What is it about OC punk rock acts that makes them so tough to kill? Lose a few original members from most punk bands and they're through, but OC acts like The Vandals, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and TSOL never seem to die. The Vandals (pictured above with Gwen Stefani in her dirtbag phase) play The Clubhouse on December 11, meaning that "Active: 1980-present" tag on wikipedia alive will soon say the band has been active for 30 years without a break. Impressive. More show announcements after the jump.
Agnostic Front: With Death By Stereo, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.
American Carnage Tour: With Slayer, Megadeth, & Testament, Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., $36.50-$58.50. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
Cheech & Chong: Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m., $36.50-$48.50. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
Crystal Antlers: With Audacity, Dust Jacket, & Hooves, Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., $8. Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-256-6006.
Drag the River: With Lost in the Sun, Thursday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.
The Expendables: With Iration, Passafire, Pour Habit, & Roots Down Below, Friday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m., $16-$17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Flickerspell's Christmas Showcase: With Vayden, Red Republic, Novalux, Half Mute, Westcott Avenue, & Pinner, Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., $15-$20. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Four Year Strong: With The Bled, This Time Next Year, & Title Fight, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., $12-$14. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.
Kinch's Christmas Party: With Dear and the Headlights, Kinch, What Laura Says, Back Carl, Rajiv Patel, & more, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., $10. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Korpiklaani: With Týr, Swashbuckle, Adavant, White Wizzard, & Uruloki, Monday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m., $16. Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.
Norm MacDonald: Thursday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 15, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m., $25-$27. Tempe Improv Comedy Club, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-921-9877.
Rebelution: With SOJA, & Zion I, Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m., $15-$17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Mia Riddle: Friday, Jan. 15, 9 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.
Craig Shoemaker: Thursday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 12, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., $20-$22. Tempe Improv Comedy Club, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-921-9877.
Sinbad: Thursday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 5, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 & 10 p.m., $25. Tempe Improv Comedy Club, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-921-9877.
Jeff Tweedy: Sunday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m., $30. Orpheum Theatre, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-534-5600.
The Vandals: With Voodoo Glow Skulls, & Knock-Out, Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., $15. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.
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