TGIF: Fu Manchu, Old 97's, Willie Nelson, John Doe and More
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?"
Saturday is anotherDetroit Bar
night featuring the return of local heroesFu Manchu
. The stoner-metal kings have roared back to life for the New Year, and they're revisiting their 1996In Search Of .
. . album in its entirety. We're back and forth on the whole "play the classic album" trope; some acts seem to be relying on them for their retirement money, while others choose albums that seem anything but classic. In this case, though, Fu Manchu's dedication to heavy fuzz deserves recognition, andIn Search Of
. . . remains a hell of a great listen. Besides, who knows what else they might bust out?
Speaking of punk stalwarts:John Doe
hits theDetroit Bar
on Sunday night, so if you're going expecting karaoke, you might want to rethink that unless you can rock a meanExene
's co-founder just played with his main band the other week, so here's a chance to catch him rocking a different vibe. Special guests are promised, and it's always good to see the man performing in some capacity, like his astounding role inRoad House
with Patrick Swayze. We didn't believe it was him the first time we saw it; how wrong we were.
comes through OC again on, stopping Wednesday at theHouse of Blues
in Anaheim. Nelson's decades-long career, from country songwriter to smash-hit performer in his own right to wide-ranging political activist to all-around icon, is a classically American story that places him in a realm of his own. As his recent founding of the TeaPot Party shows, he's still got his dander up.
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