(For websites listed below, MS=www.myspace.com. These are bands we especially dig, not full listings.)
PLAN A: Sol.illaquists of Sound @ The Casbah. The 2006 debut by this Orlando hip-hop foursome was, sadly, overlooked, possibly because their thoughts on life can be pedantic at times. But MC Swamburger is a top-notch quick-mouth and Tonya Combs beautifully straddles the line between soul song and spoken word. Part Fugees, part Pharcyde. MS/solilla. PLAN B: Devon Sproule, The Exfriends @ Lestat's. Sproule's another gem from NYC's City Salvage Records (also home to her talented hubby, Paul Curreri). The sassy, 25-year-old folk singer makes 2007 swing like 1937. Her brother-in-law's band, The Exfriends, opens. MS/devonsproule, MS/theexfriends. PLAN C: Apoc @ Winston's. This mutton-chopped white boy from Chicago knows his way around a rhyme and some '70s, Paul's Boutique-style jams. MS/apocmusic. MIDDLE-AGED LOVERS' BACKUP PLAN: Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak @ Coors Amphitheatre (www.nicksfix.com, MS/chrisisaak).
PLAN A: Dirty Sweet, Mr. Tube & His Flying Objects, The Bloody Hollies @ The Casbah. It's the first of a three-night residency for San Diego's Dirty Sweet as they unveil their new album. They're as classic as modern rock can get-with Black Crowes-type rockers, Freebird guitar solos and even a few power ballads. A good band that bridges a few generations (and a few Camaro models). With Mr. Tube's vato-funk and garage-punks The Bloody Hollies, this is the best bill of their 72-hour CD-release party. MS/dirtysweetmusic, MS/mrtube, MS/thebloodyhollies. PLAN B: The Muslims, The Sundelles @ The Ken Club. Two of San Diego's most promising bands on one bill-The Muslims with their prep-school-kids-on-smack appeal, and The Sundelles' carefree, wide-eyed reverb pop. MS/themuslims, MS/thesundellesmusic. PLAN C: Spank Rock @ Beauty Bar. Sure, it's just a DJ set by Chris Devin and Ronnie Darko of Baltimore's fantastic hip-hop ensemble, but still. Expect some wicked remixing of artists like Kurtis Blow, Yes and Tangerine Dream. MS/spankrock. BACKUP PLAN: The Vision of a Dying World, The Crowd, Red Feathers @ Scolari's Office (MS/thevisionofadyingworld, MS/meetthecrowd, MS/redfeathersblackgun).
PLAN A: Bassnectar @ Kava Lounge. Fresh from a gig at Coachella, San Francisco's electronica-art-politics-philosophy guru Lorin Ashton brings his show to San Diego's super-cozy boho bar. Expect a wide range of styles-rooted in breakbeat but hitting hip-hop, grindcore and glitch along the way. Visuals by Tao Jones. MS/bassnectar. PLAN B: Batwings, The Evening Episode, Red Host @ Scolari's Office. Punk fans need to get into San Diego's Batwings-sloppy, paranoid, compelling. Support comes from San Francisco: The Evening Episode, who will make Mazzy Star fans swoon, and impressive chick-punk band Red Host. MS/batwingskillyou, MS/theevening episode, MS/redhost. PLAN C: Tussle @ Che Café. Tussle is an electronica band from San Francisco with keyboards, bass and two drum kits-one standard and one made of plastic buckets and other junkyard detritus. Expect heavy dub, some Kraut, disco and occasional monotony. MS/tusslers. BACKUP PLAN: The Flesh @ Beauty Bar (MS/theflesh).
PLAN A: Mika Miko, The Power-Chords, The Atoms, The Sess @ Che Café. L.A.'s Mika Miko takes some warming up to-but the all-female band's strident, chaotic thrash captures the same no-bullshit zeal that made you love Bikini Kill. Even without them, this show is a must-see for the three killer San Diego bands that open. MS/mikamiko, MS/thepowerchords, MS/atoms, MS/theses. PLAN B: Bobby Conn, Nurses, The Rafter Band @ Scolari's Office. While Chicago's Bobby Conn has some OK off-kilter pop records, it's live where the performance-art freak comes to life. The support is awesome-Nurses should be the next great thing from Temecula (they just bolted to Chicago), and The Rafter Band is a big-band funk party. MS/bobbyconn, MS/nurses, MS/rafter
roberts. PLAN C: Swim Party, Repeater @ The Ken Club. Fans of Modest Mouse need to hear San Diego's Swim Party. Like, now. And Repeater's desperate, howling indie rock should help reclaim Long Beach from the wife-beater crowd. MS/swimparty, MS/repeaterband. BACKUP PLAN: The Hideaways, Ghost Town Deputies @ The Alibi (MS/hideawaysmusic, MS/ghosttowndeputies).
PLAN A: Morrie Louden @ Dizzy's. The cure for a little Sunday burnout is bossa nova, and this NYC jazz bassist nails it on his 2006 debut, Morrie Louden. He's definitely inspired by the Jobims, but it's not all bossa-he's got a mellow little groove that also recalls Keith Jarrett or McCoy Tyner. MS/morrielouden. PLAN B: The Frenzy, Coffin Draggers, The Formaldehydes, Bamboula, The Strikers, Henchman @ The Jumping Turtle. It's psychobilly night at the Turtle, lead by the U.K.'s almost new-wavey p-billies, The Frenzy. MS/frenzyrock, MS/coffindraggers, MS/theformalde hydes, MS/bamboula, MS/thestrikers, MS/henchmen.
PLAN A: Stay Home @ Your House. Don't even leave to get the mail. I've spoken to the stars, and they predict bad things for you.
PLAN A: Blue Scholars, Common Market, Gabriel Teodros, Wild Life Refuge @ Hot Monkey Love Café. The best bill we've ever seen at HML, and the best hip-hop show in town this week. Seattle's Blue Scholars are the mellow, jazzy tag-team with ties to San Diego. Common Market is upbeat like a revival, all handclaps and ensemble raps. Promising acts Teodros and Wild Life Refuge support. The headliners also perform live at Lou's Records at 5 p.m. MS/bluescholars, MS/commonmarket, MS/gabrielteodros, MS/wildlife
refuge. PLAN B: Slick Rick @ House of Blues. One of the most talented lyricists to come out of the state correctional system. One of rap's legendary bad boys, of course, even if he hasn't put out anything since 1999. PLAN C: Mary Timony @ The Casbah. The former Helium frontgal has mellowed with age but proves on this year's Shapes We Make that she can do minimalist rock (think old-school Liz Phair) as well as she did chaotic pop. MS/marytimony. BACKUP PLAN: Matt and Kim, The Diskettes @ Che Café (MS/matt andkim, MS/thediskettes).