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Friday, January 9
Snoop Dogg The Observatory Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Lion a.k.a. Zilla) is on some kind of all-things-to-all-people streak these days--just last month, he released 7 Days of Funk, his immensely satisfying collaboration with LA's unstoppable Dam-Funk, and now he's decamping to the Observatory to do an all-the-hits set at one of those rare shows that truly does appeal to all ages. And please note that he's also cleared an opening slot for Vince Staples, the up-and-coming Long Beach rapper who's already won admiring co-signs from members of Black Hippy, the breakout LA hip-hop group home to Kendrick Lamar. (Who were playing the Glass House not so long ago, if you went after we told you to go!) So behold something old--well, more like something classic--and something new from the Doggfather, godfathering a new moment in hip-hop and sounding great as he does it. (Chris Ziegler)
Saturday, January 10
Los Lobos The Coach House It's hard to believe this East Los Angeles-based Chicano rock outfit just celebrated their 40th anniversary. Late last year, Los Lobos released its twentieth record with Disconnected in New York City (and fourth live album), showcasing the band's masterful acoustic chops. And while that disc may not do justice to David Hidalgo's salacious guitar solos, it does demonstrate their rhythmic prowess, often lost in the musical undertow. One thing is for certain, however, at a time when many of their contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, the Grammy-winning group is still churning out music that's not only well-received, but also exhibits an inimitable wisdom. (Daniel Kohn)
Jonny Lang City National Grove of Anaheim Jonny Lang became a blues-guitar prodigy, speeding toward fame based in large part on his age. He released his solo debut, Lie to Me, in 1997 and would soon enlist Bad Medicine to back him in Kid Jonny Lang & the Big Bang. The teenager played gigs with B.B. King, Sting, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith; appeared in Blues Brothers 2000; and even performed for President Bill Clinton. In 2013, he released his seventh album, Fight For My Soul. Get ready for his searing blues liks and soulful howl as he makes his way to the Grove on Saturday. (Reyan Ali)
Pickwick Constellation Room The Seattle-based Pickwick released their debut LP Can't Talk Medicine in March.The album was recorded in the band's living room by multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg and captures the raw, richly soulful sound and powerful live show for which the band is known. They've been praised by the Seattle Weekly, All Music Guide, The Stranger (Seattle), and Paste, among others, and appeared on NPR's World Cafe Live. They also toured with Neko Case as well as Black Joe Lewis this fall. Test 'em out for yourself when they come through the Constellation Room this weekend (Nate Jackson)
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Sunday, January 12
Badfish Brewfest Yost Theater Mixing up an array of delicious and refreshing bands from Orange County and beyond, the Badfish Brewfest takes over the Yost theater for an intoxicating evening of hip-hop, reggae, and roots rock. The hefty lineup includes Inhale, the reggae outfit named Band of the Year by IE Weekly two years in a row; Italix, OC's own peaceable hip-hop artist inspired by the rhythm of the waves heard from his Dana Point home; OKT, the Anaheim-bred former pop-punk group who evolved into something a little more One-Love, plus LAW, Phoenix Down, Meen Green, Spliff Hemingway, Namek, and, you guessed it, many more. It's going to be a full Sunday night, so set whatever alarms needed and actually be punctual for once. (Erin DeWitt)