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Friday, June 13 Kiev House of Blues Anaheim Orange County's Kiev may be the most talented indie band in the land of citrus as well as outlying areas. Besides brandishing smoldering intensity on stage, they wield and unnatural talent with their respective instruments busting out hauntingly groovy art rock. Be sure to keep an eye on drummer Brandon Corn. You've probably never seen anyone play with so much finesse with their arms so awkwardly close to their body. Truly something to marvel at. Catch them Friday as part of a killer lineup of local darlings presented by Secret Chief, featuring Fellow Bohemian (EP Release Show), Max and the Moon, Mt. Ossa and the Gromble. (Brandon Ferguson)
Cowboy Junkies Coach House When Canadian alt folk rock band the Cowboy Junkies released their cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" in 1988 (adhering to a slower, earlier version from 1969), Lou Reed described the cut as "the best and most authentic version I have ever heard." Since their platinum-selling album of that same year, the Junkies cracked the Top 40 once more in 1994 with the equally moody "A Common Disaster," but have otherwise remained off the US charts. Nonetheless, they've continued to thrive in Canada and their fan base remains devout, preferring their purring psychedelic country and blues to corporate twang pop. Now, you, too, can raise yourself up out of the mainstream mucky muck and revisit a band that sets the lights low and the artistic chops high. It's the kind of junkie you need. (SR Davies)
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Lady Antebellum Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At a time when many musicians are having trouble selling music and filling venues, Nashville's Lady Antebellum excels at both. Since the band's inception in 2006, it seems all the trio has done is sell millions of records and fill huge amphitheaters to capacity across the country. Their unique version of country pop inspired legions of copycats--and garnered Lady Antebellum multiple Grammy nods, including wins for Record and Song of the Year in 2011. More recently, the group released "Bartender," the first single off their forthcoming record. As for their upcoming travels, the group enlisted Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves to open for their Take Me Downtown Tour, making a stop in Irvine this week. (Daniel Kohn) 1984 The Observatory It's been 30 years since Corpus Christi Records released Dehumanization by San Francisco hardcore band Crucifix. Regarded as one of the most influential anarchopunk albums of the '80s, the 14-track LP is 23 minutes of loud, fast, raw, straightforward punk. To commemorate its anniversary, two of Crucifix's original members--Sothira Pheng and Jimmy Crucifix--have formed the outfit 1984, which, they insist, is not a reunion band. But it is a tribute band featuring them and members of a Crucifix cover band performing Dehumanization in its entirety. (Naheed Simjee)
Electric Six Constellation Room "Danger! Danger! High Voltage!!" So goes the chorus to Electric Six's most electrifying disco pop song that caught people mesmerized back in 2003 with its tongue-in-cheek music video. Other songs they've released, like "Gay Bar," continue to proliferate the brazen, raunchy appeal to their music, not to mention its fun and dance-ably infectious music video. With band mate names like Dick Valentine, Da Ve, Smorgasbord, Tait Nucleus? and Percussion World, you know you're in for an interesting experience. Come and have a trashy good time with this Detroit six piece tonight at Constellation Room, where these guys will talk dirty to you all night. (Aimee Murillo)