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 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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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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Friday, October 31

6th Annual Zombie Prom with BLOK
The Wayfarer
This Halloween night, make it a weird and wild one outside of the conventional bobbing for apples variety, and come spend it at the Zombie Prom with your homies from BLOK. Sibs Damien Blaise and Gianna Gianna will provide their deadly combo of avant garde, indie hip hop, rap and electro beats to make the vibe sufficiently eccentric. Come dressed to kill (or chill) in your best costumes for a chance to win the costume contest, and rock out with the legion of DJs here to set the soundtrack for the night. Brothers Grimm, DJ Soul Wolf, DJ Niko Six, and DJ Bryan Woods are here to spin the spookiest (and freshest) beats to make the evening just right. (Aimee Murillo)

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For Rapper Hopsin, Winning Fans Is Easy. Everything Else Is Hard

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By Rebecca Haithcoat

Hopsin ran away in January. Deeply depressed, he was on tour in Fort Collins, Colorado, when he decided he couldn't perform that night. Other rappers might booze it up, pop a Xanax or bed groupies to cope. But Hopsin doesn't drink, do drugs or cheat on his girlfriend.
His only escape was to escape -- literally. So he removed his signature white, glow-in-the-dark contacts, tightened the strings around his black hoodie, switched off his phone and slipped out the back door of the venue.

"I pretended I wasn't Hopsin," the 29-year-old rapper says. "Something bad was going to happen at that show. I felt like I would've gone onstage and peed on all the fans or something."

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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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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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