The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, May 19

Devin the Dude
The Observatory
Referred to as "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper," Devin Copeland, also known as Devin the Dude, has remained a hidden gem in the hip-hop scene over the last few decades. He walks that tricky line between industry credibility and mega-stardom, and we think that's just the way he likes it. Since his famous 15-year relationship with Rap-A-Lot records came to an end back in 2008, he's released three albums and provided cameos on countless songs by other artists. His latest single, "Probably Should Have" off 2013's One for the Road, goes back to the slo-jamz side of things--catch his show tonight for a wide range of selections from his catalogue. Or, you can always watch the stoner comedy, Highway 420, in which Devin goes on a search for the country's greatest weed (it actually has a few funny moments, you know, if you're in the right state of mind). (Erin DeWitt)

Tuesday, May 20

Death Hymn Number 9 Residency Night 3
The Continental Room
The explosive energy behind LA-based punk trio Girl Tears is on full display in their first full length album Tension, which exudes a mastery of loud and fast songs that last under a minute and explore interesting and emotional subject matter- from feelings of love and angst to tragic Warhol superstar Candy Darling. Not to be confused by name with female indie duo Girlpool, Girl Tears have been shaping the contemporary LA punk music scene since late 2013, and in such a short time have already aligned themselves with the Lolipop records guild, whose outpouring of artists have been nothing less than stellar. Tonight they play alongside fellow punks Death Hymn Number 9 for their weekly residency at The Continental Room with The Shrills and So. Cal Tennis Pros. Make the most out of life and go out and rage on a Tuesday night. (Aimee Murillo)

Wednesday, May 21

Jenny Lewis
The Observatory
Jenny Lewis--do we still need to say "once of Rilo Kiley"?--comes and goes as she pleases, punctuating a six-year space since her last album with mostly just a single track for the TV show Girls and promises of more to come very soon. And if that Girls song, "Completely Not Me," didn't have her usual certain something, it'd be almost too hard to wait. But the longer Lewis takes to write a song, the better it usually comes out, with experience and honesty delivered so subtly they're almost hidden, until of course they jump out and bite you. So when we say we think that her best work is still ahead of her, take that as the compliment it is--and when that new album finally shows up, there will certainly be something there to surprise you. (Chris Ziegler)



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