Wednesday, July 9
PLAN A: Von Iva, Astra Heights @ U-31. Von Iva is three chicks from San Francisco playing danceable electro-soul. Not to be confused with Bon Iver's three dudes from Wisconsin playing not-so-danceable neo-folk. PLAN B: Chicago Afrobeat Project @ Winston's. Funk, jazz and, um, Afrobeat mixes with heady activism that includes touring in a veggie-oil van and raising money for AIDS awareness in Africa. PLAN C: Rooney, Locksley, The Bridges @ House of Blues. L.A. power-poppers Rooney are the more durable of the bands (the other being Save Ferris) that cribbed their names from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. At least until The Cameron Fryes hit it big. BACKUP PLAN: Christopher Fairman @ Beauty Bar.
Thursday, July 10
PLAN A: Don't Tell Sophie, SayVinyl @ Beauty Bar. With first names like Brandt, Orlando and Reuben, it probably goes without saying that Tacoma indie rockers Don't Tell Sophie met in art school. PLAN B: Funkdoobiest @ Static Lounge. Any rap group that can pull off a song (“Superhoes”) about Cat Woman pole-dancing, Little Bo Peep engaging in bestiality and He-Man having a ménage with Smurfette and She-Ra is OK in my book. PLAN C: Rusted Root, Pete Francis @ House of Blues. I would like to reach out my hand and shove Rusted Root's “Send Me On My Way” off the Coronado Bridge. But the damn thing is just too catchy. BACKUP PLAN: David Banner @ On Broadway.
Friday, July 11
PLAN A: Tilly & The Wall @ Epicentre. Upbeat indie-poppers (and Conor Oberst associates) prove that not all music coming from Omaha has to be nauseously self-important and/or utterly depressing. PLAN B: Ming & Ping, Kissing Tigers @ Beauty Bar. New wave electro from identical brothers born in Hong Kong and hailing from San Fran. And no, I'm not talking about Kissing Tigers. BACKUP PLANS: Mad Professor @ Worldbeat and Paula Fuga @ ‘Canes.
Saturday, July 12
PLAN A: The Parlor Mob, Hotel St. George, JFK @ The Casbah. Last time Parlor Mob visited town, they were backing Nicole Atkins. What they lose in physical attractiveness (minus Atkins) they make up for with room to let their blues rock breathe. PLAN B: Stay Classy Tailgate @ J Street (between 7th and 9th). A pre-baseball fiesta (featuring Flobots-they of viral ditty 'Handlebars'-and locals like Dirty Sweet, Lady Dottie and The Kneehighs) meant to dull the pain of watching the Padres. PLAN C: DJ Felli Fel, Roscoe Umali @ 4th & B. Felli is far better known as a DJ than as an MC but—with a little help from Kanye, Ne-Yo and Fabolous—he's still getting to enjoy the “Finer Things” on his latest, Go DJ! BACKUP PLANS: Secondhand Serenade @ SOMA, Aleks Syntek @ House of Blues and Howard Jones @ Anthology.
Sunday, July 13
PLAN A: Shearwater, Red Pony Clock, The Donkeys @ The Casbah. Some find Okkervil River tributary Shearwater to be a bit self-possessed. But those people also date Playboy playmates. PLAN B: Hieroglyphics, Blue Scholars, Knobody @ Belly Up. Oakland underground hip-hop kingpins Hiero team up with Seattle duo Blue Scholars on the Freshly Dipped Tour. PLAN C: Summer Slaughter 2008 @ SOMA. Bands like Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm and Vader offer the dark eyeliner crowd an anger-management-therapy alternative to torturing small animals. BACKUP PLAN: Fight or Flight, The AB Theory @ Beauty Bar.
Monday, July 14
PLAN A: Harry & The Potters, Jason Anderson, Math The Band, Uncle Monsterface @ Epicentre. They're calling this tour the “Unlimited Enthusiasm Expo” because “Indie Rock Geek's Masturbatory Musical Fantasy Ride” wasn't pithy enough. PLAN B: The Fascination, The Feelings Mutual, Joanie Mendenhall @ The Casbah. All three of these local acts have strong new material to pimp. Sadly, given that the others are self-titled, Mendenhall's On a String is de facto winner of the “best album name” game. BACKUP PLAN: Drone Hooligan, Mayola @ Beauty Bar.
Tuesday, July 15
PLAN A: The Duke Spirit, Republic of Letters @ Belly Up. An indie-rock band from the U.K. with balls (figurative), American influences (literal: Pixies, Sonic Youth, etc.) that might actually deserve at least some hype? I need to lie down. PLAN B: Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. Wear a disguise if you have to, just know that Journey denial is the 37th leading cause of death among 25- to 45-year-olds (second only to Neil Diamond denial). PLAN C: Earthless, Mythical Beast @ Che Café. San Diego psychedelics (Earthless) team up with Kansas City psychedelics (Mythical Beast) to stare at their hands and possibly play some music. BACKUP PLAN: Mike Clark Band @ Anthology.