The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Matt Ulfelder.
Burgerama--See Saturday
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Friday, September 27

Chief Keef
The Yost Theater
At only twenty years-old, Keith Cozart a.k.a. Chief Keef has experienced all the major highs and lows that the music industry can bestow on a young artist. After releasing his own music videos and mixtapes online, Cozart caught the attention of a certain Yeezus and skyrocketed to fame through the Interscope label with his studio debut Finally Rich in 2012. Finally Rich features a who's-who of rap royalty including 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. Legal troubles, getting dropped from Interscope, and other tensions would follow for Keef, but his recent 20-track mixtape Sorry 4 The Weight would drop on his own Glo Gang label to positive reviews. Tonight the Chicago rapper will reach for the mic once again and land back in the hearts of fans. (Aimee Murillo)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Jeremy Deputat
Travis Barker at Musink--See Friday
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Friday, March 20

Musink
OC Fair and Events Center
Usually, this Travis Barker-curated event was a highlight for the OC concert and tattoo calendar due to its unique blending of his two passions. This year, however, controversy has been swirling around the event; Barker's band, you know Blink-182, are the headliners but not without problems. The much- publicized feud between Barker, Mark Hoppus and singer Tom DeLonge has overshadowed the event, with a he said/he said battle of DeLonge's declining to participate. Even with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba taking over for DeLonge, the lineup is formidable: bands like Bad Religion, Rancid, OFF! and rapper Yelawolf fill out the bill, and all eyes will be on what could be called the new Blink-182, which will be worth the price of admission. (Daniel Kohn)

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Pablo Francisco's Comedy Gets Even More Animated

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I guess it's better to be a comic than a rock star.
Comedian Pablo Francisco is a fascinating cat because you never know what's going to come out of his mouth when you see him live and yet, you always know that you'll be left with laughter cramps that hurt so good. From start to finish, he slays with impressions, insane characters, unbelievable sound effects, points out the ridiculousness of widespread topics, and to label him as "high energy" would be a severe understatement. It's because of all of the before mentioned that the house is never not packed when he's in town so heads up, Pablo will be at the Irvine Improv this Thursday through Sunday so you might want to get a jump on grabbing your tickets. Another heads up, we heard he has an upcoming special he'll soon be taping filled with hilarious new material so we in turn called him up to ask all about it.


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Pop Noir--See Friday
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Friday, March 13

The Expendables
The Observatory
The Expendables have never been a one-trick pony in the reggae world. Even though their style has helped influence a generation of rasta-fied rock bands who love what they do, the Santa Cruz quartet are an unpredictable bunch that always has a new angle to take on the stoner, party reggae party vibe. Whether that means recording an acoustic album, or a split demo with themselves (one side full of metal versions of their songs, the other side, all reggae) this band is good enough to never live up to their name. See them at the Observatory this weekend along with Fortunate Youth and Catastro. (Nate Jackson)

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Odesza Prepare to Be Electronic Kings of Spring

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By: Kevin Camps
Few can argue that the bass in Odesza's new music booms with the sound of an electronic act whose time has come. The release of their second album In Return late last year only solidified the duo's recent profile boost in the EDM world. Now with the announcement of their newly-minted label, Foreign Family Collective, Seattle-based DJs Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight have their eyes set on spring, which kicks off with their highly-anticipated set at San Diego's CRSSD Festival this Sunday, March 15.

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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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