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Monday, April 28
Eric Hutchinson House of Blues Anaheim The problem with trying to hang with Madonna is that the bitch flakes on everything. Just ask Eric Hutchinson. The American folk rock singer-songwriter of such hits as "Rock and Roll" and "Ok, It's Alright With Me" signed on with Madonna's Maverick Records in 2007 but wasn't able to get a record out before the label folded. He was left to record and produce the album Sounds Like This on his own--luckily, everybody liked it a whole lot and he didn't have to wear a cone bra, either. Now, years later and tons more famous (he's friends with Kelly Clarkson and Perez Hilton), Hutchinson has unveiled his third album, Pure Fiction, and will perform it and a plethora of other original tracks live at the House of Blues during his Tell the World Tour. (Amanda Parsons)
Ghost The Observatory Ghost are one of the more mysterious bands to come out of Sweden in a while. Their satanic melodies, distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards (a mix between synth and metal, wrap your head around that one) only add to their crazy, demonic look on stage as ghoulish vocalist Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls come to haunt Santa Ana this week. (Daniel Kohn)
Tuesday, April 29
Tokyo Police Club The Observatory Canada's Tokyo Police Club is a super easy-feeling band. Generating melodic and hooky songs that are unthreatening in every way possible, it's that band you like enough to turn up the tune, but you probably still won't buy the T-shirt--and this makes them cacophonic comfort food, which is an essential component to life. Back in 2008, TPC garnered the affection of college radio devotees with "Tessellate," and their new LP, Forcefield, already has the alt crowd herding back for the smooth and silky "Hot Tonight." Eschewing the cynical whininess that characterizes much more than just emo-bands these days, even TPC's video for the song has no angry millennials, and nothing gets trashed or sexed-up. Instead, the band tosses back some pints and plays retro video games (in which they often star) and it's little happy times and little poppy songs like this that serve as a smattering of protection from the crates of carnage and crap being dumped on you in every other minute of your day. Go thank them. (SR Davies) Wednesday, April 30
Curren$y The Observatory Curren$y is one of the hardest working rappers in the game. He releases multiple mixtapes per year--the most recent, The Drive In Theatre, dropped on Valentine's Day. In between the long hours spent in the studio, the New Orleans-based rapper finds time to play as many shows across the country as he can, including tonight's set at the Observatory. If he's ever weary, the 33-year-old hardly shows it--energetic and engaging, Curren$y is easily one of today's most charismatic performers when he's onstage. As one of the few rappers who has worked with both No Limit and Cash Money Records, Curren$y is a rarity not only because of this distinction, but after a decade in the game, he remains one of the freshest voices in hip-hop. (Daniel Kohn)
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Thursday, May 1
Them Bearded Men The Auld Dubliner There are few things in life more enjoyable than a cold pint paired with some great live music. Them Bearded Men, a local trio hailing from Long Beach and Santa Monica, have the bar circuit down--they play at the Auld Dubliner every Wednesday, and throw in the occasional show at other local joints Irish Mist or House of Hayden. Playing everything from the Kinks to the Stones to the Clash, they even offer to learn new songs, should one be requested enough via the band's Facebook page. It's always a fun, boisterous night when they play, but beware: Wednesdays at the Auld Dub are also Whiskey Wednesdays, meaning half-off Irish whiskeys in the four hours before the band starts. Yes, four hours. Pace yourself, Thursday morning can turn up pretty quickly. (Erin DeWitt)