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Dead Kennedys--See Friday
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Monday, January 12

The Jayhawks
Coach House
With their country-inflected alterna jams, the Jayhawks (sprung from mid-'80s Minneapolis) could easily have been an influence on modern bands like Wilco--albeit with some rougher edges. Jayhawks' singer Gary Louris' voice shares more in common with the throatiness of the Weakerthans' John K. Samson than Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, but it's all part of this band's quirky charm. They've had breakups, makeups and a quarter century of fusing rock, country and folk music together into one truly American sound--so come check them out this week as the Jayhawks play South County's Coach House. (Brandon Ferguson)

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Andrew Youssef
Willie Nelson & Family--See Tuesday
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Monday, January 5

The Devious Means
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. Catch them this week with support from JAG SUN and Moxi. (Kyle Cavaness)

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Social Distortion--See Wednesday
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Tuesday, December 30
Suburban Legends
House of Blues Anaheim
Few genres engender the same kind of unabashed humor of third-wave ska. And among the canon of wonderful, brass-wielding weirdos that infiltrated the genre in the mid to late '90s, few continue to bring their "A" game like the Huntington Beach sextet Suburban Legends. Their live show promises plenty of hands-in-the-air energy, stage dives and trombone twirling. From their impetus in the late '90s to their latest album, 2012's Day Job, they've released a shit ton of good-time tunes at the House of Blues that'll get you warmed up for New Years' Eve. This week, they headline the annual Ska Luau with Failed to Victory, Skadonna, Half Past Two, and the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe (Priscilla Vega)


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Kottonmouth Kings--See Monday
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Monday, December 22

Kottonmouth Kings' Jingle Bowls X-mas Party
The Observatory
The lovably oafish Kottonmouth Kings speak to your inner 12-year-old. What their songs lack in restrained musicianship or effete wordplay, they make up for with ska-punk-rap mashups so violent they sound like an exposed nerve ending. The group has never really been taken seriously by the music press, but their fans are staunchly loyal; even the tamer mosh pits at Kottonmouth Kings shows are a sight to behold. High Times, the weed-enthusing magazine that normally reserves ink for more respected artists like Peter Tosh, bestowed the Kings with their coveted "Band of the Year" prize a couple of years ago. Perhaps "Positive Vibes" and "Strange Daze" are best enjoyed on 4/20. See them perform on Monday for a mere $5 along with Marlon Asher, C4 & Nicky Gritt, Imperial Sound Clash, Chucky Chuck, and special guests (MT Richards)

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Schoolboy Q--See Tuesday
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Monday, December 15

Ted Z and the Wranglers
The Constellation Room
If there's such a thing as a high-functioning rock band, Ted Z and the Wranglers are it. Since getting serious as a band a couple of years ago, they've been on a creative tear, with a debut LP released last year, and a couple of EPs that dropped this year. The Wranglers root themselves in the realm of cowboy Americana, a sound more akin to Nashville than SoCal, and they employ the genre's requisite high level of musicianship, with band members flexing their chops, reminiscent of the famous Nashville A-Team session crew that backed Elvis, Dylan, Patsy Cline--basically everyone who had a country hit in the '50s, '60s and '70s. (Adam Lovinus)

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Speaking to The Voice Behind vōx

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Vōx (pronounced wohks, and usually spelled all lowercase) is the new moniker of Los Angeles-based musician Sarah Winters, who possesses the vocal inflections of Imogen Heap with the quiet forcefulness of Lorde--minus the pseudo pop-goth vibe. Winters caught the internet's ear with her melodic covers of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools" and Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love."

"I've always felt like my music speaks for itself," Winters told us. "Either that, or it's the curse of a musician and you never really know how to sell yourself."

Winters must have been doing something right because her talent caught the ear of Yoni Wolf, the lead singer of Why?, which led to a year-long international tour with the band as their keyboardist and opening act.

Here's what the 23-year-old musician divulged about her forthcoming debut EP, Put The Poison In Me, and her mesmerizing NSFW music video for the EP's lead track, "Better".


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The Icarus Line Rise Again With One Hell of An Album

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Aric Lorton
The Icarus Line
When we talk about the dividing line between music and art, The Icarus Line's 2013 full-length Slave Vows and this year's follow-up Avowed Slavery are most definitely in the latter category. That said, these records ain't meant to be hoisted on a wall because the songs are present, immediate, primal and important.

And why shouldn't they be? Since 1998, the Los Angeles group has been creating a harmonious cacophony that would make Iggy and Nick Cave proud. You'd think being placed into that sort of rock royalty would render The Icarus Line a household name, but it hasn't. Instead, the band -- led by singer Joe Cardamone and featuring bassist Alvin DeGuzman, drummer Ben Hallett, keyboardist/saxophonist Jeremy Gill and guitarist John Bennett -- have been presumed dead by many since 2004's Penance Soiree, which might explain why Slave Vows sounds like a group with its back to the wall, swinging, not going down without a fight.

Slave Vows is a challenge, an artistic peak for a group uncomfortable with familiarity. You might love it or you might hate it, but you'll definitely have an opinion. And that's what makes for great art.

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Del the Funky Homosapien--See Tuesday
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Monday, December 8

Action Bronson
The Observatory
Here's the skinny on rotund rapper Action Bronson: he's a culinary enthusiast by day and an MC by night, recording fastidiously well-worded tracks with the precision of Ghostface or Kool Keith. Every studio rat needs their leisure pursuits--Lil Wayne has his skateboarding; MF Doom has his masks--but Bronson's are uniquely childlike. This is a man who rhymes about butterscotch (no, that's not a euphemism) and pizza toppings. On record, Bronson favors weird, wonky production that leaves just enough breathing room for his tales of dining misadventure, which outline the following statement of purpose: to shut shit down at the food court, and tell every caterer they're the one for him. (MT Richards)

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Inspector--See Thursday
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Tuesday, December 2

De La Soul
House of Blues Anaheim
De La Soul's anniversary show is a celebration of their debut 1989 album 3 Feet High And Rising, which is seen as a major contribution to the development of alternative hip-hop, with its focus on diverse sampling, and promotion of unity and goodwill. While the album is De La Soul's largest commercial success, the group continued to release projects that were acclaimed by critics. This past Valentine's Day, De La Soul made their entire catalog, pre-The Grind Date, available for free download. They have a few new projects in the works, including a new album You're Welcome, a mixtape Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., and a new EP Premium Soul on the Rocks. (Tara Mahadevan)

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Sage the Gemini and IAMSU!--See Tuesday
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Monday, November 24

Metal Monday: Benefit for the Cat Cove Rescue
The Doll Hut
Few things go better together than cats and heavy metal. The screeching, the wailing, the thumping, it's so cat. Alexandra Crockett even published a coffee table book in May called Metal Cats, a fantastic photo spread of hardcore metal musicians and their felines. Cats need more than just mind-blowing distortion and wicked guitar solos, of course, and far too many of them sit in cages for weeks on end, waiting to be loved--or roam the streets virile, creating endless feral kitten colonies. The folks at Cat Cove, a no-kill, all volunteer rescue, are dedicated to finding homes for every adoptable kitteh, as well as TNR-ing those who are happiest in the wild. Helping them raise awareness and much needed dollars are kick-ass metalers She-Wolf, Raise the Dead, Shadows Entwined, Dark White, and Back From the Dead, who'll bend your brain with hair-raising howls and guttural yowls. Nothing could be more purrfect. (SR Davies)

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