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Friday, March 14
Wild Records $5 Show The Observatory The savage rockabilly bands of Los Angeles' Wild Records don't make the rounds in local OC haunts as much as we'd like them to, but tonight they'll be more than making up for that with the Observatory's $5 show. Featuring two female-fronted bands The Rhythm Shakers and Gizzelle, and reckless quartet The Desperados, there's probably no better way for music lovers to spend their Friday night than bopping madly to these groups. With a nod of respect to older generations of rockabilly bands of yore, Wild Records has always boasted a more contemporary, alternative approach to the genre, with bands combining other styles like punk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul, illuminating your ears with a more inspired and exhilarating blend of music. And for these groups, you can always count on their talent and electrifying performances to show you a real good time. (Aimee Murillo)
El Ten Eleven The Observatory LA-based band El Ten Eleven sound like a studio full of musicians, each strumming, plucking and pounding away--but the people behind the music are just two: the innovative duo of Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty. The secret here is looping, which Dunn does live with his double-neck bass/guitar or fretless bass over a jumble of countless pedals to a fascinating effect. Think Explosions In the Sky or Ratatat on a pennies production budget. El Ten Eleven create hypnotic layer after layer, building a rich landscape of ambient post-rock. (Erin DeWitt)
Saturday, March 15
Krewella Fox Theater Pomona Since 2007 Chicago-based trio Krewella has spread their blend of dubstep-meets-electro house to the masses. Singers Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, plus their producer Kris "Rain Man" Trindl, caught a massive wave of buzz in the few short years since the release of their first EP in 2012. They've already headlined EDM-driven festivals like Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and Stereosonic, with their sets winning approval of fans and critics alike. Add to that an EP that bounced to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Radio Airplay charts, a debut album that peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 along with popular remixes of songs by Skrillex, The Knife and Fall Out Boy, and it's easy to see why Krewella is one of the fastest rising groups in dance music today. (Daniel Kohn) G-Funk Fest featuring Warren G with Spice 1 The Observatory LB hip-hop legend Warren G is one of the original '90s rap trailblazers, contributing to some of the most influential songs and albums of the genre, working alongside friends Snoop and the late Nate Dogg (after Nate's death in 2011, Warren released "This Is Dedicated To You." All proceeds from the song go to the deceased rapper's mother). Warren G still continues to work on his solo career--and now the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artist and original Regulator plays a home town show to remind everyone how an OG does it. This weekend, see him headline G-Funk Fest, alongside Spice 1, MC Eiht, @nd II None and Kokane. (Erin DeWitt)
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Sunday, March 16
Get Off My Lawn Fest The Frida Cinema We can finally say that The Frida Cinema's status as a fixture in the nightlife and art scene in Downtown Santa Ana is official, so we're eagerly awaiting what new events director Logan Crow has up his sleeve. Today's event should be a blast: an art show, film screening and punk bands all rolled into one fantastic day dedicated to females! Local bands Half Goon, Bellhaunts and The Grinning Ghosts will be there, along with Bratmobile alum Alison Wolf playing with new band Sex Stains and Agatha from Seattle. Apostasis, Edith Crash and Bad Machine are also playing, and be sure to stick around for a Q&A with Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna for her film The Punk Singer. (Aimee Murillo)