The Best Concerts to See in OC This Weekend

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John Gilhooley
The Growlers play their Beach Goth festival at The Observatory on Saturday

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Friday, October 24

Street Dogs
Alex's Bar
There's plenty of inspiration from legendary bands like Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69 in Boston's formidable Street Dogs, who cover Menace (with updated lyrics examining how the GOP is full of shit, shit, shit shit shit!) and Steve Earle on a never-ending mission to speak up for the man on the street, and presumably his dog, too. Started in 2002 by Mike McColgan, co-founder of the Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs released a ferocious set of Boston-ian Oi!-punk albums that led them to Hellcat Records--also famously once home of Dropkick Murphys--and now to Pirate's Press Records, where they get to be labelmates with Cock Sparrer. While there's no new full-length yet, they've put out a recent and relentless set of EPs and splits that prove they're just as rabid as ever. (Chris Ziegler)


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Damon Wayans is Always Thinking Outside Of the Box

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The journey has been hard and that's how I know it's good.
When you think about Damon Wayans (and you are of that "certain age") you no doubt think of stand-out characters like Homey the Clown, Anton Jackson, and Handi-Man from In Living Color. Some of you might even think about Major Payne, The Last Boy Scout, or My Wife and Kids.

Whatever you know the name from, this man has paved the way for many by dipping his toes in a lot of roles but this incredibly talented Wayans is also keeping his stand-up roots intact by headlining the Irvine Improv this weekend. Before the big shindig goes down October 23rd through 26th, we talked to Damon and found out that he dips those little tootsies in arenas well beyond the stage and screen.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Combichrist--See Friday
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Friday, October 17

Combichrist
The Glass House
Combichrist has been a favorite in the Industrial scene essentially since its inception in 2003. Like the sound track to a boot camp in hell, they serve up dizzying electronic foundations, pounding duel percussion and intensely violent lyrical themes. Your mom would definitely take this CD away if she found it (or if kids these days had any idea what a CD is). Expect some new tracks as well from their latest release, We Love You (released in March), and, of course, fan favorites like "This Shit Will Fuck You Up" and "Shut Up and Swallow." With William Control, Davey Suicide and Darksiderz as support, the bill is stacked like Raquel Welch. (Diamond Bodine-Fischer)

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Dave Attell Talks TV, Twitter, and Designer Bush

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I don't need to be all up in people's faces like that.

After twenty-eight years of wielding a microphone on the stand-up stage, Dave Attell has built quite an impressive career by staying true to an unapologetically un-PC style of comedy. In our book, that's a grand accomplishment given the direction shit is going these days. With his shows at the Irvine Improv fast approaching this weekend (October 10th and 11th), we took the opportunity to get on his level (as if) and talked to him about what's up with his show "Comedy Underground," the possibility of "Dave's Old Porn" coming back, and to wax a bit about social media seeing as how this man still has a flip phone. No joke.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Kings of Leon--See Sunday
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Friday, October 3

The Eagles
Honda Center
The '70s just wouldn't have been the same without the peaceful, easy feelings generated by the Eagles. The band spent years living life in the fast lane, generating more than $300 million in record sales and winning six Grammy awards as they chronicled the attitudes of the decade using California as a metaphor for the nation. But on one fateful January night in Long Beach, circa 1980, the band took it to the limits and called it quits. Some say it was a combination of lyin' eyes and witchy women that broke the group apart, others just claim it was time. Regardless, they reunited in 1994 for the Hell Freezes Over tour and they haven't looked back since. Check out Glenn Frey, John Henley, Joe Walsh and Tim Schmit as they rock their latest stadium tour. (Amanda Parsons)

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The Five Douchiest Sports Injuries According to Jay Mohr

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Christopher Victorio
Let the big men do the celebrating.
Jay Mohr rips it up on the stand-up stage and on the big and small screen but really, by now you already knew that so we won't go on and on. Hopefully by now you also know that Mohr is the man when it comes to sports, hence why his show "Jay Mohr Sports" on Fox Sports Radio has been such a huge hit. Since he has an upcoming show at the Irvine Improv this weekend (October 3rd through 5th), we decided to collide his worlds by hitting him up for his picks on the "Top Five Douchiest Sports Injuries." We knew that Jay would have no problem highlighting the humor of the arrogant souls in this list so grab your tickets to his show (seriously, what are you waiting for?) and check out what our buddy Jay had to say.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Die Antwoord--See Friday
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Friday, September 26

Die Antwoord
The Observatory
Die Antwoord brought zef to the United States, a South African counterculture that simultaneously embraces and rejects luxury. If that doesn't make any sense to you, then perhaps seeing a live performance by Die Antwoord -- comprised of emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek -- will solidify the counterculture's meaning. Trance-y, rave-like music is the backdrop for Ninja and Yo-Lani's rapid-fire flow, with Yo-Lani's voice often rising into falsetto raps and yelps. The duo raps in Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa, so don't expect to understand everything they're saying. Just expect to have a roaring good time with these stylish, punk-esque enthusiasts. (Tara Mahadevan)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Christopher Victorio
Joan Jett at Jack's 9th Show--See Saturday
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Friday, September 19

Drake vs. Lil Wayne
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Two of hip-hop's best buds are sharing a stage together this week. Aww. We know the whole thing is supposed to be a Capcom-sponsored "battle" between two of the hottest emcees in the game. But let's not forget that Drake and Lil Wayne are also the two softest rappers in the game. And that's not necessarily an insult. It's more of a comment on how hip-hop's emotional maturity has evolved to the point where you can rap about being heartbroken over a girl and no one laughs at you. Sure, these rappers brandish tough lines from time to time (in Wayne's case, maybe a few from his forthcoming album Tha Carter V). But let's be honest, this battle will probably end up being more of a love fest punctuated by a truly genuine bro hug. And we're okay with that. (Nate Jackson)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Iron Maidens--See Saturday
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September 12

Pre-Mexican Independence Day Party
Characters
Just a few days away from this show is Mexican Independence Day, where Mexican communities will be bursting with pride with grand celebrations; but just before that, tonight's Pre-Mexican Independence Day Party at Characters Bar will set the celebration in motion with a lineup of Latino rockabilly bands. Moonlight Trio, a self-proclaimed "cumbia-billy" band will be on hand to play some sweet cumbia-infused rock n' roll. Southern California's Tone Slingers will also be taking the stage to play their high energy rockabilly sets at this legendary punk venue. Mix in DJ sets by Jorge Dean and Lil Jose and you have a wild and rambunctious night out.(Aimee Murillo)

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Tribal Seeds Have Grown Quite a Bit Since We Saw Them Last

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By: David Garcia
Nearly a year after their last performance at The Observatory, Tribal Seeds is set to make a triumphant return with many reasons to celebrate. Not only is it their lead singer's birthday, but since their last performance at the Santa Ana venue the band has gone on to release a highly successful new album in addition to a year's worth of nationwide touring.

Formed in 2003 by brothers, Steven (lead vocals/guitar) and Tony-Ray (keys/vocals) Jacobo, San Diego's Tribal Seeds bring a blend of roots, rock, reggae and dub that stands out from your typical California reggae band. Their sound is constantly evolving as they intertwine a mix of classic and modern influences while providing powerful platforms for spreading messages of peace, love, positivity and individuality with the occasional backlash aimed at social injustices and political corruption.


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