Wednesday, July 8
PLAN A: Monarch, Detonated, Raise the Guns, Red Wizard @ Brick by Brick. I don't know how San Diego County produced not one but two bands named Monarch, but this is the thrash metal band from Vista, not the more psychedelic one from Encinitas. Confusing, I know, but come on down and bang your head, and you'll forget all about it.
Thursday, July 9
PLAN A: TV Girl, Novelty Daughter @ Legend Records. Sample-heavy indie pop duo TV Girl ditched San Diego for Los Angeles a while ago, but at least they're making it up to us by coming back every now and then for a live show. And it's an all-ages show, so you can bring your niece or little brother. PLAN B: Landlady, Longclaws, Island Boy @ The Casbah. Landlady's Adam Schatz has a throaty voice not unlike Future Islands' Sam Herring, and a dreamy fuzz-pop sound close to TV on the Radio's. Even on paper that looks like a formula for great music, but trust me, it'll be better when you hear it.
Friday, July 10
PLAN A: Open Mike Eagle, Preacher vs. Choir, Nikki and the Mongoloid, LNC Generik & Anek, Kaus & Emphasize, Sighphur One @ Til-Two Club. If you slept on Open Mike Eagle's 2014 album Dark Comedy, go back and listen to the L.A. rapper's surreal and often hilarious hip-hop jams ("Doug Stamper," featuring Hannibal Burress, is incredible). He'll be joined by a grip of local rappers, so this looks like it'll be the hip-hop happening of the week. PLAN B: Son Lux, Olga Bell @ The Casbah. Last year, Son Lux scored the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, but most of the time Ryan Lott focuses his efforts on making intricate, electronic pop with hypnotic, minimalist-inspired elements. It's wonderful stuff. BACKUP PLAN: Octagrape, Danny and the Darleans, The Kabbs @ Tower Bar.
Saturday, July 11
PLAN A: Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher, Noctuary, Mortuus Terror @ Brick by Brick. Cattle Decapitation have been holding it down for death metal in San Diego for a long time, and this release show for new album The Anthropocene Extinction should be a bruiser. Get there early for Author & Punisher, whose album Melk en Honing is one of my favorites of the year. PLAN B: Dam-Funk (DJ set), Cookie Crew @ The Hideout. L.A. synth-funk maestro Dam-Funk is returning later this year to do a live set at The Casbah, but before that happens, he's making a trip down to San Diego for Comic-Con week to spin some jams at The Hideout. And I'd bet itíll still be adequately funky. BACKUP PLAN: Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, The Buttertones @ The Irenic.
Sunday, July 12
PLAN A: Trans Am, Sleeping People, Life Coach, CBot and the Paperwork @ The Casbah. Trans Am started out as a post-rock band, but since their debut, they've spread out into electronic, new wave and experimental realms on various releases. They've got a deep catalog, so this should be a fun one.
Monday, July 13
PLAN A: Chrome, Homeless Sexuals @ The Casbah. San Francisco's Chrome were one of the weirdest, noisiest bands of the post-punk era. And by that, I mean they were awesome. Their 1979 record Half Machine Lip Moves is a good starting point for those who want to dive into their discordant, proto-industrial punk. PLAN B: Memory Tapes, Computer Magic, School Dance @ Soda Bar. Memory Tapes' catalog isn't necessarily all that consistent, but when they're on, they're on—like on 2009 debut Seek Magic. They make catchy, irresistible synth-pop with big melodies, and thatís a formula for success in my book.
Tuesday, July 14
PLAN A: Cayucas, Hibou @ The Casbah. Cayucas' music is summery by design, and considering how hot and gross it's been, you'll need something this refreshing.