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Friday, May 16
Skid Row The Coach House The late 1980s were very kind to Skid Row. Sebastian Bach and company preached the gospel of hair metal, and during their glorious hey day, were one of most recognizable bands on the planet. But then came grunge and alternative rock and while their fellow New Jersey brethren Bon Jovi managed to reinvent itself, Skid Row slowly drifted away (and in the process, the band's recognizable lead singer left for greener pastures). But like with many bands, absence made fans' hearts grow fonder. While singer Johnny Solinger isn't quite Bach, Skid Row defied the odds and now soldiers on, despite not having a batch of new material since 2006. With talks of a reunion may seem as far fetched as Bach's pal Axl Rose joining forces with his old outfit, the good times are still rolling on for fans of '80s hair metal. (Daniel Kohn)
TSOL/Anti-Nowhere League The Observatory Every so often, the legendary behemoths of OC punk like to reunite and remind us of their brilliance. Lead by author and Weekly columnist and cover boy Jack Grisham, TSOL are set to conjure up a few decades worth of outcast anthems driven by Ron Emory, Mike Roche, Greg Kuehn and Anthony "Tiny" Biuso. They'll be sharing the stage with revered U.K. maniacs of Anti-Nowhere League, making this a rare show not to be missed. See you in the pit! (Nate Jackson)
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Powerhouse The Honda Center Imagine a summer festival with the usual head-spinning lineup of top-selling artists, but without the scalding heat, baking port-a-potties and standing-room-only space. Welcome Power 106's Powerhouse! The impressive lineup includes the illustrious Nicki Minaj, Miss Jennifer Lopez, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, YG, Juicy J, ScHoolboy Q, Sage the Gemini, Isaiah Rashad and many more. And what else? It's held inside the air-conditioned Honda Center, complete with actual running-water restrooms and reserved seats with ticket purchase. Isn't that novel? But if you still crave the unavoidable sunburn from watching bands atop melting asphalt, then get to the venue early for the Powerhouse Festival, a parking lot party starting at 3 p.m. with live performances from surprise up-and-coming acts. Don't forget the sunscreen. (Erin DeWitt) The Zero Boys Alex's Bar Where would music be today without the influence of American hardcore band The Zero Boys? It's been over thirty years since Vicious Circle has been released and since then have dissipated into their own projects, yet their various songs and tapes remain. Tonight they'll be playing Alex's Bar in Long Beach alongside other seminal punk bands like The Stitches and Neighborhood Brats and their contemporaries from White Murder. Don't sleep on this party- missing out would not be considered punk rock. (Aimee Murillo)
Danity Kane City National Grove of Anaheim Here's some pop culture nostalgia for ya: Remember back in 2008, Diddy was hosting Making the Band on MTV and eventually formed Danity Kane, a five-piece pop group of could-be models, all before the gleaming lenses of relative television cameras? And then, after they actually had some success, he fired two of them (also on television), and our gossip-rag princesses Aubrey O'Day and Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett had to beg for scraps of fame elsewhere. Well, last winter, the ladies announced a reunion, and soon after, a new song "leaked" online--oops! Four of the five original members are back, perfectly choreographed and coifed, performing in 13 cities on their "No Filter" tour. Yes, they may be glamour dolls manufactured by the pop media machine--but they're also the first female group in Billboard history to release their first two albums at the top of the charts. (Erin DeWitt)