Wednesday, May 20
PLAN A: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Nots, Ultragash @ Soda Bar. New Orleans' most peculiar garage duo, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, incorporate puppet shows and all-around weirdness into their show. Whether or not you're even into the music, this will be one of the most entertaining things you'll see all week. PLAN B: Flaggs, Barbarian, The Two Tens, Gloomsday @ The Casbah. Flaggs are releasing a new EP this month, and they happen to be one of the city's better live bands. They're playing with three more great acts, too, so get there early. BACKUP PLAN: The Wooden Sky, The Peripherals @ Seven Grand.
Thursday, May 21
PLAN A: The Rezillos, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Shady Francos @ The Casbah. Edinburgh's Rezillos are new-wave legends. Their album Can't Stand the Rezillos is an irresistibly fun punk and power-pop record that belongs in everyone's collection. Hoist your pints for "Flying Saucer Attack". BACKUP PLAN: Gothic Tropic, Life Size Maps @ The Merrow.
Friday, May 22
PLAN A: X @ The Observatory North Park. X plays in San Diego at least once a year, but this show is special. The punk legends will be playing their debut album, Los Angeles, and follow-up, Wild Gift, in entirety. That's a bucket-list show right there. PLAN B: The Frights, Sledding With Tigers @ The Balboa. I'm not sure if The Frights are of legal drinking age yet (my gut tells me just barely), but that doesn't mean you can't have a few cocktails while listening to their surfy punk and, for that matter, Sledding With Tigers' excellent folk-punk. Fingers crossed that SLT will play a song about Space Jam. BACKUP PLAN: Buddy Banter, Ditches, Witness 9 @ Soda Bar.
Saturday, May 23
PLAN A: Sleeping People, Kata, Roland @ The Hideout. Sleeping People don't play that often, partly because they don't all live in the same country. When they end up in the same room, the results can be stunning. The group's intricate post-rock sound is always worth hearing. PLAN B: X @ The Observatory North Park. That's right, time they're playing all of Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World, from front to back. If the first night wasn't enough, the second night will be a deeper dive into the catalog. BACKUP PLAN: Sixties Guns, Emerald Rats @ The Balboa.
Sunday, May 24
PLAN A: Negative Approach, Bishops Green, Rat City Riot, Rail Them to Death @ Soda Bar. It's a hell of a week for legends in San Diego. Detroit's Negative Approach have been around as long as hardcore itself, and they're one of the genre's most angry and intense bands. Bring extra padding if you intend to get in the pit. PLAN B: G.B.H., Authentic Sellout, Revolut-chix, Records with Roger @ The Casbah. Hey, look at that—another legendary hardcore band! G.B.H. started around the same time as Negative Approach, but over in the UK, where they were one of the first bands to combine punk rock with a metal edge. It might be tough to cram two hardcore icons into one night, but it's hard to go wrong either way.
Monday, May 25
PLAN A: Lo-Fang @ Soda Bar. Lo-Fang performs dreamy, soulful pop that's somewhere between Beach House and How to Dress Well, which always sounds much better during the nighttime. Bring your sweetheart and swoon to these ethereal grooves. BACKUP PLAN: LA Witch, G. Green, Pree, Has A Shadow @ The Hideout.
Tuesday, May 26
PLAN A: Gary Wilson, Vats, Sakasal!, Sleeping Ghost @ The Hideout. Gary Wilson is a living legend, and a homegrown weirdo that San Diegans should be proud to call their own. He recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with rapper Earl Sweatshirt, so after 30-plus years, Wilson's still got it. PLAN B: Main Attrakionz, Parker and the Numberman, These Hands Create, Day-Go Produce @ Soda Bar. Main Attrakionz initially garnered attention a few years back for making "cloud rap," which is like the hip-hop equivalent of "chillwave." But their trippy, electronics-laden jams are much cooler than that sounds. Vibe out.