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.
Saturday will be an out-of-nowhere nostalgia moment thanks toMarcy Playground
, who appear at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Afflicted with the alt-rock one-hit-wonder syndrome that ended up defining the '90s more than most realize (Deep Blue Something
, anyone?), Marcy Playground have released several albums since "Sex and Candy" peaked. But if there's a measure of a band's commitment, it's probably as simple as keeping at it, no matter the vagaries of fame, so credit goes to John Wozniak and Dylan Keefe for plugging away.
Sunday is nostalgia of a deeper and specifically British sort withIan Hunter
's show at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana. Heading up the brief
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live reunion in 2009 was an unexpected treat, but the real pleasure lay in someone born shortly before World War II still able to rock out like nobody's business. Hunter's gift for biting wit masking deep sympathy helps to explain the reverence his solo work and that of Mott's still holds to this day. This show will be the conclusion of a brief California tour.