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Friday, January 17 Yellowcard The Observatory It's been 10 years since Yellowcard released Ocean Avenue. As a tribute to their fans in smaller cities, the five-piece decided to reignite the tour that ended in Fall, spending the next few weeks in towns they missed on their anniversary tour train the first time around as a sort of last hurrah for the band before holing up in the studio to work on the next album in their ever-expanding discography. Catch them at the Observatory this Friday. (Katrina Nattress)
Goodfoot Alex's Bar CAN YOU DIG IT? If there's one thing Alex's Bar is known for (besides being the bar used in True Blood, and their punk rock n' roll shows) is their insanely awesome soul nights. Headed by DJs Rodi and Dennis, The Goodfoot is back in town for you and all your kooky cohorts to cut loose and shake a tail feather. Spinning soul, funk, and latin music, come bop along to where the dance floor is paved with rhythm on a hot LBC night. (Aimee Murillo)
Saturday, January 18
Well Hung Heart Detroit Bar If you believe that rock and roll can save your soul, you have to believe that super talented duo Well Hung Heart are your ticket to salvation. With her sultry, yet edgy vocals, Greta Valenti lifts you up while their bluesy, punk stylings craft an all around energetic fury. While their OC Music Awards showcase night is a couple weeks away, why wait to check out this authentic, badass band? Check out them out tonight with King Washington, The Janks, and The Lucky Lonely. (Aimee Murillo)
Sunday, January 19
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Bloodshot Bill Alex's Bar Few people interested in rock music remember (or are even aware of) that sleazy side of the early years of rock n' roll--Elvis exhibited it for five minutes, while rockabilly crusaders Hasil Adkins, Gene Vincent and long-lost ensembles were swept under the rug before the Las Vegas Grind compilations would give them new life. Enter Bloodshot Bill, a Montreal one-man band who lives and breathes the sleazy, savage rockabilly of his musical forefathers so much you might consider calling an exorcist. From his greasy unkempt hair to his penchant for wearing pajamas and a robe during his shows, he's bizarre, eccentric, and "wild, man, wild!" Since having his five-year US ban lifted in 2011, he's been a bigger musical presence stateside, wowing new fans with his snarling, twangy guitar and growling, spitting vocals. Hail, hail rock n' roll! (Aimee Murillo)
Sunday, January 19 Dead Prez The Observatory The revolutionary hip-hop duo Dead Prez has been active in the game for 15 years now. Over the course of their journey, rappers M-1 and stic.man gained prominence with their instant classic debut "Let's Get Free" in 2000. Since that time, they've released a sophomore follow up plus a number of mixtapes under the banner of "Turn Off the Radio" where their music never enjoyed rotation anyway. Not to mention their latest release, 2012's "Information Age." Come see two of raps most underrated emcees do their thing in Santa Ana this weekend. (Gabriel San Roman)