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Friday, November 21 The Blood Brothers The Observatory Seminal hardcore band The Blood Brothers reunited for their adoring fans at FYF Fest in August 2014 nearly seven years after their band breakup, and tonight they return to Southern California in OC for an engagement at the Observatory. Formed in 1997 in Seattle by teenage friends Jordan Billie, Johnny Whitney, Mark Gajadhar, Morgan Henderson and Cody Votolato, the group have gone on to be one of the most beloved hardcore acts to arise from that era. In between their breakup and reunion, each member has gone on their own various projects, from clothing lines to solo projects to side bands. Wherever they continue their musical journeys, its clear that perhaps there's hope for The Blood Brothers to converge their collective synergies once again for fans. Catch them tonight at the Observatory and see what happens. (Aimee Murillo)
Free the Robots The Wayfarer One of the more venerable producers to arise from Santa Ana's beat scene and make waves around the world is Chris Alfaro and his excellent music project, Free The Robots. FTR's latest album, The Balance, is a profound personal statement crafted after years of perfecting his skillet--Alfaro explores unknown territories brought to life by the sonic soundscapes of jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, and other diverse percussion and electronic sounds that find a peaceful state of equilibrium in the moments of their convergence. Appearing tonight with fellow producer Torosbros, whose music is a little more butt-shaking party-beats, and StarRo, a multi-talented musician in his own right, Alfaro's show is bound to inspire you to move and groove however you feel best. (Aimee Murrillo)
Saturday, November 22
Sky Ferreira The Observatory Sky Ferreira is part of a peer group attempting to attract a quickly dispersing crowd back to pop's big tent. Along with Miley Cyrus, Lorde, and Selena Gomez, she's one of a relatively small group of prominent '90s babies who has attempted to make music for a mainstream audience, rather than bubbling up in a smaller sub-genre and using the buzz to cross over. Each of these musicians has her own approach to reach an audience that certainly exists, but can be difficult to pin down. Ferreira is noteworthy for the way in which her selling points, her image and story, have taken the leash away from her actual music. Her debut album, Night Time, My Time was a near-anonymous, entirely pleasant mix of pop and new wave with spikes of alternative influence included like easter eggs, for those who gravitate to the edgy, high-fashion net of Ferreira's brand. (Jonah Bromwich) Melanie Martinez The Constellation Room Ultra cute megababe Melanie Martinez breezes through the Constellation Room tonight, an anticipated live music event for her legions of fan-dolls. Many were introduced to Martinez on Season 3 of The Voice, where she did pretty well, making it to the top six round, thanks to her raw-silk voice and edgy-sweet style. Her video for debut single "Doll House" racked up serious cult-fashion points with cameos from both designer Stella Rose Saint Clair and plenty of Lime Crime. Her latest single, "Carousel," was also featured on the greatest show ever in the history of television, American Horror Story: Freak Show. Basically, she's amazing--use tonight's concert as an excuse to get really, really dressed up. (Erin DeWitt)
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Sunday, November 23
Lupita D'Alessio City National Grove of Anaheim Born Guadalupe Contreras Ramos in Tijuana 1954, Lupita D'Alessio celebrates a lifelong career in music and television. Her first musical hit, "Mi Corazon es un Gitano" ("My Heart is a Gypsy") catapulted her to musical fame outside of her father's shadow, popular television presenter Poncho D'Alessio. Since then she's remained active as a singer and actress for novelas and Mexican sitcoms, eventually imprinting her hands on the Paseo de Luminarios, the Mexican equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although her nickname is "La Leona Dormida" ("The Sleeping Lioness"), she's anything but a tired performer, and continues to perform to this day. Catch her appearance tonight at the City National Grove of Anaheim. (Aimee Murillo)