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Friday, September 26
Die Antwoord The Observatory Die Antwoord brought zef to the United States, a South African counterculture that simultaneously embraces and rejects luxury. If that doesn't make any sense to you, then perhaps seeing a live performance by Die Antwoord -- comprised of emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek -- will solidify the counterculture's meaning. Trance-y, rave-like music is the backdrop for Ninja and Yo-Lani's rapid-fire flow, with Yo-Lani's voice often rising into falsetto raps and yelps. The duo raps in Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa, so don't expect to understand everything they're saying. Just expect to have a roaring good time with these stylish, punk-esque enthusiasts. (Tara Mahadevan)
Saturday, September 27
JEFF the Brotherhood The Constellation Room Total party music. That's what JEFF the Brotherhood's songs are. Crunchy, guitar-driven singalongs, tub-thumping drumrolls--if you were old enough to remember the heydey of grunge, their sound is eerily reminiscent of Weezer/Nirvana/Mudhoney/Teenage Fanclub's early days. Yup, totally fun! Their self-produced EP of covers called Dig the Classics includes JEFF the Brotherhood's versions of songs by the Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fanclub. The two-piece band made up of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall are actually too young to remember grunge when it was all over MTV, but their psychedelic punk-garage-pop leanings (that LA Record's Chris Ziegler dubbed "heavy Wipers-guitar-meets-Thin Lizzy-rhythms") took root during David Geffen's high times. (Lilledeshan Bose)
Fear & TSOL The Observatory Behold Fear: the rulers of loud-fast-rules punk, with awesomely boneheaded lyrics and precision-machined music that made them one of the most formidable bands in L.A. punk. (Fear was like putting an attack dog's brain in a Terminator's body--it'll tear you up in ways you just can't imagine!) Singer Lee Ving has quite the set of pipes--one to sing with and a heavier one to beat you with--and drummer Spit Stix was one of L.A.'s secretly most accomplished drummers, with a sense of rhythm and destruction more befitting a ticking time bomb. Watch them on a double bill with OC punk royalty TSOL on Saturday night at the Observatory. (Chris Ziegler) Long Beach Folk Revival Rainbow Lagoon Oh, the hipness of it all. The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival is an all-day musical carnival featuring more than 25 folk and roots bands (ranging from local to national) playing across three stages. There's also a beard and mustache contest (of course), square dancing (awesome, actually), a musical instrument "petting zoo" for kids, bluegrass jam sessions, vintage shopping, a craft village, and the trendiest of all nourishments, craft beer and food trucks. Headliners include Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, but be sure to catch locally loved groups like Restavrant, Moonsville Collective, and Vinnie & The Hooligans. (Erin DeWitts)
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Sunday, September 28
Feral Kizzy The Continental Room It's the final night of the Feral Kizzy residency at Continental Room tonight, but you know it won't be the last time this Long Beach group unleashes their raw talents on the masses some enchanted evening. Lead singer Kizzy Kirk exhibits a fierce vocal style that encompasses a variety of genres with the same amount of intensity and passion while she struts, preens, and erupts onstage like some kind of rock n' roll force of nature. Complemented by an equally frenetic backing group composed of Brenda Carsey, Johnny Lim, Kevin Gonzalez and Mike Meza, all complicit in realizing a state of crazed rock consciousness in their live performances. Come see them tonight alongside supporting acts Band Aparte, Loveydove, and Now. (Aimee Murillo)