The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Built to Spill--See Saturday
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Friday, July 17

Sublime with Rome
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
Following the surprising success of their debut, you could forgive Sublime With Rome's lead singer for being overly excited. After all, it's not often--if ever--that a singer could perform with a band whose pedigree is on par with Sublime's, not to mention release an album. Yet Rome Ramirez found himself introducing Sublime's brand of reggae rock to an audience who were only a few years younger than him. Sublime With Rome's debut, Yours Truly, may have breathed new life into the band, but there was trouble simmering internally. Drummer Bud Gaugh left the outfit in December 2011, vowing to never rejoin the band amid doubts over the group's name and desire to tour. His subtraction allowed for Eric Wilson and Ramirez to enlist drummer-to-the-stars Josh Freese to take over behind the kit for subsequent tours. This week they're back with the new material from their album Sirens. (Daniel Kohn)

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Mike Vallely's Skate-Punk Fest Gives Us the Best of Both His Worlds

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Mike Vallely
Mike Vallely is self-admittedly hard to pin down--and with good reason. Between his duties singing with Black Flag, skateboarding, acting, hosting a podcast, running his own company and having a family, there aren't enough hours each day. Despite this busy schedule, Vallely is putting on a skate-punk event at Alex's Bar on Sunday.

For Switchblades and Urethane Music Festival--inspired by a song by his band Revolution Mother--Vallely curated a lineup of bands that all have skaters in them. Vallely knew from the beginning he wanted Duane Peters to be the headliner, regardless of which band Peters was playing with since he's "the original skateboard musician."


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Walter Trout--See Friday
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Friday, July 10

Walter Trout
The Coach House
Few OC-based musicians bleed the blues like Walter Trout. The soul, dexterity, heart break and elation in his voice and his guitar playing have always flowed out of him when he's on stage. After battling his way back from complications with a liver transplant, Trout is in good spirits and once again ready to reclaim the spotlight as one of the greatest OC bluesmen to ever pick up the guitar. Criss crossing Europe and North America on his aptly titled "I'm Back" Tour, he's touching down in San Juan Capistrano for a sold out hometown show at the Coach House. (Nate Jackson)

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Rudy DeAnda--See Friday
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Friday, July 3

John Butler Trio
The Observatory
John Butler, the driving force behind Australia's John Butler Trio, is a musician of eclectic tastes. He prefers to play his collection of twelve string guitars without the high-G, pulls electric sounds out of acoustic instruments, and embraces stylistic infidelity. His musical ADD has kept his sound evolving over the last seventeen years, which courses through reggae, blue grass, folk, funk, and rock. The group is in the final leg of touring for 2014's Flesh and Blood, which is the group's last stint before a new record. Flanked by bassist Byron Luiters and percussionist Grant Gerathy, Butler and his trio will hit the Observatory on Friday, July 3. (Heidi Darby)

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Metalachi's Party Music Could Make El Diablo Dance

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What would happen to a young Mexican American musician, who decades ago, was brought up with traditional Mariachi music, but in his teens discovered bands like Black Sabbath and the mutliverse of hard rock and heavy metal?

This is where the concept for Metalachi was born, in the in the 1990s. Struggling with opposing musical genres, the band gave birth to an innovative new sound: the fusion of traditional Mexican Mariachi folk music, and the loud, wild, sleezy and decadent vibes of heavy metal.

Metalachi had been blowing minds and bursting ear drums, all with a high level of musicianship, showmanship, creativity, and tongue in cheek humor. With heavy roots in Mexican culture, the band spends most of its time on the road, breaking down musical and cultural barriers one concert at a time. Lead singer Vega De La Rocka took time to speak with the Weekly about the band's passion for Mexican culture, keeping the use of cover songs legal, a recent appearance on the TV show 'America's Got Talent' where the band perform Twisted sister's classic 'We're not Gonna Take It,' and the upcoming show Sunday, at the Slidebar in Fullerton.


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Ignite--See Friday
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Friday, June 26

Nickelback
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
The universal joke that is Nickelback comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater tonight--and by the looks of their rather extensive touring schedule, embracing the title of the world's most ridiculed/hated band turns out to be a pretty lucrative schtick. The Canadian group's current tour is in support of last year's rock-anthem-laden No Fixed Address, and even includes dates in Europe and Australia, so we guess those online campaigns to prevent the band from performing didn't pan out. Expect audience members to be a fair mix of Nickelback fans (of which, actually, there are a surprising number) and hipsters who still think it's cool to do things for irony's sake. Excuse us now while we clear our search history. (Erin DeWitt)


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Lisa Lampanelli Gives Us a Little Relationship Therapy

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Hold the phones people because your plans for Friday night have just been made! The Queen Lisa Lampanelli has a brand new special called "Back to the Drawing Board" and it's premiering June 26th on EPIX. Bringing her signature sharp tongue to the stage for raunch filled banter and racial insults galore, she's also killing it with truths about her recent divorce, weight loss, and dating at this juncture in her life. Since she gives so much of her real self in the new special, we wanted to hear a little more about her new path to see if we could apply it to our own lives. Turns out, LL is pretty great at giving advice and we ended up getting somewhat of a free therapy session...and maybe you will too.


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Through the Roots at Summerfest--See Saturday
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Friday, June 19

The Misfits
The Observatory
What a long, weird trip it's been for horror punk peddlers The Misfits since the 1982 release of their debut album Walk Among Us. The album, which unleashed the New Jersey group's penchant for horror movie themes, monsters, 1950s science fiction and abrasive punk and metal stylings, would open the doors for exposure to wider audiences. But, as the story often goes, conflicting views and disagreements led to the demise of their original line-up, with members sprouting their own musical projects. For three nights at the Observatory, The Misfits, which currently includes only one original member Jerry Only, will be revisiting their classic studio material, from Static Age to Earth A.D., and tonight, of course, Walk Among Us. Also on the setlist: the group's greatest hits. (Aimee Murillo)

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Fu Manchu--See Saturday
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Slaves Against the Machine
Lido Live
Seminal '90s band Rage Against the Machine were truly influential for their time, bringing an original set of leftist, revolutionary views that criticized corporate America and oppressive governmental structures through a fiery conglomeration of rap, punk, hip hop, and hardcore music not matched before or since. The group have since disbanded and reunited a few times for major concert festivals with little assurance that a full reunion will ever happen. Enter premier RATM tribute group Slaves Against The Machine, whose lead singer Michael Tadeo accomplishes the impossible and fully emulates the fiery stage presence of Rage singer Zach De La Rocha, while guitarist Masa Inga serves as frenetic analog to Rage's guitar master Tom Morello. Original Rage fans should flock to see this impressive LA act, ideally more times than once, as they kick off a savage performance best experienced live.
(Aimee Murillo)


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Nadastrom--See Friday
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Friday, June 5

Alkaline Trio
The Observatory
Back in the early 2000s, the dark, cultish, catchy songs of Alkaline Trio held a special place among our mixed CDs--and though they may have faded a little bit from our current playlists of new music, they remain forever embedded in our hearts as a seminal angst-ridden, pop-punk band. But the band is as hard-working as ever, putting out an album every few years. But this week, you can hear all of them back to back (as in two albums a night for four nights). After kicking off their full album shows on Thursday, their residency at the Observatory continues on Friday with This Addiction then Maybe I'll Catch Fire.(Erin DeWitt)

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