Wednesday, Feb. 4
PLAN A: Fucked Up, Mika Miko, The Dabbers @ The Casbah. Fucked Up might be the most crucial hardcore band of this generation. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: Hardcore died when Black Flag broke up, right? Just give it a shot. You'll be surprised. PLAN B: DeVotchka, Crooked Fingers @ Belly Up Tavern. If you've seen Little Miss Sunshine, you're familiar with DeVotchka's ultra-depressing chamber pop. If you dig underrated '90s indie rockers Archers of Loaf, you'll be familiar with Crooked Fingers' Eric Bachmann. At least until he starts playing a strange fusion of Springsteen, klezmer and electronic music. BACKUP PLAN: John Mayall, guests @ Anthology.
Thursday, Feb. 5
PLAN A: So Percussion @ The Loft at UCSD. Crafting busy, sublime pieces using only percussive objects, So Percussion takes the modern compositions of Steve Reich and David Lang and makes them accessible to the mid-20s crowd. PLAN B: The Bird and the Bee, Obi Best @ The Casbah. The Bird and the Bee's Inara George recently made an album with baroque pop composer and former Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks. Meanwhile, current Beach Boys fuehrer Mike Love continues to collaborate with John Stamos, best known as Uncle Jessie from Full House. BACKUP PLAN: Eagle & Talon, Dame Satan @ Bar Pink.
Friday, Feb. 6
PLAN A: Loudon Wainwright III @ Acoustic Music San Diego. Wonder where Martha and Rufus Wainwright got their chops? Look to their father, Loudon, whose classicist folk-rock has enriched the lives of listeners for 40 years. PLAN B: El Ten Eleven, Tartufi @ Bar Pink. L.A.'s El Ten Eleven and S.F.'s Tartufi both have the balls to merge wildly different styles, despite each group consisting of only two members. Be careful not to trip over all those delay pedals. PLAN C: The Greyboy Allstars @ Belly Up Tavern. San Diego's acid-funk-jazz heroes are back in action to keep asses shaking, at a club where the beer flows like wine and the women flock like the salmon of San Juan Capistrano. BACKUP PLAN: The Widows, The Glossines @ Ken Club.
Saturday, Feb. 7
PLAN A: The Soft Pack, Christmas Island, Cement Fix @ The Casbah. I don't know much about Cement Fix, but from the looks of their MySpace page, they're a group of intelligent, funny dudes with a band so shitty, it's good. Like Young Marble Giants without rhythm or any clue how to play instruments. PLAN B: Archons, Hostile Comb-Over @ Radio Room. This show is the modern equivalent of Unsane, Helmet, The Melvins and Karp all playing a bill together. If Archons and Hostile Comb-Over scare the shit out of you, well, that's kinda the point. PLAN C: Lady Vain, Sunday Times, Los Sweepers @ Soda Bar. There's nothing wrong with some punky rock 'n' roll. You like Johnny Thunders? How about The Only Ones? Check out Lady Vain's new album at the local act's CD-release party. BACKUP PLAN: Oaks, Fever Sleeves, Raise the Guns @ Ruby Room.
Sunday, Feb. 8
PLAN A: Nappy Roots @ The Loft at UCSD. Best known for their breezy 2002 single “Po' Folks,” Nappy Roots are basically Kentucky's version of Goodie Mob. Break out the moonshine, steal some buds from Pappy's hemp farm, and you should be all set. PLAN B: Jesse Michaels, Kevin Seconds, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Ready the Jet @ Radio Room. Jesse Michaels is the former singer of Operation Ivy, also known as the band that (regrettably) begat Rancid. A little-known fact: “Op Iv” was written on more middle school backpacks than any other band name in history. BACKUP PLAN: Circa Survive, Halos, Endless Hallway @ SOMA.
Monday, Feb. 9
PLAN A: The Freeks, Sassy, Pant Hoots @ The Casbah. The galaxies have finally aligned, bringing The Freeks together to fuck with your head. The loose psychedelic outfit features outsider luminaries like keyboardist Bernie Worrell from Parliament / Funkadelic, and Jack Endino, who produced records from every Pacific Northwest band you liked in the '90s (yep, Nirvana included). BACKUP PLAN: “Dub Mondays” w/ Rashi, Eddie Turbo, Blackheart Warriors Hi-Fi @ The Office.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
PLAN A: Free Moral Agents @ Beauty Bar. Ikey Owens from The Mars Volta flips even further out with his Long Beach-based groove project. And, apparently, he really likes Sublime's 40 Oz. to Freedom. Don't hold it against him. PLAN B: Black Ambulance @ Radio Room. They may have the requisite Cookie Monster vocals, blast-beats and atonal solos typical of most death metal, but I'll be damned if Black Ambulance don't surpass any act in town when it comes to stop-on-a-dime intensity.