Wednesday, March 4
PLAN A: Little White Teeth, Black Hondo, Wire Pony @ The Casbah. Take a look at our feature on this page to find out why Little White Teeth are the classiest local band you've never heard of. PLAN B: The Night Marchers @ Bar Pink. Catch San Diego legend John Reis perform to a packed house at his own bar. It doesn't get looser than this. PLAN C: Les Claypool @ House of Blues. Former Primus bassist Claypool has a sense of humor as bizarre as his playing technique. He's currently treading the fine line between making fun of jam bands and actually being one. At the very least, you should be able to get some laughs out of it. BACKUP PLAN: White Circle Crime Club @ Soda Bar.
Thursday, March 5
PLAN A: The Pretenders @ House of Blues. Chrissy Hynde is the only woman on the planet who qualifies for an AARP card whom I would consider hitting on. Well, maybe Helen Mirren, too. Just call me the “Reverse Cougar.” PLAN B: Intricate Machines @ Bar Pink. I'm kind of a sucker for simple pop melodies and cheap-sounding keyboards, which are two things this L.A. band has liberally spread all over its electronic-rock hybrids. BACKUP PLAN: The Anasazis, BRAAIINS! @ Beauty Bar.
Friday, March 6
PLAN A: Earthless, Black Cobra @ Ken Club. Last time I saw Earthless at the Ken Club, they were so loud, my ears were still ringing when I woke up the next morning. Get wasted and go deaf—it'll be fun. PLAN B: Delta Spirit, We Barbarians, Dawes @ Belly Up Tavern. These three California groups have adapted roots music to the framework of modern indie rock, crafting pop songs that look as much to the future as they do to the past. Expect to see these names with increasing frequency in the future. PLAN C: RX Bandits, Tera Melos @ The Loft at UCSD. Tera Melos hearken back to the math-rock glory days, when the measure of a musician's penis was commensurate with the number of time signatures he incorporated into a single song. If that's the case, this band shouldn't even be able to get their pants on. BACKUP PLAN: Team Abraham @ The Casbah
Saturday, March 7
PLAN A: Wild Weekend, Calico Horse, The Dabbers, The Burning of Rome, Modern Rifles, Illuminauts, Nowhere Men @ The Casbah. Full disclosure: This local-music showcase is a party celebrating the release of the issue of CityBeat you're reading right now. In the inimitable words of our former music editor, Nathan Dinsdale, “One man's nepotistic is another's nepotastic.” PLAN B: Cross Canadian Ragweed @ Belly Up Tavern. If you're reading this column, there's a 98-percent chance that you don't pay attention to country music, which is a well-justified stance, even if bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed are trying their damnedest to make it respectable.
Sunday, March 8
PLAN A: Eliot Lipp, Michna @ Kava Lounge. Lipp got bored with producing down-tempo hip-hop, so he directed himself toward '80s electro, funk and disco with his latest, Peace Love Weed 3D. As a result, it's fresher than your hippie neighbor's latest hydroponic bud harvest. PLAN B: Slipknot, Coheed and Cambria, Trivium @ Cox Arena. What is it about Slipknot that earns my begrudging respect? Do I think it's incredible that they can perform for more than an hour without taking their masks off? Not really. Do I like their music? Nope. Is it because they seem to have outlasted nu-metal by sticking to one gimmick? Maybe. BACKUP PLAN: The Minor Keys, The Baja Bugs @ Ruby Room.
Monday, March 9
PLAN A: Arms & Sleepers, Kelli Rudick @ Bar Pink. Somewhere between Boards of Canada and Hood lay Boston's Arms & Sleepers, whose new EP, The Motorist, is a good soundtrack for late-night drives to pick up that last bottle of wine. PLAN B: Agent Ribbons, Black Mamba, Tape Deck Mountain @ The Casbah. Natalie and Lauren Ribbons dress like Raggedy Ann dolls and sound like a vaudeville version of Helium covering The White Stripes. They also seem to engage in vague feminist politics, which should come as no surprise.
Tuesday, March 10
PLAN A: Plants and Animals, Stripes and Lines, River City @ The Casbah. At times reminiscent of Coldplay, Kings of Leon and Devendra Banhart, Montreal's Plants and Animals are far more standard than any skinny-headband-wearing hipster is willing to admit, but that doesn't make their tunes any less appealing. PLAN B: Ded Pigeons @ Radio Room. Winner of this week's “Interesting Band, Terrible Band Name” award, Ded Pigeons' fusion of jazz, funk, indie and classic rock is too genuinely eclectic to be categorized as anything but strange.