Ticket Giveaway: Dilated Peoples, Fashawn at The Observatory Nov. 20 [Update]

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[Update: Winners of the contest are: UPDATE: Winners are--Celeste Sanchez, Ezzy Watt, Gilbert Ehrenreich. Congrats guys!]

The seeds of underground hip-hop had many planters in the late '80s and early '90s who went on to become legends. But every year, it gets harder and harder to find ones who are still alive or relevant enough to actively influence future emcees. So when venerated vets Dilated Peoples decided to reform and release their album Directors of Photography earlier this year, their decision to pick up the torch again lit a fire under the ass of anyone involved with them. Since 1992, the acclaimed combo of MCs Rakaa Iriscience, Evidence and DJ Babu have solidified their roots in LA hip-hop. Hence their latest tour and upcoming show at the Observatory on Thursday, dubbed The Dilated Family Tree.

Part hip-hop show, part history lesson, DP has roped in members of their immediate and extended family to create a flesh and blood timeline of conscious rhymes, world class turntablism, and talented word play. The stage will also be shared by The Alchemist (performing with Evidence as Step Brothers), Canadian rapper Mad Child, and young buck Fashawn (set to release his highly anticipated album The Ecology in early 2015) backed by DJ Exile. The rapper's new single, "Golden State of Mind" features Dom Kennedy. We've been watching the rappers development since 2009's buzz worthy debut Boy Meets World. He proved to be more than an average backpack rapper, standing on the cover of XXL magazine's 2010 Freshman Class issue. Legendary DJs Rhettmatic and Mr. Choc of the world famous (and OC-bred) Beat Junkies will be the hosts for the night.

In honor of such a momentous occasion, Heard Mentality is offering three pairs of tickets to a few lucky hip-hop heads with a fast finger on social media. How do you win the tickets? It's easy, find out after the jump.

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Free Tickets: MT. OSSA at The Constellation Room, Feb. 12

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Spreading local love has always been one of our finest qualities here at the Weekly (well, at least we think so). So we decided to make Valentine's Day come a little early for some lucky Mt. Ossa fans who plan on seeing them next week at the Constellation Room with J. Thoven and Glorious Wondour. What better way to start off this corporate holiday mushiness than with artsy, '80s-inspired indie pop accompanied with big screen HD projections to truly make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Over the past year, these alumni of our Locals Only column have continued to garner a following in OC and LA as their debut album Homework Machine picks up steam. But above all, MT. OSSA's colorful, hypnotic live show is their biggest selling point. Haven't seen 'em yet? You should. To get free tickets, see details after the jump.

See also: MT. OSSA Elevate Their Performances With Crazy Visuals

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Free Ticket Wednesday: Unwritten Law at the SRH Fest House Of Blues Anaheim Aug. 23rd

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Get ready for one of the biggest bro-down's in Orange County history. You can bet this year's SRH Fest will draw plenty of lifted trucks driven north from the 909 to the parking lot of the House of Blues in Anaheim this weekend. Last year's fest was hosted in Las Vegas so this years' will be a little more conveniently placed in the action-sports capitol, Southern California.

Headlining the event is Poway California rock band Unwritten Law. The stacked undercard includes sets from Strung Out, Sprung Monkey, and The Implants. Backed by their newly returned original drummer Wade Youman, Unwritten Law is back in the studio working on an acoustic album to be released next year.

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Free Ticket Wednesday: Jessie Ware at the Observatory Aug. 10

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In the shallow pit that is Top 40 pop music lies few hopes of finding something of substance. However, once every couple years something emerges that isn't a heaping pile of overproduced bullshit. In a sea of Ke$ha singles there was Adele. Drowning in Chris Brown and Usher albums, Frank Ocean put out Channel Orange. And in the midst of Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, Jessie Ware put out something truly classic.

The London born singer put out her debut album last year and off it came the single "Wildest Moments." This year, Ware is trying to cross some of her single's popularity into a United States fan base. We know you want to be the one in your group of friends who claims to have known about this artist the longest once she blows up, so here is your chance to establish yourself as a fan without spending any extra money...

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Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: Japandroids at the Glass House

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There's plenty of room for celebration on Heard Mentality this week. With weekend one of Coachella under our belts, we're already scrubbing ourselves off and re-sharpening our focus as we prepare for another foray into the sweaty badlands of Indio. We've also dusted off the 'ol free ticket giveaway! Yeah, it's been a little while since we've showered you with free stuff. But what a great week to pick it back up! 

Next Monday, Coachella-worthy rock duo Japandroids are firing up one more set full of thrashy pop gems at the Glass House. Vancouver duo Brian King and Dan Prowse continue their maelstrom of garage rock moxie and escapist lyrics illustrated on their sophomore album Celebration Rock. And if you did manage to catch them at Coachella, you know that if these guys can deliver an unforgettable, punchy set in desert weather, they can sure as hell do it in Pomona. As if that weren't enough, they'll also be joined by Cloud Nothings, a fellow group of Coachella alumns with a penchant for noisy, grunge-inflected guitar squalls make them a perfect pairing for this bill. You can also look forward to hearing some prospective new material from Body Music, their forthcoming third album. Excited? So are we! And if you're looking for tickets to the show, once again you've come to the right place.

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Free Ticket Tuesday Thursday: Method Man at The Observatory

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At this point, there's no denying that Santa Ana is officially the new OC headquarters for the Wu-Tang Clan. With Ghostface Killah and GZA both making his appearance last year, it seems only necessary that Method Man come through this weekend to christen the building for the first time. Arguably the most bombastic (and bong-bastic) personality in the group (aside from the late Ol' Dirty Bastard), Meth will no doubt put his gravelly, iconic flows to the test in front of an OC audience.

Of course, in addition to all of those classics from 1998's Tical 2000: Judgement Day (yeah we studied all 28 tracks back in the day), we're wringing our hands at the prospect of hearing some new joints from the forthcoming Crystal Meth album set for release this year, which has been billed as his last album produced by the RZA. And when Meth is in the building, there's always a possibility that Redman is somewhere waiting in the wings smoking a blunt, ready to make a cameo. In any event, you're gonna want to be there this weekend. We can help you with that. Find out how to score a pair of free tickets after the jump.

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Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: Gucci Mane at the Observatory

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Things are about to get really ratchet in Santa Ana. If there's one thing to know about the current trap music phenomenon, it's that Gucci Mane is the coldest motherfucker in the game. Or, at least the craziest. Dude got an ice cream cone tattooed on his face. So when we heard he was making the trip out to the Observatory this Friday, we wondered whether the building could withstand the ungodly amount of ass-twerking, 808 clapping insanity he's about to bring with him. On stage, he might not move around too much, but songs like "Icy" and "Supa Cocky" have a sole purpose of causing bonfide freakouts in the crowd. But there's much more to  Atlanta's insane, ice-wearing enigma than meets the eye. This tortured genius combines the old school gangsta mentality of Rick Ross, the Internet saturation of Lil B and the lyrical lunacy of 2Chainz.

Since 2005, the rapper born Radric Devonte Davis has made a sport of turning dance floors into sweaty, writhing dens of Southern style debauchery. If you haven't started polishing your platinum grills and ironing your fresh white tees, we suggest you do so. And for those of you who don't have your tickets yet we just might be able to help you out with a pair of free ones. Find out how to get 'em after the jump.

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Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: Trampled By Turtles at the Observatory

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For as much rollicking folk music as we seem to have in this here county, OC music fans definitely aren't opposed to checking out some imported banjo twanging. Especially when you add some fiery fretwork, sweet facial hair and flannel to the mix. So yeah, in that respect you could say Duluth, Minnesota quintet Trampled By Turtles will likely be met with open arms when their tour stops at the Observatory on Friday. Coming off a successful 2012, the band's ability to deliver bluegrass tunes and country whimsy with the moxie of a punk band resulted in a warm reception of albums like Palomino, and 2012's notably more mellow Stars and Satellites.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, the tour in support of the new album has us interested to see how much fire can still come from a band whose name Conan O'Brien described as "The most adorable way to die." Since we seem to be in an extraordinarily giving mood this week (yes, we were just offered you some free shit on this blog yesterday), we'd like a few Heard Mentality readers to grab some tickets to see TBT in the flesh on Friday night. Any takers? Details on our second giveaway of the week after the jump.

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Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: Down at City National Grove of Anaheim

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Down will crush you! Seriously, bro.

Those looking to get 2013 off to a brutal, headbanging start had best focus their attention on Anaheim this month as nasty, New Orleans supergroup Down rides on Satan's chariot to the City National Grove of Anaheim. Five years after their previous release Down III: Over the Under, metal mogul and Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo returns to OC with new material to slap you across the face with. When we first got a taste of their latest EP, Down VI--The Purple EP, the single "Witchtripper" bore all the throat-shredding screams and devilish distortion we've come to expect from the unholy marriage of  Anselmo and members of Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and Eyehategod.

And if the name of their classically titled Weed and Speed Tour is any indication of the energy we can expect on stage, then we're expecting this to be the most hellified hessian gathering of the winter. If you were wondering whether or not its time to start rocking your sleeveless jacket again, this is the perfect occasion to dust it off and head over there. Wanna get in for free? Yeah, we can help with that.
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Free Ticket Tuesday Wednesday: The Starting Line at the Glass House

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Regardless of genre, there's always that one band that manages to bring out the screaming teenage girl in all of us (that goes for you too, guys). For most music fans, one of the defining factors of the last five years has to be the reunion or resurgence of bands from the late 90s and early 00s who have wheedled their way into our brain's nostalgia file. Enter: The Starting Line. As one of pop punk's most adorable, well-coiffed East Coast acts, the Pennsylvania outfit gave us hum-along melodies and post-break up anthems for days.
 "The Best of Me"? Anyone remember that shit?

Anyways, since reuniting in 2009 after a brief hiatus, the band continues to fly their pop punk flag and this weekend, they're spending two back-to-back nights at the Glass House in Pomona. We happen to have some complimentary tickets to give away for Night 1 on Friday. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their break out record "Say It Like You Mean It," the band will play the album in it's entirety. You interested? Yeah you are. Follow us after the jump.

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