Wednesday, April 20
PLAN A: Bombino, Last Good Tooth @ Belly Up Tavern. If you missed it, make sure to go back and read Ben Salmon's interview with Nigerien guitarist Bombino. The Saharan blues musician makes music that's universal, no matter the geographical or language barrier. PLAN B: The Big Pink, Sundrop Electric @ Soda Bar. The Big Pink made a splash in 2009 with the release of their debut, A Brief History of Love, featuring the hits "Dominos" and "Velvet." They put on a pretty fun live show, so be prepared to dance. BACKUP PLAN: Blackbird Blackbird, Chad Valley, Manatee Committee @ The Hideout.
Thursday, April 21
PLAN A: Deafheaven, Youth Code @ The Casbah. I've seen Deafheaven play the last three times they've made their way to San Diego, and each time has been incredible. The shoegazing black metal band does intensity with more than a little emotion, and it's an experience well worth revisiting. PLAN B: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vinyl Williams @ Belly Up Tavern. Unknown Mortal Orchestra somehow manages to always make records that sound like lo-fi basement oddities, complete with fuzzy guitars and quirky synths. Their last album Multi-Love is a fun one, particularly the disco-influenced "Can't Keep Checking My Phone."
Friday, April 22
PLAN A: Deerhunter @ Observatory North Park. Deerhunter have a pretty solid discography as far as contemporary indie rock goes. Their newest, Fading Frontier, is a bit more laid back, yet still big on melody. And if they play "Desire Lines," then you already have your reason to show up. PLAN B: Mac Sabbath, Kids in Heat, Shady Francos @ Music Box. I saw Mac Sabbath about a year ago at The Hideout and it was absolutely ridiculous. In a fun way, of course. Word has it that there will be discounted burgers at this show, too, in case you're getting a case of the munchies. BACKUP PLAN: The Bad Vibes, Gloomsday, Pleasure Burn, Subtropics @ Soda Bar.
Saturday, April 23
PLAN A: Dilated Peoples, BoonLeague @ Observatory North Park. I'll admit I haven't heard Dilated Peoples in a minute, but I have fond memories of hearing them in the early '00s. They've maintained an organic throwback sound that nods to the Native Tongues, and they're sure to bring the jams. PLAN B: Lower Class Brats, Channel 3, The Widows @ Til-Two Club. Lower Class Brats have been playing loud, snotty punk rock for more than 20 years, and if you can't get enough old school chicanery, come down and get in the pit.
Sunday, April 24
PLAN A: Holy Holy, Jessica Morgan @ Music Box. Earlier this year, we lost one of the greatest artists of our time: David Bowie. But his music lives on in the band Holy Holy, comprising some of Bowie's collaborators, including longtime producer Tony Visconti. They play Bowie's music from the early '70s, and it should be a splendid, cathartic experience.
Monday, April 25
PLAN A: Magic Wands, Drinking Flowers, Future Age @ Soda Bar. Los Angeles' Magic Wands play a dreamy, post-punk influenced style of pop that's a little bit dark and a lot of fun. They also do a pretty excellent cover of Madonna's "Burning Up," so fingers crossed they'll break that one out.
Tuesday, April 26
PLAN A: Black Mountain, Marissa Nadler @ The Casbah.Read my feature this week on Black Mountain, who have returned after six years with a proggy stoner-rock epic in new album IV. They continue to get more interesting with age, with riffs still intact. BACKUP PLAN: Nebula Drag, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Kosmic Halo @ Soda Bar.