The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend
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Friday, September 27
Chief Keef The Yost Theater At only twenty years-old, Keith Cozart a.k.a. Chief Keef has experienced all the major highs and lows that the music industry can bestow on a young artist. After releasing his own music videos and mixtapes online, Cozart caught the attention of a certain Yeezus and skyrocketed to fame through the Interscope label with his studio debut Finally Rich in 2012. Finally Rich features a who's-who of rap royalty including 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. Legal troubles, getting dropped from Interscope, and other tensions would follow for Keef, but his recent 20-track mixtape Sorry 4 The Weight would drop on his own Glo Gang label to positive reviews. Tonight the Chicago rapper will reach for the mic once again and land back in the hearts of fans. (Aimee Murillo)
Allen Stone Mozambique When Blue Water Music Festival announced that singer/songwriter, Allen Stone, and novelty rock group, Smash Mouth, would no longer be performing this weekend, fans were in a state of disarray. Ivan Spiers the festival's largest sponsor, and owner of Mozambique, pulled headlining acts when Blue Water hadn't gained a required permit with less than a week to spare. With pleasure we announce that both Smash Mouth and Allen Stone will perform, this weekend, instead, at Laguna Beach's Mozambique. Stone is set to perform tracks from his forthcoming album Radius, slated for release May 26th.
Saturday, March 28
Burgerama The Observatory It might seem quaint that Burger Records specializes in retro garage rock, and quainter still that many of its releases are on cassette. But the Fullerton label nonetheless keeps getting bigger on its apparent path to total world domination. There isn't enough room to list every performer at Burgerama, a two-day festival that includes seemingly every punk, pop, garage, indie rock and psychedelic performer in the galaxy. Saturday is headlined by alt-rock vets Weezer, local skate-punk prodigies FIDLAR and postpunks Gang of Four, but the bill also encompasses the disparate likes of Roky Erickson, rap producer Madlib, sweetly engaging garage-pop duo Summer Twins and the doom-ridden blues of Bass Drum of Death. Sunday's bill answers with punk everyman Ty Segall, Atlanta sonic saboteurs Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Thee Oh Sees and Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, but arrive early to be beguiled by the haunting blues-rock chansons of Sarah Bethe Nelson. Also Sunday, March 29. (Falling James) Rose's Pawnshop The Wayfarer Legend has it that singer-songwriter Paul Givant's scorned ex-girlfriend Rose tried to sell his band's instruments and equipment at the local pawn shop, thus inspiring the name for his band Rose's Pawn Shop. The LA band have since moved on to form their own brand of Americana, bluegrass and folk music with lyrics that delve deep into subjects like love, loss, and heartache, earning them nation-wide acclaim and even a Grammy nomination. Likewise, fellow folk group Ted Z and the Wranglers from Costa Mesa merge folk and blues through contemporary indie sensibilities, giving them a cool country edge not often heard in these parts. Tonight they are joined by folk-rock duo Skin and Bones to round out the night's lively line-up. (Aimee Murillo)
Sunday, March 29 Matchbox Twenty-Two and Nickelband House of Blues Anaheim Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or the original is just too damn expensive. If you yearn for the post-grunge days when Matchbox Twenty and Nickelback ruled the Top 40 airwaves but don't have the dinero to watch the real thing, then we have the concert for you! Tribute bands Matchbox Twenty Too and Nickelband will serenade audiences, belting hits like "How You Remind Me" and "Unwell." The boys from the bands-- Jerry Kulczyk, Neal Shelton, Brandon Shelton, and James Schultz from Huntington Beach-based Nickelband, and Jon Berghouse, Obed Herrera, Ozzie Mancinelli, Eric Schink, and Joshua Taylor of San Diego's Matchbox Twenty Too -will have you feeling like busting out your favorite flannel and banging your once-a-week washed hair to some classic late '90s jams. Lace up your favorite boots and stomp over for some fun that's almost-as-good-as-the-original. (Amanda Parsons)
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