Wednesday, Aug. 29
PLAN A: Saviours, Ride the Sun, The Marsupials @ The Shakedown Bar. You dont need to be a stoner to like Oakland stonermetal bad-boys Saviours. With their beefy riffs, pounding rhythms and mythic song titles (Earthen Dagger, Mystichasm, Exalter of Thorns), they bring out the greasy, longhaired hesher in all of us. PLAN B: Old 97s, Those Darlins, Rhett Miller @ Belly Up Tavern. No one does casual alt-country quite like Old 97s. Since bursting onto the national scene in the 90s, the Texas band has penned many a hummable gem, always with tense energy and a rough edge.
Thursday, Aug. 30
PLAN A: Keith Sweaty, Mike Delgado, Totescity, Colour Vision, Lion Cut @ The Propagandist. While he takes more of an indie approach with Jamuel Saxon, Keith Milgaten goes full-bore into club-music territory as Keith Sweaty. Head here for a closer look at this solo DJ project. PLAN B: Brown Bird, These United States, Ugly Boogie @ The Casbah. Rhode Island duo Brown Bird dont do anything fancy, but theyll immediately pull you in with their understated, down-home folk, delivering rich vocal harmonies, full-bodied fiddle lines and heady guitar and banjo. BACKUP PLAN: Little Hurricane, Dead Feather Moon, Bunny Gang @ Belly Up Tavern.
Friday, Aug. 31
PLAN A: M83, Hyena @ SOMA. On M83s epic 2011 album, Hurry Up, Were Dreaming, main man Anthony Gonzalez split the difference between shoegaze and soft rock with heartfelt melodies, high-energy sax solos and cascades of dreamy synth. Needless to say, this show is best experienced with date in hand. PLAN B: Dahga Bloom, Astra, Joy, Shiva Trash @ The Casbah. Hailed by OC Weekly as Orange Countys best stoner band, Fullerton five-piece Dahga Bloom mixes the slapdash riffs of garage-rock, the face-melting synths of prog rock and the hijinks of a merry pirate troupe into a twisted sound all its own.
Saturday, Sept. 1
PLAN A: The Album Leaf, Tiny Telephones, ANA/, DJ Velvet Touch @ The Casbah. Ever the somnambulant dream-conjurers, The Album Leaf is getting ready to release a new, 7-song EP, Forward/Return, on Sept. 18. But dont miss Tiny Telephones, a local band thats celebrating the release of a solid album of heady, electro-tinged postrock, The Heavenly Child. PLAN B: SoCAL Music Festival @ East Village. If you arent going to Los Angeles for the much-talkedabout FYF Fest, you might try this instead, which seems to be a lower-rent, more stereotypically SoCal take on Street Scene. Cold War Kids will headline; see socalfestival.com for details. BACKUP PLAN: Babe Fest w/ L.A. Witch, Sneak Peek, Dirty Sirens, Legs @ Til-Two Club.
Sunday, Sept. 2
PLAN A: The Tallest Man on Earth, Strand of Oaks @ Birch North Park Theatre. Channeling the spirits of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson—aka The Tallest Man on Earth—writes intimate folk songs full of passion. Though he chills a bit on his newest album, Junes Theres No Leaving Now, his raspy voice goes right for the jugular. PLAN B: Sausage Fest w/ Joy, Gorgeous George & The Draggs, California Bleeding, San Pedro el Cortez, Slipping into Darkness, Roach Spit @ Til-Two Club. Looking for some old-fashioned rock? This is the place. Jamrockers Joy have scorching solos for days, Tijuanas San Pedro el Cortez can get real crazy onstage, and Gorgeous George & The Draggs—well, thats just a great band name. Make sure to check out Saturdays counterpart, Babe Fest, too (see Saturday). BACK- UP PLAN: Two Gallants, Cosmonauts @ The Casbah.
Monday, Sept. 3
PLAN A: The Field, Church Hustlers, Colour Field @ The Casbah. Not a whole lot goes on in The Fields rippling, hypnotic minimal techno. Stripping his beats to the bone, dicing samples into slivers and holding back on noticeable changes, this Swedish producer makes music thats luxuriously understated and utterly sublime. BACKUP PLAN: Kishi Bashi, The Last Bison, Bruin @ Soda Bar.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
PLAN A: Old Man Gloom, William Fowler Collins, Sad Vicious, Ides of Gemini @ Soda Bar. To put it simply, Old Man Gloom sounds heavy as fuck. Featuring members of ISIS, Converge and Cave In, the doommetal super-group deals in all manner of demonic lurch, from humongo riffs to throaty screams. BACKUP PLAN: A.A. Bondy @ The Casbah.