The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Echo and the Bunnymen--See Wednesday
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Monday, July 28

The Don Kubec Big Band
Steamers Jazz Cafe
There's a lot to be said about the Orange County Jazz Scene, specifically around Fullerton. Every night at Steamers Jazz Cafe, there's a new group to check out--but Monday nights are when to visit for monthly residencies. Tonight's group: the extraordinary Don Kubec Band. Just like any other big band, they play the standards you know and love, performed by some of the best musicians in all of SoCal. And with special guests every now and then, each show is guaranteed to be packed with talent and star-power for jazz lovers to enjoy. Every fourth Monday of the month! (Aimee Murillo)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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The Go-Gos--See Friday
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Monday, July 21

Purple Mountains Majesties
The Wayfarer
Honored with the very first Monday night residency at the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar's new incarnation after a pretty substantial facelift, is OC-native band Purple Mountains Majesties. A six-piece group, they favor folk in its primary form--sing-a-longs and story-telling make up much of their live performances. And they embrace their recycle-generation's burden by primarily focusing on a message of environmental alarm. It's a jangly, jumping mix of guitars, flutes, tambourines, keyboards, and many more instruments (with band members bouncing from one to the next mid-song) to create a sound of folk electrified. Catch them for a free show tonight with support from the Red River and Gardener's Logic. (Erin DeWitt)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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The Dwarves--See Wednesday
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Monday, July 14

Purple Mountains Majesties
The Wayfarer
Honored with the very first Monday night residency at the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar's new incarnation after a pretty substantial facelift, is OC-native band Purple Mountains Majesties. A six-piece group, they favor folk in its primary form--sing-a-longs and story-telling make up much of their live performances. And they embrace their recycle-generation's burden by primarily focusing on a message of environmental alarm. It's a jangly, jumping mix of guitars, flutes, tambourines, keyboards, and many more instruments (with band members bouncing from one to the next mid-song) to create a sound of folk electrified. Catch them for a free show tonight with support from the Red River and Gardener's Logic. (Erin DeWitt)



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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Aquabats--See Friday
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Friday, July 11

The Aquabats
House of Blues Anaheim
After an extended absence, these Huntington Beach-natives return to the stage to celebrate their 20th anniversary and play a host of live shows. Aquabats spent the last few years collaborating on other projects, most notably The Aquabats! Super Show!, which follows around a fictionalized version of the group in their superhero glory, staving off villains and creatures trying to take over the world, all while pursuing their ambitions to become a world-famous rock band. It's taken up a lot of the band's time since 2012, thus the root of their sporadic tour schedule. And though the Aquabats are a little older and a lot wiser, that doesn't mean the quintet has lost any of their humor, nor the goofy names and music that made them popular in the first place. (Daniel Kohn)

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The Offspring--See Friday
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Tuesday, July 8

Pastilla
The Slidebar
Pastilla is a Los Angeles-based group that churns out rock en espanol with heavy doses of pop--and as young as the band members are, it's hard to believe the group actually formed in the mid-'90s. They've been at it for years, and Pastilla fans are a dedicated sort: hailing them the Latin Strokes, loudly singing along to every lyric at concerts, and showering them with enough ticket sales to keep the band touring all over the continent. This Tuesday night, Pastilla comes to the Slidebar--and the group comprised of Adrian Monroy, Victor Monroy, Heriberto Gonzale and Eric Rubalcava bring their '80s-style catchy hooks, '60s-influenced pop melodies, and all-around upbeatness with them. Also on the bill are brooding rock outfit Signa and local favorites Bella Novella. (Erin DeWitt)

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The Best Concerts to See in OC This Week

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The Garden--See Thursday
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Monday, June 23

Monkey Finger Duo
Auld Dubliner
There's a whole lotta sound coming from the spirited dudes of Monkey Finger Duo--and that isn't just the Irish whiskey talking. Long Beach natives Jason Magdaleno and Kyle Jones cover rock hits (mostly classic rock and '90s grunge), including every great band from Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones to Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. And they do it all with just two acoustic guitars and a couple sets of pipes (vocals, that is). They say their unplugged style gives songs "a warmer, more natural sound"--we just love a fresh twist on classic rock covers. Tonight, Monkey Finger Duo returns to the Auld Dubliner while on their constant party tour throughout LA and OC. It's the coolest jam session you'll find all week. (Erin DeWitt)

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10 Best OC Concerts on the First Day of Summer

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Ed Carrasco
By mid-June, most people are already sweating and spending money like it's summertime. But we're here to remind you that the first day of the season doesn't officially start until June 21. That's why for the next few days, we suggest you save up those hangovers and do some planning. Specifically, how do you want to spend your first summer outting of 2014? Since you're reading you're reading this, we're guessing you'd prefer to see a concert. You're in luck, there's a ton of 'em and you'll have some choices to make. To help you out, we've chosen our 10 best concerts to see on the first day of summer.

See also:
The 50 Best Things About the OC Music Scene
The 50 Worst Things About the OC Music Scene

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The Best Concerts to See in OC This Week

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Uh Huh Her-- See Wednesday
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Monday, June 16

Beat Theatre
Harvelle's
For those who don't think their classic film favorites can't get any better, think again. Beat Theatre brings a fresh new spin on cinematic gems by giving them live rescorings dropped by local underground DJs. On the program this time around, members of DJ family Wizards Only, as well as Sir Froderick, Gypsymamba, Mike Gao, Zackey Force Funk and dirtRAID will be rescoring two classic films (Stephen King's The Shining is one of them). Also starring Johann Carbajal and Memesy, illuminating the big screen with their own experimental beats. As part of the weekly Broadway Underground series at Harvelle's, this event is geared towards being the ultimate audio+visual experience. (Aimee Murillo)

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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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T-Pain--See Tuesday
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Tuesday, June 10

T-Pain
The Observatory
It's rare that a rapper is as well known for performing on other musicians's songs as he is his own. Yet T-Pain has managed to do exactly that. The Florida-based rapper is featured on tracks for everyone from Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly and Lil Wayne to The Lonely Island. In the process, he's cemented himself as this generation's Nate Dogg, as the go-to voice for hooks--just ask Flo Rida, whose 2007 hit "Low" sold more than six million units thanks to T-Pain's assistance. As for his solo material, he's is regarded as one of the first rappers to introduce auto-tune, and is armed with a hit-laden catalogue. With T-Pain putting the finishing touches on his fifth studio effort, Stoicville The Phoenix, don't be surprised when this latest album full of catchy beats and rhythmic pop anthems flies up the charts. (Daniel Kohn)

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Bill Stinzmann
The Faint--See Thursday
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Monday, June 2

Stephen Stills
The Coach House
Stephen Stills has seen (and been through) it all--from mainstream success with Buffalo Springfield to becoming an international icon for his work David Crosby, Graham Nash, and sometimes Neil Young (collectively CSN and CSNY), where he wrote songs like "For What It's Worth" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." But as he finishes up a short tour, Stills is going back to his roots as a solo performer, when he penned and sang hits like "Love the One You're With." Even pushing 70 and having survived a cancer scare back in 2008, Stills continues to test boundaries--exactly what made one of the biggest American classic rock stars. Last year alone, he released an album with blues band The Rides, and also put out an 83-song anthology that unearthed 25 unheard songs, leaving fans to wonder what other material he's hiding in his vault. Don't miss his show at the Coach House tonight. (Daniel Kohn)

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