The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, April 28

Eric Hutchinson
House of Blues Anaheim
The problem with trying to hang with Madonna is that the bitch flakes on everything. Just ask Eric Hutchinson. The American folk rock singer-songwriter of such hits as "Rock and Roll" and "Ok, It's Alright With Me" signed on with Madonna's Maverick Records in 2007 but wasn't able to get a record out before the label folded. He was left to record and produce the album Sounds Like This on his own--luckily, everybody liked it a whole lot and he didn't have to wear a cone bra, either. Now, years later and tons more famous (he's friends with Kelly Clarkson and Perez Hilton), Hutchinson has unveiled his third album, Pure Fiction, and will perform it and a plethora of other original tracks live at the House of Blues during his Tell the World Tour. (Amanda Parsons)

The Observatory
Ghost are one of the more mysterious bands to come out of Sweden in a while. Their satanic melodies, distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards (a mix between synth and metal, wrap your head around that one) only add to their crazy, demonic look on stage as ghoulish vocalist Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls come to haunt Santa Ana this week. (Daniel Kohn)

Tuesday, April 29

Tokyo Police Club
The Observatory
Canada's Tokyo Police Club is a super easy-feeling band. Generating melodic and hooky songs that are unthreatening in every way possible, it's that band you like enough to turn up the tune, but you probably still won't buy the T-shirt--and this makes them cacophonic comfort food, which is an essential component to life. Back in 2008, TPC garnered the affection of college radio devotees with "Tessellate," and their new LP, Forcefield, already has the alt crowd herding back for the smooth and silky "Hot Tonight." Eschewing the cynical whininess that characterizes much more than just emo-bands these days, even TPC's video for the song has no angry millennials, and nothing gets trashed or sexed-up. Instead, the band tosses back some pints and plays retro video games (in which they often star) and it's little happy times and little poppy songs like this that serve as a smattering of protection from the crates of carnage and crap being dumped on you in every other minute of your day. Go thank them. (SR Davies)

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