Wednesday, June 8
PLAN A: Freak Heat Waves, Laser Background, Bloom @ Soda Bar. I'm not necessarily a fan of freak heat waves as a weather phenomenon, but the wobbly, hallucinogenic synth-pop group is another story altogether. They're more freak than heat, which will make your Wednesday sufficiently weird.
Thursday, June 9
PLAN A: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Del Mar Fairgrounds. I'm not sure I need to go into detail about why Joan Jett is Plan A. I mean, it's Joan fucking Jett. If you love rock 'n' roll, then you'll probably already be here. If you don't love rock 'n' roll, then what's your problem, dude? PLAN B: Mild High Club, Minor Gems @ Whistle Stop. If you're more of the cardigans and horn-rimmed glasses type than, say, leather jackets and fingerless gloves, then be here, instead. Mild High Club play indie rock that sounds a bit like a hazy, lo-fi twee George Harrison.
Friday, June 10
PLAN A: Arbor Labor Union, Bloom, Polish @ The Hideout. Arbor Labor Union used to be known as Pinecones, and this week they release their debut album under their new name via Sub Pop. They tap into the loud, guitar-based sound of that label's historical roster, be it Nirvana, Metz or Mudhoney. Rockin', noisy and hypnotic fun. PLAN B: Islands, Ted Leo, Honus Honus @ The Casbah. Islands are nice enough, but you're going to this show for Ted Leo, because he's a terrific tunesmith and an indie guitar hero. I've seen him five times and he never disappoints. BACKUP PLAN: Taake, Young and in the Way, Wolvhammer, Mythraeum @ Brick by Brick.
Saturday, June 11
PLAN A: PUP, Rozwell Kid, Charly Bliss @ Soda Bar. In case you missed it, go back and read my feature from last week on Toronto punks PUP, who nearly collapsed in 2015 due to a vocal cord injury. They're back, however, and ready to rip. PLAN B: Carly Rae Jepsen, San Diego Gay Menís Chorus @ Del Mar Fairgrounds. So, Carly Rae Jepsen. Couldn't stand "Call Me Maybe," love the hell out of her newest album Emotion. Honestly, it's worth it to be there for "Run Away With Me" alone. Now that's a damn pop song. BACKUP PLAN: Greys, Scuffs, Moonpool @ The Merrow.
Sunday, June 12
PLAN A: Holy Fuck, Doomsquad @ The Casbah. Canadian electro outfit Holy Fuck took a break for a few years after releasing a couple noisy and groove-heavy albums. But with Congrats, they're back with a trunk full of eclectic beats. Be ready to get down. PLAN B: Del the Funky Homosapien, Richie Cunning, Pure Power @ Observatory North Park. I can remember when he was still spelling it "funkee," but in any case Del the Funky Homosapien has more than a couple of decades of rapping under his belt. Be prepared for some deep cuts, ranging from solo tracks to Gorillaz and Deltron 3030. BACKUP PLAN: Fistfights with Wolves, Commissure, Quali @ Soda Bar.
Monday, June 13
PLAN A: Mirah @ Soda Bar. I first got into Mirah when she released her 2004 album C'Mon Miracle. That record offered a much more colorful take on indie folk than I was used to, and the Olympia singer/songwriter has even more great tunes where that came from. PLAN B: Creepoid, The Stargazer Lilies @ The Hideout. Creepoid have an awesomely dirty guitar sound, some excellent psychedelic songwriting and a great name. In that order. Get your weekly dose of shoegazing here.
Tuesday, June 14
PLAN A: Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Atom Age, Murderburgers, Western Settings @ Soda Bar. If you were a fan of The Donnas when they were more Ramones than Motley Crue, then you'll dig the power-pop-punk of Bad Cop/Bad Cop. Good, kitschy, catchy fun.