Wednesday, June 29
PLAN A: Katie Von Schleicher, Wimps, Gravvyard @ Soda Bar. Katie Von Schleicher writes songs that have gorgeous melodies and more than a little soul. And then she drenches them in distortion so they're noisy as hell. It's a pretty solid combination. PLAN B: Nebula Drag, The Judge, Velvet Merlin @ The Merrow. Sometimes the thing you need to get you through the week is a big and beefy slab of psychedelic stoner rock, and Nebula Drag has just the fix you crave. BACKUP PLAN: Omega Three, Future Age, Los Shadows @ The Casbah.
Thursday, June 30
PLAN A: Brian Wilson @ Del Mar Fairgrounds. Last week I wrote about my reservations with musicians playing their albums in full at concerts, but as far as I'm concerned, if that album's Pet Sounds I have no problem with it. Wilson is playing the Beach Boys' legendary 1966 album for its 50th anniversary, and it's going to be spectacular. PLAN B: Beginners, The Dabbers, DJs Chrissy Strothers, Katie Serbian @ The Hideout. A couple weeks back, I reviewed the new album by local duo The Dabbers, and it's good stuff. They're a duo that makes a big sound with just drums, bass and vocals, and they rock. BACKUP PLAN: Harsh Toke, Elektric Voodoo, Monarch @ Belly Up Tavern.
Friday, July 1
PLAN A: Griever, Graf Orlock, Days of Struggle, Burning Hammer @ Soda Bar. Griever has been holding it down as one of San Diego's best metal bands for about half a decade now. This is a release show for their new EP, so get ready for something heavy, and maybe bring a few extra dollars for the merch table. PLAN B: Schizophonics Soul Revue, The Magnificent With Mighty Manfred, DJs Claire, Mr Mazee @ The Casbah. If you prefer your rock shows with a bit more choreography, Stax Records influence and sweet grooves, then catch San Diego's hardest working band with a set full of feelgood tunes.
Saturday, July 2
PLAN A: Kevin Morby, Big Thief @ The Casbah. Read Scott McDonald's feature this week on singer/songwriter Kevin Morby, whose new album Singing Saw is easily one of the best of the year. Soak in some lovely indie folk tunes for the three-day weekend. PLAN B: The Loons, Schizophonics, The Gargoyles, DJs Tony the Tyger, Mateo Londres @ Soda Bar. Want a second night of Schizophonics rock action? Then head here for a garage rock extravaganza headlined by MVPs The Loons.
Sunday, July 3
PLAN A: Emily Jane White, Eva and the Vagabonds, Hexa @ Soda Bar. Emily Jane White's music is stark and quiet, and probably not the kind of show where you'd wanna shout "Freebird!" But it is utterly gorgeous, haunting stuff, and you may well be captivated into a hypnotic state while she's performing. PLAN B: Ignite, Skipjack, Eken is Dead, Somatic @ Brick by Brick. Ignite's been around for a pretty long time, playing melodic hardcore that's catchy but still leaves a mark. Throw those fists in the air and shout along.
Monday, July 4
PLAN A: Fireworks, burgers, beer @ Your House. It's the 4th of July—the celebration of our nation's founding—which would be a great time to go see a punk show. But there aren't any (outside of some house shows, maybe). So enjoy the day off, have a barbecue, drink some cold ones, pass out on the couch.
Tuesday, July 5
PLAN A: Destroyer of Light, Beira, Garth Algar @ Soda Bar. Destroyer of Light is a relatively young band but their style of doom metal is old school. They've graduated with honors from the University of Sabbath and they do that tradition proudly.