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Monday, July 21
Purple Mountains Majesties The Wayfarer Honored with the very first Monday night residency at the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar's new incarnation after a pretty substantial facelift, is OC-native band Purple Mountains Majesties. A six-piece group, they favor folk in its primary form--sing-a-longs and story-telling make up much of their live performances. And they embrace their recycle-generation's burden by primarily focusing on a message of environmental alarm. It's a jangly, jumping mix of guitars, flutes, tambourines, keyboards, and many more instruments (with band members bouncing from one to the next mid-song) to create a sound of folk electrified. Catch them for a free show tonight with support from the Red River and Gardener's Logic. (Erin DeWitt)
Tuesday, July 22
Motley Crue--The Final Tour Verizon Wireless Amphitheater "Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing." Mötley Crüe held out longer than anyone expected--but the time has come: the wild men take one last trip around the country on their final tour. This Tuesday night, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, each completely infamous and legendary on their own right, bring their no-boundaries concert to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Most of us had long ago surmised we'd only hear "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Smokin' in the Boys Room" live from cover bands any more--but the Crüe graces us with one last chance to hear some of the greatest '80s butt rock ever written live and at full volume. Dry those mascara-streaked tears--as the band says, "All bad things must come to an end. (Erin DeWitt)
Thursday, July 24
Nina Diaz Alex's Bar Nina Diaz, the lead singer (and youngest member by eight years) of the esteemed Girl in a Coma, is stretching her wings and flying off for a quick solo tour, stopping by Alex's Bar this week. An eclectic mini-Bjork one moment, a howling '90s alt-rock goddess the next, Diaz is capable of dominating the stage with every atom of her petite self. A prime example of one person sounding like four, her solo shows are something to marvel at--just a girl and a guitar amid a swirling cloud of voice loops, beats, and digital accompaniments. Come see Diaz tonight with an opening set from fellow solo project Rudy De Anda, a perfectly twangy garage trio fronted by the singer of Long Beach's Wild Pack of Canaries. (Erin DeWitt) DJ Zomboy Yost Theatre This week's installment of Havoc Thursdays, the Yost's weekly electro, house and dubstup party, welcomes a very special headliner from across the pond. DJ Zomboy, known as Joshua Jenkin in the living realm, stops by to infect Orange County with his deadly mix of gritty EDM--and a few Brostep tracks (which make up feel old, quite frankly). Last year's two-part Reanimated EP catapulted Zomboy to legit DJ status (the album's early leak caused something of a frenzy online), and now, dancefloors are pulsating with anticipation for August's release of The Outbreak (Never Say Die Records). The plague of DJ Zomboy is upon us--and that's a wonderful thing for EDM fans. (Erin DeWitt)
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Friday, July 25
The Go-Gos Pacific Amphitheatre What kind of introduction does one need for The Go-Gos? Their peppy, California-tinged songs made them '80s New Wave hitmakers back in the day, giving them the distinction of being the first all-female group who wrote their own songs and make a dent in the Billboard music charts with their debut album Beauty and The Beat. Not bad for a group who grew up out of the LA punk scene in the late '70s. The group have long since reunited and toured extensively, even as they continue with their separate projects. Their show tonight during the OC Fair is one of many that you won't want to miss. (Aimee Murillo)