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Friday, April 24
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular House of Blues Anaheim Once you put your 3D glasses on at the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, you'll experience Pink Floyd classics like Dark Side of the Moon the way they should be experienced: with visuals and sound married together. For the past two decades, this laser show has given a face to songs like "Us and Them" and "Money," whether that's with dancing purple and green lights or laser animations. Among the melody and beat-driven light choreography is also video art and holographic elements - because, you know, there can never be too much visual stimulation. With so much going on for your eyes and ears alike, you gotta admit: this is a pretty great way to appreciate Pink Floyd. (Kristine Hoang)
2Chainz The Observatory The appeal of 2 Chainz -- aka Tauheed Epps -- stems from many things. To begin with, his ear for beats is incredible, and he always seems to bring out the best in producers like Mike Will Made It and Lex Luger. The persona he's manifested through mixtapes such as T.R.U. Realigion is lovably goofy and campy, as evidenced by the fact that so many people have no problem doing his arm-flailing, elbow-dropping dance routine in public without any sense of lost dignity. And, his lyrics can reach a Lil Wayne level of absurdity that leave us both dumbfounded and dazzled. Kick your weekend off right by seeing him on Friday at the Observatory. (Patrick Montes)
Saturday, April 25
Faith No More The Observatory Faith No More always make it okay to be weird. The band's sound--thrash metal spliced with funk, hip-hop, punk and loose shards of many other genres--is unparalelled. And whether or not their '90s radio hit "Epic" is what first grabbed you, the band had so much more to offer once you dug past the singles. After an 18-year hiatus from recording, eccentric front man Mike Patton, drummer Mike Bordin, bassist Billy Gould, guitarist Jon Hudson and keyboardist Roddy Bottum are at it again, releasing a new record, Sol Invictus, on their own label, Reclamation Records. See them tear it up in OC for the first time in a long time, this Saturday at the Observatory. (Nate Jackson) Tartar Control The Doll Hut Using sampled drums since their inception six years ago might lead you to believe that praise singer Robert Selander and guitarist/singer Sean Hart are the smartest musicians ever. However, similar to other drummers, Robot can talk, and it turns out he's kind of a dick. So much so that he stormed out of a recent phone interview after becoming upset when I asked what he did in his spare time. "I get more puss than an animal shelter. I can't help it. I have a magnetic personality--literally." You'd think Robot would be in a better mood since Tartar Control has so much on its calendar. In addition to Saturday's performance at the Doll Hut, there's a new record titled We Forgive You, which they'll be celebrating along with fellow hell raisers Clepto, Terminally Ill and Downtown Brown. (Ryan Ritchie)
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Sunday, April 26
Quetzal El Centro Cultural de Mexico For more than twenty years, Quetzal has crafted a uniquely Chicano sound. The Grammy-award winning East LA band meshes son jarocho with an eclectic array of genres. Martha Gonzalez poetically sings in English and Spanish while percussively dancing atop a wooden box known as the tarima. Her husband Quetzal Flores adds effects pedals when plucking away on the requinto. The creative dynamic is in full effect on Quetzanimales, their current crafty concept album. Quetzal is now in studio recording jaroch rock tunes for their follow up due out on Smithsonian Folkways. In the meantime, the band is coming down to SanTana, their home away from home, to help raise funds for El Centro Cultural de Mexico. A fandango is sure to follow 'til the break of dawn. (Gabriel San Roman)