TGIF: Four Shows You Can't Miss–Girl Talk, New Fidelity, California Metal Fest 5 and Soundtrack of our Lives

What's going on this weekend? High energy shows no matter where you look. From Girl Talk to the New Fidelity, we have a short list for every genre you want to jump up and down in.


On Saturday, Girl Talk brings his laptop to the Fox Theatre in
Pomona, and one can reasonably assume a lot of people will be getting
down posthaste as soon as he starts up. We'd even be willing to guess
he'll repurpose Rebecca Black's “Friday” for the set somehow, even if a
day late. When Mark Hosler from Negativland talks about how entertaining
Girl Talk has made sampling and reworking the past, it's a pretty clear
sign of the impact he's had. Check out our feature story on him in this
week's music section for more, or just search up one of eight million
clips online:

Saturday also finds the New Fidelity doing their pepped-up
neo-mod/soul thing at King Neptune's in Sunset Beach along with the 20
Grand Club and DJ Reuben. The New Fidelity have been local (and OC
Weekly) favorites for many years now, and their various TV placements
show they've got their high level fans, including good ol' Rodney
Bingenheimer, still with his eye out for what's good in life. The
quintet are gearing up into action after a three month break so check
out their appearance in this week's Locals Only feature for more

Over in Anaheim that night, the California Metal Fest 5 kicks into
gear with, well, the name says it all. As I Lay Dying are the
headliners, while others on the bill include Suicide Silence, Winds of
Plague, Born of Osiris, Darkest Hour, After the Burial, Sleeping Giant,
As Blood Runs Black and the Sleeping Giant. One almost wishes that
there'd be a completely over the top and ultraviolent band in this vein
called Fluffy Bunny, except it's entirely possible there already is one
and we just haven't heard about it yet. In the meantime, crank up the
amps and let fly.

On Sunday, the Soundtrack of Our Lives settles into the Detroit Bar
in Costa Mesa to make some elaborate noises – which is what the Swedish
act has done best over fifteen years of time. Though their American
profile has always been a bit sporadic outside of the album Behind the
Music, the band's gleeful way around anything and everything
psych-inspired, glam-damaged and otherwise not quite of this earth has
been the key reason why they keep on keeping on, to the point where some
reissues of their past work are due soon. All the more reason to see
what they're up to these days.

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