The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Wiz Khalifa--See Friday
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Monday, October 20

TTNG
The Constellation Room
Formed in Oxford, England, in 2004, TTNG originally named their band This Town Needs Guns, a cleverly ironic nod to the fact that no one in England really owns firearms. Then, as the group started to tour and gain popularity, especially in the United States--well, what was once a locally-appropriate inside joke became in danger of being taken seriously. So, they renamed, regrouped, and kept on math-rockin. With their beautifully complicated hooks, rhythms and beats, the men of TTNG (Henry Tremain and brothers Chris and Tim Collis) create a perfectly tangled sound lightened by buoyant vocals. Tonight marks the inaugural concert of their North American tour, with support from Mylets and Emma Ruth Rundle, presented by label Sargent House--don't miss it. (Erin DeWitt)

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Mastodon--See Friday
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Monday, October 13

The Mercy Beat
The Constellation Room
Los Angeles based trio The Mercy Beat maintain an air of secrecy. They haven't gone on record with their full names, and not much about them is known, other than they're transplanted from New York, Hong Kong, and Hawaii, and that they're named for the British Invasion-era Liverpool music newspaper Mersey Beat. (Can you can believe tabloid-format music rags once existed?) Their debut, self-titled EP came out in June on the French label Oskar Recordings. But you know what? The first song, "Sweet," is so sublime that we won't hold their secrecy against them. With its buoyant beat and shimmering synths, it feels like summer. (Ben Westhoff)

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Living Colour--See Tuesday
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Monday, October 6

Randsburg (Residency Night 1)
The Wayfarer
Sweaty, flannel folk rock is a well-known commodity in OC. But in order for us to pay attention anymore, it's practitioners really gotta stand out. That's what we're hoping from this month's Wayfarer residents, Randsburg. Birthed in Sunset Beach, the harmonies of the local four piece are well oiled and rowdy on their latest LP, A Note to My Folks, released in August. Having already sold the place out with their record release party, the stage is set at this revived Costa Mesa venue for a highly anticipated evening with support from Caroline Rose and Ranger. (Nate Jackson)

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Neon Trees--See Tuesday
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Monday, September 29

Bicycles and Jazz
Saddleback College
Well, it's pretty clear what Taylor Ho Bynum's two favorite things are. Currently winding down his 1800-mile Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Bynum makes a stop at Saddleback College's McKinney Theatre for a jazzy duet with local bassist Mark Dresser. Cycling down the West Coast on a "composition journey," the cornetist/composer's physically intensive musical trip started with a sunset solo performance in Vancouver and will soon come to an end with a sunrise solo concert in Playas de Tijuana later this week. Bynum is a modern jazz vet with more than 30 years experience--he's heralded as a leading influence in avant-garde jazz. So cycle over to Saddleback tonight (or drive or walk if you can) for an evening of contemporary jazz--spandex riding shorts may or may not be dress code. (Erin DeWitt)

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The Ravonettes--See Tuesday
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Monday September 22
Interpol
Fox Theater Pomona
NYC group Interpol are indie rock darlings who have at this point weathered the hardships of interpersonal creative differences, grinding tour schedules and a band hiatus in their ten-plus years of existence. Now the group is finally back on tour celebrating the release of their fifth studio album El Pintor (Matador Records). Spanish for "the painter," El Pintor paints much of the same resonance of their earlier albums, despite the absence of bassist Carlos Dengler. Now as a trio, Interpol continue to draw critics and fans in with their darkly atmospheric indie rock sound, while still instilling a dance-friendliness to keep spirits up. Catch their return to Fox Theater Pomona tonight with supporting act Rey Pila. (Aimee Murillo)


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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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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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