Friday, May 24
LA Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel Segerstrom Concert Hall Classical music isn't exactly "hot" right now as most of the original artists are long-dead. But with the talent of the Los Angeles Phil Harmonic Orchestra and the leadership of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the works of the world's most beloved composers are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Dudamel's passion for music is palpable--as he forcefully waves his wand and passionately shakes his luxurious flowing locks, he commands the band to make our ears swoon and our hearts boom. From Disney Concert Hall to Disney County, the LA Philharmonic performs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one night only. Resurrect your love for the instrumental works of late, great cadaverous composers as the LA Phil spices up Orange County. (Amanda Parsons)
The Neighbourhood The Observatory Full of acoustic merriment and imagery of warm beaches and skin-baring outfits, The Neighbourhood's lovey-dovey ode to summer lovin' "Sweater Weather" has been getting major airplay these days. But don't mistake their sound to be all sweet and tender; the Los Angeles group's debut album I Love You mixes melancholy lyrics, electronica and hip hop beats along with indie rock flavor in songs such as "Afraid," and "How," with Jesse Rutherford's angsty vocals leading the way. While there's a lot to appreciate in complicated emotions and overlapping genres, the definitive sing a-long track is "Sweater Weather," and reasonably so- it's catchy as hell. Catch The Neighbourhood in Orange County's neighborhood venue The Observatory in Santa Ana tonight. (Aimee Murillo)
Saturday, May 25
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Moonsville Collective (King's Inn 2 year Anniversary Show) Detroit Bar This Saturday, this eight piece outfit of Americana jam artists willheadline the second year anniversary of the King's Inn--a weekly celebration of bluegrass, live bands and vinyl that typically holds court every Tuesday at Memphis Cafe. This weekend, Moonsville are bringing a hay wagon full of talent with them, including Willie Watson of the Old Crow Medicine Show. Drunk on the legacy of great American songwriters--Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, you name it--this pack of multi-instrumental jam artists is quickly becoming one of the must-see acts in OC. The question is: Are you ready to party like it's 1929? (Nate Jackson)
Limp Bizkit The Observatory Here's something we'd never thought we'd say: Limp Bizkit embarks on a world tour this month, supporting new material and stopping by Orange County for a performance. It's been a long, long time since their heyday, but Bizkit fans are happy to discover that the group's new single, "Ready to Go," sounds just like their old stuff with the exception of a few oddly placed but entertaining lines from Lil Wayne. It's the same fiery brand of hardcore rock that made them famous, laced with Fred's boastful rapping, talking about himself in third person, reminding everyone how many records he's sold and that he supposedly hooked up with Britney Spears. He seems worried that we had all forgotten. No such luck. (Erin DeWitt)
Sunday, May 26
Rootbeer Slidebar Super-fly rap duo Pigeon John and Flynn Adam display an almost nerdy appreciation for pop culture and dance beats evident in their music. Hailing from Los Angeles and formerly part of L.A. Symphony, the two spread their time over various other side projects, however Rootbeer is their love-child, with the one EP Pink Limousine to date. With hints of classic soul influences and electronic beats, their music will hook you in, but it's their charismatic on-stage performances that will have you dancing and smiling with them. Hit it up with Rootbeer tonight at the Slidebar along with Totally Totally, MC Prototype and Cookbook. (Aimee Murillo) Follow us on Twitter @OCWeeklyMusic and like us on Facebook at Heard Mentality.