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Monday, June 23
Monkey Finger Duo Auld Dubliner There's a whole lotta sound coming from the spirited dudes of Monkey Finger Duo--and that isn't just the Irish whiskey talking. Long Beach natives Jason Magdaleno and Kyle Jones cover rock hits (mostly classic rock and '90s grunge), including every great band from Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones to Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. And they do it all with just two acoustic guitars and a couple sets of pipes (vocals, that is). They say their unplugged style gives songs "a warmer, more natural sound"--we just love a fresh twist on classic rock covers. Tonight, Monkey Finger Duo returns to the Auld Dubliner while on their constant party tour throughout LA and OC. It's the coolest jam session you'll find all week. (Erin DeWitt)
Tuesday, June 24
Cultura Profetica The Coach House Reggae isn't just music, it's a lifestyle. It's the philosophy that life is meant to be positive, be enjoyed, and create a better outlook for humanity. For Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica, singing the Jamaican-born music in their native Spanish language distributes the culture to more audiences, and generates peace on a wider scale. The quintet prides itself on dispensing a message of equality, human rights, and all-around awesomeness. Indeed, hearing the politically-charged, romance-language lyrics adds depth to the sound, elevating their music to the next levels of sophistication and intrigue. Get irie and feel the vibrations of the universe--regardless of your native language--as Cultura Profetica performs at the Coach House tonight. (Amanda Parsons)
Wednesday, June 25
Kiven The Observatory LA-based foursome Kiven are off to a pretty formidable start as far as the college rock scene is concerned--besides honors like Entertainment Weekly's nod as one of the Great Indie Discoveries of the CMJ Music Marathon festival in 2012, and BMI's Indie Spotlight Artist in 2013, they've paired up with a heavy-hitting producer on their new full-length self-titled album. Indie drumming vet Tony Hajjar (of At the Drive-In and Sparta) helped produce Kiven's soon-to-be-breakout single "I Can Take It," a track that pulled the heaviest, hardest sound from the band yet. They just wrapped up their Spring Tour last month--catch them as they head back to OC for a mid-week show at the Constellation Room. (Erin DeWitt) Thursday, June 26
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Born Free 6 Pre Party Alex's Bar Born Free is a true local success story--a let's-throw-a-fest-fest that's grown into a world-class celebration of old school biker culture, making Oak Canyon Ranch shake with the sound of 10,000 (or probably lots more, actually) engines. And, naturally, you wanna make the most of an occasion like this, so here's the Born Free pre-party with some high-octane rock 'n' roll: El Mysterioso, the frontmysterioso from locals Los Mysteriosos; plus the stripped-down rockers Drunk Folk; the no-BS punkers Hardship Anchors, and the Davie Allan-meets-Social D biker-punkers Vicious Cycles. (There's an afterparty next week with the mighty Shrine coming, too--prepare!) And free parking for bikes, of course. If there was a perfect time to tell the boss you're not coming in to work ever again, trust us--this Born Free weekend is it. (Chris Ziegler)
The Garden The Observatory Rarely do you hear a soft, beach-friendly indie tune such as the Garden's "Everything Is Perfect" and expect an unprovoked fistfight to break out onstage. But that's how Wyatt and Fletcher Shears roll. Between gigs, they are often flown to Paris by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent to headline the company's new campaign. The band regularly dress head to toe in women's clothes, often defying basic punk laws of fashion. The twins are known for being among the weirder bands in the DIY punk scene, particularly because of their strange live shows. See for yourself this week at the Observatory (Lucas Chemotti)