Wednesday, March 30
PLAN A: Quantic, Xenia Rubinos, DJ Jon Wesley @ Music Box. British beatmaker Will Holland, aka Quantic, has been combining downtempo rhythms and jazz influences for a decade and a half. Make your way to this show to get your weekly dose of vibes. BACKUP PLAN: Grim Slippers, New American, Sundrop Electric, Lucky Keith @ Soda Bar.
Thursday, March 31
PLAN A: Head Wound City, Keepers, Prissy Whip, Teach Me! @ The Casbah. Punk supergroup Head Wound City, featuring members of The Locust, Blood Brothers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, reunited last year after more than a decade of inactivity. This year they're finally releasing a proper album, and to support it they're wrecking stages all over, including right here in San Diego. PLAN B: Cool Ghouls, The Bad Vibes @ Whistle Stop. Cool Ghouls offer a fun variation to the oversaturation of garage rock these days, blending a breezy guitar jangle with a splendid touch of horns. BACKUP PLAN: Weatherbox, Prawn, Enemies @ Soda Bar.
Friday, April 1
PLAN A: Alex G, Porches, Your Friend @ Che Cafe. I first caught Alex G last year opening for Speedy Ortiz, and he was awesome. Emotionally charged indie rock tunefulness at its best. PLAN B: Deep Sea Thunder Beast, KATA, Garth Algar @ The Merrow. Darken your weekend with a triple dose of local heaviness. Deep Sea Thunder Beast is one of the best metal bands in town, while KATA blends a roaring power with post-rock grace. BACKUP PLAN: Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Music Box.
Saturday, April 2
PLAN A: Mothers, Sego, Saba @ Soda Bar. I'm not embarrassed to say I got a little choked up listening to Mothers' "It Hurts Until It Doesn't," which singer Kristine Leschper wrote about her own lost cat. It doesn't hurt that it's a pretty song, of course, and maybe you should bring a hanky is all I'm saying. PLAN B: Absu, MICTLANTECUHTLI, Volahn, Noxious Anathema @ Brick by Brick. Or, you know, instead you could rage at this show headlined by O.G. North American black metal troupe Absu. They've been delivering blast beat rage since before you knew what corpse paint was. BACKUP PLAN: White Denim, Sam Cohen @ Belly Up Tavern.
Sunday, April 3
PLAN A: Into It. Over It., The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Sidekicks, Pinegrove @ The Irenic. Read my feature this week on Pinegrove, whose new album Cardinal is a warm, feelgood indie rock delight. They're opening for two excellent bands with pretentious names and unnecessary punctuation. But they're still great.
Monday, April 4
PLAN A: Tinashe @ House of Blues. I fell hard for Tinashe's debut album Aquarius in 2014. It's a heady, dreamy and frequently infectious blend of R&B and electronic sounds that indicates a strong direction for the future of music. Bet on it. PLAN B: Part Time, Velvet Club, The Slashes, Astral Touch @ The Office. Los Angeles outfit Part Time have a sound that pulls heavily from classic, early '80s new wave, with a little bit of contemporary weirdness for good measure. Either way, you'll be dancing.
Tuesday, April 5
PLAN A: Cryptic Languages, Beira, Blow Me Down @ The Merrow. Cryptic Languages play heavy, and they play loud (and so does Beira for that matter). Their songs are long, epic slices of stoned, psychedelic metal and it'll leave one hell of an impact on your Tuesday night. BACKUP PLAN: Splavender, Arms Away, Two Moons Merging @ The Casbah.