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Friday, June 20
The Rikk Agnew Band Malone's Bar and Grill Our cover story this week examines the life and (near death) times of OC punk legend Rikk Agnew, whose songwriting and guitar playing inspired countless bands and artists after him. Aside from being free of his old crazy, drug-fueled antics that threatened to derail his career completely, Agnew's looking a whole lot better these days on stage and his playing has never sounded better. He'll be taking the stage at Malone's tonight with the Rikk Agnew band and also exhibiting some of his artwork alongside his fiancé Gitane DeMone, Zara Kand, Saylor Art, Christopher Sexton and tattoos by Red. In between, you can expect a ton of great punk bands playing from 7 p.m. to last call as well as sets by DJ Throat Yogurt. (Nate Jackson)
Anuhea The Constellation Room Once again, the radiant and talented Anuhea will be gracing the stage at the Observatory tonight, and her timing couldn't be better. Now that summer is here, her rousing vocal harmonies and mellow grooves would more than resonate with audiences here in sunny OC, where she briefly cut her teeth in film school before deciding to focus on music. The risk has more than paid off, as now the Hawaiian sweetheart will be headlining her own tour, having opened before for heavy hitter acts like Taj Mahal and Al Green. Come and revel in Anuhea's sweet pop-folk vocal stylings and summery vibes. (Aimee Murillo)
Intocable House of Blues Anaheim Since they started in '94, Intocable has lived us to their name (it means "Untouchable," you gringo!) as the most influential band in Tejano. Their tough Tejano/Norteño fusion has become the blueprint for dozens of Tex-Mex groups. They have a three-night run at House of Blues Anaheim this weekend. And if you've run out of burning "Ask a Mexican" questions for our editor-in-chief, going to this concert should leave white folks with plenty of queries. Save them for Gustavo though, if you ask someone at the show, you'll probably get your ass kicked. (Nate Jackson) Saturday, June 21
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Back 2 Basics Festival The Observatory Holy two-day hip-hop fest, Batman! This is some serious shit. Day 1 of the Back 2 Basics festival features performances by Brother Ali, Murs, People Under The Stairs, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, Tha Liks, and Kool Keith. This is definitely not a basic way to start the summer. By the end of the festival, we can assure you that you'll leave satisfied and definitely a little burnt (and probably very, very baked!). (Nate Jackson)
Punk Rock Luau The Doll Hut (Anaheim) Few things are a natural affront to punk rock fashion like a colorful Hawaiian shirt. But hey, even punks can admit that it's too hot to celebrate summer in a leather jacket and Doc Martens. Come to the Doll Hut during the daytime hours (what? weird!) for a road house festival, dubbed, Punk Rock Luau #2, featuring a gang bang of punk bands from 1-9 p.m. The line up includes Shattered Faith, Anarchy Taco, Love Canal, Bad Samaritans, The Maxies, No More Saints, Sorry State, Civil Disgust, and Otherside. Show up sporting your best Tommy Bahama and save $2 on the entry fee. (Nate Jackson)