TGIF: From Sharon Van Etten to Hugh Cornwell, the Best Shows to Watch This Weekend

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John Gilhooley/ OC Weekly
Friday means another visit from the characters in The Adolescents at Alex's Bar in Long Beach--and why not, given how often they've made it a home away from home (or alternately, close to home?). But there's a further mix of familiar characters on the bill: Woodland Hills' The Grim are approaching 30 years, more or less, of cranking the amps and letting fly with punk's-not-dead bravado. More »

TGIF: Four Shows You Can't Miss--Girl Talk, New Fidelity, California Metal Fest 5 and Soundtrack of our Lives

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What's going on this weekend? High energy shows no matter where you look. From Girl Talk to the New Fidelity, we have a short list for every genre you want to jump up and down in.

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TGIF: Peter Murphy (Again!), Grrl Fair, Acrobatics Everyday

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What's happening this weekend? If you're not heading over to the Exene show in Fullerton (and why not? It's $2!), we have a slew of other options for you after the jump.

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TGIF: Eddie Spaghetti, OC Music Awards, Autolux, the Scion Fest and More

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Just in case you don't have plans yet this weekend, we've chosen the best of what's around for your perusal, with tidbits of Eddie Spaghetti, OC Music Awards, Autolux (pictured above), the Scion Fest and more.

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TGIF: Agent Orange, Yo La Tengo, T-Pain and Gang of Four

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Brian Kasnyik
Agents have diplomatic immunity?
Friday kicks off the weekend with Agent Orange ripping into things at Friar Tuck's Bar and Grille in Pomona. It may seem odd to have a now-veteran act be our Locals Only focus this week, but Mike Palm has always been about the area he grew up and started his band in. Their earliest efforts will always be the ones people remember, mostly thanks to "Bloodstains" getting extensive KROQ airplay, but they have kept the flag flying ever since. The band returned to action a bit thanks to last year's Halloween single, and Palm and Co. still kick out the surf-punk jams live.

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TGIF: Snoop Dogg, Ky-Mani Marley, Devils Brigade, Smith Westerns and More

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​Friday kicks off a busy weekend, first with Devils Brigade playing Alex's Bar in Long Beach with Roger Miret and the Disasters and Viva Hate. Devils Brigade just released their debut album, but it's been 10 years in the making--as Rancid fans well know. The group is a long-running side project of that band's Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong, with DJ Bonebrake on drums. They're one of our featured artists in the music section this week, and no doubt Freeman is as fiery a fellow on the page as he is onstage.

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TGIF: Reverend Horton Heat, Cradle of Filth, James Fletcher and More

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Friday finds DJ Ron Sleezy holding court at the Commonwealth Lounge and Grill in Newport Beach--which is an understandable thing, given that he works there. Even more understandable is that he's out to help continue what has been a thriving--and not always appreciated--continuum of DJs and venues throughout OC. Besides, if you want to go listen to David Guetta repeat himself over and over again, there are plenty of venues happy to accommodate you. DJ Bobby Soul will also be spinning.

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TGIF: Get Up Kids, Mott the Hoople, Railroad to Alaska and More

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The weekend starts Friday, with the Get Up Kids swinging through Pomona's Glass House. One of our featured artists in this week's music section, the quintet's members have long since passed any form of being kids in favor of having their own. Yet the band's ups, downs and all-arounds, combined with a small but heavily worshiped discography, have cemented them as pop-punk lodestones for scores of bands, even if co-lead singer Jim Suptic once apologized for all the bad examples they inadvertently inspired.

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TGIF: RX Bandits, Cold War Kids, Motörhead and More

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RX Bandits
On Saturday, Ty Segall plays Alex's Bar in Long Beach, headlining a bill featuring Tijuana Panthers and Okee Dokee. His hyperactive role in a slew of bands had already won him local fame, but the release of Melted seems to have woken up the rest of the musical world to what's been going on with him. The record finds Segall melding garage inspirations and rough noise hooks with the same kind of "try anything and everything once" aplomb that fellow travelers such as Jay Reatard loved to do. His newest solo album is called Live in Aisle Five, and that sounds about right.More »

TGIF: Fu Manchu, Old 97's, Willie Nelson, John Doe and More

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James Abajian
​On Friday night, this week's Locals Only stars, Wildboys, play the Static club night at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa--and they might just take over the place forever and declare it their own kingdom. Members Bronson and Stallone know well the trash culture of previous decades, and today, and they embrace it to the full with the belief that partying, beats and general hilarity are always in style. To quote a recent exchange in Sack magazine: "Q: How much do you value your mustache? A: How much do Christians love their church?"More »