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.
Friday also findsThe Just Desserts
at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana, one of many performances this Austin-based duo will be carrying out throughout the state this month. What they do is a little harder to summarize--there aren't many cello/accordion duos out there--but in a world where great bands such asGogol Bordello
andDead Can Dance
andLos Amigos Invisibles
exist, imagine a happy fusion of everything from klezmer to classical Indian styles, shot through with goals about musical education and artistic collaboration. Beats the heck out of the campfire sing-alongs passing for most indie rock these days.
Saturday also finds theReverend Horton Heat
swinging through the House of Blues in Anaheim--an appropriate balancing of U.K. visitors with a band so American they might as well bleed red, white and blue. Not in a stupid way, though; it's a 20-plus-year run of amazing songs, incredible performances, brilliant senses of humor and rockabilly chops to make most of the pretenders weep. All that, and the man has a wine sideline going, too. It makes sense: You need a good red if you're going to have something like steak for dinner.
On Tuesday, the nextOC Music Awards
showcase takes place at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana. This time around, the performers includeMicah Brown, Parker Macy Blues, Foxxhound, Danny Maika
and ourLocals Only feature act
for this week,Justin Soileau.
Soileau's a fairly new local, having moved here from Texas last year. Fortunately, he brought some enjoyable songs in the classic peppy-musically/melancholy-lyrically vein with him to share from his soon-to-be rereleased debut EP,The Heat
. His performance may be more low-key in comparison to the full arrangements on that effort, but it should be good nonetheless.
Wednesday means a lot more metal withBarren Earth, Finntroll, Ensiferum
all playing at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana. Barren Earth are one of ourfeatured acts in the music section this week
and for good reason: Bassist Olli-Pekka "Oppu" Laine, veteran of metal acts such asAmorphis
recruited a slew of fellow players from his home country to create something like a Finnish metal supergroup. That may sound like a
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joke, but they've got something.