People throw around the term “surf punk” a lot these days, mostly if the band in question happens to have a few reverbed leads over a few more power chords. But O.C. legends Agent Orange practically invented the genre at the dawn of the ’80s — and directly inspired locals from The Offspring to Fidlar, too. Songs such as their immortal “Bloodstains” wedded hot-shot surf leads to that timeless SoCal punk sound, and they come off as vital and vicious now as the day they were originally committed to tape. Classic-era bassist James Levesque — who left the band in ’88 — sadly died in October, but founder Mike Palm and the touring lineup he’s maintained for more than a decade are still out there slicing through the waves.

Sat., Dec. 27, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 12/27/14)

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