The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, July 12th

Slightly Stoopid
Verizon Amphitheatre
San Diego natives Slightly Stoopid are on a huge summer tour with Minnesota rap outfit Atmosphere and fellow San Diego reggae group Tribal Seeds. This Friday's Irvine date will be the one of the most local dates for headliners Slightly Stoopid. As probably the biggest So Cal reggae show of the summer, the Verizon Amphitheatre will be bursting at the seams with ganja smoke and reggae rock tunes. One of the coolest spots and definitely the place to be at this show is the Verizon Amphitheatre lawn seating.


Colbie Caillat
OC Fair
Getting “Bubbly” under the hot sun of the Orange County Fair, Colbie Caillat is bringing her signature laid back acoustic-pop sound to the people of Costa Mesa. After wining a Grammy for her song “Lucky” with Jason Mraz in 2010, this Malibu born Pop-star has been turning beach-ready love songs into huge radio singles. Whether you are accidentally caught singing along to her songs in your dentist's waiting room, or your secretly blasting her songs on your iPod, you won't have to worry this Friday night about the embarrassment of enjoying Caillat's tunes because everyone in the crowd will be just as starry-eyed as you are.

Black Flag
The Hermosa Beach punk band that did more for the LA hardcore punk scene than any band to date is back together. Greg Ginn and his rejuvenated line-up are playing the Observatory 2 days in a row. This is not Keith Morris's Flag, or the cover band Black Fag, this is the real deal Black Flag reunion. With the legal rights to the name and more original members than Flag, this is the closest you will come to seeing Black Flag right now. With Henry Rollins heavily doubting and shooting down rumors that he will ever go to back to singing for the band, this is probably the closest you will get ever again.


Saturday, July 13th

New Kids on the Block
Honda Center
In the wake of the 1990's boy-band craze New Kids on the Block's, 98 degrees', and Boyz II Men's image in the music industry seemed to be a disaster. Like all pre-teen fads, they eventually die out, however boy-bands seem to be making a comeback. With artists like the Jonas Brothers, Justin Beiber and worst of all Nickelodeon TV star boy-band Big Time Rush, the pop music industry is hardly the boy band hating world it was a few years back. If anything, the resurgence of the original boy-bands maybe a good thing. Come celebrate your younger naïve years with some of your childhood's favorite artists because although it's embarrassing to love a boy-band, you might as well love the OG's of the boy-band universe.

Sunday, July 14th

Some of Fullerton's best Burger Records bands are coming to the Observatory this Sunday. The stacked lineup includes The Cosmonauts, Brunt Ones, Tomorrow's Tulips, and The Abigails. With mostly indistinguishable lyrics and guitar noises that drown out everything in their path, headliners The Cosmonauts have been destroying their sets after coming home from a European tour earlier this year. Engulfed in reverb, covered in distortion, then more added reverb on top of that, The Observatory's Constellation Room will be in the kind of drunken, and drug-addled haze that is preferred when listening to these Psychedelic garage rockers.

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