PLAN A: YOB, Norska, Cormorant @ The Casbah. In England, a "yob" is a rowdy or a hooligan. In Russia, "yob" means "fuck." In America, YOB is a badass Portland band whose blazing, fever-stricken doom-metal crunch sounds like it was forged in Hell. PLAN B: Miss Erika Davies & Burt Brion @ Anthology. Jazz songstress Miss Erika Davies has until Friday, Sept. 21, to meet her $3,000 goal for a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new EP, Lovely Ways. I recommend kicking down some clams for it (and going to this show, too): Her song "Part the Sea" is delectably cool, and it'd be great to have the rest. BACKUP PLAN: Mwahaha, Mary Sister Problem Child @ Eleven.
Thursday, Sept. 20
PLAN A: Six Organs of Admittance, Colossal Yes, Jeans Wilder @ The Casbah. Six Organs of Admittance main guy Ben Chasny really cuts loose on his new album, Ascent, teaming with members of defunct band Comets on Fire to deliver fuzzed-out, face-melting jams like "Waswasa" and "One Thousand Birds." PLAN B: Batwings, Boyfrndz, Feuding Fathers, Hot Nerds, DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink. Taking a lesson from the school of arty '90s San Diego hardcore, locals Batwings get good and zany with math-y riffs and scream-y vocals. Austin indie-rockers Boyfrndz sound a bit more introspective, conjuring swirls of guitar over steady rhythms. BACKUP PLAN: Hell.Note, Will Spliff, Absent Acclaim, 18sense., Michael Clarke, Sasquatch, Zochi, Veks, DJ Pokey @ Kava Lounge.
Friday, Sept. 21
PLAN A: Saul Williams @ San Diego Woman's Club. As I note in my feature, musician / poet / actor / genius Saul Williams will do spoken word at this show in support of an excellent new book of poetry he edited, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. Expect a performance that's densely packed, playfully vexing and far from conventional. PLAN B: The Soft Pack, Heavy Hawaii @ The Casbah. The Soft Pack expand their stripped-down rock on their forthcoming album, Strapped, which comes out Sept. 25. The brooding "Tallboy" has anthem-ready organs and fullbodied horns, while "Saratoga" bursts with gnarled, keening guitars. BACKUP PLAN: Stones N' Roses, DJ Daniel Sant, DJ Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop.
Saturday, Sept. 22
PLAN A: Azure Ray, Soko @ The Irenic. Since reuniting in 2009 after a five-year break, Georgia duo Azure Ray have continued on their pensive dream-pop path. But they've also wandered into the nightmarish territory of beatmakers like Balam Acab and Clams Casino, adding murky textures and deep rhythms to their lush, luminescent sound. PLAN B: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra @ Anthology. Though its namesake died 28 years ago, this big band captures all the jazzy bombast of the '40s swing era. Here's hoping some of the venue's dinner-table folk hop up to do some swingin' spins and flips. BACKUP PLAN: Broncho, The Lovely Bad Things, Bad Weather California @ Soda Bar.
Sunday, Sept. 23
PLAN A: Daryl Hall and John Oates @ Harrah's Rincon Casino. These yacht-rock kingpins have influenced everybody from Brandon Flowers to Ben Gibbard to, uh, Rob Thomas. While they've both released solo albums in the past year or so, we all know everybody wants to hear hits like "Kiss on My List" and "Private Eyes." PLAN B: Red Pony Clock, Mandarin Dynasty, James Rabbit, Iji @ Eleven (4 p.m.). One of the quirkiest bands in San Diego, Red Pony Clock mix tropical vibes with positive feelings and a little dark humor. Just watch the burrito-oriented, blood-spattered video for their song "My New Best Friends," and you'll see what I mean.
Monday, Sept. 24
PLAN A: Holograms, Teenage Burritos, Dream Buddies, DJ Art Vandelay @ Soda Bar. It's a surprise that Swedish post-punks Holograms even made it here—they're reportedly broke and had trouble getting U.S. visas—but I'm glad they did. Delivering a potent mix of brawny riffs, squiggly synth lines and fierce, guttural vocals, they're a thrill to listen to. BACKUP PLAN: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, The Simple Pleasure, Jherek Bischoff, Ronald Reagan @ House of Blues.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
PLAN A: DellaDella, Taken by Canadians @ Tin Can Ale House. It's slim pickings tonight, partly because the Bonnie Raitt concert at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay is sold out. But I'm curious to see local youngsters DellaDella, who make sweet, featherlight indie-pop.