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 Best Concerts in OC This Week

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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.

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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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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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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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OC Parks Summer Concert Series: GoGo 13, Gardens & Villa, Matt Costa and More

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Tim Johnson
Go Go 13
So here's one reason for your broke ass to feel better about your staycation this year (again)--a season full of free concerts in the park! Several parks, actually. KROQ's annual ROQ N' Surf summer series is offering 10 free shows from Fullerton to Dana Point from June 26 through August 28 at some of the finest outdoor areas in OC. From impeccable cover bands to disheveled indie darlings, this concert series has all kinds of styles that go well with sandals and and a hackey sack. A couple highlights: Go Go 13 playing Irvine Regional Park on July 31, Gardens & Villa playing Mile Square Park on August 7 and Matt Costa rounding things out on August 28 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. But really, its a damn fine bill all the way through. See the full schedule of shows in this summer series after the jump.

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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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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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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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