Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar. Friday, May 2
SRH Fest The Observatory Get ready for one of the biggest OC bro-down's of the season. You can bet this year's SRH Fest will draw plenty of lifted trucks driven north from the 909 to the parking lot of the Observatory this weekend. For the second year in a row, the fest has decided to do it's thing in OC, the action-sports capitol, Southern California. Headlining the event is our favorite debaucherous rapper Mickey Avalon, along with Poway California rock band Unwritten Law and hip-hop duo Expansion Team Soundsystem, featuring Rakaa Iriescience and DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples. (Nate Jackson)
Saturday, May 3
Manic Hispanic The Observatory There are two things Orange County residents can expect when Cinco de Mayo comes around: a moratorium on Mexican-hating-- all in the name of a goodwill drink fest-- and a Manic Hispanic concert. This Orange County band that started in 1992 has made their mark in the music scene by taking punk classics, such as The Descendents' "Milo Goes to College" and "Group Sex" by the Circle Jerks and Chicanofying them into satirical covers such as "Mijo Goes to Jr. College" and "Grupo Sexo." The band itself is a conglomerate of O.C. punk history, their members summoned from the likes of The Cadillac Tramps, Agent Orange and The Adolescents. Without a doubt, no other band better represents the cultural mosh pit that is Orange County: the classic white majority meshing with the Hispanic soon-to-be majority. (Nate Jackson)
The Pizza Underground Glass House For those who don't know The Pizza Underground, let's break it down: hailing from New York, land of Warhol's Factory and The Velvet Underground, this five piece takes songs from Lou Reed's seminal sixties group and rework the lyrics into chic songs about pizza. Once you get past the novelty factor and realize its an actual earnest effort, songs like "I'm Waiting For The Pizza Man," "Papa John Says," and "I'm Beginning to Eat The Slice" are actually quite good, especially as the group takes up the jangly acoustics of the originals. Oh yeah, and did we mention one of the band members is former child star Maculay Culkin? There's very little music you can obtain of theirs online, so maybe its best you check out this group live when they play The Glass House tonight. As the song goes, take a bite of the wild slice and check em out. (Aimee Murillo) Sunday, May 4
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Danny Brown The Observatory Danny Brown's ascent to global music acclaim was, perhaps, kismet. The high-energy storyteller with the signature missing front tooth (due to a childhood bike accident) harbored aspirations of becoming a rapper from the age of 7. In a 2013 interview with Complex, the Detroit native explained, "My start in rap goes back to my mom reading me Dr. Seuss books. Green Eggs and Ham was probably my favorite." His latest release on the Fool's Gold label, Old, was included among Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of the Year. Tonight's show marks the home stretch of the Oldtour. Given the sprightly nature of Brown's live act, attendees should come prepared to mosh and sweat. (Jacqueline Michael Whatley)
Psycho De Mayo The Yost Theater Hip-hop invades the Yost this weekend in celebration of one of the rowdiest holidays calendar. Psycho Realm's annual Psycho De Mayo concert brings us slick, party time gangster rhymes from the mic of the Realm's lead emcee Sick Jacken and a cavalcade of special guests. Much like their tattoos, this group's rhymes are always bound to leave a lasting impression. Also on the bill are DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill), Mexican ska band Tijuana No!, and rappers Sean Price and Ashton Matthews. (Nate Jackson)