Wednesday, March 27
PLAN A: Heavy Hawaii, Mothlight, DJ Mario Orduno @ Soda Bar. I'm very much a fan of the warped, psychedelic no-wave surf-sludge on Heavy Hawaii's new album, Goosebumps, which I review here. At their recent CD-release show, the duo performed with the help of a four-woman chorus, and while I can't even imagine how that sounds, I bet it's pretty cool. PLAN B: Toots & The Maytals, Tribe of Kings @ House of Blues. More than 50 years into their career, Toots & The Maytals, the legendary Jamaican reggae and ska group, still reportedly put on a solid show full of warm vibes and skankable rhythms. BACKUP PLAN: Brown Recluse Alpha, Indignant Senility, Isolde Touch, Bro Zen, DJ Ian Collins @ The Void
Thursday, March 28
PLAN A: Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers @ Porter's Pub. Joey Bada$$ would've sounded right at home alongside the likes of Nas and A Tribe Called Quest back in the mid-'90s. Harking back to hip-hop's Golden Age, the 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper spits hearty, dexterous rhymes over boom-bap beats and soulful samples. PLAN B: Peelander-Z, The Touchies, Marco Polo @ Soda Bar. As a Japanese answer to The Aquabats, punks Peelander-Z dress up in color-coded, Power Ranger-style costumes and bang out simple tunes with goofy, nonsensical lyrics. They're based in New York City, but they claim to come from planet Peelander. So, yeah, expect some zaniness. BACKUP PLAN: Daedelus, Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth, Samo Sound Boy, DJ Turbo Chops @ The Casbah.
Friday, March 29
PLAN A: Hills Like Elephants, Barbarian, Keith Sweaty @ Bar Pink. As I wrote in last week's issue, local indie-rockers Hills Like Elephants make smart music for fun people. Tonight, they're celebrating the release of a new album, Feral Flocks, that's full of luminous textures and big rave-ups. Meanwhile, up-and-comers Barbarian split the difference between surfy garage and rootsy rock. PLAN A: Caveman, Pure Bathing Culture, Boy King @ The Casbah. Make sure to bring a date to this one: Caveman's swooning synth-rock anthems are perfect for a walk on the beach, or a nice, long make-out sesh. BACKUP PLAN: Murs, Prof, Fashawn @ Porter's Pub.
Saturday, March 30
PLAN A1: Icona Pop, Angle, DJ Este, Fresh One, Taylor Michael @ Ivy Nightclub. Swedish duo Icona Pop have one good song to their name, a bass-heavy club banger called "I Love It." And what a song it is! Anchored by Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo's cheery vocals and sassy lyrics, "I Love It" explodes with the kind of kinetic, four-to-the-floor groove that seems scientifically engineered to get bodies moving. PLAN A2: Foxygen, Sam Flax @ Soda Bar. On their new album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen distill a sweeping range of rock 'n' roll styles into a smart, lush, silky-smooth sound. And even when singer Sam France shamelessly imitates Mick Jagger, he masters his own nonchalant vocal style. Chihiro Yamanaka @ Dizzy's.
Sunday, March 31
PLAN A: Iceage, Milk Music, Plateaus @ The Casbah. With so many bands going all soft-rock these days, itís nice to have Iceage around. As Jeff Terich writes in our feature, they have a knack for solid composition and catchy melody, but they're also brutal as fuck. I wouldn't be surprised if more than a few people end up a little bruised and bloody after venturing into the pit tonight. PLAN B: Acid Baby Jesus, Hellshovel, Paint Fumes, Slipping Into Darkness @ The Tower Bar. Not only do Greek garage-rockers Acid Baby Jesus have an awesome name; they also sound pretty awesome: Their ramshackle riffs and snarling vocals make me think of a bizarro-world Oscar the Grouch who owns a four-track and does a lot of drugs. BACKUP PLAN: Trinidad James, Black Resume, Ryan Bowers & Ryan Anthony, Bad Karma, Cali Cam @ Porter's Pub.
Monday, April 1
PLAN A: King Dude, Of the Wand & The Moon, The Story of Rats @ The Casbah. Seattle songwriter King Dude may be pretty gloomy, but he and his bandmates get a little upbeat on their new 7-inch, putting a dark spin on '50s pop and brisk folk.
Tuesday, April 2
PLAN A: The Last Bison, Kris Orlowski @ The Loft at UCSD. Next time you find yourself wandering through a forest, put on Virginia folkies The Last Bison to make the experience a bit more enchanting.