The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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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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The Best Concerts in OC 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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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Josue Rivas
Molotov--See Sunday
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Friday, December 5

Tokimonsta
The Observatory
Torrance's TOKiMONSTA was part of that first unbelievable generation of Low End Theory-born beatmakers and producers, releasing a ferocious roster of records in that high-water-mark year of 2010 that earned her a place alongside breakouts like Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma and Gaslamp Killer and Gonjasufi's A Sufi And A Killer. She's further refined her sound since then, developing a fascinating aesthetic that works just as well for a pop song as it does for an infinitely detailed producer's showcase. (For examples of both in action, check her collaborations with L.A. neo-disco vocalist Gavin Turek.) Her most recent Desiderium collides kosmiche spacescapes with instantly accessible pop, making yet another release that's less an album than a self-contained little world. (Chris Ziegler)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Seedless--See Saturday
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Friday, November 28
Off!
The Observatory
The hair-flailing zeal of guitarist Dimitri Coats permeates and personifies Off!, the band he co-founded with former Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontmouth Keith Morris in 2009. With the exception of Morris (who for many fans is L.A. punk incarnate), Off!'s members arrived from a broad palette of styles: Coats formerly fronted hard-rock trio Burning Brides, bassist Steven Shane McDonald hails from alt-rock pioneers Redd Kross, and drummer Mario Rubalcaba does double duty with post-hardcorists Hot Snakes. The resulting elective enthusiasm and multigenre dexterity are all over Off!'s take on hardcore punk -- which, though primal and breathlessly to-the-point (the 17 songs on third album Wasted Years clock in at a collective 23 minutes), is warmed with real musicality and tasty changes of pace beneath Morris' perpetually indignant, revenge-of-the-nerds ranting. (Paul Rogers)


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The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Friday, November 21
The Blood Brothers
The Observatory
Seminal hardcore band The Blood Brothers reunited for their adoring fans at FYF Fest in August 2014 nearly seven years after their band breakup, and tonight they return to Southern California in OC for an engagement at the Observatory. Formed in 1997 in Seattle by teenage friends Jordan Billie, Johnny Whitney, Mark Gajadhar, Morgan Henderson and Cody Votolato, the group have gone on to be one of the most beloved hardcore acts to arise from that era. In between their breakup and reunion, each member has gone on their own various projects, from clothing lines to solo projects to side bands. Wherever they continue their musical journeys, its clear that perhaps there's hope for The Blood Brothers to converge their collective synergies once again for fans. Catch them tonight at the Observatory and see what happens. (Aimee Murillo)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Pizza Underground--See Friday
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Friday, November 14

The Pizza Underground
Constellation Room
When the project was first presented on SoundCloud last year, people didn't know what to make of the Pizza Underground. Led by child star Macaulay Culkin, the group of quirky New Yorkers covers Velvet Underground songs--but with a twist. Reinterpreting VU classics is one thing, but what Culkin and Co. do is parody the tracks by using pizza-themed lyrics and song titles. While not everyone appreciates their comedy rock--they were booed off stage at a show in England earlier this year--the quintet is one of the most original mock groups to come along in quite a while. Also appearing tonight is singer/songwriter Har Mar Superstar, who, early in his career, was known for his own schtick of stripping down (literally) onstage. Today, Har Mar, an influential fixture in New York's indie scene, writes songs for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and the Cheetah Girls. (Daniel Kohn)

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Common Kings
Common Kings play tonight at The Observatory

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Friday, November 7

Common Kings
The Observatory
Common Kings appear poised for a major breakout in 2015. In fact, it's looking almost inevitable. They just came off tour with Justin Timberlake--13 dates across Australia and New Zealand--and now they're in the studio with a team of A-list producers for their debut LP, called Hits and Mrs. due out mid-January. They're working on tracks with Timberlake's longtime co-songwriter and producer Rob Knox, also Grammy-winner Supa Dups (Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars), and Brian Kennedy (Ciara, Rhianna). Fronted by a Samoan-born crooner gifted with a honey-tone three-octave range, Common Kings is comprised of four OC-bred Pacific Islanders who can all trace their heritage back to royal bloodlines. Their sound has found Common Kings a place all their own in the Island music scene. (Adam Lovinus)


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The Wheeland Brothers and HIRIE Make Cali Reggae With Aloha

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Josue Rivas
Hirie

by David Garcia

This Friday night, Orange County's sand and surf rockers, The Wheeland Brothers, make their return to Santa Ana with a hometown show at The Constellation Room. Joining the beach-and-burrito lovers will be San Diego's female-fronted reggae sensation, HIRIE. Both bands bring a high-energy performance with the occasional mellow acoustic track, which makes for another great showcase of Cali reggae at OC's premier music venue.

Brothers Travis and Nate "Frogg" Wheeland began officially recording music in 2010, following an inspirational trip to the island of Kauai. Living their lives and relating their experiences through music inspired by what seems to be a mixture of a Spicoli-like lifestyle and the chorus of Sublime's "Doin Time" playing endlessly, the duo has found a way to spread their music far beyond their Southern California home base.


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