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Tuesday, August 5
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club The Observatory Since the dawn of this century, these hard rockin' San Franciscans have carved out quite a nice niche with their blend of garage-rock-meets-shoegaze. And for the past year, the Robert Levon Been-fronted outfit have toured behind Specter at the Feast, their first album in three years and their most well-received since 2005's brilliant Howl. Though the new album is a bit more mellow than fans may be accustomed to (which is attributed to the death of Been's father before making the record), the trio remains at their brooding best. BRMC's live shows are as powerful and inspiring as ever, and as their tour winds down, they make a stop in Orange County tonight. (Daniel Kohn)
Wednesday, August 6
Deep Purple Pacific Amphitheatre Heavy rock innovators Deep Purple, once heralded as part of the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal" along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, refuse to give up on a good thing, as evidenced by their tireless touring and tonight's concert at the Pacific Amphitheater, co-headlined with Blue Oyster Cult. This is a concert to take your parents to--hear some of the greatest songs of the early '70s like "Smoke on the Water," "Woman From Tokyo" and "Highway Star" live and at full volume. Deep Purple once rocked so hard, they were named the globe's loudest band in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1975--let's see if they can still put on an epic show some 40 years later (we bet they can). (Erin DeWitt)
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah The Constellation Room The indie rock world fell for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back in 2005 when the Philly band released their self-titled debut album, a series of light and bouncy tracked anchored by Alec Ounsworth's slurred lyrics. Fast forward nearly a decade and CYHSY's latest project, Only Run, achieved a synth-saturated, more frenzied pace--a new direction that points to founding member/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Alec Ounsworth's independent-or-bust ideals. And it's exactly this DIY ethos that has kept Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's fans eager for what's next, and music critics' interest piqued. Currently on a North American tour before heading off to Japan and Europe in the autumn, CYHSY hits the intimate Constellation Room for their only Orange County performance. (Erin DeWitt)
Thursday, August 7
Gardens & Villa Mile Square Park Gardens & Villa's second album, Dunes, starts with "Domino," a burst of synth pop that instantly puts the listener in a mood better than the one he was in before the song started. That's the whole aesthetic of Dunes, which got its start in Gardens & Villa's hometown of Santa Barbara. It's a safe bet that this locale inspired the album's inherent beachiness and upbeat attitude, even if it was produced by former DFA Records stalwart Tim Goldsworthy (The Rapture, Cut Copy), in a cold, small town in Michigan. Dunes marries analog instruments with fresh, danceable sensibilities for a winning synth-rock/soft-rock fusion. "Bullet Train" taps into '80s robotic sounds, while "Chrysanthemum" hits stratospherically high vocal registers and "Purple Mesas" moves at the speed of chillwave - a term possibly coined for such a record. See the band perform as part of the OC Parks Summer Concert Series alongside local favorite Stacy Clark. (Lily Moayari)
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Friday, August 8
Fartbarf Alex's Bar Fartbarf's name rules and everything about them rules- wanna know why? This Los Angeles trio, who call themselves post-neanderthal analogue synthesists, deliver gripping beats and mesmerizing rhythms, all through the use of vintage electronic synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders, among other things. And to top it all off, these fellas perform in matching caveman masks and astronaut outfits making them sights to see (as well as music to hear). Gettin' down is all part of the Fartbarf experience, and your next chance to check em out is tonight at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. (Aimee Murillo)