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Katy Perry--See Tuesday
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Monday, September 15

Let's Drive to Alaska Residency
The Continental Room
Not since 2001: A Space Odyssey have we been handed such an out-of-this-world impression of sci-fi in pop culture. The music of Let's Drive to Alaska is a majestic journey through electronic beats, jazz, and post-rock that ultimately stimulates the mind and soothes the soul. The group, composed of duo Christopher Garcia and Patrick Haag, feed off of each other's musical energies to deliver a sonic postcard from outer space, with eargasms galore. Tonight is their third night playing their residency at Continental Room, which means a chance to see LDTA more than once. Appearing with Time and Energy, Plastic Parade and Technocrat. (Aimee Murillo)

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Dan Monick
Atmosphere--See Monday
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Monday, September 8

The Skatalites
The Slidebar
In 1985, core members of the original lineup of The Skatalites reunited and would go on to tour throughout North America; the twenty years before their reunion was mired in a mix of success, scandal, and disagreement between band members. Their reunion years in the 1980s would see similar obstacles, notably the deaths of most of the original members including Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Knibb, and Lloyd Brevett. Yet, despite the hardships, the popularity and influence of The Skatalites has endured worldwide, due to the consistent interest of early ska fans to the history of the group, as well as the current members of The Skatalites who continue to perform and keep the legacy of the group alive. Your chance to check out the group's contemporary incarnation, (not to memtion a part of musical history) hits Fullerton tonight at The Slidebar, so invite along your favorite diehard ska fan. (Aimee Murillo)

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Stiff Little Fingers--See Tuesday
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Tuesday, September 2

Stiff Little Fingers
The Observatory
Stiff Little Fingers roared out of the gate with 1979's Inflammable Material, a must-have punk album and the record they would be measured against for decades to come. The group's calling cards were Jake Burns' sharp bark of a singing voice, raw-sounding instrumentals that were dangerous as dynamite and taut as hell, and biting, sardonic lyrics about the world directly surrounding SLF. 
In the years since, the band's history has grown increasingly vast and complicated, involving a breakup, a reunion, lineup overhauls, sound shifts toward reggae and ska and records trickling out at an increasingly slow pace. This year's No Going Back, their tenth album, is heavier on the rock than the punk, but SLF continue to address the same fundamental subjects as they have in decades past: political charlatans, oppression, social injustice. See them perform this week at the Observatory (Reyan Ali)

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Wild Pack of Canaries--See Monday
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Monday, August 25

Wild Pack of Canaries
The Wayfarer
These Long Beach luminaries of sound are helping to change the LBC music scene in no small form; the seven-member group go big in every one of their releases, bringing a variety of eclectic rock influences from psychedelic rock to prog rock to pop punk. But you can't say the group's tuneage sounds consistently the same over time; every release from WPOC brings something new to the table and is bringing OC fans closer and closer to the discover what Long Beach has to offer musically. Expect great things to happen for these fellas, and come thru to support them tonight at The Wayfarer playing with Dustin Lovelis and Highlands. (Aimee Murillo)

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Nine Inch Nails--See Friday
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Friday, August 22
Nine Inch Nails and Sound Garden
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
One way to get an epic showdown of two '90s rock powerhouses is to put them on a co-headlining tour. Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden are currently touring the country, playing a neck-breakingly constant stream of shows through the end of August. Interestingly, twenty years ago, both groups released their (arguably) best albums on exactly the same day (March 8, 1994). Now, each band has a legacy to uphold--and neither wants to be outdone by the other. With a heavy emphasis on the classics, so to speak, both NIN and Soundgarden pull from their '90s repertoire, peppering the setlist with just enough new music to keep fans' appetites satiated. Consider this two incredible rock concerts for the ticket price of one. (Erin DeWitt)


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Lake Street Dive--See Wednesday
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Monday, August 18

The Courtney John Project
Harvelle's
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)

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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)

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Warpaint--See Saturday
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Friday, August 8

Fartbarf
Alex's Bar
Fartbarf's name rules and everything about them rules- wanna know why? This Los Angeles trio, who call themselves post-neanderthal analogue synthesists, deliver gripping beats and mesmerizing rhythms, all through the use of vintage electronic synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders, among other things. And to top it all off, these fellas perform in matching caveman masks and astronaut outfits making them sights to see (as well as music to hear). Gettin' down is all part of the Fartbarf experience, and your next chance to check em out is tonight at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. (Aimee Murillo)

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Alec Ounsworth
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah--See Wednesday
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Tuesday, August 5

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Observatory
Since the dawn of this century, these hard rockin' San Franciscans have carved out quite a nice niche with their blend of garage-rock-meets-shoegaze. And for the past year, the Robert Levon Been-fronted outfit have toured behind Specter at the Feast, their first album in three years and their most well-received since 2005's brilliant Howl. Though the new album is a bit more mellow than fans may be accustomed to (which is attributed to the death of Been's father before making the record), the trio remains at their brooding best. BRMC's live shows are as powerful and inspiring as ever, and as their tour winds down, they make a stop in Orange County tonight. (Daniel Kohn)


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Dum Dum Girls play Burger A-Go-Go--See Saturday
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Friday, August 1

The Secret Affair 10 Year Anniversary
Alex's Bar
It started as a strictly-vinyl strictly-'60s night in a room that soon ran out of space for dancers, and now Long Beach's soul-and-more night Secret Affair is celebrating the big 1-0―that's ten non-stop years of hip-shaking soul-controlling record selecting, which is very worthy indeed in the here-tonight-gone-tomorrow world of club promotion. For this particular blowout the Secret agents are deploying a special all-star set of guest DJs and longtime Secret Affair supporters: '60s 45 monster Rick Barzell, the unstoppable funk-soul-and-more polymath Clifton Weave (who you'll know from every DJ set that ever got you dancing), and reggae/dub night Crucial's locally legendary Brian Robertson. Come ready for anything and―since they've had ten years to prepare―everything. (Chris Ziegler)

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