After enduring the marathon listening session that is the OC Music Awards, one thing comes across loud and clear: Orange County is no slouch when it comes to producing talented bands. Sure, there were a few stinkers in the seven-concert run-up, but the ones that stood out made the inconvenience of spending nights in packed, sweaty venues worth the effort. And now, the top bands will be performing at this years showcase. Fridays show in particular, which presents the contenders for Best Live Act, has nicely culled the talent from this competition. Included in the lineup are metal band Railroad to Alaska, indie band Kiev (not to be missed) and the always entertaining avant-rap spectacle of Blok.
Fri., Feb. 25, 8 p.m., 2011