The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: Tropicool, Voodoo Glow Skulls
Voodoo Glowskulls--See Thursday
Monday, October 22
Funk Jam Hosted By Delta Nove
Long Beach band Delta Nove bring the good kind of funk to Monday nights every week at the underground lounge and nightclub Harvelle's. This live music funk jam (plus special guest DJs weekly) is a sure fire cure for any leftover traces of weekend withdrawal--or if you just need to break it down and celebrate surviving the most dreaded of workdays. Be prepared to throw a few back, though, this event is strictly two drink minimum (oh, darn), but with such a cheap cover, we're sure your wallet won't mind. Live funk from one of the area's hardest working bands, plus an excuse to drink on a Monday? Now that sounds like a pretty funkin' good time.
The Yost Theater
At age 24, Troy Beetles--who records and performs under the alias Datsik--is one of the OGs of the biggest EDM movement of his generation: North American dubstep. Love it or hate it, you cannot escape the womp-y electronica that has permeated so far into the mainstream that it's as commonplace in TV commercials as it is in the clubs. None of that matters to Beetles; he's an artist creating on the cusp of the genre, which has already begun to evolve from the grinding, Galaga-style noise that's come to define dubstep's mainstream. He favors a more minimal approach--"TrapStyle," as it is coming to be known among EDM connoisseurs, a throwback to the U.K. style that pre-dates its American counterpart. On Monday, Datsik rolls into the Yost theater with Terravita, Xkore and Getter. --Adam Lovinus
Tuesday, October 23
Some things just flow naturally--and for the trio of Josh Cocktail, Loggy and Big Red (yes, those are their names), they met, decided to make some music, and two months later had a debut album that scoured the top 10 on the iTunes Alternative charts. This summer, the SoCal group released a song every week from their Take a Hit album, free and clear, with the entire record available now, completely gratis. If Dirty Heads is getting a little played out for your taste, give these boys a listen. They've got that sun-and-sand, rap-mixed-with-lush-chorus thing down pat. And if California beach-goers love one thing, it's music that reminds them of summer all year long.
Tropical disco meets hipster sleaze at this week's Tropicool show at Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar. Santa Barbara's David La Melza is the man behind the music--a blend of electronic dance party hooks inspired by a land of blue waters and hot nights. He considers himself a "curator of Hawaiian shirts, frosty nips, and freelance gynecologist in the alley behind your girlfriend's house," but we don't think he's actually that creepy. While La Melza recently released a tape of funky island disco a few weeks back, you can play any one of Tropicool's mixtapes (there are many) for instant party ambiance the next time you break out the blender and tiny cocktail umbrellas --Erin DeWitt
Give it up for Voodoo Glow Skulls, a third wave ska band from whose success in the 1990's, has continued through the first decade of the new millennium. They're known for a high energy, punk infused jams backed by wind instruments and a manic reggae vibe. Remember the days when they used to play the Showcase Theater in Corona? Of course you don't, whipper snapper! --Brandon Ferguson
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