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Friday, February 7
Los Lonely Boys The Coach House We can't believe it's been nearly 10 years since this San Angelo-based, Willie Nelson-approved chicano rock band burst onto the scene with their first single "Heaven." That song went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts and was a statement of intent by the Garza brothers. Since then, the band has released five additional studio albums--the latest, Revelation, hit stores just a few weeks ago. While they may not have maintained the attention of the mainstream public since "Heaven," the brothers have managed to keep a core audience with attention directed toward their acclaimed live shows. And with Henry Garza suffering near-fatal injuries after falling off a stage last year, the tightly knit outfit has a fresh outlook as both a band and as a family, knowing everything could be gone in an instant. (Daniel Kohn)
Dune Rats The Constellation Room The explosive pop of Brisbane's Dune Rats is quite the pick-me-up as it resonates in your ears and permeates blissfully through the inner workings of your brain. These titans of stoner pop aptly feature a hazy dance vibe that makes it so tempting to bop along to, whether you're listening to 'em on the sly through headphones or at a live show. Tonight you get the opportunity to fully freakout with these guys as they play Constellation Room. High times await you! (Aimee Murillo)
Saturday, February 8
Fu Manchu Detroit Bar Established in the mid '80s, Fu Manchu's grip on audiences is still as strong as ever, with at least ten full-length albums to their name. The San Clemente band provides heavy riffs with, at times, touches of psychedelic guitar in rock crazed abandon that will surely energize even the casual listener. This is one hard rock band that has definitely won the hearts of OC fans for years, and will win the hearts of more for years to come. Feel free to rock out tonight with Fu Manchu at Detroit Bar. (Aimee Murillo)
Zappa Plays Zappa House of Blues Anaheim When Frank Zappa released Roxy & Elsewhere in 1974, he fused his mad-genius level of songwriting with his sharp comedic skills and badass progressive rock musicianship--and the world was never the same. Marking the album's 40th anniversary, Zappa Plays Zappa, the so-much-more-than-a-tribute band led by Frank's oldest son Dweezil, embark on a North American tour playing the record in its entirety. Most of the original songs were recorded at the Roxy in Hollywood, and later dubbed over via studio equipment, with only three songs (from other shows) kept in their purely-live format. These tracks were meant to be played and heard live on stage, pulsating through amps and flowing over crowds. Head to the House of Blues tonight, if only to hear "Son of Orange County" live for once in your life. (Erin DeWitt)
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Sunday, February 9
Tomorrow's Tulips Detroit Bar The hazy, washed out sounds of Tomorrows Tulips is eternally a favorite among long standing lo-fi indie pop fans, who are probably going to flock to Detroit Bar tonight to catch them live. Also appearing is the folk pop talent Matt McCluer: McCluer's sleepy, feel-good sounds are like a combination of Velvet Underground and Cat Stevens, melodic and dreamy at the same time. Just added on the lineup too tonight is the cool, grungy girl rock of Colleen Green! (Aimee Murillo)