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Monday, February 24
Matt Costa Detroit Bar You can't talk about the history of Detroit Bar without bringing up our favorite Huntington Beach folkster Matt Costa. From the time he came on the scene in the mid aughts, to the release of his self-titled fourth album, we don't think he's gone a single calendar year without having a memorable show there. Now that the place is closing, it's only right that the Brushfire Records sensation unleashes one more set of whimsical campfire pop for us with support from Dustin Lovelis. (Nate Jackson)
Tuesday, February 25
OC Music Awards Best Live Band Finals The Observatory
For those who showed enough stamina and local pride to make it out to seven week's worth of showcases, the finals to decide OC's Best Live Band is the only show that matters this week. The last bands standing in this rock heavy lineup all have one thing in common--they know how to put on a good show that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Featuring Rebel Revive, Midnight Hour, Well Hung Heart, Beneath the Buried and fan vote wildcard Solution, we promise that whatever Tuesday's lineup lacks in diversity it will make up for in head banging and ear-ringing enthusiasm. (Nate Jackson)
The Circuits and The Regal Peaches The Prospector Long Beach's The Circuits take disco-punk rhythms (yes, there's cowbell!) and meticulous pop guitar--Vampire Weekend borrowed that super-clean tone from Paul Simon and maybe Circuits did, too--and use it to build songs about life and love and the complications thereof. LA's The Regal Peaches are some kind of costumed maniacs, switching instruments and bending genres in indie-pop songs that are just bristling with quirkiness. (It's mellow on MP3, but they really commit live--weird hats, banter and bouncing around like it's a ska show at Chain Reaction way back when.) Prepare for dudes feeling it, and be ready in case you start feeling it, too. (Chris Ziegler) Wednesday, February 26
Dr. Dog The Observatory Philadelphia band Dr. Dog did it themselves for their most recent album--it's called B Room, named for part of the homemade studio they put together at Dog HQ to keep inspiration high and interference to a minimum. On B Room, the good doctors put their own particular spin on a variety of bedrock influences, and while the spirit of Wings--the early rockin' Wings of Wild Life, definitely--is still flying high, there are also nods to '70s soul (on opener "The Truth") and Lou Reed's solo albums, plus plenty of overcranked analog keyboard on stand-out songs like "Cuckoo." It might be called B Room, but there's more than a few A-sides here. They play tonight with Moses Sumney, who you should be going to see right now. Trust us. (Chris Ziegler)
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Friday, February 28
The Grand Finale Detroit Bar Patrons of the beloved Detroit Bar will want to come bid a teary goodbye at tonight's final show before it closes its doors for good. And with a lineup that includes DJs Josh One, Hyder and House Shoes, you know this OC venue is gonna go out with a bang. Blu and Exile, Dag Savage, Denmark Vessey and Scud One are all scheduled to appear, as well as artist Dump La Roc providing the live art. So bring your fellow cronies and relive some good times with chill ambiance, hip hop and cold drinks for one last time. Thanks for the memories, Detroit Bar! (Aimee Murillo)