Wednesday, November 25
PLAN A: Wand, Octagrape, Clean Room @ Soda Bar. Los Angeles psych rockers Wand have released a handful of tripped-out, effects-heavy rock 'n' roll records that balance catchy fun with cosmic heaviness. They're contemporaries of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees, with good reason: They rock the fuck out. BACKUP PLAN: Exmortus, Desecrate, Eukaryst, Voices of Ruin, Ratt Black @ Brick by Brick.
Thursday, November 26
PLAN A: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce @ Your House. It's Thanksgiving. You're not going anywhere, except to the dinner table, the couch, and eventually bed. There will be feasting, and maybe a parade, but you can take the night off from live music. It'll be OK.
Friday, November 27
PLAN A: Maruta, Vattnet Viskar, Temblad, Fermentor @ Til-Two Club. Vattnet Viskar's Settler is one of the year's best metal albums, hands down. It didn't get as much hype as, say, Deafheaven, but it's comparable in its mixture of ambition, emotion and, of course, heaviness. PLAN B: X, Mike Watt and the Secondmen @ The Casbah. This show's a little pricier for a Casbah show, but X are punk rock legends, and they're being rejoined by founding guitarist Billy Zoom, who is back after undergoing cancer treatment. BACKUP PLAN: Darwin Deez, Charly Bliss @ House of Blues.
Saturday, November 28
PLAN A: Fuck the Facts, Doesn't Matter, Santa Clause, Cave Bastard @ The Merrow. If you want to get an early start on working off the Thanksgiving bloat, get gnarly with grindcore veterans Fuck the Facts. It'll be loud, fast and insane. The pounds'll just melt away. PLAN B: No Parents, Plague Vendor, Shady Francos @ The Irenic. If it's a great punk rock show that you're looking forward to this week, this is where you should be. No Parents do great, snotty punk, while Plague Vendor mixes theirs with a shade of eccentric weirdness. Plus local favorites Shady Francos are always a good time. BACKUP PLAN: Wild Moth, Quali, Causers @ The Hideout.
Sunday, November 29
PLAN A: The Bird and the Bee, Alex Lilly @ The Irenic. I remember first hearing The Bird and The Bee after several glasses of champagne on a New Year's Eve. Maybe it was the alcohol, but the L.A. duo's dreamy, whimsical pop sounded sweet to my ears. PLAN B: The Peach Kings, Smoke Season, Toothless George and His One Man Band @ The Casbah. The Peach Kings play rock 'n' roll. But it's an extra sultry, extra swampy kind of rock 'n' roll that's heavy on blues and maybe some adult situations. It's the kind of sound thatís perfect for after-hours troublemaking.
Monday, November 30
PLAN A: Intronaut, Weight Of The Sun, Sensory Station @ Soda Bar. I'm genuinely trying not to overload this week with metal recommendations, but I can't help it. San Diego is being taken over by awesome metal bands, including California prog-metal titans Intronaut, who get even better with each release. BACKUP PLAN: Noface Shadowmen, Stone Horse, Podunk Nowhere @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, December 1
PLAN A: Dead Cross, Descartes a Kant @ The Casbah. Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian of the Locust have started a new band with Dave Lombardo of Slayer. Yeah, you heard right. This is their first show, and it's going to be insane. PLAN B: Nikki Lane, Clear Plastic Masks @ The Irenic. Nikki Lane plays country, but it's more of a rough 'n' tumble, whiskey-and-fistfights kind of country. I hesitate to call it "alt," but it's definitely not what you're going to hear on KSON.