Free the Robots--See Saturday
Free the Robots--See Saturday

The Five Best Concerts in O.C. This Weekend

See Also:
*Free Ticket Wednesday: She Wants Revenge at the Observatory
*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/Video]
*Jim Norton Wants to Sleep With You, if You Can Stand His Sleep Apnea

Friday, September 14
She Wants Revenge
The Observatory
Is that the sound of the 1980s reemerging from the mists of time? No, it's just the austere electronic dance sonics of She Wants Revenge. Rocking their Joy Division meets Interpol sound, the San Fernando band will be on hand to make you forget you're a human and more of a dark 'n sexy dance machine. Unfortunately, their gig on Friday at the Observatory will be their last OC gig for a while--this past summer the darkwave duo announced that they're putting SWR on "indefinite hiatus" in order to pursue individual projects. Just the fact that they won't be creating their shadowy, depressed sounds makes us well, kinda sad. But for local fans of the band, this is your chance to scramble down to Santa Ana to see the band make its last stand in this corner of their home state. --Brandon Ferguson

Saturday, September 15

Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Deejay Cocoe and Wendy City

Detroit Bar

Taking a bite out of the OC/LA beat scene should prove to be quite satisfying when

Alpha Pup


Nosaj Thing


Free the Robots

take over

Detroit Bar

for another bass-riddled installment of hip-hop culture from presenters Abstract Workshop and Collaborative Media. Bringing crates and laptops full of head-bobbing, esoteric beats, this pair of innovative selectors are as hot right now as they've ever been, touring and playing shows all over the world. This week, our

locals only column

highlights Free the Robots--born

Chris Alfaro

--who over the years has graduated from unknown local DJ to OC's beat ambassador taking his loopy, jazz-centric style out of places like

Low End Theory

and exposing it world wide. Of course we always like to see Alfaro (who is also co-owner of the



Santa Ana

) check in with a home town crowd and unpack a new bag of banging tracks and turntable tricks. The line up is definitely sweetened by Abstract Workshop co-founder

Deejay Cocoe

and the deft DJ skills of

Wendy City


Nate Jackson

Saturday, September 15
Jack's 7th Show
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

It's one of those rare occasions to actually wear the Hammertime pants that you keep tucked away in the closet--and get away with it. The legendary MC Hammer is performing at Jack's 7th Show, 93.1 Jack FM's celebration of all that was great in the late '80s through mid '90s music scene. Relive music's good ol' days with a lineup that also includes Gin Blossoms, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Joe Walsh, Toto, and Missing Persons (featuring Dale Bozzio). From rap to new wave, the wide-ranging show brings back a moment in time that's hard for anyone to forget. Plus, Jack's 7th Show benefits Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a nonprofit organization that provides information, resources and support to families affected by the disorder.--Jessica Ford

Saturday, September 15
The Walkmen
The Observatory

The Walkmen used to almost completely own a certain kind of post-punky indie rock--that guitar, that voice and those lyrics that could probably find healthy new life on the last page of The New Yorker. And now that they've recently put out their newest album, Heaven, it turns out they're back in control again. Heaven is focused, measured and precise in subtle and satisfying ways, the kind of thing that reveals just a little bit more on repeat listens. If there's a new "The Rat," maybe it's the instantly engaging "Heartbreaker." But then again, the Walkmen aren't here to make their same old songs over and over. Instead, they're here to make their good thing better.--Chris Ziegler

Saturday, September 15

Taste of Newport

Head on down to Fashion Island for the Taste of Newport. Though the festival is primarily focused on the passion of foodies, New Wave aficionados will have something to sink their ears into. Be sure to check out pioneering New York legends Blondie and Devo whose 1980 song and video "Whip It," featuring the band wearing dog bowls, made them icons.--Brandon Ferguson

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