The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, March 17

Tourist
The Constellation Room
According to British producer William Phillips (the electronica newcomer also known as Tourist), he makes "dance music for people who don't like to dance." That translates to soft, looping rhythms against nebular backdrops: equal parts house and trance, equal parts ambient hypnotic noise. His live shows are more performance art than DJ set, and we're atingle this EDM powerhouse is coming stateside on his first bonafide North American tour, which began just last week in Brooklyn. He built his foundation making remixes for indie bands like Chvrches and Haïm--but now Tourist sets out to find a spotlight all his own. Don't miss this performance at the Constellation Room tonight, it's going to be a jillion times more fun than drinking green beer at the local bar. (Erin DeWitt)

Tuesday, March 18

Ikey Owens and John Marek
The Prospector
There's a little bit of a mystery here, but if this is the John Marek from the IE band Ideation--also the guy currently approaching a million hits on YouTube for a garage-punk song where he plays guitar and drums at the same time--then there's definitely some kind of a logic in this pairing. Owens, as anyone local knows or one day learns, is a natural among naturals, a guy who just slides up to a keyboard or organ and teaches it a whole new language. Recently part of Jack White's band, he's also a producer of some note and an endlessly inventive performer--so a duo with these two could be something to see. And if it's another Marek, warn him he's got some competition out there! (Chris Ziegler)

Thursday, March 20

The Orwells
The Constellation Room
On 2012's Remember When, the Orwell's ostensible full-length debut (their don't count their early records anymore, the band generate loud, anarchic, dirty and occasionally forlorn garage-punk that takes pride in sounding like it was recorded inside a food processor. You can sense carefree disobedience in their DNA. Following their breakthrough performance on Letterman, the band is riding the wave of a considerable profile boost and bringing their wild stage antics to Santa Ana this week. (Reyan Ali)


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Walter Lithgow
Walter Lithgow

Damn it, I need to go to this show!! I've seen these guys twice live, and they kick serious ass. Once in San Diego on a Monday night I think, maybe only 200 people there, maybe less, loved it!! When I try to describe their music in my head I can only think of one thing CALL OF THE VIKINGS!!

roman_archer
roman_archer

In reference to The Orwells, check out the YouTube clip of their appearance on the David Letterman show. It's an amazing performance with an unexpected twist at the end.

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