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Tuesday, March 25
Carcass The Observatory Few metal bands are considered to be pioneers of two distinct subgenres. As teenagers, British group Carcass brought gore-obsessed grindcore to the forefront with their 1988 debut Reek of Putrefaction and the next year's follow-up Symphonies of Sickness. As the band progressed into the '90s, their sound became more complex and ornate. This style was captured on their fourth album, the now-classic 1993 melodic death metal landmark Heartwork. See the band this week, headlining the Decibel Magazine Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts & Noisem. (Jason Roche)
Wednesday, March 26
The Sounds The Observatory Sweden's Sounds do new wave in a newer and wavier way--their overcranked dubsteppy synths and disco-punk guitars plant them firmly in the 20-teens, but the Blondie comparisons they get for the wrong reasons (singer Maja Ivarsson being blonde?) are right for subtler reasons. Like Blondie, who were into graffiti, reggae and rap before anyone outside New York City had a clue, the Sounds have a certain omnivorous adventurousness at work in their songs, which makes their radio-ready big-chorus pop that much more interesting than the next bands. They're touring their Weekend album and, case in point, it has one of the more somber-sounding songs about living for the weekend you're gonna hear. (Chris Ziegler)
Thursday, March 27
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Middle Class Rejects w/ The Rikk Agnew Band House of Blues Anaheim What better way to kick off the weekend than with some punk rock fury to kick your teeth in? That's exactly what Middle Class Rejects plan to dish out on Thursday for a hometown show at the House of Blues. On top of that, you'll get an extra kick from punk legend Rikk Agnew performing with his band of seasoned punk vets. (Nate Jackson) Keith Sweat City National Grove of Anaheim Who can love you like Keith Sweat? That's right, nobody. This week, the '90s R&B Lothario makes his way back to Anaheim to unleash slow jam, after slow jam. Sweat's latest album, 'Til the Morning has the singer/songwriter returning to his roots with songs like the album's seductive lead single, "Make You Say Ooh," and romantic tracks like "I Want Her" and "Make It Last Forever." The album's title track was even the #1 most added at Urban AC radio the week of release. 'Till the Morning also features collaborations with Sweat's former LSG members Johnny Gill and the late Gerald Levert, as well as Coko (SWV) and T-Pain. (Nate Jackson)
Friday, March 28
Miniature Tigers The Constellation Room There's something really youthful and nostalgic about Miniature Tigers' music, which plays off of the sounds of late '90s alt rock and applies a modern indie pop edge to it. Their debut Cruel Runnings operates on this blend of musical energies, with lyrics depicting, among other things, teenage romance and memories of warm summer nights with friends. Who doesn't enjoy something listening to something fun and different once in a while? Fans of other indie pop groups like Girls and Real Estate might find something to like in Miniature Tigers, and so for you discerning audiophiles, you'd be entirely remiss if you were to forgo this four-piece's show at the Constellation Room with Total Slacker and Flashlights. Your spring concert season has already begun, so go out and take in a cool show tonight. (Aimee Murillo)
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