Wednesday, Sept. 24
PLAN A: LP, Zella Day, Island Boy @ The Casbah. Despite her highly ungoogleable moniker, LP (Laura Pergolizzi) has developed a devoted following thanks to a soaring vocal range and a keen sense for pop hooks (you might remember her song "Into the Wild" from a Citibank commercial). The more campy, electro-tinged Zella Day and local band Island Boy are definitely worth showing up early for. PLAN B: James Supercave, Viv Vates, R.A. Rosenborg @ Soda Bar. Echo Park-based Supercave specialize in highly danceable jangle-pop with branches on the same musical family tree as Destroyer and Of Montreal.
Thursday, Sept. 25
PLAN A: King Tuff, Feels, Grand Tarantula @ The Irenic. Kyle Thomas is the THC-laced brain behind the garage-pop sounds of King Tuff, and, judging by the new record, Black Moon Spell , he hasn't lost his penchant for stoner riffs and clever turns of phrase. It looks and sounds like Judah Friedlander fronting T. Rex. PLAN B: Fat Tony, Cali Cam, The Travelers Club DJs @ Soda Bar. I don't know if I listened to any rap song more in 2012 than Fat Tonyís "BKNY," a loving tribute to Brooklyn from the perspective of a visitor (Tony's from Houston). Oh, and he's named after a Simpsons character, so that's a bonus. BACKUP PLAN: Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes, Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact, Wild Roses, Tori Roze and the Hot Mess @ The Casbah.
Friday, Sept. 26
PLAN A: Easy Star All-Stars, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Tatanka @ Belly Up Tavern. Reggae cover bands aren't usually my cup of Jah, but this rotating collective of, well, all-stars, has put out some amazing reinterpretations of classic albums like Radiohead's OK Computer and M.J.'s Thriller since forming in 2003. PLAN B: Slim Cessna's Auto Club, River City, Grampadrew and the Gut Strings @ The Casbah. The headliners have been churning out a clever mix of country, rockabilly and blues since 1992, with Cessna delivering his lyrics like some lapsed Pentecostal preacher who gave up God for booze and broads. BACKUP PLAN: Goldie @ The Merrow.
Saturday, Sept. 27
PLAN A1: The Burning of Rome, The Nervous Wreckords, Hills Like Elephants, Grampadrew, Cash'd Out and more @ Adams Avenue Street Fair. There isn't a better chance to see some of the best local bands in the city than this free (!) annual street fest. Be sure to catch freak-rockers The Burning of Rome, the surf-rock inspired Flaggs and acoustic wuss Josh Damigo. And since it wraps up at 10, you'll have just enough time to catch... PLAN A2: Temples, Wampire, Fever the Ghost @ Belly Up Tavern. The Brits in Temples are all the buzz in their home country, and their debut, Sun Structures , has enough Nuggets-esque psych-pop to hold you over 'til the next Tame Impala LP. Even Oasis' Noel Gallagher likes them, and that fool doesn't like anything.
Sunday, Sept. 28
PLAN A1: The Album Leaf, The Loons, The Midnight Pine, The Bedbreakers, Kevin Martin and more @ Adams Avenue Street Fair. Same as Saturday. Be sure to check out soul goddess Missy Andersen, folksters The Midnight Pine and the mellow electro of The Album Leaf before heading down the street to... PLAN A2: Merchandise, Lower, Statues of God @ Kensington Club. The easy references are there for Tampa's Merchandise: The Smiths, Talk Talk and Echo and the Bunnymen, and almost every song sounds like it was written for the closing credits of Pretty in Pink . Poppy as they can be, they balance it with strange sonic experimentations that are especially impressive on stage. BACKUP PLAN: The Curtis Taylor Quintet featuring Kamau Kenyatta @ Central Library.
Monday, Sept. 29
PLAN A: Orenda Fink, The Midnight Pine, Gayle Skidmore @ The Casbah. One-half of now-revered indie-folk duos Azure Ray and O+S, Orenda Fink continues to release ethereal dream-pop as a solo artist. Her new album, Blue Dream , is filled with bittersweet symphonies on life and the meaning of death. So, yeah, no mosh pits at this show. BACKUP PLAN: La Luz, Flaggs, Splavender @ Soda Bar.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
PLAN A: Felice Brothers, Spirit Family Reunion @ Soda Bar. For nearly a decade, the Brooklyn-based Brothers have been tinkering with Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes sound, and the results have mostly been good (2008's The Felice Brothers , for example). Still, their live show is the best way to experience them. PLAN B: The Picturebooks @ Tower Bar. I fully expect to hear this German duo's brooding mix of blues and hard-rock on an episode of Sons of Anarchy any day now.
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