Wednesday, May 29
PLAN A: Snail, Awakeners, Leather Nun @ Soda Bar. If San Diego were invaded by a giant killer snail that left a trail of THC-saturated slime in its wake, there'd be no better band to soundtrack the destruction than stoner-rock vets Snail. With their lurching beats, ungodly wails and monstrous, fuzzed-out riffs, they're equal parts fearsome and fantastic. PLAN B: Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Seven Grand. In a special installment of this popular weekly Latin-jazz jam sesh, trumpeter Castellanos will celebrate the release of the soundtrack for The Federal Jazz Project, a theatrical performance on which he collaborated with Culture Clash's Richard Montoya. He and his band will play original tunes from the show with members of the cast, including Montoya. BACKUP PLAN: !!!, White Arrows, DJ Velvet Touch @ The Casbah.
Thursday, May 30
PLAN A: Trixie Whitley, Rocco DeLuca @ The Casbah. Singer-songwriter Trixie Whitley is only 25 years old, but her husky voice shows a soulful depth beyond her years. First known as the singer of Black Dub, a project headed by U2 producer Daniel Lanois, she's now getting lots of buzz for her debut solo album, Fourth Corner. PLAN B: Horace Andy, Quinto Sol, Arise Roots @ World Beat Center. Gifted with a breathtaking falsetto, Jamaican singer and songsmith Horace Andy has been hypnotizing roots-reggae fans for decades. Of his nearly 40 albums, my personal favorite is 1982's Dance Hall Style, a dubby, six-song masterpiece of bewitching grooves and powerful messages. BACKUP PLAN: Radiation City, Cuckoo Chaos, Nicely @ Soda Bar.
Friday, May 31
PLAN A: Captured! By Robots, Alpha Channel, Grammatical B, Marco Polo @ Soda Bar. If you've ever wanted to see a kooky rocker perform onstage with a cast of robots that look like extras from an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, well, with Captured! By Robots, your dream will come true. PLAN B: Fear, Sculpins, Stalins of Sound, Records with Roger @ The Casbah. It's been 30 years since they made history with a riotous performance on Saturday Night Live, but L.A. punks Fear (now fronted by Lee Ving, the only remaining original member) mustered plenty of snarl on last year's The Fear Record, a re-recorded version of their '82 classic, The Record. BACKUP PLAN: Shannon and The Clams, Heavy Hawaii, Colleen Green @ The Void.
Saturday, June 1
PLAN A: Nathan Hubbard / Passengers @ Space 4 Art. Last week, avant-garde drum nut Nathan Hubbard celebrated his birthday by playing some tunes with his trio. Tonight, he'll go several steps further, teaming with an 18- to 20-piece ensemble to perform original works that explore the nuances of minimalist melodic phrasing. PLAN B: Nico Luminous, Team Supreme, Osal8, Squama, Pandagrass, Legit, Galangsta, Party Wave, Jwest @ Spin. L.A. beatmaker Nico Luminous calls his electronic bass music "glitch-a-delic soul whomp," which is actually a pretty good way of describing all those smooth, tripped-out beats. BACKUP PLAN: FIDLAR, Tan Sister Radio @ The Ché Café.
Sunday, June 2
PLAN A: Chvrches, Still Corners @ Belly Up Tavern. Not as poppy as Robyn, but not as artsy as The Knife, Glasgow electro-pop trio Chvrches hit the sweet spot somewhere in between with big new-wave beats, bright neon textures and cooing vocals that make indie nerds like me feel all melty inside. PLAN B: Lisa Loeb, Gayle Skidmore, Birds of Chicago @ The Casbah. Famed for her earnest '90s hits and signature black-framed glasses, singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is sure to attract a big crowd at this show. But don't miss local songwriter Gayle Skidmore—she put on a wonderful performance when I saw her at Lestat's recently. BACKUP PLAN: Lenka, Letting Up Despite Great Faults @ Soda Bar.
Monday, June 3
PLAN A: Miss Erika Davies, Stephen Rey, Gayle Skidmore @ Old Town Theatre (4040 Twiggs St.). The finest indie-jazz singer in the city, Miss Erika Davies has big plans in store tonight to celebrate the release of her fabulous EP, Part the Sea. I'm particularly keen on seeing her sing duets with Stephen Rey, a true-blue rock 'n' roller if there ever was one. BACKUP PLAN: Ceremony, Blank Realm, Suspect @ The Ché Café.
Tuesday, June 4
PLAN A: Parquet Courts, Shiva Trash, Nostalgic People @ The Ché Café. Make your way over here to read Jeff Terich's feature on Parquet Courts, a plucky New York band whose minimalist post-punk tunes contain existential insights into the bad job market and a stoner's diet.