Connor Oberst--See Wednesday
Connor Oberst--See Wednesday

The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: Conor Oberst, Dr. Dog

Monday, October 1

The Two Foscari

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The LA Opera makes a one-night-only appearance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to perform Giuseppe Verdi's The Two Foscari. Verdi based his three-act opera on the historical play of the same name written by Lord Byron in 1821. Conductor James Conlon and actor Plácido Domingo recreate a masterpiece that also features the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as a cast of acclaimed international singers. The Two Foscari relives 15th-century Venice, Italy, with a tale filled with extreme rivalries and potentially deadly secret plots. Head of State Francesco Foscari, played by Domingo, struggles to protect himself and his son from the ruthless enemies that litter their city. Watch as this father-son duo fight to "reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy." --Jessica Ford

Tuesday, October 2
Catz 'N Dogs
Focus OC (Tapas in Newport Beach)

Club Focus is invariably on our list of things to make your Tuesday night 10 times better than it normally is-- especially for househeads, members of the trance family and other beat freak pedigrees. But next week's event on Oct. 2 definitely deserves a big red circle on your calendar thanks to Berlin duo Catz 'N Dogz. In the last 12 months, few house duos have experienced the kind of profile boost that comes with being remixed by stars like Carl Craig and Tanner Ross. When it comes to their own tracks from their 2011 sophomore album Escape From the Zoo, their left-field approach to dance music invokes cinematic film scores, raw instrumentation, deep house roots, crunk Lil' Jon samples and whole lot in between. --Nate Jackson

Wednesday, October 3
Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis
Fox Theater Pomona

Back in 2002, Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis were like the king and queen of our heart-broken little car stereo--"Lifted" or "The Story is in the Soil," "Keep Your Ear to the Ground" and "The Execution of All Things" unabashedly owned that repeat button. On Oberst's current solo tour, he invites an array of special guests to join him in varying cities--Daniel Johnston in Austin, Ian Felice in New York--but for this show at the Fox Theater in Pomona, the singular Jenny Lewis graces us with her indie-goddess presence (though we see her daily as the screensaver for one OC Weekly employee who shall go unnamed). It's a night of icy cool, whimsical folk music--come hear the songs of dreamy youth and relive those wondrous few years when the world was introduced to these two who are, and always will be, so much hipper than us.  --Erin DeWitt

Thursday, October 4
Dr. Dog
The Observatory

They got a song called "Warrior Man," but Philadelphia band Dr. Dog is really more like an unfrozen caveman, frosted up in the mid-'70s and entombed with every good record released between Monterey Pop and Watergate. Their recent and happily out-of-time 2012 release Be the Void is powered by people like Paul Simon, Ray Davies, the Band, the Beatles on the songs where John and Paul were really getting riled up--what we got here is both an album and a valentine to the days of municipal auditorium shows and moonshine in the barn before the big recording session. If you ever wondered why they don't make 'em like they used to, well, these are the guys who make 'em like they used to. --Chris Ziegler

Friday, October 5
Strung Out
House of Blues Anaheim

For those of us who grew up listening to music in the '90s, punk rock's second wave is an indelible part of our story. Among the more central bands to the west coast scene was Strung Out. Signed to Fat Wreck Chords since '93, this band has churned out 10 albums of solid material and managed to grow in the process. Known for their rapid-fire style and technical prowess, these guys took punk in directions unheard of in the genre's early days.--Brandon Ferguson

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