July 12th, 2012, 7:20 am · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
As KROQ revealed on Monday, Social Distortion is finally returning to its favored O.C. stomping ground: House of Blues Anaheim, where in years past Mike Ness & Co. have often played weeks of shows throughout December and January.
So far, there are only two gigs at the Mouse House, Dec. 10-11, as well as a pair at HOB Sunset Strip, Dec. 13-14, and a trip to the chain’s Las Vegas club on Dec. 20. Tickets for all shows, $30 each, go on sale Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m..
Also coming to the Anaheim venue: August Burns Red with the Color Morale and Overseer, Sept. 22, $20 … and Alesana, Oct. 25, $18. Those also go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Alesana also plays Oct. 26 at the West Hollywood spot, also $18, while Motion City Soundtrack appears there on Oct. 25, $20, with the Jukebox the Ghost and Now, Now. (Also catch that bill Oct. 26 at the Glass House in Pomona, $20, on sale Friday at noon.) And one more a HOB Sunset: DJ Hype, July 21, $25.
And since we’re mentioning Pomona- bound bands, here are two more: Paramore and Needtobreathe. The first group, fronted by Hayley Williams, will take a break from work on its fourth album to headline the Fox Theater on Aug. 14, $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s Rinehart brothers and their band come to the Fox on Nov. 2, with Good Old War and Matthew Mayfield opening, $25.50-$35.50. Both dates go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Score another hot show for the Observatory: the Kills, already slated to play twice at L.A.’s Mayan Theatre (Aug. 13-14) will now precede that stand with a gig at the renovated Santa Ana location, Aug. 9, $32.50.
The rest of the good stuff added this week at the venue is in its smaller Constellation Room: Ivan & Alyosha, Aug. 18, $10 … the Album Leaf, Aug. 31, $15 … and the Wombats, Oct. 2, $15. All of those shows, including the Kills, are on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Missed out (as I did) on seeing Garbage at either its El Rey teaser or their brief set at KROQ’s Weenie Roast in May? As previously mentioned, the regrouped quartet’s most full-blown performance since releasing their new album Not Your Kind of People is still ahead: Oct. 2 at the Wiltern, $35-$45.
Also coming to the L.A. landmark: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Oct. 3, $27.50-$57.50 … and British classical crossover star Alfie Boe, Oct. 11, $38.50-$59.50. All of these Wiltern shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Another night of tribute bands has been planned at City National Grove of Anaheim, featuring Aeromyth, Fan Halen and Bonfire on Sept. 15, $22.50, on sale Friday at noon.
Veteran R&B vocalists Stephanie Mills and Kenny Lattimore are teaming for a show Sept. 15 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, $29.50-$49.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, on a much larger scale, the Art Leboe Show will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a blowout at San Manuel Amphitheater on Sept. 8. Slated to perform: Zapp, MC Magic, the Manhattans, GQ, the Originals, Klymaxx and more. Tickets, $16-$94, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann will issue her eighth album, Charmer, on Sept. 18 — and roughly a month later she’ll spotlight it Oct. 13 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, $29.50-$49.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, English songbird Beth Orton is back this fall with her first album in six years, Sugaring Season, supported by an Oct. 23 show at El Rey Theatre, $25. Also at that venue: the Heavy with Kill It Kid, Sept. 7, $20. Both go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
Amanda Palmer, the creative force behind the Dresden Dolls, will bring her Grand Theft Orchestra to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Sept. 25, $25, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Xavier Rudd will play that same place on Oct. 15, $25, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
Canadian group Stars have a new collection (The North) due in September, followed by an Oct. 18 performance at the Mayan, $29, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Also look for them Oct. 17 at House of Blues San Diego. All who purchase tickets to either show will also get the coming album as a digital download.
And up at Santa Barbara Bowl, Aussie sensation Gotye has added a performance on Sept. 8, $44-$54, with Chairlift and Jonti opening, on sale Saturday at 11 a.m.
Photo by Kelly A. Swift, for the Orange County Register.
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