fix Midnight Hour and Gardner's Logic. On the line is a shot to advance to this year's finals at the Observatory on February 25 where only the best will compete for the title of OC's Best Live Band Award. Get out there and support local music! (Nate Jackson)

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