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The Game--See Thursday
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Monday, January 26

Sage Francis Slidebar A lot's changed for Rhode Island rapper Sage Francis since his last go-round, having said his June 2010 NYC show at the end of his last album Li(f)e's tour was going to be the last performance of the last tour he would ever do. Since then, the underground hip-hop world has flipped several times over, as has Sage's world. Having experiences everywhere from working with HIV-Positive orphans in Africa to maintaining a longtime home as it begins to fall apart while tending to a sick cat, he's seen a lot since we last heard from him. Get caught up with his new tunes on Copper Gone this week as the rapper heads to Slidebar this Monday performing with Speech Impediments and Classiq. (Chaz Kangas)

Tuesday, January 27

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Milo Greene Fingerprints Between the origin of their name and the fact that their songs exist as soundtracks to films and TV shows that don't exist (yet), Milo Greene are a band with a lot of imagination. This LA five-piece named themselves after a fictitious booking agent they made up, and have crafted their own indie pop sound that exudes a soft, lush atmosphere created by sweet folk harmonizing and lyrics that hint at elusive love, youth, and sadness. The self-described 'cinematic pop band' have even written their own short film Moddison, made up of music videos of their songs from their self-titled debut album. Tonight as they play Fingerprints Records, their new album Control drops in stores, and who knows what new story this one will tell. One thing's for sure, it won't be hard to get carried away with it. (Aimee Murillo)

Thursday, January 29

The Game The Observatory It's hard to believe it's been over a decade since the Compton-rapper was on the cusp of taking over the rap world. Anointed the great West Coast hope in the early 2000s, The Game's early mixtape landed him on everyone's radar. Endorsed by both Dr. Dre and ultimately 50 Cent when inked a deal with G Unit Records, the rapper's debut album, The Documentary, remains his seminal work even with the slew of no. 1 records that followed. Though he's become better known for his feuds, reality show and acting, The Game still has his heart in music. With The Documentary 2 slated to be released at some point this year, the MC, at least for one night, is willing to take a trip to the past before he embarks on the future. (Daniel Kohn)


Leonard Bernstein Tribute Segerstrom Center As the first American-born musical conductor to become a major star, Leonard Bernstein's cultural footprint is profound, proven by his prolific body of work that extend to film, musicals, chamber music, and classical. But as former protégée Carl St. Clair points out, to know the man was to love him, and tonight he holds a candle to Lenny as he conducts Pacific Symphony Orchestra's For the Love of Bernstein concert in his memory, featuring the orchestral composition, "Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety," selections from hit musical On the Town, and songs from the mega-iconic West Side Story. Along with St. Clair, pianist Benjamin Pasternack, singer Dawn Upshaw, fellow artists who worked alongside Bernstein, will be performing as well, and daughter Jamie Bernstein, who's made her mark as a broadcaster, will host this exquisite retrospective of the 20th century music giant. (Aimee Murillo)

Friday, January 30 Aiyun Huang: Wired Percussion UCI Winifred Smith Hall As part of UC Irvine's Gassmann Electronic series, internationally-acclaimed musician and percussionist Aiyun Huang teams up with music scholars Sean Griffin, Michael Dessen, and Christopher Dobrien for a mesmerizing, genre-defying performance of multimedia and instrumentals in a unique and captivating storytelling experience. Archived footage projected on a screen behind the performers serve as a visual and historical backdrop to illustrate the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse of 1940, but the musicians integrate themselves into the story as fictional characters with musical interludes, with Huang playing her "sculptural soundbox" as a moon goddess overseeing the event (she even appears in eight different outfits for the narrative). The work, entitled, "Tacoma Narrows Monochord," thus combines the surreal with the factual to depict this forgotten chapter of American history. (Aimee Murillo)

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