Wednesday, Dec. 5
PLAN A: The Locust, Melt Banana, Yip Yip @ Epicentre. Locusts are supposed to devour everything in their path. But it was The Locust—four nice San Diego boys in bug costumes who've been busy touring the globe, wilting crops (and eardrums) with their cacophonous punk—that was ravaged after the band's van was robbed recently in St. Louis. There's no reported suspects, but, Nelly, we're looking at you, dirty. PLAN B: Deborah Harry @ Belly Up. What's up with the Debbies? First it was Gibson, now it's Harry going all “Deborah” on us. No matter. We'll call the rapturous Blondie singer “Steve” if it makes her happy. PLAN C: Damo Suzuki & Che Café. Suzuki is a peculiar cat. Started as a street performer, fronted the German art-rock group Can, became a Jehovah's Witness and retired from music, unretired and now performs largely improvisational shows with guest musicians. Like we said, peculiar.
Thursday, Dec. 6
PLAN A: Ahmad Jamal @ Anthology. This is the first of a three-night stand at Anthology for Jamal, one of the best jazz pianists around. Ever. Period. Miles Davis was a fan, and rappers like Nas and Jay-Z have also sampled his work. Who knew Jigga and Nas could have squashed their beef years ago by listening to Jamal tickle the ivories? We did. That's who. PLAN B: Juliette & The Licks @ The Casbah. It's easy to scoff at actors-turned-musicians (Lindsey Lohan's album made us die a little inside), but whatever Juliette Lewis lacks in rock chops she makes up for with stage presence and a strong supporting cast. Plus, we're pretty sure she'd gouge our eyes out if we heckled her. PLAN C: The Dissimilars, The Sess, Zerox, Cobra Skulls, Le Face @ Zombie Lounge. Locals (Dissimilars, Sess, Zerox) and out-of-towners (Cobra, Le Face) make enough noise to wake the dead. Or at least make them twitch a little.
Friday, Dec. 7
PLAN A: Shonen Knife @ The Casbah. For more on the sunny Japanese pop-punks, see our feature on Page 29. PLAN B: KPRI Homegrown Live @ Brick by Brick. The latest KPRI showcase for homeboys and girls features Dynamite Walls, War Stories, Pete Stewart & the Plastic Saviors, Fight the Fear and Astra Kelly—even though Kelly is technically from Chicago. Shhhhh, don't tell. PLAN C: Enter Shikari @ Soma. Somebody thought it would be a good idea to give four hardcore British kids synthesizers, guitars and a booster shot of adrenaline. Turns out, somebody was right. BACKUP PLAN: Riders on the Storm @ House of Blues. This isn't a Doors cover band, it's The Doors! That is, The Doors without drummer John Densmore and (cough) Jim Morrison. OK, it's still basically a cover band.
Saturday, Dec. 8
PLAN A: The Aquabats @ Soma. In case you didn't get your fill of grown men wearing goofy costumes at The Locust show, the 'bats continue the masquerade parade with more melody and turquoise tights than their bug-eyed counterparts but just as much giddy chaos. PLANS B, C and D: Musicians Better Known For Something Other Than This @ The Casbah, Winston's and Lestat's. David Bazan (at The Casbah) was the lead singer for former indie darlings Pedro the Lion; Banyan (at Winston's) is the art-rock project led by Jane's Addiction (and Porno for Pyros) drummer Stephen Perkins; and Jesse Harris (at Lestat's) is Jesse Harris. Singer. Songwriter. But best known for his collaborations with Bright Eyes and Norah Jones, including a Grammy win for Jones' single, “Don't Know Why.”
Sunday, Dec. 9
PLAN A: Naked Raygun, Swingin' Utters @ The Casbah. The recently reunited Raygun is one of the most influential American punk bands of all time. Swingin' Utters has a funny name. PLAN B: Angels & Airwaves, Bad Religion, Against Me!, Seether @ Cox Arena. For more on 91X's “Nightmare Before Xmas 2007” show, see our feature on Page 28. PLAN C: “Jingle Ball 2007” with Duran Duran, Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Carlton and Matchbox 20 @ San Diego Sports Arena. Damn, sucka. Did we stut-stut-stutter? We said, “See our feature on Page 28.”
Monday, Dec. 10
PLAN A: Thunderheist @ Beauty Bar. A pasty DJ from Montreal (Grahm) meets a sultry MC from Toronto (Isis) on MySpace and what comes out is sweaty electro/hip-hop tracks like “Suenos Dulces,” where Grahm steals thunder from Eurythmics' “Sweet Dreams” as Isis spits flow cribbed from Missy Elliott. PLAN B: Prefuse 73 @ The Casbah. Smooth, experimental hip-hop soundscapes from a DJ/producer (Guillermo Scott Herren) born in Miami and living in Barcelona. No, really. PLAN C: Modest Mouse @ Soma. The modest mice—with guitarist Johnny Marr (The Smiths) in tow—might have scored a higher slot if not for the fact that you'll have to do things you won't be proud of in order to get in. BACKUP PLAN: Jonathan Davis @ House of Blues. If you've always wanted to pelt the Korn frontman with rotten produce in an intimate setting, this is your chance.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
PLAN A: Office, Tiger City @ The Casbah. With all this Chicago glam-pop band's recent successes (ink in Spin and the Los Angeles Times; a stint at South by Southwest; signing a record contract with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha's label), you'd think somebody would have pointed out that “Office” is a terrible name for a band. PLAN B: G Love & Special Sauce @ 4th & B. Blues-inflected hip-hop (or vice versa) from a crowd-pleasing white boy from Philly. You're right, G Love, “Garrett Duncan III & Special Sauce” doesn't have the same ring to it. PLAN C: Goon Moon @ House of Blues. Jeordie White is most famous for playing bass for Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails. In fact, he's more famous for being Twiggy Ramirez (his Marilyn Manson moniker). But he's not playing second fiddle (or bass) to anyone with this project.