Wednesday, August 31
PLAN A: Mild High Club, Heavy Hawaii, The Lulls, DJ Sunburntreynolds @ Soda Bar. Mild High Club's name is pretty accurate; it's lightly intoxicating and hallucinatory, but only a little bit. They have a laid-back guitar-pop sound reminiscent of Mac DeMarco and Real Estate, and that's just alright with me.
Thursday, September 1
PLAN A: Wild Wild Wets, Le Chateau, Minor Gems, DJ Monica Mendoza @ Blonde. Sometimes everything lines up just perfectly where a bunch of great local bands are all playing the same stage. This is one of those shows, headlined by noisy psych-rock favorites Wild Wild Wets. PLAN B: Phobia, Colombian Necktie, Thanatology, Orphic Eye @ Brick by Brick. Want something even louder, and possibly reeking of some potent weed? Check out this show, featuring sludgy Los Angeles metal act Colombian Necktie, who will kick your ass. BACKUP PLAN: Huey Lewis and the News, Leroy Bell @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.
Friday, September 2
PLAN A: Flamin' Groovies, The Pandoras, The Loons, DJs Pat and Lety Beers @ The Casbah. The Flamin' Groovies became cult power-pop legends in the 1970s, thanks to some pitch-perfect guitar jams like "Shake Some Action." Don your best mod gear and soak in the jangle. PLAN B: Lemuria, Melted, Deep Sleep, Detached Objects, The Stops, Macho Boys, Dude Jams, Robot (Re)Pair @ Soda Bar. This weekend is the annual Awesome Fest, in which dozens of punk bands get together to make some glorious noise in our backyard. Lemuria is one of the best reasons for going, with their melodic punk sound full of big hooks and stunning male-female vocal harmonies. BACKUP PLAN: Tiltwheel, The Tim Version, Shallow Cuts, Horror Squad, Dead Bars, The Raging Nathans, The Capitalist Kids, The Plurals @ The Hideout.
Saturday, September 3
PLAN A: MSTRKRFT (DJ set) @ Bang Bang. I'm selective about what kind of DJ sets I recommend, since this is mostly a live music column, but I'll make an exception for MSTRKRFT. Their new album features some choice screaming from Converge's Jacob Bannon, so that tells me I can trust their taste. PLAN B: Gloomsday, Duping the Public @ Tower Bar. I've seen Gloomsday more than my fair share in the last three years or so, but there's a good reason for that: They're an incredible live band, and have a lot of fun being one. BACKUP PLAN: The Memories, The Dream Ride, The Soaks, DJ Ryan Hand @ Blonde.
Sunday, September 4
PLAN A: The Creepy Creeps, Schizophonics, Mission Creeps, The Fink Bombs @ The Casbah. So like I was saying a few Plan A's back, sometimes you get a lot of excellent local bands together on one stage, including recent Tiki Oasis all-stars The Creepy Creeps and Schizophonics, who are always good for a fiery performance. PLAN B: The Kills, Autolux @ Observatory North Park. The Kills first won me over more than a decade ago with a sleazy rock tune called "Fuck the People," and since then they've continued to make guitars sound interesting. Ditto Autolux, who find the perfect balance of noisy and catchy. BACKUP PLAN: The Slow Death, Stymie, Bastards of Young, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Rational Anthem, City Mouse, Stalins of Sound @ The Hideout.
Monday, September 5
PLAN A: Floating Points, Olga Bell @ Belly Up Tavern. Read my feature this week on Floating Points, the continually evolving product of UK producer Sam Shepherd. He's gone from house music to a more elaborate, full-band post-rock odyssey. It's stunning stuff.
Tuesday, September 6
PLAN A: Wayne Hancock, Fanny and the Atta Boys, The Hotshot Drifters @ Soda Bar. Tuesday's as good a night as any to put on your Stetson and get to honky-tonkin'. Wayne Hancock has an old-school country and rockabilly sound that's rowdy and rockin', more attuned to the style of Johnny Cash or Carl Perkins than Nashville in 2016, and for that matter, pretty damn fun.