Wednesday, April 23
PLAN A: The Men, Gun Outfit, Oliver Trolley @ The Casbah. Last week, Scott McDonald profiled Brooklyn indie rockers The Men, who have a highly un-Google-able name, but also a sound that makes up for their SEO shortcomings. Think The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers as translated by The Buzzcocks and you end up with something close to their newest album, Tomorrow's Hits. PLAN B: Hauschka @ The Loft at UCSD. German post-rock artist Volker Bertelmann, better known as Hauschka, composes his work on prepared piano. He outfits his piano strings and hammers with all manner of foreign objects, making for a unique, otherworldly listening experience. It's amazing the kinds of sonic effects he creates—though never at the expense of a good melody. BACKUP PLAN: Trust, Mozart's Sister @ Soda Bar.
Thursday, April 24
PLAN A: Underachievers, Denzel Aquarius, Killa Curry, Dillon Cooper @ Porter's Pub. Brooklyn's Underachievers are a young hip-hop group to watch, with both the talent and the good taste to live up to established MCs like Schoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky. Check out their track "The Proclamation," which samples The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." PLAN B: Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Megaton Leviathan, Mega Crane @ Tin Can Ale House. Deep Sea Thunder Beasts' Justin Cota spends a hefty chunk of his time fronting doom-pop duo Gloomsday, so he knows his way around a hook. That accessible sensibility translates to DSTB's raw sludge-metal, which is plenty heavy, for what it's worth.
Friday, April 25
PLAN A: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, White Magic @ The Casbah. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is a loose, constantly changing collective led by Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Efrim Menuck. They do similarly huge, dramatic compositions, which will seem even more colossal inside a venue like The Casbah. PLAN B: Ilya, Identical Homes @ The Hideout. Ilya recently released their third album, In Blood, which (believe it or not) is even darker and moodier than their past work. It translates well live, bringing an added intensity to their atmospheric shoegaze sound. BACKUP PLAN: CunninLynguists, J-Live, Sadistik, Nemo Achida @ Porter's Pub.
Saturday, April 26
PLAN A: Ghost, King Dude @ House of Blues. Ghost—or Ghost B.C. as they're sometimes known because of a conflict with a psych-rock band of the same name—are a group of masked ghouls with a frontman who's basically a Satanic pope. But despite the every-day-is-Halloween appearance, they sound pretty much like Blue Oyster Cult or Judas Priest. Super-catchy rock tunes with an added dose of Satanism: What's not to love? PLAN B: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox, Shining @ Porter's Pub. If you want to get really heavy, check out The Dillinger Escape Plan, a long-running New Jersey mathcore band that'll be joined by a lineup of other great hardcore and metal bands. It's going to get gnarly. BACKUP PLAN: Chinchilla, The Rosalyns, Cryptobebelem @ The Casbah.
Sunday, April 27
PLAN A: The Damage Done, Beside Myself, Caskitt @ Tower Bar. I don't think I need to explain myself when I say that sometimes you just need an intense punk-rock show to make your weekend. Not that you don't have other options, but one of the better ones is Seattle's The Damage Done, who deliver jagged post-hardcore in the vein of At the Drive-In or Touche Amore. Kick ass!
Monday, April 28
PLAN A: David J and The Gentlemen Thieves, Sky Parade, Midnight Pine @ Soda Bar. Goth-rock legend David J just released a strange, noir video (which is sort of NSFW) for his cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic." Just chew on that for a moment, then check him out live at Soda Bar. I mean, dude was in Bauhaus—that's reason enough for me. But if you need more than that, a Britney Spears cover might do the trick. PLAN B: Curren$y @ Porter's Pub. Most of Curren$y's songs are about getting high and playing video games, which you think wouldn't be terribly inspiring. But the New Orleans MC has a gift for laid-back lyrical wordplay, which pairs splendidly with his revolving cast of all-star producers.
Tuesday, April 29
PLAN A: Dana Falconberry, Adam Arcuragi, Soft Limits @ Soda Bar. Plenty of singer-songwriters get by on their handlebar mustaches and foot-stomping rhythms (against their better judgment), but Dana Falconberry plays a more enchanting style of indie folk. It's dreamy and delicate, with melodies that soar.