Wednesday, December 16
PLAN A: Poison Idea, Channel 3, Vyper Skwad, Nerve Control @ Soda Bar. Cruisin' for a bruisin' on a Wednesday night? Then look no further than this show, headlined by hardcore legends Poison Idea. They've been wrecking stages since you were knee high to a grasshopper, and are still ready to throw down.
Thursday, December 17
PLAN A: Ghostface Killah, Dre Trav, The Bermuda @ Observatory North Park. Last week I sought wisdom from Ghostface Killah's surrealist lyrics on the music feature page (go back and read it if you missed it). The Wu-Tang MVP is a master wordsmith and one of the best emcees in the game. PLAN B: Crocodiles, Girl Tears, Keepers @ The Hideout. It's been a little while since former San Diegan post-punk duo Crocodiles graced us with their wonderfully noisy sounds, so it'll probably feel a little like a holiday family reunion when they turn those amps up.
Friday, December 18
PLAN A: El Vez, Creepxotica, Baja Bugs, DJ Claire @ The Casbah. It isn't Christmastime in San Diego until El Vez puts on his annual holiday showcase. This time he'll be joined by masked local exotica/surf dudes Creepxotica, so make sure to get a stiff rum drink from the bar to get good and merry. PLAN B: Wayne Hancock, Ypsitucky, Fanny and the Atta Boys @ Soda Bar. I'm not a snob about country music, but I tend to like it more when it actually, yíknow, sounds like country. Wayne Hancock plays country, honky-tonk and rockabilly like your grandpappy used to listen to, and itís a rowdy, classic good time. BACKUP PLAN: Bone Thugs N Harmony @ Observatory North Park.
Saturday, December 19
PLAN A: Vince Staples @ Observatory North Park. Read my cover story this week on Long Beach emcee Vince Staples, whose Summertime '06 is one of the best hip-hop records of the year. He gives it to you straight, in uncompromising, dark but still accessible jams. PLAN B: Dam-Funk (DJ set), Ikah Love, DJ Brougham @ The Hideout. Dam-Funk came to San Diego earlier in the fall to perform a full-band set of synth-funk, and it was extra groovy. He's coming back with a "DJ set," and when he's behind the decks, they tend to turn into solo performances more than just a dude spinning records. Be prepared to dance.
Sunday, December 20
PLAN A: Littler, Holling @ Soda Bar. All the great indie rock bands are coming from Philadelphia these days: Waxahatchee, Swearin', Hop Along and now Littler. This band's new album is produced by Swearin's Kyle Gilbride, and has a little bit of that band's youthfully upbeat sound. It's jangly, it's catchy, it's fantastic.
Monday, December 21
PLAN A: Creepers, Naytronix, Exrays @ Soda Bar. San Francisco's Creepers feature members of Deafheaven, but they're not a metal band. The group plays a muscular style of shoegaze that's somewhere between Failure and Ride. It's big, anthemic and dense. BACKUP PLAN: The Freightshakers, Doug C. and the Blacklisted, Stephen Rey @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, December 22
PLAN A: The Bad Vibes, Bad and the Ugly, Mint Field @ The Merrow. This week I've already covered hip-hop, country and punk. But how about a great rock 'n' roll show? Local outfit The Bad Vibes do sludgy, swampy rock with a touch of psychedelia, and it sure hits the spot. BACKUP PLAN: Bulletproof Stockings @ The Casbah.