The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Story So Far--See Friday
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Friday, May 1

The Story So Far
The Observatory
The Story So Far started with five kids living in Walnut Creek, CA. They had just gotten out of middle school and, influenced by Blink 182 and Green Day, decided to start a pop punk revival band. The result? Several EPs and three full-length albums--all focused on themes of falling in love, mending a broken heart, and celebrating personal victories. These themes, of course, are classically pop punk, as with the band's sound where supercharged riffs command audiences to belt along and bounce. As you can imagine, The Story So Far's shows are hyper-energetic and sweaty as hell, so don't forget to wear comfortable shoes.
(Kristine Hoang)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Dustin Rabin
Faith No More--See Saturday
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Friday, April 24

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
House of Blues Anaheim
Once you put your 3D glasses on at the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, you'll experience Pink Floyd classics like Dark Side of the Moon the way they should be experienced: with visuals and sound married together. For the past two decades, this laser show has given a face to songs like "Us and Them" and "Money," whether that's with dancing purple and green lights or laser animations. Among the melody and beat-driven light choreography is also video art and holographic elements - because, you know, there can never be too much visual stimulation. With so much going on for your eyes and ears alike, you gotta admit: this is a pretty great way to appreciate Pink Floyd. (Kristine Hoang)

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Comedian Rod Man Knows a Thing or Two About Being Subjective.

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You never know how you're being received.
Put in your time, hustle hard, promote endlessly, and pray to be noticed are some of the basics when it comes to "making it" in stand-up. Oh, and a little TV face time doesn't hurt either. Rod Man practiced all of that for 20 years and got huge recognition by nailing down the big win on season eight of Last Comic Standing. If you liked him on the tube, you'll love him live when he takes his talents to the Brea Improv this Friday through Sunday. Before he hits Orange County this weekend, we hit him up to find out where his head was during the taping of the show, to see what he did with that glorious prize money, and to get his thoughts on the current state of comedy.

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Local Band to Lead Anti-Police Police Brutality Protest in Memory of Kelly Thomas

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One great thing about OC's music community is it's long memory. In some cases, like the killing of Kelly Thomas, its a long bitter memory. It's been four years since the horrific 2011 death of the unarmed homeless man, beaten to death by Fullerton police officers who were later acquitted of murder Last weekend on Easter, Thomas would've turned 41 years old. That fact alone is usually enough to incite local outrage, let along the recent press the case has gotten in recent days because of two live streamers who narrowly escaped convictions for failing to disperse at the post-verdict protest last year.

This weekend will bring about another round of chants and public support with a soundtrack of crushing distortion and rhythmic rage. On Sunday, April 12 for a peaceful anti-police brutality rally in memory of Thomas. Led by local hip-hop rock band Capitol Kill, the protest is set to start at 2 p.m. at Kelly's Corner, a makeshift memorial near the train station in downtown Fullerton where Capitol Kill will help lead the rally. Though they haven't been considered very high-profile as of yet, the band led by OC rapper Nu3tron (aka Matt Leonard),has been chosen by Thomas' father Ron to help revive the outrage both in the public and the music community. The band first caught Ron's attention with a song, aptly titled "Kelly Thomas" detailing the night that officers Ramos, Cicinelli and Wolf took Thomas' life. Mixing the socially conscious vitriol of Rage Against the Machine with punk angst a la Adolescents, Capitol Kill song adds a frenzied, frustrated note to the retelling of Thomas' story.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Rick Kosick
Strung Out--See Friday
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Friday, April 3

The Aquabats
House of Blues Anaheim
Orange County's very own crime-fighting superheroes -- The Aquabats -- are bringing their superhero weapons (that is, Silly String bottles, fire extinguishers, and beach balls) back home for another heartwarming, over-the-top show. Even if they've been performing for over two decades now (and their music has evolved tremendously -- from ska to new-wave rock to synthpop), they're still the same group that invites kids on stage to dance, puts on stunts, and dramatically fights with costumed villains. So dress up the kids in their favorite superhero outfits, and dress yourself up, too. You're in for some fun. (Kristine Hoang)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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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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