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Friday, January 16
Dead Kennedys The Observatory You can love the fact that three-fourths of San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys have been performing since 2001 without original singer Jello Biafra, or you can despise it. What you shouldn't do is make assumptions without having seen the current lineup live.The first tours for the reformed group (Ray, bassist Klaus Flouride, drummer D.H. Peligro and singer Ron "Skip" Greer) played to approximately 300 people per night, but those who've seen the band since 2001 have apparently decided that a Jello-less Dead Kennedys are a worthwhile act; they have played numerous European festivals and a show in Bogota, Colombia, to nearly 100,000 people. This week the band returns to OC for a show at the Observatory, backed by JFA and supergroup GFP, featuring skateboard legend Tony Alva and Greg Hetson from Bad Religion. (Ryan Ritchie)
Agent Orange The Doll Hut Punk's not dead! And one of Orange County's premier punk groups Agent Orange can attest to the longevity of punk music by their long-successful career. Hailing from Fullerton in the late '70s, Agent Orange hit it big with "Bloodstains," which made its way on to the KROQ circuit thanks to notable DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. Mixing elements of heavy metal and surf music, Agent Orange would go on to produce more albums in the '80s and '90s, all the while dispelling haters of the genre and making their mark in Orange County music history. This weekend, they have a special two night stint at the Doll Hut Friday and Saturday (Aimee Murillo)
Saturday, January 17
Matt Costa House of Blues Anaheim imminently accessible sound capable of appealing to a wide audience. While his plucky acoustic songs work well on a slot opening for Jack Johnson, his edgier lyrical material has also found him in the company of Modest Mouse. The Huntington Beach native will be bringing his sensitive-boy charms to the House of Blues Anaheim on Saturday with G. Love & Special Sauce. Go check it out while there's still sensitive people and independent record stores left in the world to be appreciated. (Brandon Ferguson)
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Seedless Observatory OC's beach-city reggae scene is rolling deep to Anaheim this weekend as local faves Seedless headline the Observatory. Though they continue putting the finishing touches on their much anticipated next album, their reliable rock-infused island vibes are still the strongest in a live setting. Catch them this week for $5 show. (Nate Jackson)
The Humpers Alex's Bar The Humpers brand of Dolls/Dead Boys punk-n-roll rocked from Long Beach to Yugoslavia (where they were huge) in the mid-to-late '90s. Theirs was also one of the most fun shows you could go to back then. Alex's Bar owner Alex Hernandez, a promoter and bouncer at the time, remembers the band whose reunion shows his bar will host this weekend: "They were never mediocre. They were always really bad or really great, depending on how much they drank." He recalls having to ration out drink tickets in order to ensure a performance that didn't feature a blacked-out band. "I think they've outgrown that stage," he says. He and everyone else who was there are greatly anticipating making some new memories with a show that feels like an old friend (with a kick-ass guitar sound) coming home. (Michael Coyle)