The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Immortal Technique--See Thursday
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Monday, March 23

Cecilia Bartoli
Segerstrom Center
After taking a break from performing in the U.S. for over five years, Italian mezzo-soprano opera singer Cecilia Bartoli is ready for a comeback. Her three-city California tour, which includes Costa Mesa as a stop, revisits her recital days here in the 1990s. Though chiefly known for her vocal interpretations of Mozart and Rossini, she'll be singing Baroque music and replicating the singing style of castrati -- that is, when male singers are castrated to preserve their childish voices. Given her ability to nail both soprano and mezzo roles, Bartoli is expected to mime the versatility of castrati (which will include slow arias and pyrotechnic arias) with A-list grace. (Kristine Hoang)

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John Gilhooley
Street Dogs--See Tuesday
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Monday, March 16

The Originalites
Gallagher's Pub
Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene. The Fountain Valley four-piece may remind you of mid-'90s ska groups like Sublime, however their mellow lyrics are more upbeat and family-friendly. After winning several battle of the band competitions at various high schools, they've moved up to venues like the Coach House, House of Blues and DiPiazza's, even winning the OC Music Award for Best Surf. Don't mistake their long hair for the laid-back surfer image--The Originalites also love to have fun through their high energy music, mixing ska with punk, dub and Latin music influences. As of late, they've held a residency at Gallagher's Pub in Huntington Beach every Monday night (Aimee Murillo)

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Tyga--See Monday
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Monday, March 9

Tyga
The Observatory
Over the past few weeks, Tyga has made more headlines for his behavior off-stage than on it. The 25-year-old rapper is allegedly linked romantically with Kylie Jenner and the rumors swirling around them have reached a fever pitch. Despite the allegations in his personal life, what can't be denied is that the "Rack City" rapper has had one of the more colorful journeys in rap over the past few years. His fourth album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, saw him leave label Cash Money to release it independently. The album was executive produced by pal Kanye West and is straightforward rap, at least compared to his earlier commercial material. With a career that's as interesting as his personal life, don't be surprised if Tyga is energized by the chance to put aside all the tabloids and focus on playing music. (Daniel Kohn)

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Theophilus London--See Tuesday
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Monday, March 2

Tim Gray and the Delusions
The Wayfarer
One of the most captivating turns of phrase in Tim Gray's latest release, "Train Wreck," is found in its chorus: "God gave you the grace of a train wreck." And God graced us with Gray's voice. For the now-defunct, greatly missed local band Charles Mansion, the guitarist/vocalist delivered the melodic antithesis to Corey Kaiser's charmingly caustic voice. Now Gray's back with beautiful songs filled with insightful lyrics that explore the familiar themes of heartbreak, loss and despair, each carried by Gray's unmistakeable croon. His newly formed band Tim Gray & the Delusions (featuring Corey and Jason Kaiser, plus Ryan Bartholemy) are sure to bring him to the next level in the coming year. Watch them kick off their free March residency at the Wayfarer on Monday. (Taylor Hamby)

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How to Dress Well--See Thursday
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Monday, February 23

Darwen's Theory
The Doll Hut
At this distinguished punk venue, heavy metal reigns supreme at the weekly musical ritual known as Metal Mondays. On the bill tonight are Hereticide from Los Angeles, who combine their American metal sensibilities with death metal that takes harmonies from the Scandinavian/European death metal scene, referencing volatile history and pagan mythology in their lyrics. Fracture play straight-up, un-filtered metal, while Hessian Wolf Children combine grind core, thrash and heavy metal via their latest EP Hessian Aggression. Also scheduled to appear are LA's own Darwen's Theory, rounding out this evening full of aspiring groups destined to leave a lasting impression on local metal fanatics. (Aimee Murillo)

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Reel Big Fish--See Wednesday
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Monday, February 16

Gothic Tropic
The Continental Room
The stars are aligning to bring together two sonically-varied bands under one roof to play tonight's Moon Block Party show at the Continental Room. Gothic Tropic, on one hand, bops along to an upbeat, indie pop groove reminiscent of early 90's alternative, with Cecilia Delia Peruti's lo-fi vocals filling in a psychedelic sound. Their four-song EP Awesome Problems bursts with playful energy, and despite the limited amount of music available online, songs like, "Flesh Dance," and "Kitty Baby" bring an undeniable cheekiness and a lasting impression. Thee Commons, on the other hand, break free of the mold of 1950's swing music by adding cumbia, rock, and jazz into the mix. Out of Los Angeles, this group brings a multicultural flavor probably best enjoyed with a beer, and a dancing partner. (Aimee Murillo)


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Kinky--See Wednesday
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Monday, February 9

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
The Wayfarer
Brown Sabbath hits the Wayfarer, and the group offers far more than a lackluster Ozzy Osbourne impersonator. Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Brownout, an Austin-based group of psychedelic funk-rockers who reinterpret the ingenuity of Black Sabbath through offbeat soul. Formed over a decade ago by members of Grammy award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brown Sabbath channels Brownout's funky sound into the metal classics. Before launching their Brown Sabbath effort, Brownout served as the backing band for artists like Prince and GZA and performed at the mega-fest Bonnaroo. If their touring resume is any indicator of how their new project will hold up, Orange County's in for a wild, metal infused ride. (Heidi Darby)

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The Aggrolites--See Tuesday
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Monday, February 2

Dead Meadow
The Continental Room
Mixing psychedelic, stoney '70s rock with hypnotic, ambient fuzz, Dead Meadow draws on the past to plan their future. On the heels of their latest album Warble Wombon The End Records/Xemu, the group is currently on a North American tour, making a stop at The Continental Room in Fullerton this week. They gave fans a quick taste of what's to come with a single titled "Mr. Chesty," showcasing the band's dreamy acoustic, and in some opinions, more appealing side. They play this night with support from Church of Sun and Winter. (Erin DeWitt)

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The Game--See Thursday
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Monday, January 26

Sage Francis
Slidebar
A lot's changed for Rhode Island rapper Sage Francis since his last go-round, having said his June 2010 NYC show at the end of his last album Li(f)e's tour was going to be the last performance of the last tour he would ever do. Since then, the underground hip-hop world has flipped several times over, as has Sage's world. Having experiences everywhere from working with HIV-Positive orphans in Africa to maintaining a longtime home as it begins to fall apart while tending to a sick cat, he's seen a lot since we last heard from him. Get caught up with his new tunes on Copper Gone this week as the rapper heads to Slidebar this Monday performing with Speech Impediments and Classiq. (Chaz Kangas)


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The Devious Means--See Monday
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Monday, January 19

The Devious Means Residency Night 3
The Wayfarer
Indie-rock darlings The Devious Means carved out a niche in Orange County's sonic ecosystem with smart, accessible songwriting that showcases crafty lyrics and more hooks than a fly-fishing competition. On the heels of their first full-length album, Other Animals, released in September, the band rock the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa all January long during their Monday night residency. This week is the biggest show so far, including special L.A. guests FMLYBND and OC faves Midnight Hour. (Kyle Cavaness)

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