The Best Concerts in OC This Week

Sage the Gemini and IAMSU!--See Tuesday
Sage the Gemini and IAMSU!--See Tuesday

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Monday, November 24

Metal Monday: Benefit for the Cat Cove Rescue The Doll Hut Few things go better together than cats and heavy metal. The screeching, the wailing, the thumping, it's so cat. Alexandra Crockett even published a coffee table book in May called Metal Cats, a fantastic photo spread of hardcore metal musicians and their felines. Cats need more than just mind-blowing distortion and wicked guitar solos, of course, and far too many of them sit in cages for weeks on end, waiting to be loved--or roam the streets virile, creating endless feral kitten colonies. The folks at Cat Cove, a no-kill, all volunteer rescue, are dedicated to finding homes for every adoptable kitteh, as well as TNR-ing those who are happiest in the wild. Helping them raise awareness and much needed dollars are kick-ass metalers She-Wolf, Raise the Dead, Shadows Entwined, Dark White, and Back From the Dead, who'll bend your brain with hair-raising howls and guttural yowls. Nothing could be more purrfect. (SR Davies)

The Don Kubec Big Band Steamer's Jazz Cafe There's a lot to be said about the Orange County Jazz Scene, specifically around Fullerton. Every night at Steamers Jazz Cafe, there's a new group to check out--but Monday nights are when to visit for monthly residencies. Tonight's group: the extraordinary Don Kubec Band. Just like any other big band, they play the standards you know and love, performed by some of the best musicians in all of SoCal. And with special guests every now and then, each show is guaranteed to be packed with talent and star-power for jazz lovers to enjoy. Every fourth Monday of the month! (Aimee Murillo)

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Tuesday, November 25

Sage the Gemini and IAMSU! The Observatory Commenters online love the way he looks--"OMG, like Drake but even more adorable!" for an uncomfortably representative paraphrase--but there's a lot more going on with Bay Area rapper and producer Sage the Gemini, of course. At 18 years old, he produced his own grassroots hit "Gas Pedal" in his bedroom studio, delivering an unexpectedly catchy monotone hook alongside a feature by Bay mainstay Iamsu! and catapulting himself to the edge of pop popularity. His full-length debut came out in March, and he's kept up a steady momentum since--and maybe one day, the Internet will say, "Oh, Drake? He's like a Sage the Gemini guy, right?" Don't skip Iamsu!'s set, either--he's had a hand (or a hook) in too many songs to list here, and you'll remember that you like him as soon as you hear him. (Chris Ziegler)   Wednesday, November 26

Justin Timberlake Honda Center Spending nearly two years on the road playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums in support of The 20-20 Experience cemented Justin Timberlake's status as one of the biggest male pop stars of all time. Before his return to music, many became accustomed to seeing him mature on the big screen as his acting chops started to garner respect--and of course, bringing the laughs in what seems like an annual gig hosting Saturday Night Live. As JT returns from the tour's Australian leg, fans know what to expect during his return stop at the Honda Center. While the set list and production hasn't changed from his previous visit, this could be the last chance to see the pop icon perform live for a long time. (Daniel Kohn)

Pre-Thanksgiving Party The Yost Theater Put off the cooking and cleaning one more night and head out to the Yost Theater for their weekly house/electro/dub event Havoc--but this session promises a special holiday twist. The club's Pre-Thanksgiving Party hosts Brillz, the New Jersey DJ and producer who, last year, released an album titled Twonk and is now traveling on his Twonkaholics Tour--really, the tour even has it's own YouTube trailer in which people ask "what the fuck is Twonk?" Our guess is what's he's dubbed his own hip-hop/electro mash-up genre of music--or maybe it's some new hallucinogenic. Come find out for yourself--you can quell that hangover with mounds of stuffing tomorrow. (Erin DeWitt)

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