Wednesday, August 17
PLAN A: Guided by Voices, Broncho @ Belly Up Tavern. Guided by Voices aren't as famous as The Who or The Cars, but they've got just as many classic songs. Robert Pollard & Co. have a deep catalog of two-minute rock songs and coolers full of Miller Lite to shotgun during their epic sets. If you like to rock, you should definitely be here. PLAN B: Chastity Belt, So Pitted, Teach Me @ The Casbah. Chastity Belt have brought their snarky, upbeat punk-pop to our town before, and this time they're bringing along noise-rock trio So Pitted, who'll remind you of the best of Touch and Go Records circa 1991. BACKUP PLAN: James Supercave, Bad Kids, Pueblo @ The Hideout.
Thursday, August 18
PLAN A: Globelamp, Tashaki Miyaki, Holling @ Che Cafe. Globelamp makes dreamy, lo-fi pop that's big on lush arrangement but usually doesn't feature drums. So get comfortable and soak in the eccentric, twinkly ballads. PLAN B: Part Time, Fatal Jamz, Minor Gems, DJ Justin Pearson @ Blonde. Blonde, formerly Bar Dynamite, is open for business as of this week, and one of its first shows features synth-heavy psych weirdos Part Time.
Friday, August 19
PLAN A: Parquet Courts, Girl Band @ The Irenic. Parquet Courts' Human Performance is one of my favorite albums of the year, without question. It's a solid mix of post-punk abrasion, catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. They'll be playing those songs and likely many others at this must-see show. PLAN B: Audacity, VHS, Teach Me, Cheeks @ Che Cafe. Here's another impressively stacked lineup of punk bands, including tuneful bruisers Audacity, noise-rock antiheroes VHS and Teach Me, the new band featuring members of Mrs. Magician and The Sess. PLAN C: Chica Diabla, Touchies, Mittens, Chamber Sixx @ The Casbah. The elusive Plan C! Earlier this year I reviewed Chica Diabla's new album and it was super fun. They haven't played in a long while, so I recommend checking out this long-delayed record release show. BACKUP PLAN: Castle, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Caustic Casanova, Bosswitch @ The Merrow.
Saturday, August 20
PLAN A: Body of Light, Jock Club, The Victoriana, DJ Jon Blaj @ The Hideout. Who wants to get goth? Me, usually. Arizona synth-pop group Body of Light brings the darkness nicely. PLAN B: David Bazan, Michael Nau @ The Casbah. For something more earnest, seek out this show from former Pedro the Lion singer/songwriter David Bazan. He's been doing the indie folk thing longer than most (and better than most). BACKUP PLAN: Ruines ov Abaddon, Ashen Earth, Mythraeum, Mortar @ The Merrow.
Sunday, August 21
PLAN A: Hong Kong Fuzz, Strange Planet, DJs Psychopop, Misterian @ Blonde. Another great lineup from the newly opened Blonde, this showcase—part of "Psychotic Reaction"—features trippy instrumentalists Hong Kong Fuzz. Far out.
Monday, August 22
PLAN A: Nina Diaz, The Prettiest Eyes @ Soda Bar. Nina Diaz is the frontwoman of alt-rock group Girl in a Coma, and she has one hell of a powerful voice. She also has a pretty awesome repertoire of covers, including Queen's "Under Pressure" (look it up on YouTube). PLAN B: Guns 'n' Roses @ Qualcomm Stadium. I'm not saying this is a must-see show, but what the hell? If nothing else, the reunited Guns 'n' Roses will play some old hits and likely give you some stories to tell.
Tuesday, August 23
PLAN A: Midnight Clergy, Beatie Wolf, Garden Echo @ The Casbah. Want some good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll? Check out Midnight Clergy, fronted by Greg Griffin, formerly of UK outfit Proud Mary. Sometimes your Tuesday night just needs some guitar riffs and soulful vocals.