The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Nick Waterhouse--See Saturday
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Friday, January 23

Periphery
Yost Theater
In this world, bands were using the colors and sounds of death metal to make music so simple, so calculated, so generic, and ultimately so sterile that it felt like progress was impossible without a real return to the past. Thankfully, Periphery has become the standard-bearer for the new voice of progression in extremely heavy music. Now surrounded by watered-down copycats masturbating away on low notes, Periphery continues to be the first band to make the next statement for a genre eating its own tail. See them perform at the Yost on fFriday with Nothing More, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist(David Von Bader)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Agent Orange--See Friday
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Friday, January 16

Dead Kennedys
The Observatory
You can love the fact that three-fourths of San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys have been performing since 2001 without original singer Jello Biafra, or you can despise it. What you shouldn't do is make assumptions without having seen the current lineup live.The first tours for the reformed group (Ray, bassist Klaus Flouride, drummer D.H. Peligro and singer Ron "Skip" Greer) played to approximately 300 people per night, but those who've seen the band since 2001 have apparently decided that a Jello-less Dead Kennedys are a worthwhile act; they have played numerous European festivals and a show in Bogota, Colombia, to nearly 100,000 people. This week the band returns to OC for a show at the Observatory, backed by JFA and supergroup GFP, featuring skateboard legend Tony Alva and Greg Hetson from Bad Religion. (Ryan Ritchie)


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John Gilhooley
The Dickies--See Saturday
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Friday, January 9

Ozomatli
House of Blues
The 10 members of Ozomatli have one central characteristic in common: They're all from Los Angeles. From there, their musical paths diverge as the individual tastes, ethnicities and approaches to creation reveal themselves, only to converge again on the backside of the circle as they gather to make music. Granted, in any group so large you're bound to find variety, but seldom do these tastes coalesce in such an imaginative fashion -- an amalgam of salsa, funk, hip-hop, reggae and jazz. Watch the legendary band perform this week at the House of Blues in Anaheim. (Randall Roberts)

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The Iron Maidens--See Saturday
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Friday, January 2

J Boog and Anuhea
The Observatory
With his sleeve tattoos, backward baseball cap and penchant for oversized T-shirts, J Boog more resembles a member of Action Bronson's crew than a rising star of reggae.
There's a strange kind of disconnect when watching his videos, too: sans dreadlocks and a rasta knit hat, you can't believe this huge, tough-looking guy is singing, sweetly and smoothly, over R&B-infused reggae grooves. His most famous song, "Let's Do It Again," could've been on the soundtrack of an Adam Sandler rom-com, filled with "ooh baby"s and words such as "lovers" and "paradise."Then again, you could say his lack of an image is his image. If J Boog is passionate about anything, it's keeping it real. See him two night back to back with Hawaiian songbird Anuhea (Lilledeshan Bose)

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Face to Face--See Friday
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Friday, December 26

Murs
House of Blues Anaheim
There are living legends, and then there are Living Legends. Even among all the members of the celebrated Southland hip-hop supergroup, Murs stands out as an especially incisive and provocative rapper. His sharp words are put to good use in his newest project, The White Mandingos, wherein Murs collaborates with Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer and examines the contradictions of a black artist trying to succeed in the still-narrow confines of the rock scene. Whether the former Nick Carter is performing solo or with his various projects (including The Invincibles, 3 Melancholy Gypsies and Felt), he is ever evolving. (Falling James)


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Steve Rannazzisi Is In a League of His Own

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Hannah Cleaveland
It's important that it not be censored or anything get censored for that matter.
Actor and comedian Steve Rannazzisi kills it as Kevin MacArthur on the FXX show The League but on December 26th though December 28th (Friday-Sunday), you can ditch the family (unless they're cool) because he'll be rolling into town to bust up your holiday by bringing down the house at the Brea Improv. We chatted it up with Rannazzisi before his Brea dates to see what he thinks about the Sony leaks, what's in store for him in 2015, and to whine about how sad we are that The League will be filming their final season.

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Andrew Youssef
The Vandals--See Friday
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Friday, December 19

The Vandals Christmas Formal
House of Blues Anaheim
This holiday season, as with every before it, you're faced with the same choice of holiday shows such as the Nutcracker or perhaps Santa on Ice. But we can think of few better ways to celebrate Christmas--like with OC's own puerile punk rock purveyors and all-around merry mischief makers, the Vandals. There is no discussion about punk rock in the land of citrus without mention of these zany pranksters and their songs about rebellious hamburgers and the love of Vietnamese pizza delivery girls. But it's been a tough year for these punk rock stalwarts as they've been sued by Daily Variety for some sort of trumped up copyright infringement. So when you're hemming and hawing about spending money on a trip to a frozen pond this year, remember all the good times the Vandals have afforded your sorry ass over the decades and give back by purchasing a ticket to their show. (Brandon Ferguson)

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How Justin Willman Turned Himself Into a Comedy Magician

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Elisabeth Caren
Take one part actor, one part TV host, one part comedian, a sprinkle of musical ability, and then one part magician. Now blend them together and what do you get? Poof! Justin Willman! Justin takes the term "jack of all trades" and puts it to shame and he'll show you just that with his brand of comedic magistry (is that even a word?) at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (December 18th- 21st). Before the big event with Willman the wizard of entertainment goes down, we chatted it up with him about how he got his start, what people really think about magic, and what we can expect to be enchanted by with his performances this weekend.


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RX Bandits--See Friday
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Friday, November 12

RX Bandits
The Glass House
RX Bandits' 2014 release Gemini, Her Majesty confirms that the band are, without a doubt, jelling at a higher level. They are proggier than ever, which shouldn't surprise anyone following the band during the past decade. Catch them on Friday at the Glass House, where thy will reform the entire new album from beginning to end. Their second show on Saturday will feature a setlist voted on by their fans. (Adam Lovinus)

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Anyone Who Calls Roy Wood Jr. "Bae" is NOT his Bae.

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I'm not big on crowd interaction.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

'Bama born Roy Wood Jr. has the craft of clowning down to a science. And while we were not happy to hear that his TBS show "Sullivan & Son" was cancelled after three seasons because we'll miss those boys, we are glad that we won't have to wait long to see Roy in particular. This December 11th through 14th Roy will be hitting the stage hard at the Brea Improv so we dialed into his quick mind for some "Quick Questions" before the big event goes down.


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