Monday, May 13
This Time With FEELING Detroit Bar Refrigerators don't get much love in rock music, save for This Time with FEELING's subscription to the label of 'fridge rock' to describe their music, infused with genius melodies and coy vocals by the band's resident chanteuse Ali Coyle. TTWF unravel a lyrical prowess, exposed through Coyle's sultry voice and rounded out by Matthew Craven's drums, and Eliot Cossaboom's guitar splendor. Currently the band are disposing their musical ardor at the Detroit Bar for a month-long residency, tonight you can (and should) see them live with Hotel Cinema and My Double My Brother. (Aimee Murillo)
Tuesday, May 14
Devendra Banhart The Observatory Freak folk provocateur Devendra Banhart has maintained his musical legacy since his breakthrough album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon by taking the high road with the two albums What Will We Be and Mala. Breathing with a poetic sensibility and meandering down the experimental path where folk, indie, and ambient music intersect, both Mala and What Will We Be answer the question of what's beyond Thunder Canyon. Tuesday at The Observatory, the multi-cultural artist-musician indulges audiences with his somber bi-lingual (sometimes tri-lingual) lyrics and warm instrumental arrangements, giving us a wonderful precursor to the upcoming summer months ahead. (Aimee Murillo)
Wednesday, May 15
The Rolling Stones Honda Center Nearly every music lover possesses a bucket list of must-see bands, and chances are The Rolling Stones top more than a few. Last year, the iconic rockers celebrated fifty years of performing with their aptly titled "50 and Counting" tour, stopping by a small handful of cities including London and New York. The tour picks up again this month in SoCal, hitting a pair of dates at the Honda Center. The Stones recently gave fans a taste of what to expect on the upcoming tour, playing a surprise club show at Los Angeles' Echoplex last month. Now set to sink their teeth into the arena run, the living legends gear up to deliver their signature moves and timeless music--at arena prices. Catch them while you can, and enjoy blues rock at its finest. (Heidi Darby)
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Thursday, May 16
MT. OSSA Detroit Bar Mt. OSSA are an experimental indie pop five-piece band from South OC. Equal parts ambient, psychedelic and '80s-random, their first single "Love Jam" baits with an endearing loose and unpolished quality. It's easy to find on MT. OSSA brand spanking new Facebook page--and if that track sounds intriguing, have a listen to "Two Flys" on their Bandcamp site. The group's sound is as lofty and far-reaching as the mountain for which they named themselves--we like them. You might, too. This week they play with Gashcat and Ghostfoot, a pair of openers Louisiana. (Erin DeWitt)
Friday, May 17
Duke Ellington Orchestra Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall In celebration of one of the greatest American composers of all time, and one of the biggest jazz and big band musicians of all time, Pacific Symphony presents a stunning tribute to the music of Duke Ellington by hosting an evening of some of his most memorable songs, performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who have carried on his musical legacy for- amazingly- eight decades (headed now by Duke's grandson, Paul Ellington). As part of Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival of 2013, the evening also includes a presentation by Daniel Schnyder, Pacific Symphony's composer-in-residence, on the music of Ellington and Jimi Hendrix. For jazz enthusiasts who are fans of Ellington, and music lovers alike who are just discovering the range of music styles from the early 20th century, this evening is for you. And if you can't get enough of the Duke, check out Sunday night's Duke Ellington Revealed event for even more swinging jazz tributes. (Aimee Murillo) Follow us on Twitter @OCWeeklyMusic and like us on Facebook at Heard Mentality.