Wednesday, March 16
PLAN A: Esperanza Spalding @ Music Box. Bassist and singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding has made an interesting transition into Prince-inspired psychedelic funk on new album Emily's D+Evolution, and it's a goddamn thing of beauty. If you need a night of theatrical, head-trip grooves, come and get 'em here. PLAN B: Kenseth Thibideau + Nathan Hubbard Project, Andrew Bernstein, Booker Stardrum, Archie Carey @ Whistle Stop. Sleeping People's Kenseth Thibideau and prolific percussionist Nathan Hubbard are collaborating on a new project together, which they're debuting at this show. If experimental, innovative instrumental music is your thing, then you should definitely check this out. BACKUP PLAN: Intronaut, Scale the Summit, North @ Brick by Brick.
Thursday, March 17
PLAN A: KATA, Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen, Riververb, Monochromacy, Hexa @ The Hideout. I'm not often one to pat myself on the back, but I'm at least partially responsible for this show happening. Last fall, I wrote an article about some of the best dark bands in San Diego, and hey, they're all playing a show together! It's going to be gloomy, weird, noisy fun. PLAN B: Systems Officer, Madly, The Slashes @ The Casbah. Now that Pinback is in a kind of inactive phase, Zach Smith is focusing his efforts on Systems Officer, and the stuff he's been posting on Bandcamp lately sounds great. Might as well go and hear it l've. BACKUP PLAN: Soft Lions, The Bad Vibes, Sheila and the Rainbow Colored Trash Bags @ Soda Bar.
Friday, March 18
PLAN A: Wax Idols, Hunny, Nylon Apartments @ The Hideout. Wax Idols outdo the great majority of indie rock bands these days by honing in on some compelling, dark textures that recall vintage 4AD and post-punk acts. I have a bias toward this sort of thing, but that doesn't mean they're not good. PLAN B: The Schizophonics, The Gargoyles, The Hurricanes @ Til-Two Club. The Schizophonics have earned a reputation as one of the best live local acts for good reason. Go see evidence of their awesome stage presence first hand.
Saturday, March 19
PLAN A: Quilt, Mild High Club, Nicely @ The Hideout. Quilt splits the difference between dream-pop and psychedelic folk, and it's quite a wonderful combination. Hippies and hipsters alike should find something to love. PLAN B: Emphasize, Aki Kharmicel, 10-19 and J-Treel, Skinny Veny, DJ Tramlife @ The Merrow. Get reacquainted with your local hip-hop scene and hear some of the best emcees in town show off their skills at this showcase.
Sunday, March 20
PLAN A: Dwarves, The Queers, Stalins of Sound @ Soda Bar. I love a good punk show, and this triple-threat lineup is one hell of a night of punk. In fact, your bones probably aren't adequately prepared for it. Load up on calcium.
Monday, March 21
PLAN A: Aries, Sulcus, Littlecoaldove @ Soda Bar. Aries is the stage name of Isabel Reviriego, who plays hypnotic, electronic tinged indie pop with lyrics in Spanish. It's utterly gorgeous stuff, and if you haven't explored her music yet, you're likely to become an instant fan. BACKUP PLAN: PINS, September Gurls, Shady Francos @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, March 22
PLAN A: Underpass, Tangerine, Morning Coup @ The Hideout. It's not a coincidence that Underpass share their name with a John Foxx track. Their gloomy post-punk shares a similarly eerie vibe, and one that I'm definitely into. PLAN B: Painted Zeros, Sledding With Tigers, Izzy True, Haybaby @ Soda Bar. Sledding With Tigers make their debut as a plugged-in, genuine punk band at this show, and I for one can't wait to see the transition in action. Turn it up!