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Guttermouth--See Friday

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Tuesday, January 28

OC Music Awards Showcase, Night 4
The Slidebar
What could be more appropriate for a Slidebar gig than a night full of heavy riffage from distorted guitars, sweat dripping frontmen and a mosh pit or two? This Tuesday, we head into the rock-centric fourth week of the OC Music Awards Live Showcases, featuring performances by City By Storm, Rebel Revive, The Last Gang, Beneath the Buried and Sederra. (Nate Jackson)


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Betty Who--See Wednesday
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Monday, January 20

3 Doors Down (Acoustic Set)
House of Blues Anaheim
Back in 2000, 3 Doors Down flew out the gate with their first hit "Kryptonite," a song which then played on a seemingly-endless loop on every single rock radio station. Fast forward 14 years and not only is that track is still mildly popular, but the Mississippi-based outfit now has a solid number of hits in their catalogue. On their current month-long jaunt across the country, billed as Songs From the Basement, the band is playing acoustic sets at intimate venues. For a group many expected to fall by the wayside years ago, Brad Arnold and company have become one of the few rock groups big enough to tour on their own without an album to promote--a true testament to their staying power. (Daniel Kohn)


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Unwritten Law--See Thursday
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Monday, January 13
Daena Grey
Detroit Bar
The Detroit Bar starts off 2014 with a one-two wrist-slap of soulful acoustic acts for their monthly Monday night residency. First up is the whimsical folk pixie Daena Grey, who layers melancholy poetry over a mournfully plucked six-string. The Emmy-nominated songstress (and former Oxford Belle) released her debut EP When the Bough Breaks in May 2012--the success of which is still driving her career onwards and upwards, as music critics and fans alike believe she can do no wrong. Sharing the headlining honor is local boys Grant Muller & the Mission. Frontman Muller pulls blues and soul influence into his music--his laid-back vocal stylings and guitar work could be imagined onstage anytime in the past 60 years. Check Detroit's website for special guest performances each week. (Erin DeWitt)


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Jonny Lang: A Bluesman's Brush With God

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At 19, Jonny Lang encountered what he calls the "craziest experience I've ever had." It was 1999, and the father of the Los Ange-les-based musician's then-girlfriend/now wife, Haylie, was on his deathbed. Lang was sitting with Haylie in her back yard, and the word Jesus inexplicably came out of his mouth, and he began shaking in his chair. Hours later, Haylie's father, Cliff, died. On that day, Lang felt a moment of strange calmness, the work of a presence he later believed to be the spirit of God. As the born-again Christian clarifies now, when the incident occurred, he had no intention of acknowledging that God existed--much less accepting His influence.

"[God] just literally introduced himself to me. It's cool; I'm glad He did it that way," he says. "I'm a person who is very skeptical, and I needed something like that to make me understand it."

To a similar degree, Lang's initial experience with the blues would be life-changing. When the North Dakota-bred musician was 12 years old, his father took him to see some friends play in a group called the Bad Medicine Blues Band. Lang was particularly struck by the guitar tone he heard and the energy of their performance.


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Lineup for Burgerama III Announced

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FIDLAR performing at last year's Burgerama II
Burger Records announced the lineup for Burgerama III today, and once again fans of dreamy, poppy, trippy, thrashy, sweaty lo-fi rock have something to flip out over. Returning to the Observatory March 22 and 23, the list of bands is, of course, immense. Headliners include loads of returning talent-- Black Lips, FIDLAR and plenty of Locals Only alumni like Tijuana Panthers, Audacity, Hindu Pirates, The Lovely Bad Things...the list goes on. Hip-hop's favorite weirdo Kool Kieth is even supposed to show up. One thing that probably won't go on forever are the ticket sales, so it's probably wise to get on that if you're planning on going. Check out the full lineup below.

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Snoop Lion--See Friday
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Monday, January 6

Mystic Braves
The Constellation Room
The exciting, sun-kissed guitar and lo-fi vocals of Echo Park's own Mystic Braves is undoubtedly reminiscent of mid-'60s fuzz predecessors The Seeds, but also bursting with youthful confidence like fellow garage rock contemporaries The Allah-Lahs. Formerly Blackfeet Braves, the quartet channel the look and feel of a '60s rock group, from the shaky Super 8 footage tricks in their music videos to the shaggy hair and patterned wardrobe. It's no wonder they'd be a hit here in SoCal, where we're absolutely spoiled with music groups reclaiming classic psychedelic-garage rock these days, most notably from the Lolipop or Burger records ilk. Tonight is the first in a three-week romance between Mystic Braves and the Constellation room where all are invited to twist and shout the night away like its 1969. (Aimee Murillo)

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Jodi Cunnigham
Reel Big Fish--See Friday
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Monday, December 30

Ska Luau IV
House of Blues Anaheim
Orange County has long since passed the high-water mark of its contribution to third-wave ska, but the seven friends in Starpool play on. Formed in 2003 and consisting of former Save Ferris musicians (Bill Uechi, Brian Mashburn, Eric Zamora, Oliver Zavala, T-Bone Willy and Evan Kilbourne) and pre-Gwen No Doubt singer Alan Meade, the Anaheim-based group have spent years playing shows large and small in various venues and spearheading the beloved rude boy (and girl) gathering dubbed the Ska Luau. The crest of the third wave has come and gone, but with a clean blend of ska, reggae, punk-rock influences and more in the mix, the potential for good times at a Starpool show, especially, Ska Luau at the House of Blues, remains just the same. Look for a night full of support from Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, Code Name Rocky and Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe (Gabriel San Roman)


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Megadeth--See Tuesday
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Tuesday, December 17

Megadeth
City National Grove of Anaheim
Megadeth has had some kind of history, even for one of the world's most iconic thrash metal bands--starting with how founder Dave Mustaine partied too hard to be in Metallica, and then rocketing through the kind of high highs and low lows that make even Motley Crue's up­and­down history seem a little sedate. When they shredded, they shredded to a point just past the prior theoretical limits of human shreddery, and when they hit hard times (like the long­shot accident that came out of nowhere to temporarily eliminate Mustaine's ability to play guitar), they left a giant smoking crater. From Mustaine's rating as the greatest metal guitarist ever to Mustaine's, shall we say, "unpredictable" politics prompting no less than Gwar's extraterrestrial hellbeast front man Oderus Urungus demanding he "shut the fuck up," it's been nothing less than fascinating. (Chris Ziegler)

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The Olms--See Tuesday
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Monday, November 9

May McDonough and Company
Detroit Bar
Behold! One of LA's premier groups mixing up a flavorful blend of garage and lo-fi with such a noisey joie de vie. Wax Children have been at the psychedelic pop sound for quite some time, and coming from the land of El Lay, they're in good company with other bands from the Lolipop records label. Try to count all the goosebumps you'll get once you hear such the big sound emanating from the speakers. Good vibes all around tonight at Detroit Bar with May McDonough and Company and Deep Fields. (Aimee Murillo)

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Jay-Z--See Friday
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Tuesday, December 3

KRS-One
The Observatory
From North to South, East to West, hip-hop has managed to produce a lengthy canon of venerable MCs. But even among the kings of the genre, the passionate, lyrical wisdom of KRS-ONE puts him in a class by himself. His transition from artist to icon spans over two decades, a slue of albums and published works that represent his complex perspective on every element of hip hop's anatomy. Tonight, "The Techa" returns to OC for a lengthy rhyme session at a mere $5 a head! It's nice to know that a legend is never too busy to stop by and get cerebral on your ass for an affordable price. (Nate Jackson)


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