Wednesday, June 30
PLAN A: Sugar Hill Gang, Futyle, D. Fresh, Mr. Dubie, D.Krew.U.T.A. @ Ramona Mainstage. It's a mystery why Sugar Hill Gang, the hip-hop legends who first performed “Rapper's Delight” back in 1979, would perform at a metal venue out in the sticks. Let's hope it's not because they're doing a rap-rock revival la Vanilla Ice. PLAN B: Stage Kids, Dreamgoatz, Montucky, Marcelo Radulovich @ Tin Can Ale House. Splitting the difference between Rodan-style math-rock and Q And Not U-style emo, locals Stage Kids throw down with subtlety. Arcata's Dreamgoatz make folksy indie-pop bubbling with 8-bit effects. BACKUP PLAN: Saint Vitus, Stone Axe, Phantom Ratio @ The Casbah.
Thursday, July 1
PLAN A: Dead Meadow, Gun Runner, Brainticket DJs, Strange Vine @ The Casbah. With their mythical outlook and wah-wah guitars, Dead Meadow offer up deliciously haze-y stoner rock. Locals Gun Runner don't sound like stoners, but their pop-rock sounds great live. PLAN B: CocoRosie, Cibelle @ Belly Up. CocoRosie's electronic artpop can be utterly sublime or disappointingly uneven. If you're looking for something more reliable, consider PLAN C: Neat Beats, La Forge @ Tin Can Ale House. Local dude Neat Beats gets remarkably funky with his Flying Lotus-style beats. BACKUP PLAN: DJ Kool Won, 2D's, Bookie, SMF, Bird, Fat Boy Music, Big Maine, Big Grizz, Fella Pi, B Star, Boom Box Renaissance @ Dream Street.
Friday, July 2
PLAN A: Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, Magic Bullets, Soft Healer, DJ Mario Orduno @ The Casbah. A wise hipster wouldn't dare miss this display of local indie-rock royalty. If you read Pitchfork, you probably already know about Dum Dum Girls' infectious garage-rock and Crocodiles' skuzzy electro-rock. If not, well, you probably aren't a hipster. PLAN B: The Hot Moon, Mammoth Life, The Flying Objects DJ set @ Soda Bar. The ghost of the defunct indie-rock trio Grand Ole Party is alive tonight. While GOP's Kristin Gundred now leads Dum Dum Girls, another GOP vetmultiinstrumentalist John Paul Labnoplays in the soulful group The Hot Moon. (See our feature here.) PLAN C: The Minibosses, The Finches, The Paddle Boat, Logan Greene & the Bricks @ Che Café. The Minibosses turn video-game music into gnarly prog-metal, which is way cooler than it sounds. BACKUP PLAN: The Old In Out, The Death Eaters, Guantanamo Baywatch, Kuntz @ Tower Bar.
Saturday, July 3
PLAN A: Miss Erika Davies, The Finches, Jehovas Fitness, Jamuel Saxon, Logan Greene, Cuckoo Chaos, Trashcan Fires, Black Mamba, Chairs Missing, Jona, End the Whale, Lonesome Sparrow, Cousins @ Maple / Montclair houses (2611 Montclair St.). Dubbed “Festivus Quietus,” this day-long festival put on by the guys in The Paddle Boat features primo local actsplus San Francisco's The Finchesgetting gentle and folksy. Jungle Fever, Boyscout, New Mexico, So Many Wizards, Michael Rosas, Team Abraham, The Watusis, The Preteens @ M-Theory Music. If quiet isn't your thing, then perhaps you'd prefer Boyscout's dual-drum, dual-guitar assault at this all-day Independence Day celebration. Don't miss New Mexico, the new incarnation of Apes of Wrath. BACKUP PLAN: Insidious Discrepancy, Disfigured, Mutation Gortuary @ Radio Room.
Sunday, July 4
PLAN A: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Del Mar Fairgrounds. There's no better way to celebrate our nation's founding than rocking out to “I Love Rock-n-Roll” at the county fair. While other rockers Jett's age might be fat and tired, this 51-year-oldbadass reportedly can still put on a great show. But if you're lookingfor something dancier, you'll find it at PLAN B: DJ Mr. Atari, T-Money, Hyena, Gaux Nu Vaux, DJ Claire @ The Casbah. Withelectro-pop by locals Hyena and Gaux Nu Vaux, expect a streak ofromance at this patriotic edition of the semi-regular dance partiesJivewire and One Nation Under a Groove. BACKUP PLAN: Shark Attack, Turbo Teen, Snowlin, Ghost MD, Ramsey, Mastre, Wired @ WorldBeat Center.
Monday, July 5
PLAN A: Defiance, Ohio, Koalacaust, Jehovas Fitness @ Che Café. Defiance,Ohio is the kind of band that this UCSD activist hub was built for.Named for a working-class city in northwest Ohio, the Columbus outfitaugments energetic, political punk-rock with organ, strings and uprightbassappealing to Democratic Socialists and anarcho-syndicalists alike.BACK- UP PLAN: Stubborn Tiny Lights, Woodworking, Nothingful, Andrew Weathers @ Soda Bar.
Tuesday, July 6
PLAN A: Femi Kuti, DJ James Barak @ Belly Up. You'llneed your dancing shoes not to mention your workout clothes and abottle of Gatoradefor this one. The last time I saw Femi Kuti, son ofthe late Afrobeat luminary Fela Kuti, he played explosive funkalongside a team of dancers for two-and-a-half hours. (See our featureon Page 25.) PLAN B: Ghetto Blaster, Terremoto, Stage Kids @ The Casbah. Anexperimental hardcore super-group composed of members of Rats Eyes,Hostile Combover and Irradio, Ghetto Blaster throw down angular rockthat sounds like the Melvins on meth. BACKUP PLAN: Pianos Become the Teeth, Touché Amoré, The Shroud, Agustos, Espias @ Che Café.