Wednesday, April 13
PLAN A: Jay Electronica @ Music Box. Jay Electronica's "Exhibit C" is, without question, one of the best rap tracks of the last decade. Now, since then he's been less than prolific, and to date he hasn't released a proper album but that doesn't mean he won't serve up some top notch hip-hop tracks while he's in town. PLAN B: Spencer Moody, Iska Dhaaf @ The Casbah. If you missed Murder City Devils frontman Spencer Moody when he played here last week, you're in luck. He's doing a second show, so don't forget to show up. BACKUP PLAN: Red Wizard, Mountain Tamer, Nebula Drag, The Bad Light @ The Merrow.
Thursday, April 14
PLAN A: Cruz Radical, Santa Ana Knights, Slums of the Future @ The Casbah. Cruz Radical caught my attention in one of our Great Demo Review features a couple years back. They're a rowdy, rocking punk band who'll ensure a night of fun and frenzy. PLAN B: : Bone Thugs N Harmony @ Observatory North Park.You didn't live through the '90s if you don't have fond memories of hearing Bone Thugs N Harmony. The Cleveland hip-hop group had their share of hits ("Tha Crossroads," "1st of tha Month") and you're in for a night of classic jams.
Friday, April 15
PLAN A: Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Yowler, Anna McClellan @ Che Cafe. Frankie Cosmos is young but surprisingly prolific, with a Bandcamp page that contains an astonishing 51 releases(!). Her twee-adjacent indie pop is concise and easy to like, so it's really a blessing that there's so much to dig through. PLAN B: Wild Wild Wets, Soft Lions, Some Kind of Lizard, Fake Tides @ The Casbah. It never quite feels right to make a Wild Wild Wets show a Plan B, but sometimes you have to give a boost to the touring bands. In any case, expect loud, awesome psychedelic rock, as always.
Saturday, April 16
PLAN A: L.A. Witch, Dirty Ghosts, Prism Tats @ The Hideout. L.A. Witch are definitely from Los Angeles, but their style of witchcraft mostly comes in the form of darkly atmospheric garage rock with post-punk undertones. Vibe out. PLAN B: El Vez Punk Rock Revue, Schizophonics, The Little Richards @ The Casbah. It's always a party when El Vez is onstage, and this show, which features a revolving cast of the same pool of musicians, will be nothing but top-notch showmanship from beginning to end.
Sunday, April 17
PLAN A: Acid Mothers Temple, Mounds, JOY @ Soda Bar. Japan's Acid Mothers Temple aren't strangers to playing in San Diego, and their return always signals a much-needed convergence of weirdness in our sometimes sleepy burg. Far out. PLAN B: Foals, Kiev @ Observatory North Park. Since it's Coachella season, quite a few bands playing the annual desert festival are making appearances in town. Several of those shows are sold out already, but there's still time to grab tickets to see UK alt-rock outfit Foals. BACKUP PLAN: Laura Stevenson, Crying, Chris Farren @ The Casbah.
Monday, April 18
PLAN B: Ex Hex, Sheer Mag, Ditches @ The Casbah. Another Coachella band that's coming to town is Ex Hex, fronted by Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag. They're a rowdy punk band with decades of experience between them, and they'll kick your ass. BACKUP PLAN: Foxtails Brigade, Shades McCool, Noble War @ Soda Bar.
Tuesday, April 19
PLAN A: The Damned, The Creepy Creeps @ Belly Up Tavern. And here we have yet another Coachella band. I would think I don't have to introduce you to the music of The Damned, but basically their single "New Rose" in 1976 was more or less the starting pistol shot for UK punk. Legends.