The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Seven Seconds--See Saturday
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Friday, March 6
Poop
The Doll Hut
Few OC punk bands have been through more shit together than Poop. Formed in 1993 by rompin'-stompin' front man Scott Hoogland, they remain a band hellbent on destruction--including their bodies, any stage they play on and hopefully your ideas of the definition of the limitations of punk rock. Their roaring, beer-soaked sound incorporates Motorhead-esque rock-n-roll with thrash and stage antics that have left plenty of shocked audiences in their wake. Battling back from a number of obstacles (including the death of former drummer Steven Pratt), the band are finally playing their first show in several years at the Doll Hut along with the Rikk Agnew Band (though we're told due health issues Rikk will have guest performers singing RAB and old Adolescents songs in his stead). Make sure to get their early to see Poop push out their one of a kind set. (Nate Jackson)


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Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday Says His Band Was Never Emo

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Adam Lazzara with Taking Back Sunday at House of Blues in 2009.
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By: Corey Deiterman

Tomorrow Taking Back Sunday will grace the stage at the Observatory. Unlike their retrospective jaunt two years ago in celebration of their classic 2002 album Tell All Your Friends, this is in honor of the re-release of their newest album, Happiness Is. Though many might view them through the lens of nostalgia, Taking Back Sunday is always looking forward.

We recently spoke with front man Adam Lazzara about the reissue of Happiness Is, a deluxe edition of their 2014 record containing bonus tracks which was released this past Tuesday, the touring life, and, of course, Tell All Your Friends, in advance of the show.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Taking Back Sunday--See Saturday
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Friday, February 27

The Beatles vs. The Stones
House of Blues Anaheim
So you say you've got them moves like Jagger, eh? Well, my guitar gently weeps, so suck it. These are the typical clamorings of a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones fan rivalry. While we may never come to an agreement over which British Invader shall reign supreme in our collective classic rock conscious, we can objectively analyze the music and imaging of each band during the times they were simultaneously blowing our American minds. Approach the decades-old debate of Beatles vs. Stones and develop an educated conclusion during Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts' "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones" lecture. Because before now, the showdown was always between the fans, not the bands. (Amanda Parsons)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Ryan Orange
Billy Idol--See Sunday
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Friday, February 20

The White Buffalo
The Observatory
With his long brown hair, an intimidating beard and his don't-fuck-with-me look, the White Buffalo--who was born into this world as Jake Smith--is a throwback to a time when rough-and-tumble, hard-drinking artists (à la Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart) resonated with audiences more than manufactured, über-produced pop stars. But Smith connects with a range of audiences in a very contemporary way and has a catalog that spans not only heartfelt ballads, but also raucous bar songs. (Daniel Kohn)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Bella Novella--See Saturday
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Friday, February 13

Brian McKnight
City National Grove of Anaheim
Some of us over here at the Weekly have been fans of Brian McKnight since he burst onto the scene in 1992. And with an upcoming show at City National Grove of Anaheim on February 13th, we knew there'd be zero chance that we'd be passing up the opportunity to see him 20+ years later. "BMK" has had quite a solid career with countless albums and Grammy noms under his belt so it's be wise to grab some extra Valentine's Day brownie points by scoring tickets for your sweetie to see this soulful crooner live and up-close. (Ali Lerman)

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Sam Tripoli is His Phone's Bitch

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I can't believe it's 2015 and we're still pooping.
[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.]

This February 14th, try swapping out that overpriced romantic dinner for two crap and instead, get in the mood with a night filled with total debauchery at The Naughty Show presents: Sam Tripoli's Naughty Valentine's Day. On Saturday night you can release your wild side at Harvelle's in Long Beach at The Naughty Show that consistently kills it by giving you tons of eye and ear candy with a mix of fantastic comics, sexy pole and burlesque dancers, adult film stars, and of course, plenty of audience participation. Before you switch it up and skip the nice and go straight for the naughty this Valentine's Day, we ripped into Sam for our favorite type of randomness, "Quick Questions."


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Relax, Ladies. Brian McKnight Says It's Okay to Pleasure Yourself

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What did they think? All of the sudden I was going to forget to how to sing?

Some of us over here at the Weekly have been fans of Brian McKnight since he burst onto the scene in 1992. And with an upcoming show at City National Grove of Anaheim on February 13th, we knew there'd be zero chance that we'd be passing up the opportunity to talk to him finally 20+ years later. "BMK" has had quite a solid career with countless albums and Grammy noms under his belt so we figured before getting your Valentine's Day brownie points on by scoring tickets for your sweetie to see this soulful crooner live and up-close, we'd dig in with everything we possibly could with Mr. Brian McKnight.


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Zola Jesus--See Sunday
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Friday, February 6
The Dollyrots
Slidebar
The Dollyrots have taken musical elements many OC fans might remember about the 1990s (snotty punk vocals, ska rhythms) and made them more palatable to a new generation of ears. Piling record scratches on top of lead singer Kelly Ogden's sleek and highly-produced voice, the uber-melodic arrangements also feature anthemic choruses. Signed to Joan Jett's Blackheart label, rock n roll never sounded so clean. See them for free this Friday at Slidebar (Brandon Ferguson)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Melvins headline the Indigo Festival--See Saturday
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Friday, January 30

Jungle Fire
Segerstrom Center
It's impossible to describe Jungle Fire without employing a lot of adjectives. The band/project (they describe themselves as both) sports nearly a dozen members: four drummers, two trombonists, two guitarists, a bassist and two baritone sax players who can also bust out flutes on short notice. Their music starts off with a base of Afrobeat and Cuban Pilόn, before pouring in some cumbia and slapping on a couple of breakbeats. Top all that off with some '70s funk and a tad of '60s psychedelia and you've maybe come close to describing the end result -- their debut LP, Tropicoso. This Friday, they take the stage with LA's funk/soul/afrobeat rejuvenators Orgone as part of the expansive Off Center Festival at the Segerstrom Center. (Paige Osburn)

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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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