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Monday, June 2
Stephen Stills The Coach House Stephen Stills has seen (and been through) it all--from mainstream success with Buffalo Springfield to becoming an international icon for his work David Crosby, Graham Nash, and sometimes Neil Young (collectively CSN and CSNY), where he wrote songs like "For What It's Worth" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." But as he finishes up a short tour, Stills is going back to his roots as a solo performer, when he penned and sang hits like "Love the One You're With." Even pushing 70 and having survived a cancer scare back in 2008, Stills continues to test boundaries--exactly what made one of the biggest American classic rock stars. Last year alone, he released an album with blues band The Rides, and also put out an 83-song anthology that unearthed 25 unheard songs, leaving fans to wonder what other material he's hiding in his vault. Don't miss his show at the Coach House tonight. (Daniel Kohn)
Tuesday, June 3
Ska Parade Lounge Slidebar Now that radio personality Tazy Phyllipz has created his own niche for OC's contingent of horn-loving ska heads, the Ska Parade Lounge is gradually expanding its reach to bring great bands from all over SoCal (and throughout the US) to Slidebar, essentially ripping his Ska Parade radio show off of the internet airwaves and onto the stage. This week, Maryland three-piece Bumpin' Uglies bring their tight, ska power trio to Fullerton along with Papafish, Ekolekua and Failed to Victory. (Nate Jackson)
Wednesday, June 4 Max The Observatory Anyone born before, say, 1989 might ask "who the hell is Max Schneider?" He's a teen heartthrob pop star and kids-TV actor--but his official title is more like "singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, model, and musician." A quintuple threat with one of those pretty baby faces, he's already done everything from model with Madonna to star in a Nickelodeon original movie. And his Twitter followers count is about two thousand times as many as yours is. So bright is his young career that the marquees just read Max now. The next Bieber? God, we hope not. But his squeaky-clean pop persona is one of those unstoppable forces we just can't explain. Take your daughter to tonight's show at the Constellation Room--a statement we never thought we'd make. (Erin DeWitt) Thursday, June 5
The Faint The Observatory For an indie band, taking six years off can be an eternity. Yet for the Faint, it was a much-needed hiatus. After touring and recording relentlessly for the better part of a decade, the band realized it was time to put the Faint on hold, at least for a little while. But if not for that lengthy break, the quartet wouldn't have been able to seamlessly cook up their current record, Doom Abuse. Formed in 1995 and originally known as Norman Bailer (at one time featuring Conor Oberst), the Faint meld indie rock, post-punk, dance-punk and new wave. While many of the young synth rock groups on mainstream and satellite radio today have poppier sensibilities, there's no denying the influence of these Omaha natives. (Daniel Kohn)
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Friday, June 6
Ink n Iron The Queen Mary After all the buzz, it's finally here--Long Beach's annual tat fest Ink n Iron returns to the Queen Mary for a three-day sprawl of bands, babes, art, car shows and a tattoo convention rolled into one. This years' lineup is packing in some serious history with headliners Merle Haggard (Friday), The Buzzcocks and the Damned (Saturday) and Suicidal Tendencies (Sunday). And Friday also features incomparable country legends Wanda Jackson and Junior Brown. Not a bad way to warm up the weekend. (Nate Jackson)