Wednesday, March 6
PLAN A: Maserati, Detta, Stage Kids @ Soda Bar. Taking their name from an Italian luxury car company, Georgia's Maserati play the kind of propulsive instrumental rock you could imagine blasting while cruising the autobahn at 100 mph—think blazing guitars, cosmic synths and disciplined, dance-floor-ready rhythms. PLAN B: Maniqui Lazer, Batwings, Boys Donít Disco, Pablo Stanley + J40 @ The Office. If you dig freaky bands like Arab on Radar and Numbers, you'll love Maniqui Lazer. The recently reunited Mexicali outfit plays a spazzed-out brand of dance-punk that incorporates sassy screams and delightfully queasy synths. BACKUP PLAN: The Stone Foxes, Family Wagon, The Paragraphs @ The Casbah.
Thursday, March 7
PLAN A: The Palace Ballroom, Wild Wild Wets, Schiztophonics, Teenage Burritos @ The Griffin. Weíve enlisted the help of some dope bands to help us celebrate the release of this weekís fantastic Local Music Issue. Check here for more details. PLAN B: The Spits, Mrs. Magician, San Pedro el Cortez @ The Ché CafÈ. Seattle punk loonies The Spits just released a new, self-titled album, and it finds them in top form: In 12 tracks and 19 minutes, they pack in chaotic riffs, Ramones-y hooks and lots of weird vocals. PLAN C: Vince Staples, Chazz Shabazz, ET & Jona @ Porter's Pub. Up-and-coming L.A. rapper Vince Staples has a rich, leisurely flow, but keep in mind: He spits some dark, real-life shit. BACKUP PLAN: Earthless, Zig Zags, Tar Halos, Harsh Toke @ The Casbah.
Friday, March 8
PLAN A: WHY?, Dream Tiger @ The Irenic. Splitting the difference between hip-hop and indie-pop, WHY? come with infectious hooks, bright sounds and hyper-literate-but-heartfelt lyrics. Critics said singer / rapper Yoni Wolf was unbearable on their latest album, 2012's Mumps, Etc., but they still have their quirky charms. PLAN B: MAST, KONE, Zochi, Illuminauts, Mystery Cave, Beatsmith Resist @ Kava Lounge. To raise money for an orphanage in Tijuana, local organization Project Donate will bring in two intriguing L.A. producers. MAST makes dense, atmospheric tunes that incorporate elements of jazz, while KONE lays down measured funk with an organic, extraterrestrial vibe. BACKUP PLAN: Fol Chen, Isaac Delusion, Hills Like Elephants @ The Casbah.
Saturday, March 9
PLAN A: Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Emerald Rats @ The Casbah. Mop-haired songsmith Darwin Deez can be grating, but he has indie-pop hooks up the wazoo. I'm just as eager to see Emerald Rats, a new side-project of Wild Wild Wets singer / keyboardist Mike Turi, whose garage-synth tunes have a nice, narcotic pull. PLAN B: Roc Marciano, Stuntdouble & Tenshun, DJ Kid Riz, Mighty Moses One, Daeta, Norm Rocwell @ The Ruby Room. Even at his most grim, New York City rapper Roc Marciano is full of style. That much is clear on his well-received 2012 album, Reloaded, as he dishes out breathtaking rhymes about the city's violent underbelly. BACKUP PLAN: Bad Religion, Polar Bear Club @ SOMA.
Sunday, March 10
PLAN A: The Silent Comedy, The Heavy Guilt, Strange Vine @ The Casbah. Local folk-rockers The Heavy Guilt recently finished recording a new album, so don't be surprised if they bust out some new tunes at this show. Incidentally, they also do a killer cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" that I wouldn't mind hearing. BACKUP PLAN: Guantanamo Baywatch, Midnight Eagle, Lenz @ Soda Bar.
Monday, March 11
PLAN A: McPullish, Eddie Turbo, Rashi @ The Office. Anybody who digs Jamaican dub stars like King Tubby and Augustus Pablo would find this show tantalizing. Using analog gear and sometimes collaborating with reggae singers, Texas producer McPullish draws up spellbinding dub music onstage, soaking his deep grooves in reverb and echo. BACKUP PLAN: Bend Sinister, Just Like Jenna, Love & The Skull @ Soda Bar.
Tuesday, March 12
PLAN A: "Bonkfest" w/ Tiny Telephones, Secret Fun Club, East of Sweden, DJ Mike Delgado @ The Void. Local guitarist Nathan "Bonk" Joyner got hit by a car last September, and he's still recovering from what were life-threatening injuries. Help raise money for his hospital bills by checking out these primo bands. Tiny Telephones are especially awesome, what with their gorgeous swells of string-laden, electro-tinged post-rock. BACKUP PLAN: Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad @ Belly Up Tavern.