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Baths--See Friday
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Monday, May 19

Devin the Dude
The Observatory
Referred to as "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper," Devin Copeland, also known as Devin the Dude, has remained a hidden gem in the hip-hop scene over the last few decades. He walks that tricky line between industry credibility and mega-stardom, and we think that's just the way he likes it. Since his famous 15-year relationship with Rap-A-Lot records came to an end back in 2008, he's released three albums and provided cameos on countless songs by other artists. His latest single, "Probably Should Have" off 2013's One for the Road, goes back to the slo-jamz side of things--catch his show tonight for a wide range of selections from his catalogue. Or, you can always watch the stoner comedy, Highway 420, in which Devin goes on a search for the country's greatest weed (it actually has a few funny moments, you know, if you're in the right state of mind). (Erin DeWitt)

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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Skid Row--See Friday
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Friday, May 16

Skid Row
The Coach House
The late 1980s were very kind to Skid Row. Sebastian Bach and company preached the gospel of hair metal, and during their glorious hey day, were one of most recognizable bands on the planet. But then came grunge and alternative rock and while their fellow New Jersey brethren Bon Jovi managed to reinvent itself, Skid Row slowly drifted away (and in the process, the band's recognizable lead singer left for greener pastures). But like with many bands, absence made fans' hearts grow fonder. While singer Johnny Solinger isn't quite Bach, Skid Row defied the odds and now soldiers on, despite not having a batch of new material since 2006. With talks of a reunion may seem as far fetched as Bach's pal Axl Rose joining forces with his old outfit, the good times are still rolling on for fans of '80s hair metal. (Daniel Kohn)

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Don't Be a Sexist Creeper Around Female Musicians

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By Robin Edwards
Editor's Note: Robin Edwards is a frequent contributor to the blogs for our Denver sister paper, Westword, and has played in several Denver bands. Her solo project is called Lisa Prank.

Sometimes I wonder what it was like before bands had Internet presences. Did creepy dudes just send vaguely threatening messages to female musicians through the mail with locks of their hair? I've been thinking that might not have been out of the question ever since I received a Facebook message from a guy who went to one of my band's shows. He asked if he could be my stalker and added a goofy emoticon and a few "jk"s. I assume that was a way to hedge so that when I responded, he could pull the old "I was joking! Don't be crazy!" card. Unfortunately, violence against women, which can certainly start with stalking, is a very real concern in our society, so it's not something you should joke about, especially with a complete stranger over the Internet.

I thought threatening someone's personal safety was a common-sense no-no, but apparently that's not the case. So here's a handy guide to ways to not interact with female musicians. This is good advice for dealing with any human being, actually, but it seems these things happen at an alarmingly high rate to those of us who have the audacity to get onstage with instruments but without a penis.


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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Primal Fear--See Thursday
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Tuesday, May 13

In the Valley Below
Constellation Room
Los Angeles Duo In The Valley Below have a harmonious union between their two members Jeffrey Jacobs and Angela Gail, so it's surprising to know that the two only got to know each other fairly recently; according to the group, both met years into their adulthood from mutual social circles after Gail moved to LA from Michigan. Their separate musical upbringings have united to form a soulful collaboration characterized by a lush, melodic pop sound and soft vocals. But listen deeper past the danceable nature of their music and you'll be entranced by the lyrics as they sing emotional songs about love, heartbreak and, in their own words, "sex, crime and religion." But hey, they still keep it light and fun, which you'll be able to see tonight when they play The Constellation Room in Santa Ana. (Aimee Murillo)

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Andrew Youssef
Morrissey--See Thursday
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Monday, May 5

Cinco De Mayo: Mystic Roots
Slidebar
Why not enjoy a little reggae this fine Cinco de Mayo? Try to clock out early from work and head to Fullerton's Slidebar Rock n Roll Kitchen for a free evening show from Mystic Roots, the Chico-based reggae/hip-hop/rock band (and iTunes Reggae chart-toppers). Relax with heavily-poured cocktails, lively rock music inspired by island living, and California sun--maybe keep the beer Mexican at least. (Erin DeWitt)

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Curren$y---See Wednesday
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Monday, April 28

Eric Hutchinson
House of Blues Anaheim
The problem with trying to hang with Madonna is that the bitch flakes on everything. Just ask Eric Hutchinson. The American folk rock singer-songwriter of such hits as "Rock and Roll" and "Ok, It's Alright With Me" signed on with Madonna's Maverick Records in 2007 but wasn't able to get a record out before the label folded. He was left to record and produce the album Sounds Like This on his own--luckily, everybody liked it a whole lot and he didn't have to wear a cone bra, either. Now, years later and tons more famous (he's friends with Kelly Clarkson and Perez Hilton), Hutchinson has unveiled his third album, Pure Fiction, and will perform it and a plethora of other original tracks live at the House of Blues during his Tell the World Tour. (Amanda Parsons)

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Bad Suns--See Thursday
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Tuesday, April 8

Foster the People
Fox Theater Pomona
Remember when Foster The People were doing a Detroit Bar residency basically during the week or two they suddenly got internationally famous? If not, you can go watch the video for their breakout-and-then-some "Pumped Up Kicks," which was filmed at Detroit in 2011 and which captures locals losing their minds for all time. Now, however, Foster The People have just released their sophomore album Supermodel, in which they double down on their MGMT-esque Vampire Weekend-y pop with a thousand deft little production choices and a set of songs scientifically designed to crawl into your head and lay eggs. It's moody, it's manic, it's more of everything that got them this far--how could you hope to resist? (Chris Ziegler)

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Snow tha Product--See Friday
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Tuesday, April 1

School Boy Q
The Observatory
Remember when Kendrick Lamar played the Glass House? And Kanye played the Galaxy? Maybe you should make it a point to go see Top Dawg/Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q--with ferocious Long Beach local Vince Staples, who just released his Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 mixtape--at the Observatory while you still got the chance. Q's just-released Oxymoron is an intense and energetic listen, a gritty gangsta rap album powered by Q's charisma and snarling stories of LA life. And despite, or quite possibly because of (it's 2014, after all), an early online leak, his first-ever major label album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200. Time will tell if it turns out to be a classic, but it's already a ripper. Schoolboy is also playing another sold out show at the Observatory the next night, April 2. (Chris Ziegler)

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Carcass--See Tuesday
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Tuesday, March 25

Carcass
The Observatory
Few metal bands are considered to be pioneers of two distinct subgenres. As teenagers, British group Carcass brought gore-obsessed grindcore to the forefront with their 1988 debut Reek of Putrefaction and the next year's follow-up Symphonies of Sickness. As the band progressed into the '90s, their sound became more complex and ornate. This style was captured on their fourth album, the now-classic 1993 melodic death metal landmark Heartwork. See the band this week, headlining the Decibel Magazine Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts & Noisem. (Jason Roche)

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The Sword--See Friday
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Monday, March 17

Tourist
The Constellation Room
According to British producer William Phillips (the electronica newcomer also known as Tourist), he makes "dance music for people who don't like to dance." That translates to soft, looping rhythms against nebular backdrops: equal parts house and trance, equal parts ambient hypnotic noise. His live shows are more performance art than DJ set, and we're atingle this EDM powerhouse is coming stateside on his first bonafide North American tour, which began just last week in Brooklyn. He built his foundation making remixes for indie bands like Chvrches and Haïm--but now Tourist sets out to find a spotlight all his own. Don't miss this performance at the Constellation Room tonight, it's going to be a jillion times more fun than drinking green beer at the local bar. (Erin DeWitt)

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