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Monday, May 5
Cinco De Mayo: Mystic Roots Slidebar Why not enjoy a little reggae this fine Cinco de Mayo? Try to clock out early from work and head to Fullerton's Slidebar Rock n Roll Kitchen for a free evening show from Mystic Roots, the Chico-based reggae/hip-hop/rock band (and iTunes Reggae chart-toppers). Relax with heavily-poured cocktails, lively rock music inspired by island living, and California sun--maybe keep the beer Mexican at least. (Erin DeWitt)
Tuesday, May 6
In the Valley Below The Constellation Room Los Angeles Duo In The Valley Below have a harmonious union between their two members Jeffrey Jacobs and Angela Gail, so it's surprising to know that the two only got to know each other fairly recently; according to the group, both met years into their adulthood from mutual social circles after Gail moved to LA from Michigan. Their separate musical upbringings have united to form a soulful collaboration characterized by a lush, melodic pop sound and soft vocals. But listen deeper past the danceable nature of their music and you'll be entranced by the lyrics as they sing emotional songs about love, heartbreak and, in their own words, "sex, crime and religion." But hey, they still keep it light and fun, which you'll be able to see tonight when they play The Constellation Room in Santa Ana. (Aimee Murillo)
Wednesday, May 7
The Brian Jonestown Massacre The Observatory Known for its revolving door of musicians over the years, the Brian Jonestown Massacre's one constant force is singer Anton Newcombe. The Newport Beach-native, whose behavior (which, in the past, included drug issues, fights with audiences and a legendary feud with the Dandy Warhols) is as legendary as the band's musical output. Sonically, BJM is known for its aurora of shoegaze-meets-neo psychedelica. The group's first local show in years, this Observatory appearance is one of only three American headlining dates for 2014. With a new album, Revelation, slated to release later this month, there should be a heavy dose of material showcased for the first time tonight. (Daniel Kohn) People Under the Stairs The Glass House Since 1997, Thes One (also co-founder of LA's formidable Tres label) and Double K have plowed through six full-lengths with a loyal audience behind them. Analog-friendly beats and lyrics about life-as-it-is are the bedrock of hip-hop, and with something as solid as that to stand on, they continue to prove that they're not going anywhere. In support of their new album, 12 Step Program (out May 6), the duo are rolling to the Glass House this week with support from Warm Brew, Revolutionary Rhythm, Villain Park andDJ Day. (Chris Ziegler)
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Thursday, May 8
Morrissey The Observatory Morrissey may have forgiven Jesus, but the enigmatic 54-year-old is full of seething ire. Among his least favorite things are KFC, public education, The Cure, the UK Border Agency and the British Royal Family (whom he once compared to Libya's Gaddafi regime). To be fair, the man who wrote "Death at One's Elbow" and "Satan Rejected My Soul" has appeared happier in recent years. His last album, the wryly optimistic Years of Refusal, was a coming-of-middle-age spectacular set to campy, '50s-style rockabilly music. At heart, though, Moz is still a hapless, self-martyring teen laureate. His work with the Smiths tackled subjects like asexuality, social isolation, and cultural hierarchism with Dickensian warmth. Watch him pack the Observatory as he delivers the classics and a few gems from his forthcoming album, World Peace is None of Your Business. (MT Richards)