The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Monday, August 18

The Courtney John Project
And now for something completely different--musician Courtney John brings his wild, weird mix of island beats, Kingston-style remixes, and eccentric electronica to Long Beach's underground music spot, Harvelle's. For his collaboration project, John, an award-winning songwriter, treats his audiences to a truly unique live music experience. For each show, John invites a different artist to perform with him, some well-known and some up-and-coming, ensuring no two concerts are alike. You know what they are like, though? Reggae on mushrooms. And a whole lotta weed. Not that that's a bad thing. Come out to Harvelle's tonight for what will surely be the trippiest night you'll have all week. (Erin DeWitt)

Tuesday, August 19

Half Goon
The Continental Room
Half Goon's Taco Tuesday residency at the Continental Room this month continues, and those who have seen Half Goon play live can attest to the raw energy that erupts from vocalist Adam Sepulveda, who is known to let loose onstage during performances. But don't let that take away from the rest of the group's musical tenacity; as a whole, Half Goon have released some solid music that combines punk, post-punk and hardcore, while others have noted an influence of shoegaze in the mix. If you haven't seen Half Goon play yet, what are you waiting for? Tonight they play Continental Room with Girl Tears, Audacity, and No Parents. (Aimee Murillo)

Wednesday, August 20

Lake Street Dive
The Observatory
Earlier this year, Boston's Lake Street Dive were pegged as one of the bands to watch, and with good reason. The group's melding of breezy indie pop, jazz and soul has won them legions of fans, and their current tour in support of February's Bad Self Portraits, their third studio effort, demonstrates the strength of their songwriting prowess. This extensive tour run sees the group playing their biggest rooms to date, and as their crowds grow, so does their popularity--Lake Street Drive has sold out nearly all of their show dates (so get tickets to tonight's show now, if you haven't already). With appearances on programs varying from The Colbert Report to The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lake Street Drive appeals to a wide range of fans, which means mainstream success shouldn't be too far away. (Daniel Kohn)

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