Back in San Diego after a sojourn in northern California, The Hot Moon's John Paul Labno and Sasha Pfau are working on a new project, Mohammed Qiang (pronounced “Chang”). Taking their name from the world's two most common names, the duo plays sultry electro-pop inspired by Greek philosophy and Egyptian mythology.
They've recorded a full album, Moon Shoes for Your Fish Feet, and have been selling copies at shows. Three songs are available on their YouTube channel, and they've posted a spooky Christmas tune, “M. Qiang Steals X Mas,” on their Facebook page. They'll play with The Chantepleures and Junior High at Soda Bar on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Labno and Pfau left San Diego in July, but they had a change of heart and returned in December. “It kind of took leaving to really feel like this is our home,” Labno says.
After spending six months in New York City, experimental-music guru Bonnie Wright is back with her Fresh Sound music series, with concerts scheduled at Space 4 Art (sdspace4art.org), Downtown. Themed around New York, the series kicks off with a performance by clarinetist Ben Goldberg, guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Ches Smith on Tuesday, March 6.
The cash-strapped Ché Café will throw another benefit show, Goat Fest, at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Attendees can donate between $5 and $10 to help keep the venue running. Sleep Lady, California Bleeding, Pusher, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Angldst and Armory Showcase will perform.