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Friday, June 26
Nickelback Irvine Meadows Amphitheater The universal joke that is Nickelback comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater tonight--and by the looks of their rather extensive touring schedule, embracing the title of the world's most ridiculed/hated band turns out to be a pretty lucrative schtick. The Canadian group's current tour is in support of last year's rock-anthem-laden No Fixed Address, and even includes dates in Europe and Australia, so we guess those online campaigns to prevent the band from performing didn't pan out. Expect audience members to be a fair mix of Nickelback fans (of which, actually, there are a surprising number) and hipsters who still think it's cool to do things for irony's sake. Excuse us now while we clear our search history. (Erin DeWitt)
Ignite The Observatory As the history of OC hardcore becomes more and more,uh, historical (Revelation Records is over a quarter century old!), it becomes necessary to look back at bands like Ignite who not only represented the SoCal chapter of this genre during its heyday, but also distinguished themselves simultaneously as one of the most aggressive, socially conscious and musically proficient to come out of the local scene and make it big. Since their formation in 1993, the band--fronted by new Pennywise frontman and Colonel Guile-look-a-like Zoli Teglas--has remained a guitar chord-chugging tour de force that are as melodic as they are menacing. See them at the Observatory with Excel, Strife, Xibalba, Union 13, Runaway Kids and Mizery. (Nate Jackson)
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720 Pine Pine Ave. in Long Beach Skater kids, your day has come. No longer are you confined to skate parks and empty cul de sacs to practice (or show off) your sweet tricks. Summer and Music, who bring you a series of music showcases every year in various parts of the downtown Long Beach expanse, are back with the 720 Degrees Pine festival. For the evening, Pine avenue will be converted to a long-running skate park between 6th and 7th street, with a fine line up of contemporary rock bands from Long Beach that we already know and love-- Bella Novela, FMLY BND, The Moderates, and headliner Tijuana Panthers, as well as KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox. Additionally, while you're poppin' ollies and rocking along to this free show, the streets will pay host to the A.skate Foundation, a nonprofit charity helping children with autism learn to skate. (Aimee Murillo) Lady Antebellum Irvine Meadows Amphitheater At a time when many musicians are having trouble selling music and filling venues, Nashville's Lady Antebellum excels at both. Since the band's inception in 2006, it seems all the trio has done is sell millions of records and fill huge amphitheaters to capacity across the country. Their unique version of country pop inspired legions of copycats--and garnered Lady Antebellum multiple Grammy nods, including wins for Record and Song of the Year in 2011. See them in Irvine this weekend with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. (Daniel Kohn)
bobby blunders The Prospector For the last several years guitarist Jesse Carzello has been building his bedroom recordings-turned-experimental pop project, bobby blunders (yes, all lowercase). Now, Carzello might be Long Beach's most unexpected bandleader.For years, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist was a hired gun, playing with everyone from D.C. punk bands to his current steady gig as the pedal-wielding guitarist for the Long Beach collective Free Moral Agents. But after inheriting an 8-track that was destined for the trash more than five years ago, the roots of Carzello's first original work began to form. See him take the stage along with venerated LA rapper Nocando and Psych Jazz band Brainstory at the Prospector this Saturday. (Sarah Bennett)