Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see The All-American Rejects and Eve 6 at The Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa as a part of the OC Fair. For $14, you get one ticket for terrace-level seating on Wednesday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $29.80 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets include admission to the fair, which opens at noon.
When Nick Wheeler and Tyson Ritter formed The All-American Rejects as a couple of teenagers in Stillwater, Oklahoma, they had no idea their power-pop debut would drop before they were old enough to legally drink. The angst-ridden catchiness of their breakup song “Swing, Swing” caught the attention of Interscope Records, and the duo soon joined forces with guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylor to forge one of the millennial decade’s definitive stadium acts. Even as their 2012 album, Kids in the Street, embraces a synth-influenced sound and a variety of genres, the Rejects’ signature cynicism toward love shines through on such songs as “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” which uses a bee and its many flowers as a metaphor for a toxic relationship.
Similarly signed when they were still shooting spitballs in study hall, pop-punk outfit Eve 6 traded graduation caps for guitar straps, resulting in three Top-40 hits over six years. After splitting in 2004 and gigging with other upstart bands, the full lineup has reunited with its original producer to release Speak in Code, a hard-charging album layering equal doses of vulnerability and humor atop crunchy riffs and infectious melodies. Drummer Tony Fagenson sums up “Victoria,” the record’s electronica-tinged lead single, as a “fun, dark, sexy jam,” a description he lifted from the marketing team at Smucker’s. Rejuvenated and itching to strum the dust from their strings, the band members will pepper their set with new tunes and old favorites, with such past hits as “Inside Out,” “Promise,” and “Here’s to the Night,” radiating more nostalgia than a pair of Doc Martens filled with liquid plutonium.