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Monday, March 16
The Originalites Gallagher's Pub Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene. The Fountain Valley four-piece may remind you of mid-'90s ska groups like Sublime, however their mellow lyrics are more upbeat and family-friendly. After winning several battle of the band competitions at various high schools, they've moved up to venues like the Coach House, House of Blues and DiPiazza's, even winning the OC Music Award for Best Surf. Don't mistake their long hair for the laid-back surfer image--The Originalites also love to have fun through their high energy music, mixing ska with punk, dub and Latin music influences. As of late, they've held a residency at Gallagher's Pub in Huntington Beach every Monday night (Aimee Murillo)
Tuesday, March 17
Devin the Dude The Observatory Referred to as "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper," Devin Copeland, also known as Devin the Dude, has remained a hidden gem in the hip-hop scene over the last few decades. He walks that tricky line between industry credibility and mega-stardom, and we think that's just the way he likes it. Since his famous 15-year relationship with Rap-A-Lot records came to an end back in 2008, he's released three albums and provided cameos on countless songs by other artists. This week you get to see him live for a special $5 show courtesy of the Observatory. (Erin DeWitt)
Street Dogs House of Blues Anaheim There's plenty of inspiration from legendary bands like Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69 in Boston's formidable Street Dogs, who cover Menace (with updated lyrics examining how the GOP is full of shit, shit, shit shit shit!) and Steve Earle on a never-ending mission to speak up for the man on the street, and presumably his dog, too. Started in 2002 by Mike McColgan, co-founder of the Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs released a ferocious set of Boston-ian Oi!-punk albums that led them to Hellcat Records--also famously once home of Dropkick Murphys--and now to Pirate's Press Records, where they get to be labelmates with Cock Sparrer. While there's no new full-length yet, they've put out a recent and relentless set of EPs and splits that prove they're just as rabid as ever. Watch them ring in another rowdy St. Patrick's Day at the House of Blues Anaheim. (Chris Ziegler) Dayseeker The Slidebar The emo age prevalent in the early 2000s may have passed, but that doesn't mean we have to stop listening to it. For those who appreciate the art of translating emotion (particularly anger) into sound, San-Diego-originated post-hardcore band Dayseeker won't fail you. With their screamo-style vocals and fast-paced, guitar-heavy instrumentation, it's impossible not to feel the intense emotional outpouring in their debut full-length album What It Means to Defeated, which was released in 2013. Certainly, their show at The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen will get you feeling a rush of passion, rage, and contentment - all at once. (Kristine Hoang)
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Wednesday, March 18
Early Dolphin Proof Bar Wordovmouth is back this month, which means every Sunday and Wednesday night at Proof Bar a wildly different and new line up of undiscovered garage acts will be appearing live to blast your ears with tunes while the cool elixir of liquor soothes your throat. Tonight's show features Burger Records alums Early Dolphin, spinning blues and psych-soaked nautical tales--er, songs-- from their full length album Return to Whale Island, maybe even something new. Citizen Ghost, a self-proclaimed 'stoner rock' band from Long Beach, bring an unkempt and suitably raucous garage punk sound, and young singer-songwriter Kitty Antix changes the pace with her original R&B-infused pop songs (although she'll occasionally croon a Lady Gaga cover). (Aimee Murillo)