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Mary Bell
Sweet and Tender Hooligans--See Friday
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Monday, May 18

Rocky's Revival
Mozambique
If you've frequented local venues like The Coach House and House of Blues these past few years, you might've come across Rocky's Revival, a music duo of sisters Kalina and Kiana Campian. Inspired by The Beatles and Johnny Cash among others, they describe their sound on SoundCloud as "folk/pop/rock/indie/retro/sometimes-blusey." At live performances, you'll usually find one of them with an acoustic guitar, keyboard, or banjo--and because their primary focuses are on vocals and the craft of songwriting, they oftentimes keep their sets simple as to highlight them. Fun fact: their recent gig was opening for '80s pop group The Bangles (yes, the ones who sang "Walk Like an Egyptian")--an indication of the big places they're going in the future. (Kristine Hoang)


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Andrew Youssef
Thrice--See Wednesday
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Monday, May 11

Local H
Slidebar
At this point in the band's nearly 25 year career, Local H has managed to defy convention as a rock two-piece. Though many duos-- most notably the Black Keys-- have proved there can be mainstream success with a garage rock ethos, Local H was one of the first to do so. Formed in 1990, guitarist/singer Scott Lucas has been the one constant over the band's lifetime. Though the band has had three drummers and a number of touring musicians supporting, Lucas' frenetic energy and rigorous tour schedule has turned the group into a favorite. Even with the moderate success of the 1990s in the distant past, Local H continues to release new material-- like last month's Hey Killer, their eighth album-- and show no signs of giving up anytime soon. (Daniel Kohn)

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Deftones--See Friday
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Monday, May 4

May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Metal Show
The Doll Hut
You may have sensed a great disturbance in the Force lately, and we're not talking about the release of a certain movie trailer--or that OTHER possibly more exciting movie trailer unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration last month in Anaheim. Those titanic psychic rumblings you've been weathering are probably just the distant indicators of the Doll Hut's May 4th (as in "May the 4th ... be with you.") installment of Metal Mondays, headlined by just-forged OC band Ewokalypse. (Will they be primitive yet unexpectedly deadly?) Support--the kind of crushing support generally provided by a squad of AT-ATs lumbering implacably across a snowfield--comes from locals and semi-locals Sungrinder, Atris, Orphan Goggles and Chain Webb. Prime those hold-out blasters because this one's gonna be a hit. (Chris Ziegler)

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KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2015 Lineup Announced

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Andrew Youssef
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie
The lineup for KROQ's 2015 Weenie Roast y Fiesta was just announced. And this year looks like another meaty one. Headliners include Death Cab for Cutie, Florence and the Machine (hopefully that broken Coachella foot is healing nicely), Muse, Cold War Kids and many more. The show takes place on May 16 at the newly re-named Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) and the exclusive KROQ street team on-sale begins May 1 at noon. Tickets range from $49 for Lawn seats to $150 for GA Pit tickets. See the full lineup below and for full details on tickets and venue info, visit KROQ's website.

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Fartbarf--See Thursday
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Monday, April 27

Lil Boosie
The Observatory
For many, serving five years in prison would stifle one's creativity, but not everyone is Lil Boosie. Though he was in a Louisiana jail from 2009-2014, the Baton Rouge-bred rapper managed to write over 500 songs and confidently stated he made the best music of his career. The rapper's strong work ethic, which saw him release five studio albums along with a number of mixtapes and compilations, won him fans within the tightly-knit rap community. Since he was released last year, Boosie' s popularity grew exponentially as he collaborated with the likes of 2 Chainz, DJ Mustard, T.I. and Young Jeezy. With an eagerly anticipated sixth record on the horizon, Boosie is on the verge of the last thing that's eluded him and seemed improbable a few years ago: commercial success. (Daniel Kohn)

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Christopher Victorio
Jenny Lewis--See Tuesday
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Monday, April 6

Maroon 5
Honda Center
Love or hate Adam Levine and his smug television appearances, there's no denying Maroon 5 makes incredibly catchy, stuck-in-your-brain-all-day pop music. The group's latest release, "V," debuted at #1 on Billboard's TOP 200 chart and features the hit singles "Maps" and "Animals," which hit #1 on the Top 40 chart. Maroon 5 recently released "Sugar," the third single from their latest album. The album was released via Levine's label, 222 Records. Maroon 5 hits the Honda Center this week with support from MAGIC!, and Rozzi Crane. (Erin DeWitt)

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The Parrots--See Monday
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Monday, March 30

The Parrots
Flyway at the Fox Theater
Soon to be on the top of modern garage rock enthusiasts' lists of best groups to see live are Madrid's The Parrots. This trio of rabble-rousers serve jangly guitar-soaked lo-fi rock n' roll that seems at times a cross between Back From the Grave-era '60s rock and Peruvian punk group Los Saicos. Joining them tonight are San Gabriel Valley four-piece Pool Honeys who, despite the name, are not a band formed of four buxom pin-ups who spend their time by the pool, but instead a black metal-punk-garage combo. Their lethal 2014 release Sultans of Swat features a potent combination of the aforementioned genres, with some strains of surf rock, psychedelia and blues that make for an altogether solid mixture of sounds. (Aimee Murillo)

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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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