This year's All My Friends music festival brings together a long list of trippy, arty, experimental groups from Southern California, Mexico and points beyond into one weekend of weirdo jams. If you're planning on going to the event, June 13 through 15 in Rosarito, I've made a list of six bands to check out while you're there:
Gonjasufi: Former San Diegan and current desert mystic Gonjasufi has a sound that's so compelling and so weird that it'd be nearly impossible to replicate. He's like the Captain Beefheart of the California beat scene, with jams that are off-kilter yet still hit the spot.
Las Robertas: If you want to oversimplify it, you can view Las Robertas as Costa Rica's answer to Dum Dum Girls—warm and fuzzy garage-guitar sounds mixed with lovely vocal harmonies. But they've got a vibe and sensibility all their own. Keep your eyes on this group in the months to come.
Lumerians: This San Francisco psych-rock group splits the difference between dreamy melodies and bizarre, unsettling atmosphere. It's disorienting in all the right ways but, thankfully, not without good riffs to back up their weird trips.
Santos: A key player in the Tijuana ruidosón movement that's been gaining buzz in recent years, Santos mixes a wide range of influences into one unique electronic dance blend. House music, cumbia and psychedelia all swirl in one strangely satisfying array of sounds.
Ghost Magnet Roach Motel: It's hard to put into words the kind of experimental musical art that Ghost Magnet Roach Motel make. Imagine a Sonic Youthlike squall of guitars with the hypnotic rhythms of krautrock and an added multimedia presentation to give it the right touch of performance art.
Batwings vs. Skrapez: Batwings are a noise-punk band, and Skrapez are one of San Diego's most interesting DJ duos, and together they're likely to make a truly bizarre, albeit brilliantly chaotic sound.