Wednesday, Feb. 2
PLAN A: Yelawolf, Mac 'n Biz @ Epicentre. You might recognize Yelawolf from his cameo in the Big Boi banger “You Ain't No DJ.” Hailing from a small town in Alabama, the heavily tattooed white boy has been getting tons of attention. His rhymes about skate punks and meth heads wouldn't be nearly as excellent were it not for his high-speed cadence. PLAN B: George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars @ Anthology. The godfather of funk has been getting down for more than 40 years and he still has it in him. Why keep going? “Funk,” he explained recently to Eureka's Tri-City Weekly. “It's like musical Viagra.” You tell 'em, George! BACKUP PLAN: Interpol, School of Seven Bells @ RIMAC Arena.
Thursday, Feb. 3
PLAN A: The Autumn Defense @ Anthology. The Autumn Defense may be a Wilco side project, but it's more than just another Wilco side project. During the past 10 years, songwriting duo John Stirratt and Pat Sansone have crafted a lush brand of pop-rock that would've fit perfectly on AM radio back in the '60s and '70s. It's pretty sentimental, but it's irresistible. PLAN B: Sa-Ra Creative Partners, eLan, Mike Gao, DJ Pound @ Kava Lounge. Sa-Ra Creative Partners may have an unchecked ego—the hip-hop group's name roughly means “children of God,” an allusion to jazz genius Sun Ra—but they've earned the right to it, having produced forward-thinking tracks for big names like Kanye West and Jurassic 5. BACKUP PLAN: Swim Party, X-Ray Press, Fever Sleeves @ Tin Can Ale House.
Friday, Feb. 4
PLAN A: Goodbye Blue Monday, Manuok, John Meeks @ The Casbah. If you paid attention to the local music scene in the early '00s, you probably remember Goodbye Blue Monday. Well, tonight the emo outfit—and by “emo” I mean interesting lyrics, math-y guitars and unconventional song structures in the style of Sunny Day Real Estate or Cursive— emerges from a three-year hiatus to celebrate the release of a new compilation CD, The World Won't Listen. PLAN B: Martian Horses, Chairs Missing, Maxfield Rubbish and His Oddly Alluring Flea Circus @ Soda Bar. Martian Horses play epic indie-rock with vivid string parts. Chairs Missing play stormy indie-rock with lithe guitars. Maxfield Rubbish and His Oddly Alluring Flea Circus play—well, I couldn't find any mp3s, but the name alone has me intrigued. BACKUP PLAN: Zillion Happy Volts, Wreck of the Zephyr, Awakeners, DJ Miggs @ Tower Bar.
Saturday, Feb. 5
PLAN A: Tennis, Lord Huron, Air Waves @ Tin Can Ale House. Check out our feature on this page to learn more about hubby-and-wife duo Tennis and their winsome, romantic indie-pop. PLAN B: The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus @ Mandeville Auditorium (UCSD). You can't go wrong with works by Claude Debussy or experimental composer Phil Kline, but what I'm most looking forward to at this performance is the U.S. premiere of Iannis Xenakis' Metastasis (alpha version), an eight-minute, highly conceptual orchestral piece inspired by the clattering din of war. You don't know avant-garde until you've heard Xenakis. PLAN C: Jail Weddings, The burning of Rome, Taming the Fox @ Soda Bar. I can't stand the histrionic vocals of Jail Weddings' lead singer, but I love their expansive, sweltering rock.
Sunday, Feb. 6
PLAN A: David Garrett @ Balboa Theatre. David Garrett is one of the world's greatest violin virtuosos—he started playing at 4, scored a recording contract at 13 and studied with Itzhak Perlman at Julliard—but he's also regarded as one of classical music's biggest rock stars. On Rock Symphonies, his latest album, he covers “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” mashes up U2's “Vertigo” with Vivaldi's Four Seasons and throws down a headbanging version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. PLAN B: Man vs. Man, Anthrot, Trash Axis, Age of Collapse @ Che Café. The name alone deserves acknowledgement, but what I really like about Trash Axis is that they play grinding metal riffs with decidedly non-metal instruments like accordion and saxophone. Badass! BACKUP PLAN: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, The Silent Comedy @ House of Blues.
Monday, Feb. 7
PLAN A: Wino, Scott Kelly @ The Casbah. A doom-metal legend who's been compared to Motrhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Scott “Wino” Weinrich (The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan) expanded his reach on his first solo album, 2009's Punctuated Equilibrium, to include elements of hardcore and psychedelia. But he'll never abandon his massive, crunchy guitar riffs—and that's why stoners love him. BACKUP PLAN: Forgetters, Street Eaters @ Bar Pink.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
PLAN A: J.P. Whipple @ Tin Can Ale House. I wouldn't be surprised if J.P. Whipple arrives to this show in the back of a truck that picked him up on Route 66. An itinerant folkie who's traveled across the United States and Europe, Whipple channels the spirit of legends like Tom Waits and Django Reinhardt with his raw, playful songcraft. PLAN B: Ladycop, Lights On, One Trick Pony, lanterns @ Soda Bar. Don't let Lights On fall off your radar. The local outfit plays some seriously infectious poprock. BACKUP PLAN: Eli “Paperboy” Reed Duo, Jared Lee, The Amandas @ The Casbah.