The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Tuesday, April 8

Foster the People
Fox Theater Pomona
Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the video for their breakout-and-then-some "Pumped Up Kicks," which was filmed at Detroit in 2011 and which captures locals losing their minds for all time. Now, however, Foster The People have just released their sophomore album Supermodel, in which they double down on their MGMT-esque Vampire Weekend-y pop with a thousand deft little production choices and a set of songs scientifically designed to crawl into your head and lay eggs. It's moody, it's manic, it's more of everything that got them this far--how could you hope to resist? (Chris Ziegler)

Kirk Wilson
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Strolling through Downtown Disney this Christmas Eve sounds like the right combination of holiday cheer and magical wonder, made lovelier with the always eye-popping decor all around. Make sure to stop by Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen this evening to hear piano great and regular Kirk Wilson. This Billboard chart-topping musician has long held a place in Southern California's jazz music scene, and will continue to do so, since he's so damn talented. With a cup of warm eggnog and your loved ones by your side listening to some top-notch jazz, how could the evening be better? (Aimee Murillo)

Thursday, April 10

Jail Weddings
Diego's
The pride of Long Beach rock is a Spectoresque Wall of Sound with a setup that finds the stage groaning under an array of musicians manipulating xylophones, keyboards and tambourines. Lead singer Gabriel Hart sports a romantically deep, resonant voice that hints at Diamond Dave Somerville or perhaps even Nick Cave. Bonus: He's flanked by two comely lasses singing backup, usually sporting glittering sequined gowns and reminiscent of the Ronettes. Be my baby, indeed. See them Thursday along with Jeffertiti's Nile, Fever the Ghose and Thee Rain Cats. (Brandon Ferguson)



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5 comments
oedalis
oedalis

I thought these were supposed to be "Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week". Why is Pomona, which is at the butt end of LA, on this list?

bryanhume
bryanhume

Perfect selections. Stoked to have Foster in Pomona, especially.

Bryan Hume
Bryan Hume

Good selections. Wish I could make it to Bad Suns, but Foster is going to be sick tomorrow.

Tim Talavera
Tim Talavera

Epic fail...how did they miss RAC at The Observatory??

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