Wednesday, Nov. 2
PLAN A: Das Racist, Danny Brown, El Gun Legro @ Porter's Pub. Das Racist has been getting tons of buzz lately, but Danny Brown might just upstage them. An Adderall-snorting, skinny-jeans-wearing rapper from Detroit, he busts out loudmouthed, sometimes hilarious rhymes full of drug-addled braggadocio—highlights include “Die Like a Rockstar,” “Adderall Admiral” and my personal favorite, “Bruiser Brigade.” PLAN B: Minus the Bear @ SOMA. Celebrating 10 years of polished pop hooks, hypnotic math-rock riffs and flashes of quirkiness, the Seattle indie-rockers will perform their 2002 debut Highly Refined Pirates all the way through. BACKUP PLAN: Skerrit Bwoy, Colourvision @ El Dorado.
Thursday, Nov. 3
PLAN A: Youth Lagoon, Young Magic @ The Casbah. Youth Lagoon, aka Idaho's Trevor Powers, has been blowing up all over with his debut album, The Year of Hibernation. Flip to our feature on Page 35 to see what all the fuss is about. PLAN B: Toubab Krewe @ Winstons. Armed with electric guitars and traditional West African instruments, North Carolina's Toubab Krewe offer up a heady mix of swampy electric blues, windswept desert music and polyrhythmic drumming. PLAN C: “Hip-Hop is Dead?” @ 10th Avenue Theatre (930 10th Ave., Downtown). A bunch of San Diego graffiti artists, DJs and hip-hop groups—including great up-and-comers like Old English and Parker & The Numberman—will get together to honor fallen hip-hop heroes like 2Pac, J Dilla and Eyedea. BACKUP PLAN: DJ Pound, eLan, Mike Gao, DJ Cleancut @ Kava Lounge.
Friday, Nov. 4
PLAN A: Dm-Funk & Master Blazter, Illuminauts, DJ Eddie Turbo @ The Casbah. “Funk is not a fad—it's a way of life.” That's the motto of Dam-Funk, aka Damon Riddick, L.A.'s “Ambassador of Boogie Funk.” Using vintage-sounding drum machines and synths (he's been known to bust out a keytar onstage), he lays down deep, lustful grooves that'll have you getting your freak on in no time. PLAN B: Ice Cube, DJ Evil One @ Fluxx. These days, Ice Cube is probably known as much for his TV and film achievements as for his time in N.W.A. and his solo rap career. But he'll be remembered best for classic early-'90s hits like “It Was a Good Day.” BACKUP PLAN: The burning of Rome, Coda Reactor, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar.
Saturday, Nov. 5
PLAN A: Carl Craig, Doc Martin, Halo Varga, Paluka, Cris Herrera, Paul Najera @ Spin. One of techno's greatest innovators, Detroit's Carl Craig has spent the past two decades putting out streamlined club tracks and genre-bending experiments under a variety of aliases. Perhaps his most groundbreaking release is 1992's “Bug in the Bass Bin,” built around a funky jazz breakbeat, but his icier, more robotic fare is just as mesmerizing. PLAN B: Pacifica Quartet @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Known for its fiery performances and comprehensive tastes, Pacifica Quartet is proving to be one of the country's most potent string quartets, having won a Grammy and currently serving as the quartet-in-residence at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tonight, they'll perform works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. BACKUP PLAN: Rubblebucket, Superhumanoids, Rafter @ Soda Bar.
Sunday, Nov. 6
PLAN A: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gauntlet Hair, Tropical Popsicle @ The Casbah. Unknown Mortal Orchestra has gotten lots of attention for infectious indie-pop tracks like “Ffunny Ffriends” and “How Can You Luv Me,” but make sure to show up early for these curiously named opening bands: Denver duo Gauntlet Hair makes expan- sive noise-pop with reverb drenched guitars and Beyoncé-inspired beats. Tropical Popsicle, one of my new favorite local bands, infuses post-punk with a mystical vibe. BACKUP PLAN: Gary Wilson, Red Pony Clock, Nothingful @ Soda Bar.
Monday, Nov. 7
PLAN A: The Knux @ 710 Beach Club. Combine garden-variety indie-rock riffs and typical hip-hop tropes and you've got a formula for the next big radio hit. That must be the thinking behind The Knux, a guitarstrumming alt-rap duo with a palatable sheen and catchy hooks. Rap-rock almost always sucks, but this sure beats Linkin Park. BACKUP PLAN: Priory, Miracle Parade, Mike Bloom @ Tin Can Ale House.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
PLAN A: Tori, Pree, Low Roar, Jamie Kent & The Options @ Tin Can Ale House. It's not often you come across a band quite as gorgeous as Pree. Using an array of instruments—guitar, piano, glockenspiel, melodica and more—the Washington, D.C., folkies conjure swirls of bright hooks, harmonious voices and melodious textures. BACKUP PLAN: Electric Guest, Le Ra, The Slashes @ Soda Bar.