Sept. 11 2013 04:11 PM

Which speakers and bands to watch at this year's festival


This coming weekend, dozens of local and touring bands will fill up 14 different venues during the annual San Diego Music Thing. It operates a bit like SXSW—industry-related panels and talks during the day and live shows in the evening. To help you plan your weekend, here are 10 CityBeat-endorsed picks for the two-day event. (Please note: Schedule conflicts will happen, so plan accordingly.)

Friday, Sept. 13 

Kim Gordon: Read this week's cover story on the indie-rock icon get some background before she gives a speech at this year's conference. Given her 30 years in Sonic Youth, nowave experimentations and visual-arts career, she'll definitely have a lot to say. (Sheraton Hotel Mission Valley, 5 p.m.)

Parker and the Numberman: The Music Thing this year is a little light on hip-hop, so it's best to catch this early performance by Parker and the Numberman, a dynamic, charismatic group who are in their element when dropping sci ence onstage. (The Office, 7:30 p.m.)

The Frights: These young up-and-comers have already built up some impressive buzz on the strength of two great EPs and have a fun, surf-inspired sound that should get some good energy going on Friday night. (Queen Bee's, 8:30 p.m.)

Titus Andronicus: Rowdy New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus put on a great show. They've made a ruckus at The Irenic before, and they'll definitely bring the house down again. (The Irenic, 9:45 p.m.)

Medicine: Los Angeles shoegazers Medicine don't have the same name recognition as their U.K. peers, but their sound is just as potent. They've got a new album, To the Happy Few, but expect to hear a few '90s classics, as well. (The Void, 12:15 a.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 14

Wild Wild Wets: An audio-visual experience with a trippy feel, Wild Wild Wets put a hard-rocking, modern spin on psychedelia. (The Casbah, 9:50 p.m.)

Soft Metals: There's a lot of noise happening on Saturday, so allow yourself a sexy, chill break with these Portlanders. (The Void, 10 p.m.)

Weekend: New York City's Weekend are a noisy shoegaze band who are not quite as loud as My Bloody Valentine, but definitely on their way. If you dig intense guitar sounds, don't miss this one. (The Void, 11 p.m.)

Tropical Popsicle: One of the best bands in San Diego right now, Tropical Popsicle find a great middle ground between jangly noise rock and gloomy postpunk. (Bar Pink, 11:45 p.m.)

Body / Head: After hearing Kim Gordon speak on Friday, check out her new band, which also features guitarist Bill Nace. The duo blends spoken word with improvisational guitar sounds for a strange, ambient experience. (The Casbah, 12:15 a.m.) 

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