Wednesday, Feb. 6
PLAN A: That 1 Guy, Wolff @ The Casbah. Like a one-man-band from the future, That 1 Guy's Mike Silverman makes quirky, rhythm-intensive tunes on a 7-foot-tall "magic pipe"—an instrument of his own invention that's made out of plumbing pipes and contrabass strings. Live videos show him doing some crazy-cool things with it, so expect a visual and sonic treat. PLAN B: Chelsea Wolfe, Amanda Shoepflin, Sarah Jaffe @ The Loft at UCSD. L.A. songwriter Chelsea Wolfe put on an enchanting performance when I saw her in Tijuana recently. Channeling the bleak, brooding vibes of Swans' Michael Gira, she offered up a witch's brew of driving post-punk and gloomy folk.
Thursday, Feb. 7
PLAN A: Gayle Skidmore, Goldenboy, Leanna May and The Matadors @ The Casbah. Singer-songwriter Gayle Skidmore has a special night planned for the release of her lovely new Zombie Heart 7-inch. She's decorating. She's baking cookies. And, of course, she'll touch the marrow of your soul with rich, heartfelt pop. PLAN B: OFF!, Bad Antics, Negative Approach @ Epicentre. With years of experience in bands like Circle Jerks and Hot Snakes, the guys in OFF! certainly know how to dish out the shit-kicking punk fury. But as their hilarious music videos attest, they also know how to hit the funny bone in just the right way. BACKUP PLAN: Nathan Hubbard / Along Came a Spider @ 98 Bottles.
Friday, Feb. 8
PLAN A: Portland Cello Project, The Alialujah Choir @ Luce Loft. Putting a novel spin on an old instrument, the Portland Cello Project boasts a wildly diverse repertoire (Bach, Kanye West, Pantera, the Super Mario Bros. theme) and collaborates with a wide range of artists (The Dandy Warhols, Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor). PLAN B: Seapony, Rose Melberg, Neon Cough @ Soda Bar. You've come to the right place if you're looking for some nice, inoffensive indie-pop. Seapony are as cuddly as a baby's blankie, boasting jangly guitars and cooing vocals, while locals Neon Cough specialize in breezy, electro-tinged hooks.
Saturday, Feb. 9
PLAN A: Spider John Koerner @ AMSDconcerts. This guy is just too amazing to pass up. Back in the early 1960s, Koerner played traditional folk and blues alongside buddies like Bob Dylan. Now in his 70s, he brings a rough, rickety vibe to his tunes, reflecting all the charm of a busted-up pickup truck. PLAN B: The Wailers, Roger Steffens, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up Tavern. Yeah, I know, Bob Marley died more than 30 years ago, but I'd go to this show just to see longtime Wailers bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who came up with deep, remarkably expressive bass lines for many of Marley's songs. PLAN C: Cattle Decapitation, Lord of War, Suntorn, Imbalanced, Nihilitus, Vermin @ SOMA. As their name suggests, local metalers Cattle Decapitation always bring the gut-churning, face-shredding, death-grind goodness. BACKUP PLAN: Gram Rabbit, Hills Like Elephants, Privet, The Midnight Pine @ The Casbah.
Sunday, Feb. 10
PLAN A: Keith Sweat @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Step aside, Keith Sweaty: It's time for the real thing. One of the first R&B singers to adopt the big beats and synthy hooks of New Jack Swing, Mr. Sweat has penned many a sexy jam over the years, and he can still peel your clothes off with his intoxicating voice. PLAN B: Big Freedia, Keith Sweaty, DJ Claire @ The Casbah. If you like jiggling booties, then you will love Big Freedia, star of New Orleans bounce music. As Freedia delivers rapid-fire vocals over crazy-funky beats, a great booty-shaking experience is guaranteed for all. BACK- UP PLAN: Tony Suraci as The Highwayman, Lee Koch @ Belly Up Tavern.
Monday, Feb. 11
PLAN A: Gayle Skidmore @ Tin Can Ale House. Even if you made it to Skidmore's record-release show at The Casbah (see Thursday's Plan A), it'll be worth checking her out at this latest edition of the Tin Can's weekly Country Club, where she'll likely put on a quieter, more intimate performance. BACKUP PLAN: Sir Sly, Miner @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
PLAN A: "Transages" w/ Light Vision, DJ Pigtails, Mystery Cave @ Tin Can Ale House. Before shoving off for a new home in New York City, local musician Paul Remund will put on a multimedia show, unveiling his hypnotic new electronic-music project, Light Vision. Head over to Page 26 to read more. BACKUP PLAN: The Pacific Quartet @ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.