The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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En Vogue--See Thursday
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Monday, August 11

Dustin Lovelis
The Wayfarer
The Fling are one of the most-loved bands in Long Beach and when they aren't playing out, they're one of the most-missed. But Fling frontman Dustin Lovelis is just about to release his solo album Dimensions on flagship local label Porch Party, so Fling fans can still get their fix. Recorded in a matter of days with artiste-about-town Frank Lenz on drums and producer Elijah Thompson, Dimensions is a considered, artful and personal album that hits that same sweet spot as South Bay band dios--it's got lots of heart for the heartbroken and lots of detail for the geeks, and it carves out its own special space between '70s iconoclasts like Neil Young and '90s noise-pop bands that turned independent into simply "indie." Lovelis will be in residency all this month, so if you miss this, make sure you hit the next one. (Chris Ziegler)

Tuesday, August 12

Lykke Li
The Observatory
Since her debut album release in 2008, pint-sized Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li has stayed very, very busy. In addition to reigning as an indie pop chanteuse, she now models (Li became the face of Levi's Curve ID Collection in 2010) and has started acting (most recently the Swedish film Tommy). But above all, people know the 28-year-old for her enchantingly striking sound. In May, Li released her third album, I Never Learn, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. With delightfully unpredictable instrumentation and glossy triumph-over-tragedy lyrics, the album tackles the singer's recent breakup. Debuting at no. 29 on the Billboard 200, I Never Learn is her highest charting album yet, and with good reason--Li possesses the rare ability to make heartbreak sound so good. (Daniel Kohn)

Wednesday, August 13
Us the Duo
House of Blues Anaheim
Harmonizing in life as well as in song, Us The Duo are a ridiculously romantic husband-and-wife team of singer/songwriters currently touring the country in support of their debut album No Matter Where You Are. Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado found success on Vine, where the couple would post six-second videos covering popular songs, everything from "Happy" to "Space Jam." The kicker, perhaps, was that the videos were shot from the nose down, focusing on musical talent rather than vanity. Fast forward a couple million followers and Us The Duo became Vine's first artist to be signed to a major label (Republic Records). The pair play the House of Blues tonight, so swing by for a tooth-achingly sweet dose of lovey-dovey folk pop. (Erin DeWitt)

Thursday, August 14

En Vogue
City National Grove of Anaheim
The '90s were an exceptional time for En Vogue--it was the decade of the music video, and with their perfectly matched vocals, R&B attitude and model-worthy looks and style, the ladies became one of the must successful female groups ever. But as soon as that millennium hit, En Vogue's career struck a wall. Members left, came back, and left again. Tours were cancelled due to low ticket sales. Contracts were cancelled. Fights ensued and lawsuits were filed. Their last record, Soul Flower, was released a decade ago--but En Vogue continue to tour because, well, you can't keep a diva down. The current lineup of Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and newish member Rhona Bennett are coming to Anaheim tonight--better believe there'll be some love makin', heart breakin', soul shakin' going on. (Erin DeWit)

7 Seconds
The Glass House
The '90s were an exceptional time for En Vogue--it was the decade of the music video, and with their perfectly matched vocals, R&B attitude and model-worthy looks and style, the ladies became one of the must successful female groups ever. But as soon as that millennium hit, En Vogue's career struck a wall. Members left, came back, and left again. Tours were cancelled due to low ticket sales. Contracts were cancelled. Fights ensued and lawsuits were filed. Their last record, Soul Flower, was released a decade ago--but En Vogue continue to tour because, well, you can't keep a diva down. The current lineup of Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and newish member Rhona Bennett are coming to Anaheim tonight--better believe there'll be some love makin', heart breakin', soul shakin' going on. (Theis Duelund)

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