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Lake Street Dive--See Wednesday
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Monday, August 18

The Courtney John Project
Harvelle's
And now for something completely different--musician Courtney John brings his wild, weird mix of island beats, Kingston-style remixes, and eccentric electronica to Long Beach's underground music spot, Harvelle's. For his collaboration project, John, an award-winning songwriter, treats his audiences to a truly unique live music experience. For each show, John invites a different artist to perform with him, some well-known and some up-and-coming, ensuring no two concerts are alike. You know what they are like, though? Reggae on mushrooms. And a whole lotta weed. Not that that's a bad thing. Come out to Harvelle's tonight for what will surely be the trippiest night you'll have all week. (Erin DeWitt)

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En Vogue--See Thursday
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Monday, August 11

Dustin Lovelis
The Wayfarer
The Fling are one of the most-loved bands in Long Beach and when they aren't playing out, they're one of the most-missed. But Fling frontman Dustin Lovelis is just about to release his solo album Dimensions on flagship local label Porch Party, so Fling fans can still get their fix. Recorded in a matter of days with artiste-about-town Frank Lenz on drums and producer Elijah Thompson, Dimensions is a considered, artful and personal album that hits that same sweet spot as South Bay band dios--it's got lots of heart for the heartbroken and lots of detail for the geeks, and it carves out its own special space between '70s iconoclasts like Neil Young and '90s noise-pop bands that turned independent into simply "indie." Lovelis will be in residency all this month, so if you miss this, make sure you hit the next one. (Chris Ziegler)

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Warpaint--See Saturday
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Friday, August 8

Fartbarf
Alex's Bar
Fartbarf's name rules and everything about them rules- wanna know why? This Los Angeles trio, who call themselves post-neanderthal analogue synthesists, deliver gripping beats and mesmerizing rhythms, all through the use of vintage electronic synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders, among other things. And to top it all off, these fellas perform in matching caveman masks and astronaut outfits making them sights to see (as well as music to hear). Gettin' down is all part of the Fartbarf experience, and your next chance to check em out is tonight at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. (Aimee Murillo)

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Alec Ounsworth
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah--See Wednesday
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Tuesday, August 5

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Observatory
Since the dawn of this century, these hard rockin' San Franciscans have carved out quite a nice niche with their blend of garage-rock-meets-shoegaze. And for the past year, the Robert Levon Been-fronted outfit have toured behind Specter at the Feast, their first album in three years and their most well-received since 2005's brilliant Howl. Though the new album is a bit more mellow than fans may be accustomed to (which is attributed to the death of Been's father before making the record), the trio remains at their brooding best. BRMC's live shows are as powerful and inspiring as ever, and as their tour winds down, they make a stop in Orange County tonight. (Daniel Kohn)


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Dum Dum Girls play Burger A-Go-Go--See Saturday
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Friday, August 1

The Secret Affair 10 Year Anniversary
Alex's Bar
It started as a strictly-vinyl strictly-'60s night in a room that soon ran out of space for dancers, and now Long Beach's soul-and-more night Secret Affair is celebrating the big 1-0―that's ten non-stop years of hip-shaking soul-controlling record selecting, which is very worthy indeed in the here-tonight-gone-tomorrow world of club promotion. For this particular blowout the Secret agents are deploying a special all-star set of guest DJs and longtime Secret Affair supporters: '60s 45 monster Rick Barzell, the unstoppable funk-soul-and-more polymath Clifton Weave (who you'll know from every DJ set that ever got you dancing), and reggae/dub night Crucial's locally legendary Brian Robertson. Come ready for anything and―since they've had ten years to prepare―everything. (Chris Ziegler)

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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 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 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 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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