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Bad Suns--See Thursday
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Tuesday, April 8

Foster the People
Fox Theater Pomona
Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the video for their breakout-and-then-some "Pumped Up Kicks," which was filmed at Detroit in 2011 and which captures locals losing their minds for all time. Now, however, Foster The People have just released their sophomore album Supermodel, in which they double down on their MGMT-esque Vampire Weekend-y pop with a thousand deft little production choices and a set of songs scientifically designed to crawl into your head and lay eggs. It's moody, it's manic, it's more of everything that got them this far--how could you hope to resist? (Chris Ziegler)

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Snow tha Product--See Friday
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Tuesday, April 1

School Boy Q
The Observatory
Remember when Kendrick Lamar played the Glass House? And Kanye played the Galaxy? Maybe you should make it a point to go see Top Dawg/Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q--with ferocious Long Beach local Vince Staples, who just released his Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 mixtape--at the Observatory while you still got the chance. Q's just-released Oxymoron is an intense and energetic listen, a gritty gangsta rap album powered by Q's charisma and snarling stories of LA life. And despite, or quite possibly because of (it's 2014, after all), an early online leak, his first-ever major label album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200. Time will tell if it turns out to be a classic, but it's already a ripper. Schoolboy is also playing another sold out show at the Observatory the next night, April 2. (Chris Ziegler)

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Carcass--See Tuesday
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Tuesday, March 25

Carcass
The Observatory
Few metal bands are considered to be pioneers of two distinct subgenres. As teenagers, British group Carcass brought gore-obsessed grindcore to the forefront with their 1988 debut Reek of Putrefaction and the next year's follow-up Symphonies of Sickness. As the band progressed into the '90s, their sound became more complex and ornate. This style was captured on their fourth album, the now-classic 1993 melodic death metal landmark Heartwork. See the band this week, headlining the Decibel Magazine Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts & Noisem. (Jason Roche)

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The Sword--See Friday
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Monday, March 17

Tourist
The Constellation Room
According to British producer William Phillips (the electronica newcomer also known as Tourist), he makes "dance music for people who don't like to dance." That translates to soft, looping rhythms against nebular backdrops: equal parts house and trance, equal parts ambient hypnotic noise. His live shows are more performance art than DJ set, and we're atingle this EDM powerhouse is coming stateside on his first bonafide North American tour, which began just last week in Brooklyn. He built his foundation making remixes for indie bands like Chvrches and Haïm--but now Tourist sets out to find a spotlight all his own. Don't miss this performance at the Constellation Room tonight, it's going to be a jillion times more fun than drinking green beer at the local bar. (Erin DeWitt)

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Gizzelle (Wild Records $5 Show)--See Friday
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Monday, March 10

Mutoid Man
The Constellation Room
They named their record Helium Head after our fuckin' favorite-ever Sir Lord Baltimore song--you got an internet, look it up!--and they deliver their overcranked shreddery with the honor such a name demands. A trio featuring Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Converge's Ben Koller, Mutoid Man is technical but absolutely raw--the ol' rusty chainsaw philosophy--and these six tracks speed along with Slayer-ian gusto and Motorhead-y nastiness. (Or perhaps the other way around?) The occasional vintage wah-pedal you hear is really just the sound of your mind bending, and that thing that sounds like a double-kick drum? Well, that's your heart trying to warn you to turn this down a little--but don't listen to it! (Chris Ziegler)

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The Ataris--See Thursday
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Monday, March 3

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Segerstrom Center
Considered one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic is known for its unique sound that renowned conductor Bruno Walter said, upon hearing it for the first time, was "a life-altering impression." This experience, shared by millions, has been attributed to the orchestra's use of unusual musical instruments such as the Weiner oboe instead of the French oboe, and the Vienna horn in F, which uses a Pumpenventil instead of a rotary valve like most other orchestral horns, and contributes to the "liquid legato" that is one of the company's trademarks. This single night performance, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel and featuring soprano Juliane Banse singing Schubert and Mahler, is prefaced by a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Burton Karson and is certain to be a magical evening for all. (SR Davies)


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Dr. Dog--See Thursday
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Monday, February 24

Matt Costa
Detroit Bar
You can't talk about the history of Detroit Bar without bringing up our favorite Huntington Beach folkster Matt Costa. From the time he came on the scene in the mid aughts, to the release of his self-titled fourth album, we don't think he's gone a single calendar year without having a memorable show there. Now that the place is closing, it's only right that the Brushfire Records sensation unleashes one more set of whimsical campfire pop for us with support from Dustin Lovelis. (Nate Jackson)

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Miley Cyrus--See Thursday

Tuesday, February 18
New Politics
The Constellation Room

New Politics' single "Harlem" has rightfully been getting generous airplay on the radio these days for its catchy pop rock energy and playful vocals, but imagine shifting that excitement from your car to a live venue. The Danish trio have been sweeping the nation since their first big music festival in 2010 (SXSW, not bad!) and have been a hit from casual radio listeners to big musical names like Tommy Lee and Questlove. Currently touring with fellow alt-rock bands Sleeper Agent and Magic Man, New Politics rock a mean show and demonstrate how fun and infectious modern alt rock can be. If you're up for a rip-roaring good time and a chance to connect with a solidly entertaining band, come check out this show at none other than The Constellation Room at The Observatory. (Aimee Murillo)


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Demi Lovato--See Thursday

Monday February 10
Fever the Ghost
The Constellation room
It is with heavy hearts and soggy livers that we preview the final Monday Night Residency at Detroit Bar. The Costa Mesa music institution closes this month (for an indefinite length of time, to be reopened as a gastropub with live music, so the rumor goes), and with it concludes a chapter of the local music scene's history. Honored to headline the final MNR is Fever the Ghost, an experimental rock outfit who just released their debut EP, Crab in Honey on LA label Complicated Game last month. A fitting farewell to the best local residency in OC (and a dependably decent Monday night excursion), Fever the Ghost is perfectly of-the-moment: intellectual, deep, beautifully androgynous, spastic and enigmatic. Looks like our Monday nights are limited to watching Real Housewives for the foreseeable future. (Erin DeWitt)

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Life Leone--See Tuesday
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Monday, February 3

Hindu Pirates
The Constellation Room
More big changes from Hindu Pirates, who seem like they've left behind the world of garage--even a garage can only hold so much stuff--and disciplined themselves into the kind of beautifully noisy guitar-pop band that generally comes from Britain or one of her colonies. (Guess that's America, too, though.) "She Blows Me Away" has one of those melodies you can't quite place (but it's probably got an ancestor in the C-for-Creation section of your record collection) and a nice surprise when the guitar leads twist into each other at the end, and "Like I'm Sinkin'" is a slow-mo nod-along that shows just how much these guys are learning in the little-means-a-lot school of production. If Pangea's signed to Harvest--former home of Syd Barrett and Wire--then surely Hindu Pirates will get a place there next. (Chris Ziegler)

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