Tuesday, February 18 New Politics The Constellation Room
New Politics' single "Harlem" has rightfully been getting generous airplay on the radio these days for its catchy pop rock energy and playful vocals, but imagine shifting that excitement from your car to a live venue. The Danish trio have been sweeping the nation since their first big music festival in 2010 (SXSW, not bad!) and have been a hit from casual radio listeners to big musical names like Tommy Lee and Questlove. Currently touring with fellow alt-rock bands Sleeper Agent and Magic Man, New Politics rock a mean show and demonstrate how fun and infectious modern alt rock can be. If you're up for a rip-roaring good time and a chance to connect with a solidly entertaining band, come check out this show at none other than The Constellation Room at The Observatory. (Aimee Murillo)
OC Music Awards Showcase Night 7 The Continental Room
If somehow you've managed to miss the last six weeks worth of the OCMA's live band showcases, you should probably get off your butt this week and park yourself at the Continental Room. Tuesday marks the seventh round of performances before the finals at the Observatory and lucky for us they're closing things out at one of our favorite spots in Downtown Fullerton. Inside the blood red belly of this old school haunt, the final five cranking up their amps in the competition include The Higgs, Lowly Spects, Asleep at the Gate, Well Hung Heart and Big Monsta. (Nate Jackson)
Thursday, February 20
Miley Cyrus Honda Center
Good god, if only we could erase the term "twerk" from human language, never to hear it again. Miley Cyrus, the train-wreck-in-waiting for this generation (a "generation" in Hollywood terms is only about five years, you see), stops by the Honda Center on her predictably innuendo-titled current tour, where the press will focus more on her antics than live performance credibility. And that's a damn shame, because she's actually a very talented young artist with a beautiful voice. Unfortunately, her forced in-your-face sexuality is all anyone cares about anymore. We've seen this story before--hopefully she'll pull a Britney and eventually come out shining. (Erin DeWitt) 2Chainz The Observatory
At 36 years-old Tauheed Epps, better known as 2Chainz, may not be able to claim to be the future of hip-hop, but he sure does represent the present. For the average twerkaholic, his debut Based on a T.R.U. Story will always a go-to album when you're trying to feel well, different. This time around, 2 Chainz rolls into OC sporting plenty more tracks off of his sophomore effort B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time which should result in some quality we-time with a packed crowd of hip-hop fans looking to get buck. Hopefully you'll be one of them. (Nate Jackson)
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Friday, February 21
Dessy Di Lauro's Neo Ragtime Jamboree Harvelle's Long Beach It's seldom that we come across a musical style that's truly unique and unlike anything we've heard before. Meet Dessy Di Lauro and her "neo-ragtime" sound, a self-penned genre to describe her music: modern R&B and jazz blended with '20s and '30s ragtime and stride piano. From her years spent performing with Cirque du Soleil to her journey to Los Angeles with songwriter and husband Ric'key Pageot, Di Lauro honed an act that's flush with elegant eclecticism, brassy energy, top hats, lace corsets and stilettos. Download her latest album, fittingly titled This is Neo-Ragtime, to set the mood before heading to Harvelle's for her vibrant, one-woman show. (Erin DeWitt)