Wednesday, July 8
PLAN A: Monarch, Detonated, Raise the Guns, Red Wizard @ Brick by Brick. I don't know how San Diego County produced not one but two bands named Monarch, but this is the thrash metal band from Vista, not the more psychedelic one from Encinitas. Confusing, I know, but come on down and bang your head, and you'll forget all about it.
Thursday, July 9
PLAN A: TV Girl, Novelty Daughter @ Legend Records. Sample-heavy indie pop duo TV Girl ditched San Diego for Los Angeles a while ago, but at least they're making it up to us by coming back every now and then for a live show. And it's an all-ages show, so you can bring your niece or little brother. PLAN B: Landlady, Longclaws, Island Boy @ The Casbah. Landlady's Adam Schatz has a throaty voice not unlike Future Islands' Sam Herring, and a dreamy fuzz-pop sound close to TV on the Radio's. Even on paper that looks like a formula for great music, but trust me, it'll be better when you hear it.
Friday, July 10
PLAN A: Open Mike Eagle, Preacher vs. Choir, Nikki and the Mongoloid, LNC Generik & Anek, Kaus & Emphasize, Sighphur One @ Til-Two Club. If you slept on Open Mike Eagle's 2014 album Dark Comedy , go back and listen to the L.A. rapper's surreal and often hilarious hip-hop jams ("Doug Stamper," featuring Hannibal Burress, is incredible). He'll be joined by a grip of local rappers, so this looks like it'll be the hip-hop happening of the week. PLAN B: Son Lux, Olga Bell @ The Casbah. Last year, Son Lux scored the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby , but most of the time Ryan Lott focuses his efforts on making intricate, electronic pop with hypnotic, minimalist-inspired elements. It's wonderful stuff. BACKUP PLAN: Octagrape, Danny and the Darleans, The Kabbs @ Tower Bar.
Saturday, July 11
PLAN A: Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher, Noctuary, Mortuus Terror @ Brick by Brick. Cattle Decapitation have been holding it down for death metal in San Diego for a long time, and this release show for new album The Anthropocene Extinction should be a bruiser. Get there early for Author & Punisher, whose album Melk en Honing is one of my favorites of the year. PLAN B: Dam-Funk (DJ set), Cookie Crew @ The Hideout. L.A. synth-funk maestro Dam-Funk is returning later this year to do a live set at The Casbah, but before that happens, he's making a trip down to San Diego for Comic-Con week to spin some jams at The Hideout. And I'd bet itíll still be adequately funky. BACKUP PLAN: Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, The Buttertones @ The Irenic.
Sunday, July 12
PLAN A: Trans Am, Sleeping People, Life Coach, CBot and the Paperwork @ The Casbah. Trans Am started out as a post-rock band, but since their debut, they've spread out into electronic, new wave and experimental realms on various releases. They've got a deep catalog, so this should be a fun one.
Monday, July 13
PLAN A: Chrome, Homeless Sexuals @ The Casbah. San Francisco's Chrome were one of the weirdest, noisiest bands of the post-punk era. And by that, I mean they were awesome. Their 1979 record Half Machine Lip Moves is a good starting point for those who want to dive into their discordant, proto-industrial punk. PLAN B: Memory Tapes, Computer Magic, School Dance @ Soda Bar. Memory Tapes' catalog isn't necessarily all that consistent, but when they're on, they're on—like on 2009 debut Seek Magic . They make catchy, irresistible synth-pop with big melodies, and thatís a formula for success in my book.
Tuesday, July 14
PLAN A: Cayucas, Hibou @ The Casbah. Cayucas' music is summery by design, and considering how hot and gross it's been, you'll need something this refreshing.