The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

Alkaline Trio--See Wednesday
Alkaline Trio--See Wednesday

Monday, June 10

Levitation Room
Detroit Bar
Just as their name suggests, Levitation Room's music instills the listeners' ears with the light feeling of floating. The dreamy guitar and lo-fi projections of psychedelic rock and garage are reminiscent of deep 1960s-era rock, but still grounded in an alternative dreamgaze flavor that permeates modern indie music today. This East L.A. quartet's sound is so carefully crafted to golden reverb perfection, they shouldn't be under the radar for much longer. Especially here in Southern California, where their garage sound and far-out '60s visual aesthetic fit right in. They're midway through their month-long residency tonight at Detroit Bar, so catch them while you can, tonight they share the bill with Wax Children, The Sister Ruby Band, and Them Howling Bones. (Aimee Murillo)Tuesday, June 11

The Parson Red Heads
Detroit Bar
The Parson Red Heads were one of LA's much-loved indie/folkie-type bands until they moved to Portland, leaving their hometown fans to pine from afar. But there's plenty of beautiful music that comes out of pining from afar--the best of which came from Gene Clark--and so the Parson Red Heads return with a lovely and melancholy set of new songs that sound like they've been missing LA just as much. The heartbroken country-rock stargazers of the early '70s are all over this, and if you ever liked anything between the Flying Burritos Brothers and Beachwood Sparks, you'll squeeze a tear into your craft beer at this one. The band's new EP is available at shows, so you can make the night last forever. (Chris Ziegler)

Wednesday, June 12

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Alkaline Trio
House of Blues Anaheim
Back in the early 2000s, the dark, cultish, catchy songs of Alkaline Trio held a special place among our mixed CDs--and though they may have faded a little bit from our current playlists of new music, they remain forever embedded in our hearts as a seminal angst-ridden, pop-punk band. But the band is as hard-working as ever, putting out an album every few years--in February, they released My Shame Is True, a 40-minute high-energy collection of tracks recorded with the help of musician/producer Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents). It's got more grit than the last few Trio records, but fans can still sink into that trademark sound of heartbreak and exuberance. Catch them this week as they stop by the House of Blues. (Erin DeWitt)  

Thursday, June 13

Mammoth Thunderpower
Alex's Bar
Synthy decadence and post punk energy are still very much in vogue these days and appropriated into new genres, but fans of original hit makers like Joy Division, Bauhaus and Gary Numan will appreciate the nod to these influences in Northern Labor Party's music. With all the elements of '80s New Wave, this band could sound like they debuted far back before grunge hit the airwaves; yet Northern Labor Party's sound doesn't feel outdated at all thanks to dance-y beats and dark melodies. Luckily for us, the band is local in Orange County and have appeared around various venues; tonight you can experience the live power of their set at Alex's Bar, with Mammoth Thunderpower, The Sleeping Car and The Black Lantern. (Aimee Murillo)

Friday, June 14

CSS
The Observatory
CSS' provocative song catalog and rigor for fun have proven them to be a sensational party band equipped with a gutsy stage presence and lusty dance beats. Ever since making it in their native Sao Paolo, Lovefoxxx and her sexy bandmates have been delivering their sensual disco-rock jams at major music festivals, concert venues, even children's TV show Yo Gabba Gabba! Their particular brand of tongue-in-cheek humor and lyrical goofiness have set them apart from most bands in the modern disco circuit, while Lovefoxxx's penchant for stage diving at live shows has given them immense rock concert cred. For a good time, hit up The Observatory and witness CSS turn a rock concert into an instant rave. Performing tonight with MS MR and IO Echo. (Aimee Murillo)

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