Wednesday, February 3
PLAN A: Gallows Bound, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Delta Bombers, The Sickstring Outlaws @ Soda Bar. A lot of modern Americana gets under my skin because it feels like gentrified country. Not Gallows Bound, though. Their scruffy bluegrass is the real deal.
Thursday, February 4
PLAN A: Enforcer, Warbringer, Cauldron, Exmortus, Santa Claus, Dizaster Inc. @ Brick by Brick. Sweden's Enforcer recall an earlier, more innocent time in metal when Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Mercyful Fate ruled. Wait, what am I talking about? They still rule, and so does Enforcer. PLAN B: Sissy Spacek, Octagrape, Monochromacy, Les Temps Barbares @ The Hideout. I like a good, weird show, and I particularly like one with a diverse lineup. This show features L.A. noisecore outfit Sissy Spacek, plus local garage rockers Octagrape and one-man drone artist Monochromacy. This'll be rad. BACKUP PLAN: Hills Like Elephants, Bit Maps, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ The Casbah.
Friday, February 5
PLAN A: Saintseneca, Des Ark, Torches @ The Casbah. Read Ben Salmon's feature this week on Saintseneca, who have released two great albums, two years in a row. They started out as a folkier outfit, but they've embraced fuzz in a big way. You could almost say they rock. PLAN B: School of Rock presents: Best of San Diego 3 @ The Irenic. School of Rock students have covered San Diego bands in a couple of past shows, but this time they're taking on a list of currently active groups, including The Schizophonics, Wild Wild Wets, Barbarian, Shady Francos and more. See a generational torch passed in real time. BACKUP PLAN: Beira, Strange Planet, Empty Gods, DJ K-Hole @ Soda Bar.
Saturday, February 6
PLAN A: DJ Quik, Warren G, AMG, Suga Free @ Observatory North Park. DJ Quik might not have technically invented g-funk, but he sure as hell owns it. The L.A. hip-hop icon somehow keeps on dropping supremely funky and endlessly listenable records as he approaches three decades in rap. PLAN B: Adolescents, Widows, The Touchies, Records with Roger @ The Casbah. The Adolescents play fairly regularly in San Diego, and that's a statement about how it's kind of awesome that a pioneering hardcore punk band pays us so many visits.
Sunday, February 7
PLAN A: Shook Ones, Creative Adult, Super Unison, Atlas @ Che Cafe. No, Shook Ones isn't a Mobb Deep tribute act (I know, I'm disappointed, too). They're actually a melodic hardcore band in the vein of Hot Water Music or Touche Amore. If you need some quality time in the pit, you'll be right at home at this show. BACKUP PLAN: Second Cousins, Wicked Man, Adult Films @ Soda Bar.
Monday, February 8
PLAN A: Emily King, Moorea Masa @ Soda Bar. Emily King is ostensibly an R&B singer, though her style has a little more throwback charm to it than what's generally on the charts right now. That's not to say it's old hat. On the contrary, she's got some interesting and well-written songs, so settle in for some jams. BACKUP PLAN: RVIVR, Western Settings, Bainbridge, Tiltwheel @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, February 9
PLAN A: Philosopher's Ray Gun, Dime by Dime, The Fictitious Dishes @ Soda Bar. Support your local music scene and go out and hear a small chunk of it, including fuzzy guitar slingers Philosopher's Ray Gun and punk rockers The Fictitious Dishes.