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Monday, November 25
The Limousines w/ Mona and Dresses Constellation Room Though EDM has become a catch-all term for club music these days, it's important to remember that there are some acts that present a less untz untz-filled approach to the genre in favor of genuine human feeling and a clever slice of electro pop. For that we have the Bay Area duo of Eric Victorino and Giovanni Giusti, better known as the Limousines. Drawing audiences to the dance floor with their 2013 summer release Hush , the band steamrolls into the Constellation Room alongside Ohio indie band Mona and unabashedly adorable indie pop Portland duo Dresses. (Nate Jackson)
Night Beats Detroit Bar We thought we were way into Roky Erickson, but Seattle's Night Beats have a new LP called Sonic Bloom that goes past respect and reverence toward actual reincarnation. It's out on Austin's Reverberation Appreciation Society, the unquestionable inheritors of the Texas psychedelic tradition, and it's bristling with Stacy Sutherland-style space guitar and hair-raising vocals inspired by the three best times Roky yelled, "Ohhhh yeah!" Naturally, there's plenty of connections to the other grand old head rockers here--pre-string section Spacemen 3, the first Stooges LP, the Lost and Found non-LP 45 and track 12 on volume 1 of Back From the Grave and don't tell us you don't know those! This will be a crucial show for those who like bands that come from beyond. (Chris Ziegler)
Tuesday, November 26
Alice Cooper Segerstrom Center As avid listeners of Nights with Alice Cooper, the musician's nightly radio show, we see his upcoming show at the Segerstrom Center as a sign that, deep down (way down), underneath the decades of morbid shock rock and smeared black makeup, Alice Cooper is pure class, all the way. Currently on his Raise the Dead tour, Cooper brings his penchant for macabre theater and stunning visuals to the performing arts center for the first time (ya think?), calling all secret Cooper fans out from their beige tract homes. Continuously recording and touring (with an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011), Cooper says he is "glad to be an elder statesman." And with age comes wisdom, or something like it, as he says, "We're carnivores, not dinosaurs. We eat whatever bands are in our path." The Segerstrom Center won't know what hit it. (Erin DeWitt)
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Justin Timberlake Honda Center So the critics hated Runner Runner. And maybe The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, his second album of 2013, didn't get insanely glowing reviews. But you know what? It still reached the top of the charts--and his film flop (co-starring Ben Affleck) is just another stone in his road to bona fide movie star. Basically, Justin Timberlake's "career setbacks" are what us normal folk only dream about in our fame-and-stardom fantasies. He even got an Emmy nod for his fifth stint as SNL host. So, we don't really need to pump up his concert at the Honda Center this week, part of his current worldwide tour, already sold out on many dates. That's because Justin Timberlake can do no wrong--but you might, if you fail to secure one of the few remaining tickets. (Erin DeWitt)
Red Devil Squadron's Pre-Thanksgiving Stuffing House of Blues Anaheim The evening before Thanksgiving is one of the most underrated party nights of the year--and if you don't mind risking a slight hangover on the holiday, it's a prime night to go out. Red Devil Squadron has it under control--the South County punk band presents their Pre-Thanksgiving Stuffing concert at the House of Blues with support from fellow Orange Countians Vinnie & the Hooligans, Orange Blossom Special, and Black Velvet Brigade. With Red Devil Squadron's blaring brand of fast-n-loud rawk, this is going to be a wild night of thrashing, kicking, screaming, and all around discordant amazement. Something to add to tomorrow's menu? A little hair of the dog, perhaps. (Erin DeWitt)