Friday, January 11
Cheap Sex/Lower Class Brats
No, the band's not getting back together--Cheap Sex is reuniting for one night only to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their debut album's 2003 release. And while fans are charged to once again hear the band's reckless, thrashing grade of American street punk, it's a bittersweet homecoming as Cheap Sex broke up in 2007 following the tragic death of guitarist Chris Wick--their final show was played in Fullerton. But Mike Virus, Johnny O. Negative, Gabe, Brock and Phil DeVill come back to pay homage to the wild decade they've endured since Launch Off to War launched their punk rock pilgrimage around the world. They play this night with friends and fellow tour-mates Lower Class Brats. --Erin DeWitt
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Los Lobos may be an LA institution by now, but every so often--well, more often than not--they like to do something a little different. They started out as a band from the in-between places, finding a spot to call home between punk and rock and folk and even more idiosyncratic styles of music. But in 2005, they put out their Acoustic en Vivo album, which (just as you'd think) was a live Los Lobos set of traditional and original music cut back to its barest roots. Now they're doing the first of a select few California appearances at the Cerritos Center in just the same way, and if it's anything like the album, they'll be presenting Lobos classics and Lobos obscurities in between the kind of folk songs you might catch your parents singing now and then. --Chris Ziegler
Saturday, January 12
The Cramps had Songs the Lord Taught Us, but of much additional utility to us scholars of scuzz was the quasi-legal compilation series Lux and Ivy's Favorites, a guided tour through three decades of revved-up, off-the-map rock 'n' roll 'n' fuzz 'n' soul. Long Beach's Champanties have studied this kinda thing well, so you get a fangs-out backing band doing the dark side of '66 with a line of tuff-girl singers singing about voodoo and assorted delinquency. There's some of the Pleasure Seekers and some of the Downliners Sect--yeah, that's right, the Pleasure Sect!--and plenty of fire-starting power at work here. If they ever put out a record, it needs to be a limited-edition black-vinyl 45. --Chris Ziegler
The Dollyrots have taken musical elements many OC fans might remember about the 1990s (snotty punk vocals, ska rhythms) and made them more palatable to a new generation of ears. Piling record scratches on top of lead singer Kelly Ogden's sleek and highly-produced voice, the uber-melodic arrangements also feature anthemic choruses. Signed to Joan Jett's Blackheart label, rock n roll never sounded so clean. --Brandon Ferguson
Sunday, January 13
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Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour
In 2012, the world's largest jazz festival celebrated its 55th anniversary--and jazz fanatics should take note, this year's dates are set for September 20-23, 2013, so put in that request for some vacation time soon. The Monterey Jazz Fest features more than 500 dixieland, bebop and jive artists in a nonstop two-day, three-night musical blowout. But for those who missed the massive jazz party, or just can't wait nine more months, a few talented performers stop by the Segerstrom Center while on this 55th Anniversary Tour. Come see the jazz stylings of Ambrose Akinmusire, DeeDee Bridgewater, Benny Green, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, and Chris Potter and revel in just the smallest taste of one of the craziest, finger-snapping, toe-tapping parties of the year. --Erin DeWitt