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Many music fans have some sort of “music checklist” – an intangible list of music acts that they would like to see live. Last week, I finally had the opportunity to cross off one of the top lines of my list: seeing United Nations perform live. They started their west coast tour in Los Angeles, then went on to perform in Orange County before heading north up the coast. I opted to attend their Orange County show at The Observatory’s Constellation Room, which got overshadowed by a larger band performing in the main room, causing massive parking overflows and other crowd problems. Undaunted, I charged on in to bask in the glory of the United Nations.

Sick Feeling opened up the night with their post-hardcore set. Based out of New York, Sick Feeling best reminded me of two bands meshed into one. Their instrumentals reminded me of the strange, trance-like chords of At The Drive-In, or even The Mars Volta. The vocals straight up reminded me of the raw power of traditional Converge. Put together, you have what the band describes as simply Chaos.

Up next, we have Silver Snakes. Hailing from Los Angeles, Silver Snakes took the crowd on a journey away from the night’s post-hardcore theme. They certainly do not have the intense screams that the other bands do. The powerful yet emotional vocals give way to a greater melodic sound, allowing the audience to enjoy more of the instrumental performance and soak in the true musical prowess of Silver Snakes. I find it difficult to compare Silver Snakes to any one band – while they understand how to perform gracefully with true transitions, I cannot see them stand toe-to-toe with well-known bands of their genre. Placed on a bill with lesser known bands, Silver Snakes can kill it as a headliner. But when Silver Snakes performs with a “buzz” worthy band such as United Nations, they unfortunately fit the spot of the band right before the headliner.

At last, the moment I had craved for over a decade had finally arrived. With United Nations about to take the stage, high school memories of seeing vocalist Geoff Rickly perform with Thursday flooded my mind, fueling my passion to lose myself to the music once it started. Though a pit never truly started, I would have gone nuts if it did. United Nations hit the stage with engines blazing, going from silence to blasting the decibels through the roof in a matter of seconds. Although they bear little resemblance to Thursday, I still cherished this like a Thursday show, just with a greater emphasis on the hardcore aspect of the music. Who needs transitions when your songs leave people breathless? They used some of their transitions to briefly mention politics, but then reminded us that Election Day had already passed, so they had little left to say. United Nations followed their set list to a tee and stuck around after the show for a meet & greet instead of playing an encore.

I finally can say that I have successfully seen the lead singer of my favorite band perform once again. Now that I have marked that off my music checklist, the only lines remaining above that require two bands to reunite: Thursday and Minor Threat. I would like to thank Geoff Rickly for mingling with the audience for most of the night and for his modesty. Now that I have met my musical hero, I can safely say that I have accomplished a great feat of my life.

Miss out on the United Nations on the west coast? Their tour still has a few days left, and they will play their final west coast show of this tour this Saturday in San Diego. Make sure you do not miss this!

6th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 7-16
San Diego County

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 10
House of Blues, San Diego

The Dropkick Murphys currently tour across the world, and they will play the final Southern California show of the tour tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $40.

7 Seconds @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 11
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Punk rock legends 7 Seconds will end their Fall 2014 tour in Long Beach this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

OB Warehouse Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
OB Warehouse, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Check out a new experience in culinary indulgence at this grand opening gala this Wednesday night. The venue will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, ciders, live music, live tattooing, and more.

Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, and The Flatliners – On Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 12, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 15, The Troubadour, West Hollywood

Hot Water Music will end their tour in California this week with three shows in Southern California. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link for more information about that particular show.

The Misfits: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 13, House of Blues, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, House of Blues, Anaheim
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 15, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 16, House of Blues, San Diego

Just like they do this time of the year every year, The Misfits will perform at countless international shows as part of their yearly tour. Every show listed has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a link for more information.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 13
Absolution Brewing, Torrance

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Absolution Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 13
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $20 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 13
Downtown Los Angeles

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Ghost Inside & Every Time I Die – On Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13, SOMA, Midway, San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15-16, The Glass House, Pomona

Post-hardcore bands The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through California this week. Each of these all-ages shows has a different ticket price, so click on each link to see the prices.

SEQUEL – Artists Imagine Movie Sequels That Were Never Made
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 13
iam8bit, Echo Park

This FREE and all-ages event will feature multiple works from various artists depicting fictional movie sequels.

Chicks That Rock @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Rock out with chicks that rock this Thursday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Obituary – Meat n’ Greet
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Grill ’em All, Alhambra

Metal band Obituary will crash Grill ’em All in Alhambra this Friday evening for a two-hour session of autographs, photos, merchandise, and more. All day at Grill ’em All, catch the one-day exclusive Obituary Burger: Shoestring Potatoes, Diced Onion, American Cheese & Frita Ketchup on a half pound Burg!

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15-16
Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City

At this premier gala, over 50 chefs will prepare culinary samples for guests, while they sip on drinks from the over one hundred available wines, beers, and spirits. A VIP pass costs $300 and starts at 1pm, while general admission costs $150 and starts at 2pm. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Bagramian Hall, Montebello

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

3rd Annual Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 14
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 15
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village hosts a beer fest this weekend that will actually contain a decent amount of craft beers (unlike their Oktoberfest offerings). Two different sessions will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $32.50 and starts an hour later, while VIP admission costs $52.50 and provides an extra hour of drinking. No one under 21 may enter. Use promo code 7craftyguy7 to save $7.50 off the ticket price.

Punk Rock Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Enjoy some local punk rock at this benefit show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10 or your best donation.

Total Chaos @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Punk band Total Chaos will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Fall Shows
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14, Jewels Catch One, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 15, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana

The Lower Class Brats will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link to find out more details about the show.

Stäläg 13 – Live in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14
The Red Cove, Ventura

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in Ventura this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 15
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag! Please note that this event now only lasts one day instead of the full weekend like in previous years.

Wings of Angels – Book Signing & Release Party
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Yanks Air Museum, Chino

Wings of Angels, a book tribute to the art of WWII pinups and aviation, just released to the public. This Saturday in Chino, meet the photographer and various models from the book. Bring your own copy of the book to get it autographed.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

Barley Forge Brewing – Grand Opening
11:30 am – 1:00 am, November 15
Barley Forge Brewing, Costa Mesa

Another brewery joins the illustrious Orange County brewery family with their official grand opening this Saturday at their location in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find new brews, brewery tours, live music, gourmet food, and more. This event requires no tickets or reservations – simply show up, and pay for items as you go.

Free Pizza Sampling @ Zpizza Belmont Shore
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 15
Zpizza, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

This Saturday afternoon, receive FREE pizza samples from Zpizza on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, Long Beach.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15
Main Street, Seal Beach

Preceding Seal Beach Restaurant Week that will take place next week, around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Unlike last year’s chili cookoff that took place in the Hennessey’s Grill parking lot, this year’s chili cookoff will function more like a stroll. Visitors of all ages purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

The Gears – Live in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Get your punk rock on this Saturday night in Baldwin Park with a bunch of great local bands. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8, or FREE if entering before 7pm.

United Nations – West Coast Tour 2014
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15
The Casbah, San Diego

Post-hardcore supergroup United Nations will end their west coast tour in San Diego this weekend. Catch them in Southern California at this all-ages show for just $12.

JFA – Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Punk rock legends JFA will headline an all-ages show in La Habra this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

United Nations – West Coast Tour 2014
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4, Catch One Night Club, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 5, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

Post-hardcore supergroup United Nations will perform on the west coast for the first time ever. Catch them in Southern California twice this week in all-ages shows in both Los Angeles and Orange County.

Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 7, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 9, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura

The Dropkick Murphys currently tour across the world, and they will swing through Southern California this week. Each show has a different age minimum and ticket price, so click on each link above for more info about the show.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Lagwagon & Swingin’ Utters – North American Tour 2014
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 6, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, The Observatory, Santa Ana

Punk rock heavyweights Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters embark on a tour across the nation this week, starting in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, starting at $22.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 7-16
San Diego County

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

8th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 7
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 8
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

32nd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 8
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 8
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

Teenage Mutant Pizza Party
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana

Come watch the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and enjoy free pizza too!

Finch – Back To Oblivion Tour
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 7, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura

Post-hardcore band Finch will wrap up their tour in Southern California this week. Catch them at these two all-ages shows in Southern California.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

2014 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 8
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

This one-day event takes place this Saturday in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

18th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 8
Houghton Park, Long Beach

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Orange Coast Magazine’s West Of West Wine Festival
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 8
Honda Center, Anaheim

Sample many wines from some of the top wineries on the west coast this Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. In addition to all the wine, local restaurants will also sample hors d’oeuvre to go with the wines. General admission costs $175 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $325, starts at 10am, and allows access to some exclusive wines. Use promo code WOWYELP to receive general admission tickets for just $99.

Bloomfest LA
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, November 8
Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles

Bloomfest celebrates the life of Joel Bloom, essentially the Godfather of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. All over the Arts District, visitors can freely roam all the galleries and check out all the amazing works of art that locals have devised. Angel City Brewery will host a beer garden in the afternoon and the after-party at night, and any drinks come at separate costs.

Alosta Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Alosta Brewing, Covina

Alosta Brewing has completed a year in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

Shelton Brothers – The Festival 2014
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8-9
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro

Deemed as California’s biggest beer festival, this weekend-long beer festival brings on brews from all over the world for you to sample. Taking place over four 4-hour sessions starting at noon and 5pm on both days, admission gets you access to brews from over 70 different international breweries. Admission varies in price, starting at $40 for the second Sunday session and going up to $160 for all four sessions. Admission does not include drinks – attendees must purchase drink tickets that cost a dollar per ticket, or $20 for 25 tickets. One ticket equals roughly two ounces of beer. No one under 21 may enter.

Luicidal – CD Release Show
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Gaslamp, Long Beach

Containing former members of the legendary Suicidal Tendencies, Luicidal will headline a show this Saturday in Long Beach to celebrate the release of their latest album. The cover for this all-ages show costs $15. Guests can park for free in arriving before 5pm; otherwise, parking costs $5.

OC Roller Derby Flat Track
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

La Pobreska 10-Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. Arrive very early to grab free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Otherwise, later arrivals will have to park down the street and pay $10.

The Stitches @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut this Saturday night with The Stitches, Bedlam Knives, and more. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

102nd Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 9
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

15th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 9
Hilton, Universal City

$60 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Punk N’ Tacos 8
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 Eastside Food Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 9
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake

Savor the best of Silverlake, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park, and more of Eastside this Sunday evening in Silverlake. Enjoy gourmet food samples, craft beer & wines (additional cost), live entertainment, food demos, speaker panels, and more. General admission costs $45 and allows unlimited food tastings. Premium admission costs $60 and also includes three drink tickets. VIP admission costs $75 and includes five drink tickets, VIP seating, a raffle ticket, a gift bag, and VIP entry.

Naked Aggression @ Cafe NELA
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 9
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

Enjoy an evening of punk rock this Sunday in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhood.

Pulley & Duane Peters Gunfight – Live in Long Beach
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 9
Gaslamp, Long Beach

Lots of punk rock bands will swarm the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Sunday evening. Check out this all-ages show for just $10 presale or $15 at the door. Guests arriving before 5pm can park for free; otherwise, parking costs $5.

In the past few years, we have seen many revivals and reunions of bands, musicians, or other music acts at a live show. Back in 2012, at least three acts reunite for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, Refused, and At The Drive-In. This year’s Coachella will have Outkast reuniting. Apart from reunions, other bands or musicians have returned from varying hiatuses, such as Glassjaw and Destruction Made Simple. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some bands have either called it quits, like Just Like Before or Save The Swim Team, or some have split to pursue something else. Lastly, some acts just never perform in certain cities, states, regions, or countries, such as the Toy Dolls, who will break boundaries by performing at Coachella this year. Regardless of why some local citizens have never seen a particular act in person, many music acts never embellish the true concert experience because they either do not play in some areas, or their shows pose too much difficulty getting into, whether by selling out tickets or for other miscellaneous reasons. Over the past few years, I have made it a priority to attend shows of bands that I either have never seen or rarely see, which drives most of my decisions on what weekly shows to attend. For this year, I truly must see these five bands or musicians to satiate my music thirst. If I must travel or shell out ridiculous amounts of money, I may have to do so.

5. The Toasters

As one of the first bands of third-wave ska, The Toasters ring a bell around the world. This international ska phenomenon defined today’s ska culture, from the musical styles to the fashion that everyone now recognizes when attending a ska show/concert. More often than not, when you view a ska video, the video will have The Toasters playing the background. Their iconic music lays out the foundation for ska today, and anyone even remotely into ska must go to see The Toasters sooner than later.

4. Polar Bear Club

The post-hardcore industry used to revolve around the vocalist’s ability to scream as defined by the old screamo genre. Although deriving from hardcore punk, post-hardcore took on an identity of its own not too long after hardcore punk’s peaking popularity in the early 80’s. Since then, the genre has evolved to encompass the musical style rather than the vocals, so a handful of today’s post-hardcore bands fit into the genre yet do not emphasize the screaming parts, such as Polar Bear Club. As a mixture of punk rock and post-hardcore, Polar Bear Club follows a melodic hardcore model, striving on instrumental prowess to portray emotions rather than a vocalist bleeding their lungs out. Their popularity outnumbers the small venues that they play at often, leading to sold-out shows whenever they announce something. The next time Polar Bear Club swings by your area, do not dawdle – get on the bus and go buy a ticket fast.

3. Billy Talent

Whereas Polar Bear Club’s attraction lies in their instrumental capabilities, Billy Talent delivers the full package. This melodic punk rock band from Canada has transformed their music greatly since inception in the early 1990’s. What started as an independent indie rock band has slowly progressed into a punk rock band, and eventually into the melodic post-hardcore band that fans recognize them as today. Once Billy Talent hit mainstream success in the early 2000’s, the history books tells the rest of the tale. Billy Talent tour across the world extensively, hitting up as many countries as possible to delight fans everywhere. I have yet to see a show that does not sell out within a few days of the initial announcement. When Billy Talent books a show in your area, everyone buys tickets, even if they have no intention of going. Should Billy Talent play in your area this year, I suggest you do the same and buy tickets instantly.

2. Geoff Rickly (Thursday/United Nations)

In a shocking turn of events, my favorite band falls to the number two spot on this list! At least…. what remains of my favorite band has fallen to number two. Having broken up in November 2011, Thursday has greatly influenced the post-hardcore scene during their run as a band, and generally receives credit as the band that forever changed the face of post-hardcore. Since discovering Thursday, I have seen them exactly three times all prior to attending college, before I truly understood the emotion and passion behind the music. Once I understood the lyrics and messages, Thursday had already broken up. Now frontman Geoff Rickly has moved on to perform with supergroup United Nations along with Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Head Automatica. Regardless of which act he performs with, I would never pass up an opportunity to see Rickly perform live again. If Thursday reunites this year… I can kiss my savings goodbye.

1. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi)

We all saw this coming in this list, and every punk rock fan will tell you: It will never happen. Despite all the fake posters and flyers from last year, Minor Threat will NEVER reunite. Minor Threat’s frontman Ian MacKaye (the man, the myth, the legend) sees no point in reuniting Minor Threat, and by now, he has moved on to other things in his personal life. Sure he went on to form Fugazi, another amazing band in its own right, but ask punk rock fans around the world for the one show they truly want to see, and you will hear Minor Threat over all other bands by a landslide. Some fans that I have spoken to at shows in my area have pledged that they would spend thousands of dollars to see a Minor Threat show one more time. If it has to come down to it, believe me – I will spend that much money too to see Minor Threat live.

Once a punk, always a punk. Punk rock never died, despite what naysayers may claim. Music genres fluctuate in popularity over time like a wave, and when a genre begins to decline, old genres resurface or new genres arise. Where do you think dubstep or trap music came from? Punk rock may have seen some downtime last decade, but certain developments helped bring it back. Some video games, like the Tony Hawk series or Guitar Hero series, enlightened the musically lacking public, paving the way to new music tastes. With the steady resurgence of punk rock, many bands have jumped into the industry, while others have returned to recording or touring, such as At The Drive-In and Refused last year. Post-hardcore also saw a revival a few years ago – as screamo faded away, post-hardcore evolved from it and steadily grew. Punk rock remains a niche genre, so the vast majority may not immediately recognize the good bands from the bad, and believe me – anyone who does not listen to punk rock cannot truly discern punk rock from a different genre. With that said, listen to some music from the following five punk rock or post-hardcore bands expecting to make an impact in the music industry this year.

5. Sederra

We start off this list with an OC Music Awards nominee for the Best Rock category, Sederra, despite the existence of a Punk category. Veterans in the music industry met up and formed Sederra for the lack of a good rock/punk rock band back in 2006, and since then, Sederra has made history. Keeping it DIY punk style, Sederra relies on social media and word of mouth to get their name out and around, opting to remain an independent band. No strangers to the stage, Sederra has toured with some of the greatest punk rock bands like Lagwagon, Face To Face, Strung Out, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and more. They show no signs of throwing in the towel, and based on their cryptic posts, they may come out with something big this year. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to their music while we wait for word from the band.

4. Comadre

California has a way with bands of many genres. No one can surely pinpoint what causes this phenomenon to occur, but historically, California yields some of the world’s greatest bands. Without exception, the bay area has graced the music world with Comadre. For almost a decade, the same five guys have released a handful of albums and toured in so many different places, leading to the question of why do they not have more fans than they currently do. Largely resembling Kid Dynamite, Comadre utilizes fast-paced riffs to intensify the energy of the venue they play at, while occasionally toning things down for a more melodic sound. Comadre has also seemingly mastered the synergism of instruments, as everything they play just feels right and right in tune. Listen to a single from their album that just released earlier this week to understand what I mean. Listen to how well every instrument fits in with each other. Not many bands can grasp this concept, but luckily, Comadre understands music and has delivered with their new album. Go buy the album and feel the amazement.

3. Touché Amoré

They say that the lyrics to music a person listens to represents everything that person fears vocalizing. If that statement holds validity, I feel confused for the troubled souls that listen to more depressing emo music. Luckily, no one should ever have to feel like that when listening to the post-hardcore sounds of Touché Amoré. As one of the bands responsible for rising with the post-hardcore scene, Touché Amoré wants nothing to do with any screamo labels. Unlike screamo music that talks about love, relationships, and heartbreak, songs by Touché Amoré deal with life situations, such as growing up or dealing with adversities. Refreshingly, punk rock and post-hardcore fans do not want to rock out to songs about love – they care about real life, as real life relates to everyone in the world. Although Touché Amoré has not released a full album in over a year, they recently released a music video, so give it a listen, as fans expect great things to come this year.

2. Fiction Reform

Who said chicks cannot rock? As 7 Seconds puts it in their song, “If we can walk together, why can’t we rock together?” When given the chance and the heart, anyone can accomplish anything. Give a guitar to Brenna Red, and you have the start of an incredible journey leading to the creation of Fiction Reform. Based out of Southern California, Fiction Reform plays catchy tunes with a punk rock influence. One could say their sound closely resembles The Descendents. Although Fiction Reform does not ring too many bells, do not discount them, as they have toured with some of the major names in punk rock, such as Mike Ness from Social Distortion and Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs. Their tour continues on, as they just released an a new album back in November 2012. This year, OC Music Awards has nominated Fiction Reform for the Best Punk category for their effort in getting their latest album out. Still not a believer? Listen to one of their older songs and tell me you do not love this.

1. United Nations

When you combine members of some of the most influential bands of all time into one group, you get more than a supergroup – you end up with a powerviolence group. Constructed with individuals with enough power in the music industry to lead a revolution, United Nations revives the post-hardcore noise bands like Refused and Orchid and channels it into raging outbursts of sound and rock. Performing members wear Ronald Reagan masks because of the band name’s liability, so the masks hide the identities of the performers. However, true music fans cannot stay in the dark forever, so founder Geoff Rickly, former frontman of Thursday, revealed the rotating band roster, which included Glassjaw‘s Daryl Palumbo and Converge‘s Ben Koller. Although United Nations has only released one album since their founding, they recently announced some show dates, possibly hinting at a new album or something else greater. If you live on the east coast, you simply must make it to one of their limited shows to experience this heartpounding show. Listen to a United Nations song, and recognize the sheer musical talent.