Foxygen - The Observatory - August 15, 2014

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Moss Perricone
The Observatory

"When I say Rado, you say drank," Jonathan Rado calls out from behind a stack of keyboards. Rado. Drank. Rado. Drank. He hits a button -- the beat kicks in at 74 BPM. It's the same tempo as Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools. Roll up. Drank. "Give me your pants," someone shouts. "I can't," Rado responds -- calm, removed, Keith Richards cool. He plays with a cigarette in his mouth, wet between sips off a big bottle of Jack.

"These are my bar mitzvah pants."

Things got freaky Friday night at the Observatory. Opening act (and Locals Only faves) Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel ushered in a wave of chunky psychedelia -- persistent bass grooves dressed up in Davy Jones harmonies, in sinister Sunday morning organ riffs. Frontman Tomas Dolas convulsed at the keys, howling, thrashing, setting off "Nico" -- a perfect closer, a song for the pit.

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Paramore - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - August 16, 2014

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Christopher Victorio
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Wearing kneepads and Muay Thai shorts, with sweat dripping off the tips of her SLC Punk-blue hair, it was clear that Paramore's Hayley Williams is no longer the perceived lightweight from the Vans Warped Tour. After last year's Self-Titled tour, and years of unfair criticism (amplified by the Farro brothers' departure in 2010), Paramore is now her band. There's nothing left to prove, and after 10 years, Paramore has seriously grown up--the teenybopper label dropped like baby fat in favor of Hayley Williams becoming a pop icon.

"We made it to double digits guys," she calmly stated to thousands of crazed fans at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine; connecting directly with the audience by smiling at "familiar faces" as if they were all in the same minivan together, with her dad in the driver's seat. Those same fans that discovered Paramore through "Misery Business" in 2007, have grown up alongside Williams, who now seems to be feeling the wear-and-tear on her body--like an aging prizefighter--except she's only 25: "Getting old," she told the crowd, "it's getting harder to headbang, but that's okay, that's why I have knee pads." And like any proper fighter, she isn't one complain or show her bruises. Williams' neck and back are constantly in pain, and having been on the road nonstop since October, you can bet her vocal chords are strained. But none of it showed on the Irvine stop of the 44-date Monumentour with Fall Out Boy--it never does with Williams. She's a born performer, like Freddie Mercury or Elvis before her.

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Pacific Festival: The Dunes - Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - August 16, 2014

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Taylor Morgan
By: Taylor Morgan
Pacific Festival
Newport Dunes
August 16th, 2014

For a couple years now, Pacific Festival has worked on mastering the art of the large scale OC beach party. On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach, blonde beauties sip ice-cold beers out of pink flamingo cup holders, designed to look like miniature floaties. Beach balls fly through the air as Cherry Glazerr perform on the main stage and toes dig into the sand of this years Pacific Festival: The Dunes.

Pineapple t-shirts, bikinis, and barely-there shorts hug swinging hips. Sweat drips down the backs of fat boys, who have collectively decided to forgo their tank tops. After all, their fanny packs, serving as the vessel for menthol cigarettes, is creating quite the sweat pocket already. In the near distance, kids in life jackets paddle board effortlessly and cannonball from a large floating whale into the Eco preserved water.

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Lahna Turner's Recipe For Delicious, Dirty Songs

How does girl know what "ATM" is if you don't look it up?
Penning song perfection is a lot like baking an impeccable cake. You have to have just the right amount of ingredients and skill so it will end up being something that your whole audience will enjoy. Comedian Lahna Turner can relate to both but with her new one-hour special "So I Wrote a Song About It" releasing August 19th, we decided to save the cake recipe for later so we could find out the required components one would need to craft a mischievous melody. After all, some of the best songs write themselves very quickly, much like setting your oven to broil, and some tunes are more difficult to accomplish. That's why we're leaving it to Lahna to tell us exactly what is needed.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Lake Street Dive--See Wednesday
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Monday, August 18

The Courtney John Project
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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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Weary Boys--See Saturday
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Saturday, August 16

Pacific Festival: The Dunes
Newport Dunes
Break out your hottest swimsuit and slather on the sunscreen because Pacific Festival is back again to bring you the ultimate day party. Dubbed simply The Dunes, this year's music festival features a non-stop lineup of live music, including sets from Holy Ghost, Plastic Plates with Sam Sparro, Miami Horror, Moon Boots, Cherry Glazzerr, De Lux, Painted Palms, Goddollars and many more. Several food trucks are scheduled to roll in, slinging tasty dishes, but make sure to stop by Dos Chinos for some latin asian fusion tacos. Pre-sale tickets have already sold out, so get online and secure our passes as soon as possible--or splurge for VIP and relax in a private gazebo sipping a cocktail from the full bar. You know what they say about West Coast parties... (Erin DeWitt)

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BONES Sees the Future of EDM. It's Called "Future House"

Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Bones at Splash House
BONES prides himself on staying humble in the dance music scene despite being involved for almost a decade now. He moved to LA from Denver to go to graphic design school at Loyola Marymount University and though he's a creative director at a marketing company in Beverly Hills by day, he's also a very successful DJ by night. With gigs all over from EDC Las Vegas to HARD Summer, he's playing three out of our top five recommended fests this month.

The man who can't keep a straight face in a picture is playing Pacific Fest this weekend in Newport and pushing that bass heavy house, techno and nu disco which he also profiles on his very well known blog Gotta Dance Dirty. We caught up with BONES, born Trevor Moffitt, last weekend at Splash House in Palm Springs to find out how he got to where he is today and where he's going.

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Rapper Sage One Delves into Doo-Wop

Sage One and Deejay Lala
Sage One turns into a retro rapper in his latest musical move, one that would make Art Laboe proud. The 21-year-old Costa Mesa wordsmith is dialing back the clock to the smooth vocal harmonies of doo wop. Melding classic cuts with boom bap beats, Sage One presents The Oldies But Goodies Collection. Samples of "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos and Pete Wingfield's "18 With a Bullet," show the merits of the audio experiment. Sage One's 420 makeover of "Mr. Sandman" stands out as the most hilarious with the chorus rhyming: "Mr. Weedman / Bring me some weed / You've got the dankest shit / That I've ever seen!" The Chordettes probably never thought of being re-imagined in such a way!

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Life Lessons From Dr. John, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

With six Grammys and more than 30 studio albums under his belt, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mac Rebennack (AKA: Dr. John) is a piece of N'awlins history.

"After I signed with Atlantic in '67, I created my Dr. John persona based on an old New Orleans spiritual leader," Rebennack recently told The Wall Street Journal. "I added the 'Night Tripper' to the name because I had always stayed up all night."

Rebennack's past wasn't always grooves and gumbo: Rebennack served two years in prison, after a decades-long battle with heroin and criminal activity that led to his arrest. He has been clean and sober for 25 years.

In 2012, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, approached Rebennack to record an album (Locked Down). Rebennack called the collaboration "a real group manoeuvre", which left him "feel[ing] good about the music".

Rebennack is back on tour after he "wuz bitten by a flu bug" earlier this month, which forced him to cancel a handful of shows. (Thank goodness it wasn't Ebola). He will be performing at UCLA December 6. Ske-Dat-De-Dat, Rebennack's upcoming album, drops August 19.

Here are a few life lessons from the Boogie Woogie Badass from the Bayou:

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Every Year, a Swarm of Elvis Impersonators Descend On Costa Mesa

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Jill Lloyd
Kirk Wall
Legend has it, a woman once gave Elvis Presley a crown and told him he was king. His reply was something along the lines of, "No, Jesus Christ is king. I'm just a singer."

Well, Elvis was wrong because he was the king, is still the king and forever will be the king. If not, explain how next Sunday's Elvis Festival -- taking place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Orange County Market Place -- is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

The gathering includes a Cadillac car show featuring passenger vehicles from 1950 to 1977, something called the Piled High Priscilla Hair and Elevated Elvis Hair contests and food trucks serving more peanut butter and banana -inspired dishes than a Memphis diner. And, as the main event, four stages will feature male and female tribute artists and karaoke singers singing and shaking their hips. (The over/under on "Suspicious Minds" is 12.)

Kirk Wall, a 57-year-old Anaheim resident, has hosted every year, which makes him pretty much an expert on just how awesome Sunday will be, which is why we spoke to him.

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