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Monday, May 11
Local H Slidebar At this point in the band's nearly 25 year career, Local H has managed to defy convention as a rock two-piece. Though many duos-- most notably the Black Keys-- have proved there can be mainstream success with a garage rock ethos, Local H was one of the first to do so. Formed in 1990, guitarist/singer Scott Lucas has been the one constant over the band's lifetime. Though the band has had three drummers and a number of touring musicians supporting, Lucas' frenetic energy and rigorous tour schedule has turned the group into a favorite. Even with the moderate success of the 1990s in the distant past, Local H continues to release new material-- like last month's Hey Killer, their eighth album-- and show no signs of giving up anytime soon. (Daniel Kohn)
Wednesday, May 13
Thrice The Glass House Irvine--which we all know is quiet, beige, and super safe--doesn't seem like a birthplace destination for post-hardcore music, but it's where Thrice formed in 1998 (oh, how life loves a good contradistinction). In 2012, the band went on an indefinite hiatus (after playing for 13 years and producing eight albums, a short break is only understandable) but became active again in 2014 starting with their re-release of BEGGARS (2009) and Identity Crisis (2010) on vinyl. Though there's no solid indication of a new album, the band is also starting off 2015 playing your favorite pop-punk/alternative/post-hardcore songs all across the country--Thrice fans, rejoice! Oh, and here's a scoop: Frontman Dustin Kensrue said in an AMA thread that there's a probable chance they'll be releasing music soon, so keep your fingers crossed for that. (Kristine Hoang)
Thursday, May 14
Siouxsie Sioux Birthday Celebration w/ NOCTURNA Original Mike's What goth queen ruled the '80s New Wave scene harder than Siouxsie Sioux? With her striking eye makeup that contrasted her pale features, her visual aesthetic matched her unique vocals for her band Siouxsie and the Banshees, which bridged the worlds of goth, post punk, and New Wave together over 11 albums. In honor of the "Hong Kong Garden" and "Peek-a-Boo" singer's birthday, Club Retrospect at Original Mike's has planned a tribute night dedicated to Sioux with a performance by NOCTURNA, an homage to the legendary British rock group. Lead singer Veronica Sorrow nails down the look and sound of the chanteuse and brings an unforgettable performance, while DJs Virtigo and Mr. Smith spin original hits. Don your blackest coal eyeliner and leather jacket to honor Sioux at this "Happy House" tonight. (Aimee Murillo) Friday, May 15
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Noche De Los Psychos Original Mike's To the casual listener, the psychobilly music scene seems to be gearing up for a revival of sorts, but as diehard fans with flattop hairdo's and quiffs would tell you, it's remained strong all these years. Tonight's Noche De Los Psychos event proves this point, with musical guests that include local trio Crash Cadillacs to pioneers The Meteors. Boasting themselves as originators of the genre, British band The Meteors are the undisputed Kings of Psychobilly, having formed in 1980 and played alongside other British groups The Clash and UK Subs. Thirty-plus years, nearly fifty albums and several lineup changes later, The Meteors have stayed on top of the psychobilly pyramid, not breaking for single minute and continuing to pump their tracks next to newer generations the world over. (Aimee Murillo)
Psycho California The Observatory Now in its third year, Psycho California is aptly named, as the three-day festival gathers more than 50 bands for a cheery weekend of death metal, post-rock, hardcore, stoner rock and hard-rock psychedelia. The avalanche of riffage starts Friday with New Orleans sludge-metallists Eyehategod, the newly reconfigured Pentagram spinoff Bedemon and the intense Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Saturday is headlined by San Jose stoner-rock icons Sleep, who belie their name with thick, primal, sub-Sabbath-y riffs that are rooted in the blues but are inevitably transformed into towering pillars of metal. Drone merchants Earth are another predominantly instrumental band, but their latest album, Primitive and Deadly, features guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi. Sunday culminates with the latest lineup of Pentagram, led by founding singer Bobby Liebling, along with Om, Bongzilla and Earthless. Also Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. (Falling James)