The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Wolfmother--See Sunday
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Friday, July 25

The Go-Gos
Pacific Amphitheater
What kind of introduction does one need for The Go-Gos? Their peppy, California-tinged songs made them '80s New Wave hitmakers back in the day, giving them the distinction of being the first all-female group who wrote their own songs and make a dent in the Billboard music charts with their debut album Beauty and The Beat. Not bad for a group who grew up out of the LA punk scene in the late '70s. The group have long since reunited and toured extensively, even as they continue with their separate projects. Their show tonight during the OC Fair is one of many that you won't want to miss. (Aimee Murillo)


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Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. (Or Should You?) According to Jen Murphy

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Because really, what's wrong a little blood on your garter belt?
Comedian Jen Murphy knows a thing or two about marriage. Wait. No she doesn't. She does however know something about marrying hilarious bits to the stand-up stage and truth be told, it seems like a union that will never end in divorce. Being that she's a favorite of the Weekly (as well as one of our "Five Comics to Watch Out For in 2014") and has a headlining gig at the Irvine Improv this Sunday July 27th, we decided to meld these two worlds and see if she could come up with something that was completely out of her realm. Musical marriage material. With her non-knowing knowledge about wedding planning but her knowledge of "funny" being spot-on, we got Jen to give us her picks for "Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. Or Should You?"

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Eddie Ifft: From Altar Boy to Dirty Boy

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Christopher Victorio
I thought I was going to die I was laughing so hard.
[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.]

The Irvine Improv has opened its new location and on Friday, July 25th if you like your comedy rough, rugged, and raw, their one night only show with Eddie Ifft is not something you want to pass up. We've had the pleasure of talking to him last year so before he takes center stage this time, we decided to switch it up with some "Quick Questions" because if anyone can rule at this game, it's Eddie. Hands down. Here he is answering questions about his guilty pleasures, dealing with hecklers, and his antics as an altar boy.

See also: Eddie Ifft Specializes in Joking About Incredibly Fucked Up Shit

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Ziggy Marley--See Saturday
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Friday, July18

Summer Slaughter Tour
The Observatory
This smorgasbord of all things death metal proudly bills itself as "the most extreme tour of the year." Hey, we ain't arguing. When you put together a lineup that includes Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goat Whore and bunch of other bands that sound like they were named by a hallucinating medical intern, it's sort of like drawing a line in the sand, you know? And who's gonna cross it? The Warped Tour? Pffft. You think those goody-goodies could ever muster the stones to book a band like Thy Art is Murder? No way. If you want positive energy and intelligible lyrics, go see Jimmy Eat World. If you want foaming rage and totally sick blast beats, followed by a sublime sense of doom and emptiness, you bust out the Summer Slaughter Tour. It's a simple matter of taste. Whether you find that fact to be awesome or awesomely asinine, one thing's for sure: It's totally freaking extreme. (Craig Outhier)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Juicy J--See Saturday
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Friday, July 4

July 4th with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Skip the neighborhood barbecues and overcrowded beaches and instead head over to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for a 4th of July holiday event of a different scale. The Pacific Symphony, Orange County's premiere symphony orchestra, presents a live concert featuring '90s kings of swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. It's a little rock, a little swing and a whole lot of classical--clearly not your typical night at the symphony. Enjoy songs like "Go Daddy-O" and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit" plus American patriotic songs to sing along to, a special tribute to our armed forces, and to top it all off, a dazzling fireworks spectacle. Tickets start at just $25 ($17 for kids)--and it sure as hell beats cheap hot dogs and a sunburn. (Erin DeWitt)

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Christina Pazsitzky LOVES Jorts, Hates Whistling in Public

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Two words: Diar. Rhea.
[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.]

Last time we talked to comedian Christina Pazsitzky, we completely agreed with her when she described her style as being, "Truthful and if it comes across as gross or crude, I hope people don't judge." Since then, some might say she's calmed down a bit with the "crude" and to that we say, HAHAHA not even a touch! And that's why we remain total fans of her comedy. (To be clear, we also admire her sausage intake as well.) From gracing stages all over the world to hosting the podcast "Your Mom's House" with her comedian husband Tom Segura, we are always on the lookout for everything she does and sincerely love it all. Before her show at the Brea Improv this weekend (July 3rd through 6th), we got this fantastic gal to go in with us on a game of "Quick Questions" and just as expected, she came out smelling like roses.


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The Best Concerts to See in OC This Weekend

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Miranda Sings--See Friday
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Friday, June 27

Miranda Sings
City National Grove of Anaheim
Actress and comedian Colleen Ballinger created the lovably ridiculous character Miranda Sings back in 2008 as a satirical nod to the seemingly endless stream of talentless, delusional singers posting videos to YouTube, hoping to become famous. The ironic thing is that Miranda Sings was such a hit, her videos received millions of views and, now, Ballinger is touring the world, bringing her comedy musical routine to thousands of fans. With smeared lipstick and hiked-up shorts, Miranda Sings has pushed her way into pop culture--and tonight she brings her bizarre one-woman show to Orange County. If you've ever wanted to meet the weird woman behind that "Starships" video, now's your chance. (Erin DeWitt)


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Santa Ana Celebrates the Latin American Harp

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Courtesy of OCCTAC
De la Rosa with Tlen-Huicani
From the coastal port of Veracruz, Mexico to landlocked Paraguay, the harp in Latin America has accentuated traditional music with its sonorous melodies for centuries. The grown out fingernails of musicians pluck the instrument's numerous nylon strings that vibrate its sophisticated sounds. Four such master harpists from Latin America are lending their superb talents for days of events culminating in a concert performance this weekend in Santa Ana.

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Funny Sitcoms Are Ahmed Ahmed's Business...And Business is Good

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Ahmed Ahmed is much more than an Egyptian lover (even though he's quite lovely) because he's been hitting the stand-up circuit for quite some time and has been acting even longer. While fans these days are loving his role of tow truck driver "Ahmed Nassar" on Sullivan & Son (which returns June 24th), we still dig the role he plays as microphone commander when he's front and center on the comedy stage. On June 27th through 29th, you'll get a chance to see these two world collide when Ahmed, Steve Byrne, Roy Wood Jr., and Owen Benjamin hit up the Irvine Improv to bring the laughter directly to you. Since we've never had the chance to talk to him personally, we grilled him about some TV show scoop, got some insider info, and found out what he is bringing to the table on and off set.

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How PUP Grew Into a Ferocious, Toronto Buzz Band

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Yoshi Cooper
Regardless of what their name might suggest, PUP is a Toronto four-piece with some serious bite. When you see them live, it's clear that their bloody, sweat-soaked, shirt-ripping romps in videos like "Reservoir" and "Lion Heart" are only a few shades away from the reality of what you can expect when they're playing right in front of you. The stabbing guitars, wrecking ball intensity and sing-a-long choruses deliver raw, palpable energy. It's the kind of music that resonates authentically with everyone from DIY punk kids to big time producer Dave Schiffman, who singed on to help the band record their self-titled SideOne Dummy debut, released in April. Before the band plays the Roxy tomorrow night, we took a few minutes to talk to guitarist Steve Sladkowsi about the band's recent beginnings from a basement project to full-blown buzz band.

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