Wild Pack of Canaries--See Monday
Wild Pack of Canaries--See Monday

The Best Concerts in OC This Week

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Monday, August 25

Wild Pack of Canaries The Wayfarer These Long Beach luminaries of sound are helping to change the LBC music scene in no small form; the seven-member group go big in every one of their releases, bringing a variety of eclectic rock influences from psychedelic rock to prog rock to pop punk. But you can't say the group's tuneage sounds consistently the same over time; every release from WPOC brings something new to the table and is bringing OC fans closer and closer to the discover what Long Beach has to offer musically. Expect great things to happen for these fellas, and come thru to support them tonight at The Wayfarer playing with Dustin Lovelis and Highlands. (Aimee Murillo)

Tuesday, August 26

Lee "Scratch" Perry The Observatory Some producers use the recording studio as an instrument--Lee "Scratch" Perry used his as a spaceship or maybe a time machine, warping through the fourth dimension to make songs that sounded like they came from a place humans had yet to discover. Of course, Perry's whole career was built on being the first person to go over the edge, and his idiosyncratic vision was fundamental to the development of reggae and dub both. He's cranked out too many classics to list in such a tiny space, and he's still completely Lee, bringing a suitcase full of the four elements to his sessions to better focus his powers--and you can hear the results on his recent Andrew WK-produced (and Anaheim-recorded) Repentance album. Or you can go to this show and experience them in person! (Chris Ziegler)

Murder City Devils The Glass House Our favorite ball-busting, electric organ-drenched, sinister-vocaled garage rock band of all time plays an exciting gig at the Glass House this week. A Murder City Devils show is something to grab onto tight when it swings by--the band plays few shows a year (fortunately for us, usually on the West Coast) with new material released only once in the last decade. But Murder City fans are a die-hard sort--we'll wait as long as it takes for a chance to witness the throaty howl of singer Spencer Moody live onstage. They play on Tuesday night, giving us a healthy dose of mayhem before they disappear again into the fog of hometown, Seattle. (Erin DeWitt) Wednesday, August 27 Britain's Finest The Wayfarer Well, this is fun--Costa Mesa's Wayfarer takes a mini-break from its lineup of hipster music for an evening of pure cheesy awesomeness. Britain's Finest calls themselves "The Complete Beatles Experience," and this tribute group thoroughly throws themselves into the act. They've got the moptop wigs, the slick black suits, the comical onstage banter--and actually have some of the best copycat vocals we've heard from a tribute band. Britain's Finest have been on AXS TV's The World's Greatest Tribute Bands, and on stages all over the West Coast. Tonight, they bring a big dose of Beatles nostalgia to Orange County--get to the Wayfarer before 8 p.m. for free admittance. Not bad for a Wednesday night! (Erin DeWitt)

Thursday, August 28

B.B. King House of Blues The blues are certifiably American music's single most critical style, and this show featuring BB King should generate high-tension voltage enough to galvanize even the squarest of OC dwellers. This cat may have aged, but don't think that's sapped his formidable ego. King, who rose from Beale Street anonymity over 60 years ago to achieve unparalleled international renown, brings his trademark stinging, spare, jazz-informed sound, a marked and dynamic contrast to the Louisiana-born, Chicago-toughened Guy's exquisitely tore-down roughneck funk. (Jonny Whiteside)

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