The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Gizzelle (Wild Records $5 Show)--See Friday
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Monday, March 10

Mutoid Man
The Constellation Room
They named their record Helium Head after our fuckin' favorite-ever Sir Lord Baltimore song--you got an internet, look it up!--and they deliver their overcranked shreddery with the honor such a name demands. A trio featuring Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Converge's Ben Koller, Mutoid Man is technical but absolutely raw--the ol' rusty chainsaw philosophy--and these six tracks speed along with Slayer-ian gusto and Motorhead-y nastiness. (Or perhaps the other way around?) The occasional vintage wah-pedal you hear is really just the sound of your mind bending, and that thing that sounds like a double-kick drum? Well, that's your heart trying to warn you to turn this down a little--but don't listen to it! (Chris Ziegler)

Tuesday, March 11

The Constellation Room
For those who just can't get enough dance beats in their indie rock, this concert is for you. Kings, who have taken the stage in various venues throughout OC are returning to the Constellation Room tonight with their pop-infused folk music. Supporting act Sonny Spectrum will additionally be supplying plenty of of disco beats and New Wave synth pop for you to really groove. Verdell's infectious indie rock will most likely move you with their chill vibes and sultry vocals. An eclectic evening of hip new music awaits you on this brisk Tuesday night.(Aimee Murillo)

Wednesday, March 12
The Coach House
At the height of the post-grunge, alt-rock movement of the mid-1990s, heavy guitar-driven bands with catchy hooks ruled the charts. While those sounds eventually gave way to electronic pop and hip-hop, inevitably, many of the '90s rock outfits fell by the wayside. However, the Los Angeles-based group Tonic soldiers on. Known for their relentless tour schedule, the band recently celebrated a twentieth anniversary (which includes a four-year break from 2004 through 2007) and still features the majority of their original members. With two Grammy nominations and a monster hit in "If You Could Only See" to their credit, the Tonic's place in pop culture history is set, even if they haven't replicated the commercial success of 1996's Lemon Parade--the band continues to tour behind their greatest hits, which for fans, is the perfect drink.
(Daniel Kohn)

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