Wednesday, March 18
PLAN A: The Juliana Hatfield Three, The Burning of Rome @ Belly Up Tavern. You may or may not be aware that The Juliana Hatfield Three has reunited and will be playing the entirety of their 1993 alternative-pop album Become What You Are. That means you'll definitely hear "My Sister," so that's a plus. But Hatfield's got new songs, too, so if you've been thirsting for fresh material, there should be some of that as well. BACKUP PLAN: The Midnight Pine @ The Whistle Stop.
Thursday, March 19
PLAN A: This Will Destroy You, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ The Casbah. Last year, Cymbals Eat Guitars put on a kick-ass show at Soda Bar, where they played a high-energy set of highlights from their latest album, LOSE. This time they'll be joined by post-rock outfit This Will Destroy You. Sounds like an epic night. PLAN B: Saviours, Archons, Christ Killer @ Soda Bar. Saviours rock hard. Really hard. But whether or not they're technically a metal band depends on how much of a purist you are. But no matter the philosophy on what qualifies, they've got some meaty, sludgy riffs that sound just fine to these ears.
Friday, March 20
PLAN A: DJ Quik, Warren G @ Observatory North Park. DJ Quik is the original gangster. The L.A. hip-hop artist has been releasing g-funk albums since way back in the early '90s, and he just keeps on knocking out one great, funky West Coast rap album after another. He'll be joined by Warren G, so it's almost like it's 1994 all over again. Next stop is the East Side Motel. PLAN B: Tim Barry, Jenny Owen Youngs, Cory Branan @ The Casbah. You don't always see a show lineup that features three great singer/songwriters, one right after another, but here's one to hit up if earnestness and grit are your thing. Tim Barry is a punk vet, originally from Avail, and Jenny Owen Youngs and Cory Branan each have a handful of solid indie-folk records of their own. Get there early and get comfortable for this one. BACKUP PLAN: Moon Hooch, Dr. Seahorse, Bakkuda @ Soda Bar.
Saturday, March 21
PLAN A: "San Diego Experimental Guitar Show" w/ Mudhead, Joileah Concepcion, Old Salt, Steve Flato, Hirsch the Machine Hirsch @ Soda Bar. The San Diego Experimental Guitar Show is becoming something of an institution, and for good reason. It brings together music and performance art in a way that few other shows in San Diego ever do. Expect the unexpected, and prepare yourself for things to get good and weird. BACKUP PLAN: Mrs. Henry, Schitzophonics, The Paragraphs, Erik Canzona and the Narrows @ The Casbah.
Sunday, March 22
PLAN A: Matthew White, Wilsen @ The Casbah. Matthew White is both an excellent chamber-pop singer/songwriter and a label head, whose Spacebomb imprint is releasing stuff by other great artists. He's got a soulful, string-laden sound, and a fine head of hair as well. PLAN B: John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Robyn Hitchcock @ Belly Up Tavern. John and Exene from X have done acoustic shows in the past, but this one's a little different because they'll be joined by U.K. singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. I have no idea what to expect, but if there's some kind of medley of "Los Angeles" and "I Often Dream of Trains," then count me in. BACKUP PLAN: Idlehands, Ghost Parade, Belle Noire, The Calefaction @ Soda Bar.
Monday, March 23
PLAN A: Black Rivers, Sundrop Electric, Speaker in Reverse @ Soda Bar. If you miss having U.K. group Doves around, then you'll want to hit up Black Rivers, which is two-thirds of that excellent, underrated band. Their self-titled debut just dropped, so give it a spin before hitting up the show.
Tuesday, March 24
PLAN A: Tweedy, The Minus 5 @ Balboa Theatre. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer are the duo behind Tweedy, and their 2014 debut album, Sukierae, features a lengthy selection of brief-but-fun tracks that prove sometimes all you need is a guitar, a drum set and a strong father-son bond to make great music. PLAN B: Quantic, DJ Vadim, Taurus Authority @ Soda Bar. If you haven't read Scott McDonald's feature on prolific, genre-shifting DJ Quantic from last week, go back and check out the story behind the turntablist's new tour, in which he'll be making beats exclusively from 45 RPM singles. Get there early to hear some sweet grooves from local trio Taurus Authority. BACKUP PLAN: Ghetto Blaster, Ape Machine, Girl Band @ The Casbah.