Weekend No. 1 of Coachella has passed, and I, for one, had no interest in attending. Two of my all-time favorite bands, Blur and The Stone Roses, are headliners; and even so, I gave a firm "hell no" to anyone who asked if I would attend. I go into a Woody Allen level of neurosis over the potential for stampede and the grossness of available port-a-potties. I think I'll just stick around town and catch one of these acts playing here in San Diego.
Fluxx (500 Fourth Ave., Downtown) is usually the place to be if you want to catch acts like Lil Kim or dub step DJs attempting to melt your brain with their sick beats. However, on Wednesday, April 17, the club's booking agent stepped up their game by putting The Faint, the Saddle Creek Records indie-rockers with a penchant for dark, grimy dance riffs, on the bill. Having seen them live, I assure you itíll be a sweaty good time minus the passing out in a random person's tent. Tickets are $20 and available at fluxxsd.com.
For a cheaper night of cool music, bring a crisp fiver to El Dorado (1030 Broadway, Downtown) to check out live sets by Tropical Popsicle, Buddy Banter, Church Hustlers and others. There'll also be strange, surrealist art from Jimmy Ovadia on display. Just leave the LSD-dropping to the girls in denim coochie cutters crying as The Postal Service play their set in Indio.
But if you're just dying to trip out on some strange tunage, go to the final installment of Makeout Weird at Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St. in South Park). For three years, the club night, presented by The Locust's Bobby Bray and Heather Brosché, has brought cool, off-kilter experimental noisemakers, visual art, live bands and DJs to the people. For their last event, MW will present Mexicali dance punks Maniqui Lazer, Lee Reynolds, Mark E. Quark, Mnstrpsy (Brosché's DJ / artist alter ego) and others. Expand your mind and say goodbye to this rad night.