Wednesday, Aug. 10
PLAN A: Udachi, Corey Biggs, Headshake, Austin Speed @ El Dorado. Udachi serves up dubstep with an early-'90s, 'ardkore-techno flavor—the Staten Island producer's tunes are crammed with chopped-up vocal samples, dub elements and modular synth vamps. It might sound a little dated, but I'll bet it's a whole lot of fun on the dance floor. BACKUP PLAN: Alberta Cross, Low Volts, Robert Ellis, Patrick Bates @ The Casbah.
Thursday, Aug. 11
PLAN A: Chico Sonido, Los Macuanos @ El Dorado. Back in April, I wrote about ruidosón, an emerging music scene in Tijuana that incorporates synth'd-out cumbia grooves, cut-up samples and dark themes. Finally, a ruidosón band has come to San Diego! Los Macuanos take inspiration from French philosopher Jacques Derrida, but they've also put on one of the grooviest live shows I've ever seen. PLAN B: Piñata Protest, Koñorteño @ Shakedown Bar. Crossing norteño with punk, Piñata Protest bang out accordion-fueled tunes with noisy guitar riffs and scorching solos. Yes, please. BACKUP PLAN: Sia, Oh Land, Ximena Sarinana @ House of Blues.
Friday, Aug. 12
PLAN A: Schitzophonics, The New Kinetics, Legz, JJCnV @ Eleven. Schitzophonics are perhaps the craziest rock 'n' roll band in San Diego—just check out my feature about them on Page 25 and you'll see what I mean. But they had better make sure they don't get upstaged by The New Kinetics, an ass-kicking band whose charismatic frontwoman might remind you of Karen O. PLAN B: Pelican, Aeges, All Pigs Must Die, Ghetto Blaster @ The Casbah. “We're a fucking triumphant band”—that's what it says beneath Pelican's website on Google. For the past decade, this Chicago outfit has lived up to that claim, serving bone-crushing yet thought provoking instrumental “post-metal” full of unpredictable twists, beautiful peaks and mammoth riffs. PLAN C: Afroman, As the Sun Sets: Fire!, Bello Mafioso @ Brick by Brick. That's right, the “Because I Got High” guy is playing on a bill with oh-so-introspective hip-hoppers As the Sun Sets: Fire! This is too intriguing to pass up. BACKUP PLAN: The Pharcyde @ Spin Nightclub.
Saturday, Aug. 13
PLAN A1: The Penetrators, The Bedbreakers, Manual Scan @ The Casbah. Hopefully you read our feature in last week's issue about The Penetrators, a legendary local proto-new-wave band that crossed surf-rock, rockabilly and R&B. Riot cops don't raid their concerts anymore, but I'll bet this'll still be a memorable show. PLAN A2: Nico Luminous, Kial, Hm.t Dm.t, Arkon, Swan Dive @ Kava Lounge. I dig Nico Luminous' “beatbox live-loop future bass whomp crunkstep jams,” as he calls them, but it's the openers I really want to see. While Hm.t Dm.t has been melting faces lately with his liquid-y textures, squiggly synths and cracking beats, up-and-coming dubstepper Swan Dive's been impressing local bass heads with his intricately ferocious tunes. BACKUP PLAN: Sole and The Skyrider Band, Agent24 & His Cabinet of Curiosities, Parker & The Numberman @ Soda Bar.
Sunday, Aug. 14
PLAN A: David Dondero, Awahnichi, Ian Taylor, Davey Quinn @ Bar Pink. David Dondero doesn't sell millions of records or play big venues, but the Minnesota songwriter's reputation precedes him—known for his gorgeous if sometimes strange songcraft, Dondero has been cited by Conor Oberst as a major influence, and NPR called him one of the world's best living songwriters. PLAN B: Zeds Dead @ Voyeur. Much like Skrillex and Feed Me, Toronto electro duo Zeds Dead drive scenesters wild with a spastic hybrid of dubstep, hip-hop and house. Expect dancey beats, samples a'plenty and ridiculous bass lines that sound like a robot with scrambled circuits. BACKUP PLAN: Aimee Mann, The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Belly Up.
Monday, Aug. 15
PLAN A: Califone, Little White Teeth, The Nothingful Band @ The Casbah. Chicago's Califone conjure images of windswept prairies, silent movies and other standard folk archetypes, but they're not your average folk band. They explore metaphysical topics like dreams and ghosts in their conceptual albums, and their influences include experimental provocateurs Psychic TV. PLAN B: Shannon & The Clams, The Trashies, northern Tigers @ Til-Two Club. Shannon & The Clams frontwoman Shannon Shaw also plays in the flamboyant '50s-rock revival group Hunx and His Punx, but her own band is louder, seedier and much more badass. BACKUP PLAN: B.B. King, Stoney B Blues, Irv Goldstein @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.
Tuesday, Aug. 16
PLAN A: Gary Wilson, D/Wolves, United States '11, Dudes @ The Casbah. As far as musical weirdoes go, Gary Wilson predates Ariel Pink by a good two decades— while Pink wrote some of his strangest material in the '90s, Wilson's freakishly cheesy debut, You Think You Really Know Me, came out in 1977. Wilson continues to explore his taste for funk and lounge on his 2010 album Electric Endicott, and weirdness clearly hasn't mellowed with time. PLAN B: Dirty Gold, Hotel Reverb, Tan Sister Radio @ Califone Soda Bar. Summer isn't over yet, and the sublime indie-pop of North County youngsters Dirty Gold will make you want it to last forever. BACKUP PLAN: Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit @ RIMAC Arena.