No plans this week? Go see some live music! These are the five local shows worth checking out this week.
Tuesday, September 24th
Minus the Bear
In 2001, members of Sharks Keep Moving united to for math rock infused indie group Minus the Bear. After putting out an acoustic EP early this month, the Seattle-based band jumped on tour with Tera Melos and The New Trust. Now pushing more experimental sets, the bands' injection of strange time signatures and guitar effects adds some flavor to the the boring indie scene and helps put Minus the Bear into the ears of a much more eclectic audience.
Wednesday, September 25th
One of musical history's more experimental and extreme groups, Norwegian jazz group Shining keeps pushing the limits of sound. With their new album One One One the band is rebranding their avant-garde metal/jazz concoction. As Shining's sound is quite particular, their sound hasn't influenced a new generation of musicians in any obvious ways. The band has, however, abstractly set new boundaries of what can be done within the realm of the classically American jazz genre.
House of Blues
Boy bands are undisputedly back. Groups like One Direction, Big Time Rush, and The Jonas Brothers have been lip-syncing and choreographically performing their songs to younger audiences through Nickelodeon TV shows, movies and massive tours. Older groups have been making comebacks as well, with N'Sync performance at this year's VMAs. Uber-christian family pop group The Jonas Brothers owe a lot to Hanson. This brotherly trio produced some of the worst pop music of all time, but I guarantee you now every word. I know I do.
Thursday, September 26th
As one of today's punk scene pillars, Title Fight never ceases to bring an incredible amounts of energy to their shows. After bursting into the scene with their album Shed the band sold out two back-to-back dates at Chain Reaction in Anaheim and have only gone up from there. Title Fight performed at last year's Warped Tour and have been picking up bigger shows ever since. Title Fight based their early pop-punk sound off of emo bands like Jawbreaker, but today are branching out into grungier more '90s sounding music. Hopefully Title Fight will shed some light on what their new EP, Spring Songs, will sound like.
The cousin to many Burger Records bands, the softer and more radio friendly surf rock band Hindu Pirates are doing their best to make waves in Orange County. When they played the U.S. Open in 2012, they seemed to be really going places. In the past year, however, they haven't made any big moves. This apparent loss of momentum doesn't mean they don't still have the potential to break out of the oversaturated Orange County garage rock market. We hope they do.