PLAN A: Parker & The Numberman w/ DJ Collagey, Broken Dreams, Room E, Fam Royal DJs, Day-Go Produce @ The Casbah. Always happy to build community in the local scene, hip-hop groups Parker & The Numberman and Broken Dreams recently teamed up, Voltron-style, to produce a solid EP aptly titled BDP&T. Make sure to get here early for Day-Go Produce, whose weed-centric rhymes I find refreshingly down-to-earth. PLAN B: Marduk, 1349, Weapon, Withered, Ruines ov Abaddon @ The Ruby Room. According to Wikipedia, Marduk was an ancient Mesopotamian god and patron deity of the city of Babylon. It's also a hellishly gnarly Swedish black-metal band whose blistering tunes cover such topics as Satanism, anti-Christianity and the Third Reich. BACKUP PLAN: Céu, Curumin @ Belly Up.
Thursday, June 21
PLAN A: Matthewdavid, Diva, Balloons, Kill Quanti DJs @ Soda Bar. Of all the acts I saw at South by Southwest earlier this year, Matthewdavid was one of my favorites. A staple of L.A.'s famed beat scene, the skillful beatmaker and sound-collage artist crosses a taste for the eclectic—his mixtapes include cuts with titles like "Field Recording of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, NC"—with a keenness for head-nodding rhythm. PLAN B: The Tree Ring @ Luce Loft. Local folkies The Tree Ring have been busy working on a new album, and they plan to debut some new material tonight. Judging from recent blog posts, expect some inviting music evocative of San Diego's pine forests and desert landscapes. BACKUP PLAN: Eric Burdon & The Animals @ San Diego County Fair (Paddock Stage).
Friday, June 22
PLAN A: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Dent May, Lion Cut, Maxfield Rubbish and His Oddly Alluring Flea Circus @ The Casbah. Certainly one of New Orleans' most eccentric duos, Quintron and Miss Pussycat cut loose with sweaty, organ-driven "swamp-tech" jams and playful puppet shows. Quintron is also a creator of novel synthesizers like the Singing House, which responds to weather patterns. PLAN B: Tropical Popsicle, Exray's, Barbarian @ Soda Bar. If you're looking for something to help you trip face, you might try the new music video for beachgoth outfit Tropical Popsicle's trance-inducing psych-rock jam "The Tethers." It's got toy viewfinders, mushroom clouds and human lava lamps—what more could you want? BACKUP PLAN: The Joshua White Quintet @ 98 Bottles.
Saturday, June 23
PLAN A: Egyptian Lover, Erleen Nada, Jewels of the Nile, DJ Heather Hardcore & Miggs @ Til-Two Club. Back in the '80s, Egyptian Lover helped usher in the hip-hop electro sound with funky drum-machine grooves, Kraftwerk-style synths and sultry rhymes. These days, he's still keeping it real with his Roland TR-808 drum machine. PLAN B: Destruction Unit, The Stalins of Sound, Sleazy Listening DJs @ The Tower Bar. Headed by a former member of Jay Reatard's backing band, Tempe, Ariz.'s Destruction Unit is just as likely to melt your face as rip it off entirely, dishing out an unpredictable mix of trippy drone-rock jams and triple-guitar psych-punk ragers. BACKUP PLAN: Cuckoo Chaos, Little Deadman, Ditches @ Tin Can Ale House.
Sunday, June 24
PLAN A: Negative Approach, Take Offense, Crime Desire, Adult Crash @ Ché Café. Along with Minor Threat and Bad Brains, Negative Approach spurred the early-'80s hardcore-punk movement with grimy riffs and a nihilistic outlook. PLAN B: Pelican, Black Breath, Martyrdod, Burning Love, Enabler @ The Casbah. Among all the post-something bands out today (post-rock, post-metal, post-punk, etc.), Pelican is certainly one of the post-est, what with its juggernaut riffs and dreamy textures. BACKUP PLAN: Mics Out II MC Battle Rap Tournament @ Soda Bar.
Monday, June 25
PLAN A: Half String, Lorelei, Divers, Moonbeams @ Soda Bar. Dating back to the indie-rock olden days of 1991, Arizona's Half String get nice and dreamy with reverb-laden guitar pop.
Tuesday, June 26
PLAN A: El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot @ The Casbah. I don't know whom to be excited about most on this must-see rap bill. El-P's new album, Cancer for Cure, has gotten great reviews for its cyber-punk treatment of New York boom-bap. Killer Mike's brutally perceptive new album, R.A.P. Music, is just as excellent. And I can't get enough of Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's track "Chicken Spot Rock," an ode to fried chicken shops.