Wednesday, December 30
PLAN A: Hot Chip (DJ set) @ The Casbah. I've seen Hot Chip perform live, and they know how to get a dance party going. Members of the band will be DJing at this show, instead of playing their own songs, but something tells me a dance party's going to happen one way or another. PLAN B: Tijuana Panthers, The Soaks, Spooky Cigarette @ Soda Bar. Tijuana Panthers, despite their name, are from Long Beach and couldn't sound more Southern California if they tried. Garage rock fidelity, surf rock riffs and punk attitude are what they're all about, and it makes for some campy, scuzzy fun.
Thursday, December 31
PLAN A: The Sess, Drug Wars, Keepers, Vyper Skwad, DJ Slump @ Soda Bar. I'm not one to tell people they absolutely have to go out on New Year's Eve, but this show is extra tempting. Local punks The Sess are playing their first show in seven years after a long breakup, and if history repeats, it'll be a rowdy rock ëní roll party. PLAN B: Los Lobos, Hamish Anderson @ Belly Up Tavern. Los Lobos have been playing eclectic rock music with varying styles of Southwestern influence for longer than Iíve been alive, which is something you can say about only so many bands. The ticket price for this show is a little higher than Plan A, but itíll be a damn good show. BACKUP PLAN: Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders from Mars, Electric Warrior, TV Eye @ The Casbah.
Friday, January 1
PLAN A: Water, Aspirin, A Burrito @ Your House. If you do go out on New Year's Eve (and a lot of you probably will), the next morning is probably going to be rough. Use this opportunity for restoration and health, sleep in, rehydrate and get back to it once the throbbing stops. It's not like much else is happening.
Saturday, January 2
PLAN A: Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Fanny and the Atta Boys @ The Casbah. Big Sandy's take on country and rockabilly is definitely of another time, and for that reason its charm never goes out of style. Don your best Nudie suit and pompadour and start the year with some Western swing. PLAN B: Dead on the Wire, The Paper Hearts, Chamber Sixx, Dethsurf @ Tower Bar. If you'd rather opt for denim than your best Nashville tailoring, get your first fix of punk rock in 2016 with Dead on the Wire, whose three-chord approach is informed by classic, fuzzy favorites such as The Damned and The Undertones.
Sunday, January 3
PLAN A: Whiskey Shivers, Goodnight Texas, Lexington Field @ Soda Bar. This week is going to be pretty heavy on country, rockabilly, folk, bluegrass and Americana. I didn't really plan it that way, but apparently banjo pluckers and upright bassists are winter animals. Come down to hear this Austin trashgrass band and have a knee-slapping good time.
Monday, January 4
PLAN A: The Gloomies, Whiskey Circle @ Soda Bar. The Gloomies haven't been around, long but they've already gotten some press from across the pond in NME. Pretty impressive, though it's not hard to see why: They're a great psychedelic pop band. They're also playing a monthly residency at Soda Bar, and this show (as well as the others this month) is entirely free.
Tuesday, January 5
PLAN A: Frankie Boots and the County Line, G Burns Jug Band, Raf Deza @ Soda Bar. Three nights in a row at Soda Bar? Sure! Why not. Improve your Tuesday with some sweetly folky sounds from Sebastopol's Frankie Boots and the County Line. No actual boots required.