Wednesday, Jan. 28
PLAN A: Goblin Cock @ The Casbah. San Diego's premier tongue-in-cheek metal band brings the terror. Here's a metal joke for you: Why did Ozzy cross the road? To get the hell away from his wife and kids. PLAN B: Metronomy @ Bar Pink. These fey Brits can't be picked out of a lineup in the States, even though they're headlining the NME Awards back home. Maybe Americans just aren't ready for the band's facsimile of Hall and Oates and Human League by way of Hot Chip. BACKUP PLAN: Black Hondo, John Meeks, Marquez! @ Ruby Room.
Thursday, Jan. 29
PLAN A: Brian Wilson @ House of Blues. In the 1960s, the former Beach Boys composer installed a sandbox in his living room so he could “feel the beach” while playing piano. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if they'd booked him at 'Canes? PLAN B: The Black Heart Procession, Buckfast Superbee, a.m. vibe @ The Casbah. Where would San Diego music be without The Black Heart Procession? Well, it would be sunnier. But we have enough sun around here, and, frankly, it's refreshing to have darkness lurking just around the corner.
Friday, Jan. 30
PLAN A: Adolescents @ The Casbah. “Amoeba” is one of the greatest American punk songs ever written, but, unfortunately, it spawned a number of sound-alikes that sullied the style. If Pennywise had never existed, the world would be a better place. PLAN B: Exile @ Riley's. L.A. has a lot of hip-hop producers. Tons. So, calling Exile the most underrated beat-maker in Los Angeles pretty much means he can hold his own with the best in the world. PLAN C: Modern Rifles @ Ken Club. This CD-release party for the angular local act has our own Seth Combs in a frenzy. Chances are, if you dig Fugazi, Unwound, Don Caballero, Jawbox or anything ever released on Dischord Records, you'll be all over it, too. BACKUP PLAN: Nickel Eye, Low vs. Diamond @ The Loft.
Saturday, Jan. 31
PLAN A: The Soft Pack, The Stitches, ADHD, Slab City @ Ken Club. This benefit show for the family of recently deceased local rocker J.J. Orsborn features four SoCal punk bands filled with enough piss and vinegar to stink up the joint for days. PLAN B: Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Dave and Deke Combo, The Rumblers @ The Casbah. Big Sandy has probably played The Casbah more times than any band not from San Diego. Why? Because he recreates mid-century rockabilly better than any other act on the West Coast. PLAN C: Glasses Malone @ Brick by Brick. Currently signed to Cash Money, Malone has recent collaborations with Lil Wayne and Akon under his belt, and his long-gestating debut, Beach Cruiser, has the potential to cause 50 Cent-like hysteria in hip-hop circles. That is, if it ever comes out. BACKUP PLAN: The New Fidelity, The Show is the Rainbow @ Bar Pink.
Sunday, Feb. 1
PLAN A: Darker My Love, The Modlins @ Beauty Bar. You may have missed them at The Casbah in December, but Darker My Love are back to play this three-year anniversary party for Beauty Bar. That makes the current score Good Rock 'n' Roll 1, Trendy Electro-Hop-Gaze-Core 500. PLAN B: Anal Sex Beatles, Knives!, Vaginals @ Ruby Room. Do you really need any justification to see a band called Anal Sex Beatles on the Sabbath? Nope.
Monday, Feb. 2
PLAN A: Meshuggah, Cynic, The Faceless @ House of Blues. How mind-blowing is Meshuggah's battering, contorted riffage? Good enough to consider adding an entire catalog of progressive metal to your hard drive and then convince yourself it's cool. PLAN B: Fruit Bats, Sera Cahoone @ The Casbah. Sub Pop has really gone soft in recent years. Both these groups of Pacific Northwest folkies sound comforting, but shouldn't they be shooting for more than “pleasant”? PLAN C: Mötley Crüe, Hinder, Theory of a Deadman @ Cox Arena. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bon Scott, John Bonham and Keith Moon are all dead from substance abuse. So how is it that the four original members of Mötley Crüe are still touring together? Please, God, make it stop.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
PLAN A: Eagles of Death Metal, Living Things @ Belly Up Tavern. The biggest surprise of last year's Street Scene, Eagles of Death Metal have transformed from silly side project into full-fledged rock 'n' roll entertainers. Doubters be damned—this band is the real deal. Nobody is clever enough to get this much mileage out of fake sleaze. PLAN B: NOFX @ House of Blues. NOFX has been around as long as I have. Yep, that's 25 years of bad sex jokes, impressive harmonies and even a few songs I remember from sixth grade. BACKUP PLAN: Al DiMeola @ Anthology.