Wednesday, January 27
PLAN A: Mustard Plug, Dan Potthast, Duping the Public @ The Casbah. It's not often I get to say this, so soak it in: Go see some ska! Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!
Thursday, January 28
PLAN A: Julia Holter, Circuit Des Yeux @ The Irenic. Read Scott McDonald's cover story this week on Los Angeles singer/songwriter Julia Holter. She blends accessible pop ballads with an avant garde sensibility, and her latest release, Have You In My Wilderness, is her best yet. Soak in her ethereal, gorgeous arrangements. PLAN B: Wanda Jackson, Action Andy and the Hi-Tones, Recommended Dosage DJs @ The Casbah. Rockabilly legend and certified badass Wanda Jackson has been rocking since the early 1960s and she's still as cool as they come. Putting my request in early for "Funnel of Love." BACKUP PLAN: PWR BTTM, Gone Baby Gone @ The Hideout.
Friday, January 29
PLAN A: The New Kinetics, The Nervous Wreckords, Jesika Von Rabbit @ Soda Bar. The New Kinetics are basically a supergroup at this point, fronted by Birdy Bardot and featuring members of Soft Lions and Shady Francos. And they're also an absolute blast, with a fun, stylish classic garage approach that a lot of new bands could learn a thing or two from. PLAN B: Symbolic, Malison, Kulteir @ The Merrow. Local metal outfit Symbolic has been pummeling for years, and if you want to destroy the week with some melodic metal annihilation, then here's the show to do that with.
Saturday, January 30
PLAN A: Natalie Emmons, Inspired and the Sleep, Bakkuda, PRGRM, Buddha Trixie, Alex Lievanos, Everything Undone, DJ Shane @ Soma. Soma is a pretty big place as far as local venues go, but this lineup of excellent local bands can fill that space with sound without any problem. Natalie Emmons is fresh from a recent trek to Japan, and Bakkuda—whom I profiled late in 2015—put out one of my favorite local releases of last year. PLAN B: The Bad Vibes, Le Ra, The Whiskey Circle @ The Hideout. But wait, there's even more great local music happening on the same night! Swamp rockers The Bad Vibes are sharing the stage with neo-psych janglers Le Ra for a whole lot of excellent melodies and hazy effects. BACKUP PLAN: Hallucinator, Invocation War, Miscreancy @ Tower Bar.
Sunday, January 31
PLAN A: Corners, Wild Wild Wets, San Pedro El Cortez, DJ Holswagg @ The Casbah. Now here's a lineup that's stacked with awesome, guitar-driven goodness from top to bottom. Get here early for the manic garage punk of Tijuana's San Pedro El Cortez, get a little tipsier with the psych freakouts of Wild Wild Wets, and close out the night with moody post-punk from L.A.'s Corners.
Monday, February 1
PLAN A: Childbirth, Lisa Prank, Ditches @ Soda Bar. Pro tip: Don't look up "childbirth" on YouTube. Even better pro tip: Check out Childbirth, the band, whose catchy punk rock anthems blend feminism with humor in a super fun and catchy package. You'll be singing along in no time: "Let's be bad, and split a dessert!"
Tuesday, February 2
PLAN A: Seeker, Left Behind, Great American Ghost, Jasonxvoorhees @ Soda Bar. I'm not a huge fan of metalcore, but Dallas group Seeker has the energy and aggression that helps get you through a frustrating week. So if Tuesday's got you down, or maybe you just want to get loud, make this part of your Tuesday plan.