Wednesday, February 24
PLAN A: Metric, Joywave @ House of Blues. Canadian synth-pop outfit Metric have been making their sweet, danceable sounds for nearly two decades, and I can't help but find their radio-friendly sound fun and charming. Worth going for "Gimme Sympathy" alone. PLAN B: 'Dorkbot' w/ Michael Trigilo, Interspecifics @ Whistle Stop. The monthly Dorkbot event at the Whistle Stop brings conceptual, highbrow music and performance art to a small bar setting, and this one involves using sound to understand bioelectrical activity in organisms. Sounds like a party!
Thursday, February 25
PLAN A: Escort, Bob Dazzla, Shige @ The Casbah. If you missed it, make sure to go back and check out my cover story from last week on Brooklyn disco-funk band Escort. They'll get you dancing until you're sweaty and overheated. And then you'll keep dancing a little longer. PLAN B: Violent Human System, Teenage Burritos, Nervous Defects @ Tower Bar. First of all, the name Violent Human System (VHS for short) is fantastic. Second, their noisy, disorienting post-punk assault is even better. They're dark, melodic and kick six kinds of ass. BACKUP PLAN: Liquid Stranger, Space Jesus, Au5 @ Soda Bar.
Friday, February 26
PLAN A: Mono/Poly, DJ Pound, Mystery Cave, Angels Dust, Ghost Traps @ The Hideout. Los Angeles producer Mono/Poly, part of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder family, makes spacious and distorted glitch hip-hop thatís a hell of a trip. It's also super funky, so let's get those hips moving. PLAN B: Kneebody and Daedelus @ The Loft at UCSD. Another Brainfeeder show in the same night? Indeed! Kneebody and Daedelus' collaborative work is still based in beats, but leans more heavily toward jazz fusion. It's highbrow hip-hop psychedelia of the highest order. BACKUP PLAN: The Natives, Electric Healing Sound, Kid Galahad and the Eternals @ Til-Two Club
Saturday, February 27
PLAN A: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers @ The Irenic. Read Ben Salmon's feature this week on singer/songwriter Julien Baker, who makes astonishingly powerful music for being only 20 years old. She'll make you feel some feelings. PLAN B: Joyce Manor, Andrew Jackson Jihad @ Observatory North Park. Joyce Manor is one of the best bands to combine pop and punk into one perfectly upbeat and tuneful whole. Most of their songs are less than two minutes long, so expect to hear several albums' worth of emotions and angst. BACKUP PLAN: The Westerlies @ Bread and Salt.
Sunday, February 28
PLAN A: Cave Singers, Current Swell @ The Casbah. Seattle's Cave Singers feature ex-members of punk bands such as Murder City Devils and Pretty Girls Make Graves, but there's nothing particularly loud about them. They're more of a laid back folk-rock kind of group, perfect for a Sunday night.
Monday, February 29
PLAN A: Rookie Card @ Whistle Stop. Rookie Card doesn't play as often as they used to, but Adam Gimbel & Co. always reassemble for a special Leap Day show. Mark this once-every-four-years occasion with some fun, good-humored indie rock. BACKUP PLAN: Coeur de Pirate, Haunted Summer @ Belly Up Tavern.
Tuesday, March 1
PLAN A: Andra Day @ Observatory North Park. Local soul diva Andra Day has become something of an R&B sensation, earning herself a Grammy nomination this year. And it's easy to see why she's made such an impact. She has a great voice and a timeless style.