Wednesday, Oct. 3
PLAN A: Kenseth & Brandon, Nathan Hubbard / Passengers, Marcelo Radulovich @ Tin Can Ale House. After 16 months in the Phoenix suburbs, experimental drummer and composer Nathan Hubbard will mark his return to San Diego with his minimalist, soothingly repetitive piece Parameters I. While he recently performed it with a 17-piece ensemble, it'll likely be just as lovely with tonight's septet. PLAN B: Gliss, Run Luca, Abandon the Raft, Collision Creation @ Soda Bar. You don't have to be Orin from Parks and Recreation to dig Gliss' self-described "fucked-up art pop." While the Danish-American trio loves its gloomy vibes, the grimy guitar riffs and cooing female vocals are plenty catchy. BACKUP PLAN: The Head and The Heart, Blitzen Trapper, Bryan John Appleby @ Spreckels Theatre.
Thursday, Oct. 4
PLAN A: The Gaslamp Killer @ Voyeur. As you'll read in this week's feature, San Diego-bred DJ / producer The Gaslamp Killer just released an excellent debut album, Breakthrough, full of raw, furiously funky beats. He's just as crazy during his DJ sets, spinning underground tunes while doing wild dance moves. PLAN B: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Dâm-Funk @ The Irenic. The new album from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes, has got to be the weirdest thing I've heard all year—imagine Frank Zappa making some easy-listening pop after getting jacked on LSD and meth. BACKUP PLAN: The Black Keys, Tegan and Sara @ Valley View Casino Center.
Friday, Oct. 5
PLAN A: The Burning of Rome, The Long and Short of It, Black Hondo, Erleen Nada @ The Casbah. While local rockers The Burning of Rome are usually pretty outrageous, don't be surprised if they get extra-outrageous tonight. They're celebrating the release of an awesome new album, With Us, in which they harness circus-y weirdness to deliver well-crafted pop. PLAN B: Bridgejumper, Satya Sena, Secret Fun Club @ The Shakedown Bar. With their skull-crushing sludge-metal riffs and vocal-cord-tearing roars, locals Bridgejumper channel all the rage and power of veteran crusties Dystopia. BACK- UP PLAN: Coda Reactor, Sugabear w/ Ray Jones, PCH, The Devil's Weapon, DJs Unite, Pelengue, Cesh, Mr. Henshaw @ The Tower Bar.
Saturday, Oct. 6
PLAN A: Maria Minerva, Father Finger, Jeans Wilder, Erleen Nada, DJ Mario Orduno @ Soda Bar. Alongside the likes of Grimes and Laurel Halo, Estonian-born laptop-music conjurer Maria Minerva has gotten lots of buzz for her swirling synth creations. Informed as much by feminist critical theory as radio-ready pop, her songs are thoughtprovoking and sublime. PLAN B: Peewee Moore, Bill Cardinal and The Canyon Band, The Cactus Jacks @ The Shakedown Bar. An Austin songwriter with a rag-tag voice and soulful honky-tonk tunes, Peewee Moore holds the mantle of outlaw country legends Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. BACKUP PLAN: Dr. Dog, Cotton Jones @ 4th & B.
Sunday, Oct. 7
PLAN A: Yelawolf, Rittz, Trouble Andrew, DJ Vajra @ House of Blues. Alabama rapper Yelawolf has serious redneck pride. In the video for his song "Let's Roll," he sips a Monster Energy drink, rolls around in a monstersized Cadillac and jams with big-time douche Kid Rock. PLAN B: Mega Light Bollywood Music Program @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Fans of Bollywood music won't want to miss this. Backed by an 18-member orchestra, celebrated singers like Dr. S.P. Balasubramaniam and K.S. Chitra will perform swooning, romantic Bollywood songs in several Indian languages. BACKUP PLAN: JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Roxy Jones @ The Casbah.
Monday, Oct. 8
PLAN A: MONO, Chris Brokaw @ The Casbah. I've seen Japanese instrumental heavyweights MONO several times, and they've blown my face off every time. I always have to get it surgically reattached afterward, of course, but that's a small price to pay for their awesome, orchestral post-rock. PLAN B: The Hives, FIDLAR @ House of Blues. Swedish garage-rockers The Hives don't always stick to the stripped-down formula that made them famous a decade ago, but, onstage, these tuxedoed rabble-rousers still deliver noisy, high-impact ditties. BACKUP PLAN: Peter Gabriel @ Valley View Casino Center.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
PLAN A: Xzibit @ Porter's Pub. Rapper Xzibit is all over the place on his new album, Napalm. While he teams up with Bay Area hip-hop icon E-40 for "Up Out the Way," he raps over a slab of woozy nü-metal on the title track.