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Friday, July 17
Sublime with Rome Irvine Meadows Amphitheater Following the surprising success of their debut, you could forgive Sublime With Rome's lead singer for being overly excited. After all, it's not often--if ever--that a singer could perform with a band whose pedigree is on par with Sublime's, not to mention release an album. Yet Rome Ramirez found himself introducing Sublime's brand of reggae rock to an audience who were only a few years younger than him. Sublime With Rome's debut, Yours Truly, may have breathed new life into the band, but there was trouble simmering internally. Drummer Bud Gaugh left the outfit in December 2011, vowing to never rejoin the band amid doubts over the group's name and desire to tour. His subtraction allowed for Eric Wilson and Ramirez to enlist drummer-to-the-stars Josh Freese to take over behind the kit for subsequent tours. This week they're back with the new material from their album Sirens. (Daniel Kohn)
Rumours: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac The Hangar at the OC Fair Being in a tribute group is harder than it seems, requiring hours of practice to emulate the sound and personality of a legendary band. But Rumours, an LA-based Fleetwood Mac tribute group, makes it all seem like a piece of piss. Their instrumentation sounds like a carbon copy of the original thing, yes, but--more impressively--vocalist Jesika Miller's voice could easily be mistaken for Stevie Nicks'. Playing Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits from 1975-1979, Rumours' set is a carefully curated highlight reel of, arguably, the music of one of the most successful bands in Western contemporary music. As with all of the concerts at the OC Fair, concert tickets grant free admission to the fair so, if you already have your concert ticket, be sure to make the most of your time at the fair. (Kristine Hoang)
Saturday, July 18
Built to Spill The Observatory Record Store Day this year was even sweeter than usual for Built To Spill fans thanks to the release of the much-anticipated new album Untethered Moon, a resounding and reassuring return to form that put to rest persistent rumors of band retirement. (Next-most-recent album There Is No Enemy came out ages ago in 2009, and a six-year gap these days makes people worry.) But Built To Spill is arguably more fiery than ever on Moon, which not only maintains their characteristic Dinosaur Jr-via-Crazy Horse riffery but makes room for a little enthusiastic experimentation, too, like the Sandinista-y rocker "C.R.E.B." By all accounts, founder Doug Martsch is plugged back into whatever powerful force inspired his best music--turns out it's maybe better to not burn out or fade away at all, if you can help it! (Chris Ziegler) Bone Thugs N Harmony Irvine Meadows Amphitheater Grammy Award-winning rap posse Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were a mainstay on urban music charts throughout the 1990s. Their melodic, G-funk-inspired sound, characterized by Bizzy's unorthodox speed-rapping can be heard on such hits as "Thuggish Ruggish Bone," "1st of tha Month" and "Tha Crossroads." But after more than 20 years in the game, one of hip-hop's biggest-selling groups is calling it quits. See them play with the OG of gangsta rap, Ice-T, along with one of raps original originators Big Daddy Kane. (Jacqueline Michael Whatley)
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Sunday, July 19
Duane Peters Gunfight Alex's Bar Known widely as "The Master of Disaster," it's been way too long since we've discussed Duane Peters in this infernal rag in a bit of news that didn't involve some kind of run-in with the law. But Peters has actually been busy with music, keeping up with his latest effort the Duane Peters Gunfight. Here, guitar riffs hit you like swift left hooks and reverberate with the spirit of punk rock n' roll, with a bit of socio-political commentary in the mix. Peters retains so much captivating energy when he performs onstage, and some might say he's a figure rooted in a part of OC's old school punk fabric not really seen or exhibited in today's young groups. You can check him and his band of musical miscreants tonight at Alex's Bar and marvel at how time has hardly affected Peters' ability to rock. (Aimee Murillo)