Friday, March 22
Burgerama Day 1
So two weeks ago Burger basically took over the world--did you miss the Burger Revolution on March 8? With coordinated shows all over planet Earth and crazy rockin' freaks as far away as London and Tel Aviv flying the Burger flag? Well, it was triumphant as fuck, and now Burger returns home to pretty much flatten Orange County with the best shows since...the last Burgerama. On this first of two days: Black Lips you know, Bleached do great Shop Assistants-Stevie Nicks punk, Nick Waterhouse is your hometown R&B reality soldier, the Spits are the greatest thing since those Hardcore Devo reissues, the Night Beats once opened for Roky Erickson and did the man true justice--should we go on? If you ever heard fuzz guitar and loved it, you better be at this. (Chris Ziegler)
City National Grove of Anaheim
Legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has a discography dating back to 1966, the year he exploded on the sixties folk-rock scene with Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival. Before that, he was already an accomplished musician and songwriter in his native Canada, making appearances at clubs and television shows. Since then, he's been credited with helping to shape the folk rock and country sound of the late '60s and '70s with intricate acoustic melodies and delicate vocals, carefully integrated like embroidery on a tapestry. Some of his most famous hits- "Sundown," "Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald," and "Early Mornin' Rain"- display his talent for songwriting and storytelling, but his most haunting track has to be "If You Could Read My Mind," a song epitomizing his failing marriage. Lightfoot reprises his body of songs for a one-night engagement at the Grove of Anaheim. (Aimee Murillo)
Saturday, March 23
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House of Blues Anaheim
When it comes to down-home thrash, Anthrax are tops. Sure, they suffered some bad post 9-11 publicity when an anonymous madman was sending out letters through the mail laced with the deadly disease the band shares a name with. But it's a new age, and old hessians are once again ready to remember their youth with such jams as "Time" and "Startin up a Posse." Go fuck shit up. This week they come to the House of Blues Anaheim for the "Metal Alliance Tour," performing their album Among the Living in its entirety(Brandon Ferguson)
Pike Fish Bar & Grill
Chris Lynch has been making the nightly rounds in various Long Beach hotspots for more than 6 years as DJ Oldboy, bringing his hefty collection of records and turntable soul to the dance floor. True to his moniker, Oldboy's stack of hot wax includes a wide array of classic soul, pop, and blues tracks that have dancers burning the midnight oil deep into the night. Previously featured here on OC Weekly, he has been dubbed "Best Club DJ" of 2011 for pumping audiences in clubs across Orange County and Los Angeles. Tonight he works his vinyl grooves at The Pike in Long Beach where dancers can forget about the upcoming work week and shimmy-shake the night away. Leave the tight shoes at home, it's going to be a sweaty night. (Aimee Murillo)
Sunday, March 24
Hailing from Rhode Island, Deer Tick specialize in a bittersweet brand of alt-country music. Their songs are interspersed with echoing leads and moody piano riffs which blend nicely with singer John McCauley's raspy voice. Dig their cover of Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All these Years." Supporting acts on Sunday night include Restavrant and the Shrills. (Brandon Ferguson)