Wednesday, March 9
PLAN A: Tennis System, Quali, Silent @ The Hideout. Los Angeles group Tennis System play excellent, shoegazing rock that's a little dreamy, a little lo-fi, and a whole lot of fun. Bring earplugs. PLAN B: So Much Light, Oshwa, Cloudside @ Soda Bar. So Much Light's new EP is titled Idiot Soul, but there's nothing idiotic about the music this indie R&B artist makes. There's ambience, emotion, soul and some great falsetto vocals. Nope, no idiots here. BACKUP PLAN: Cruz Radical, Crime Desire, Steel Chains @ Til-Two Club.
Thursday, March 10
PLAN A: The Fever, PRGRM, Bada Bing @ The Merrow. Berlin/L.A. group The Fever play sleazy, electronic fuzz-glam, and perform with electrical tape on their nipples. If you dig early Yeah Yeah Yeahs or The Kills, then their trashy hooks should do nicely.
Friday, March 11
PLAN A: Eleanor Friedberger, The Nephews, Icewater @ The Hideout. Eleanor Friedberger rose to prominence as half of eclectic duo The Fiery Furnaces, but if you ask me her solo material has surpassed that band's. Her songwriting is better than ever, and this show is sure to be a great one. PLAN B: Brian Ellis Group, JOY, Pharlee, R.I.P. @ Til-Two Club. Brian Ellis is one eclectic dude, and on this particular night he'll be in mind-bending jazz fusion mode, while JOY turns up the fuzz and the riffs. It'll be a psychedelic treat. BACKUP PLAN: Bongzilla, Black Cobra, Lo-Pan, Against the Grain @ Brick by Brick.
Saturday, March 12
PLAN A: Wolf Eyes, Timmy's Organism, Video, DJ Craig Oliver @ The Hideout. Wolf Eyes have come a long way since their earliest noise experiment days, though they're still as bizarre as ever. Their most recent album, I Am a Problem—Mind in Pieces, was released on Jack White's Third Man Records, and while it's certainly accessible, they haven't abandoned their weirdo sensibility.
Sunday, March 13
PLAN A: This Will Destroy You, Vinyl Williams @ The Irenic. The name This Will Destroy You implies a certain level of aggression, but TWDY's brand of destruction is more the emotional sort. The instrumental post-rock group plays epic compositions that rise to grand crescendos. Bring a hanky. PLAN B: Young Thug @ Observatory North Park. I didn't know what to make of Young Thug at first, but I've become a fan of his album The Barter 6, which is top-notch trap from the dude with a unique lyrical sound. BACKUP PLAN: Dengue Fever, Dani Bell and the Tarantist, Thee Commons @ The Casbah.
Monday, March 14
PLAN A: Fred and Toody (of Dead Moon), Heartaches, Creepseed @ The Casbah. Dead Moon is a great cult lo-fi garage rock band from the '80s, and members Fred and Toody are touring as a duo. Make it there early to hear Joshua Kmak of The Shady Francos in his new outfit, Creepseed. PLAN B: Andrea Gibson, SOAK @ The Irenic. Andrea Gibson isn't a musician, she's a poet, though her poetry often comes accompanied by atmospheric music. It'll be powerful all the same. She'll be accompanied by SOAK, a young singer/songwriter with a penchant for gentle, breezy folk ditties.
Tuesday, March 15
PLAN A: Magma, Helen Money @ Brick by Brick. In case you missed it, read my feature from last week on French jazz-prog pioneers Magma. They're one of the most unconventional, inscrutable bands of the last 50 years, and they're going to treat you to a strange, incredible performance you're unlikely to forget. PLAN B: Ape Machine, Loom, Lord Howler, Beastmaker @ The Merrow. You don't necessarily have to be from the desert to play desert rock. Case in point: Ape Machine, who hail from Portland but play a blazing stoner rock style in the vein of Kyuss. Rockin'.