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Friday, August 8
Fartbarf Alex's Bar Fartbarf's name rules and everything about them rules- wanna know why? This Los Angeles trio, who call themselves post-neanderthal analogue synthesists, deliver gripping beats and mesmerizing rhythms, all through the use of vintage electronic synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders, among other things. And to top it all off, these fellas perform in matching caveman masks and astronaut outfits making them sights to see (as well as music to hear). Gettin' down is all part of the Fartbarf experience, and your next chance to check em out is tonight at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. (Aimee Murillo)
DJ Dirt Nasty Ten Nightclub Yes, Simon, there is life after MTV. One of the most popular VJs of the '90s, Simon Rex found a comfortable level of B-list fame among the young and rich party crowd in the 2000s, landing roles in TV series and several Scary Movie installments. His goofy likability and comedic charm kept him on the list, so to speak, and now, even at 40, he headlines clubs as his alter ego DJ Dirt Nasty. Rex laces humorously cheap dance music with lyrics about sex, drugs, and, actually, that's pretty much it. Celebrating the release of "Polluted," on which he guest raps alongside TJR, Dirt Nasty descends upon Ten Nightclub in Newport tonight. Prepare yourself for some serious ridiculousness. (Erin DeWitt)
Saturday, August 9
Warpaint The Observatory Since the release of their debut EP Exquisite Corpse, Warpaint have fully expanded the limits of the quintessential indie rock sound through their experimental mixture of psychedelia, folk, and haunting vocals. The Los Angeles quartet have matched that soulful fervor with two more albums, latest of which is a self-titled album that opens their horizons to combining electronic beats into their already-unique sound. Even with the fresh spin, Warpaint retains the mesmerizing surrealism of albums past and has made them a hot band to keep on your radar. Your chance to dive into the refreshing waters of Warpaint's music is for a one-night engagement at The Observatory. (Aimee Murillo) Sunday, August 10
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Miranda Lambert Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre We might soon add "movie star" to Miranda Lambert's repertoire--it's just been reported that the country singer is developing a comedy film about a group of women competing against their spouses in a bass fishing contest. And, yeah, we would probably watch that. Lambert's latest album, Platinum (her fifth), released in June to the grabby hands of adoring fans and critics alike. Perhaps its her awesomely campy side project, Pistol Annies, or her Thelma-and-Louise friendship with fellow country star Carrie Underwood, or her every-girl lyrics about the imperfections of life, but Miss Miranda gets our vote for America's Sweetheart. Don't miss her performance tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. (Erin DeWitt)
Antemasque The Observatory Sunday marks the first OC show show from the latest off shoot brand of experimental rock music from guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the duo which masterminded legendary and now defunct Texas bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta. New band, new look, new style. That's always the MO of those two madmen, who have played on more albums under different band names than most people can keep up with. Luckily, a new band marks a new gateway, and it's the perfect time for beginners to dive on in. (Cory Deiterman)