The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Fur Coat--See Friday
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Friday, May 22

Fur Coat
The Wayfarer
For this latest WAVS installment of the Modern Disco Ambassadors residency at The Wayfarer, the dance party comes courtesy of Venezuelan EDM duo Fur Coat. And just as the name suggests, their music is a luxurious blend of electronica, techno, moody, atmospheric beats and sensual grooves that pronounce members Sergio Munoz and Israel Sunshine's creative synergy. Not to be eclipsed by one album's success, each new Fur Coat release exhibits their willingness to dive into new musical territory and ability to consistently provide solid, dance-worthy full lengths albums and remixes (how the hell do they find the time?). Having already caught the eye of underground dance music mags and blogs, they've earned respect among colleagues and fans from all across the globe. Welcome these Barcelona-based boys with open arms tonight. (Aimee Murillo)

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Punk Rock Bowling Creates the Ultimate Backyard Bash in Sin City

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Melissa Fossum
As Punk Rock Bowling prepares to take over Downtown Vegas May 22-25, the event's co-founder Mark Sternprobably the busiest man in Sin City right about now. In the five years since PRB went from a small weekend tournament to a full-on festival, Stern and his brother Shawn have created one of the wildest parties on the West Coast catering to punks of all different pedigrees. Taking advantage of an ever-improving location, Stern has fully integrated his three-day festival into the culture of Vegas while keeping a focused niche that makes it unique.

This year's headliners--Rancid, Refused and Dropkick Murphys--are only the tip of the mohawk. Between the list of intimate club shows, exhibits, movie screenings, the actual bowling tournament and other special events, there's no way the action ever lets up once you step out of your hotel and into the biggest Memorial Day moshpit in the country. We recently talked to Stern to get his take on charting PRB's growth as well as keeping the vibe as intimate as possible.

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Jim Breuer Offers up a Tsunami of Entertainment

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Gregory Pallante
I spent three paychecks on those stupid things.
Jim Breuer might have tamed his language a bit but the comedy hasn't settled down in the least. This May 21st through 23rd (Thursday through Saturday) Breuer will be shaking up the Irvine Improv and because in rock you gotta hit it two times, you can also see the premiere of his new comedy special "Comic Frenzy" May 29th on EPIX. Breuer has been good to us over here at the Weekly with past Q&A's and listing out head banging songs so this time around when we talked to him, we got the details of his upcoming gigs (because we're professional) and then went off the rails with a crazy train of randomness. (Apologizes to Mr. Breuer for that awful metaphor.)


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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Kanye West at Powerhouse--See Saturday
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Friday, May 15

Noche De Los Psychos
Original Mike's
To the casual listener, the psychobilly music scene seems to be gearing up for a revival of sorts, but as diehard fans with flattop hairdo's and quiffs would tell you, it's remained strong all these years. Tonight's Noche De Los Psychos event proves this point, with musical guests that include local trio Crash Cadillacs to pioneers The Meteors. Boasting themselves as originators of the genre, British band The Meteors are the undisputed Kings of Psychobilly, having formed in 1980 and played alongside other British groups The Clash and UK Subs. Thirty-plus years, nearly fifty albums and several lineup changes later, The Meteors have stayed on top of the psychobilly pyramid, not breaking for single minute and continuing to pump their tracks next to newer generations the world over. (Aimee Murillo)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Bangles--See Friday
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Friday, May 8

The Bangles
The Coach House
The Bangles had a little bit of a renaissance in the fall of last year with their self-reissued Ladies And Gentlemen... The Bangles! compilation, which documents the too-long-obscure punk and paisley days that came way before anyone was walking like an Egyptian. Prior to the big hits and the major labels, the Bangles--nee the Bangs, until the same kind of lawsuit that turned Red Cross into Redd Kross--were an underground L.A. band attaching those same distinctive harmonies to bubblegummy '60s-style garage pop, until recently, unfortunately, confined to rare original EPs. Now, however, anyone can enjoy a legit download, and can I suggest here that Burger and Bangles team up for a vinyl issue of Ladies and Gentlemen...? Expect the songs you know at this show, but hope for some of the rarities, too. (Chris Ziegler)

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Rita Rudner Makes Her Next Gig Family Affair

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It's all kind of a mess and then it just comes together.
Back in the 80's when a ton of female comedians weren't necessarily in the spotlight, Rita Rudner was and she was blazing trails. Her gift of delivering clever quips in a sweet demeanor while somehow being a bit self-depreciating can't be duplicated and even now, this stylish and classy funny gal hasn't slowed down a bit. These days Rita hits the stage mostly in Las Vegas but this Sunday (May 10th) as a special Mother's Day treat, she'll be in beautiful Dana Point hosting the StillWater Showcase featuring five of OC's best young musical performers. Before you award yourself with an evening of discovering new talent along with being entertained by the great Rita Rudner, we talked to her about the showcase, her writing style, her thoughts on Twitter, and even got a bit of love advice.

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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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