(For websites listed below, MS=www.myspace.com. These are bands we especially dig, not full listings. For full listings, see the "CLUBS" section.)
PLAN A: Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle @ Winston's. Dillon's a jazz-jam vibraphonist who's played with Les Claypool, Critters Buggin' and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. His Go-Go Jungle project is a funk- and punk-infused jazz trio built around Dillon's vibes. MS/mikedillonsgogojungle. PLAN B: Charley Horse @ The Casbah. A new rockabilly punk beast featuring Throw Rag vocalist Sean Wheeler and Corey Parks--the sasquatchean, fire-breathing bassist formerly of Nashville Pussy. MS/charleyhorseband. PLAN C: Paul Curreri, Citizen Band @ Lestat's. Curreri (brother of San Diego musician Matt Curreri) is a gifted singer-songwriter doing old-timey cabaret folk and blues. Citizen Band is the San Diego Byrds-ian rock project by Jeff Berkley, of award-winning folk duo Berkley-Hart. paulcurreri.com, MS/citizenbandsd. BACKUP PLANS: The Hi-Lites @ 710 Beach Club (MS/thehilites). The Fascination, The Hot Toddies, Trentalange @ San Diego Sports Club (MS/thefascination, MS/thehottoddies, MS/trentalange).
PLAN A: Flosstradamus @ Beauty Bar. The DJ duo--with female MC Kid Sister in tow--have been throwing jam-packed parties in Chicago since 2005. Now they've been named one of URB 's "Next 100" and are taking the dance machine on the road. MS/flosstradamus. PLAN B: Earl Greyhound, Silverbird @ The Casbah. Earl Greyhound is a New York trio that's blowing people away with glammy Zep-rock. Sliverbird is a promising new country-folk band from San Diego. earlgreyhound.com, MS/silverbirdmusic. PLAN C: Stationary Legs, The Americas @ Scolari's Office. Two of Chico, Calif.'s better bands--call 'em prog, call 'em math, they're both technically impressive and brutal. MS/stationarylegs, MS/theamericas.
PLAN A: Charlie Hitchcock @ Winston's. The former guitarist for L.A. electro-jam band, Particle, Hitchcock is one of those guitar phenoms a la Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes, with a bluesy falsetto that also kills. charliehitchcock.com. PLAN B: The Polysics, The Outline @ The Casbah. Tokyo's Polysics basically take Devo, throw in more helter-skelter electronic noise, and spit it back out as a live show that's like live-action anime. L.A. band The Outline aren't as much theatre, but they've got better rock--kind of like The Faint screaming some of their catchiest songs. polysics.com, theoutline.net. PLAN C: Zombie Surf Camp, Monsters From Mars, Pacific Headhunters @ The Zombie Lounge. The best rockabilly/surf-rock show in town this week with two of San Diego's top acts and Orange County's Pacific Headhunters. MS/zombiesurfcamp, MS/monstersfrommars, MS/pacificheadhuntersrock. BACKUP PLANS: Iceage Cobra @ Scolari's Office (MS/iceagecobra). Blackout Party @ Lestat's (MS/theblackoutparty). Hillsreet Stranglers, DPI, The Gizzards, Nuclear Tomorrow @ The Rhythm Lounge (MS/hillstreetstranglers, MS/dpisd, MS/thegizzards, MS/nucleartomorrow).
PLAN A: Delta Spirit, caUSE co-MOTION! @ The Beauty Bar. With some searing, white-boy-soul-rock and repeated tours with the Cold War Kids, it'll be interesting to see if Delta Spirit or Grand Ole Party is the next breakout band from San Diego that we're not embarrassed about. caUSE co-MOTION! is a Brooklyn band with rattling, big-beat pop songs, calling on the raw jangle of the 1960s to get pouty, insular kids to dance. MS/deltaspirit, MS/causeco. PLAN B: Superunloader, Radio Memphis @ 710 Beach Club. 1970s funk-rock stars Superunloader have been a staple in Ocean Beach for years, but this is one of their last regular shows--fantastic singer-guitarist Jimmy Lewis is moving to Nashville. Radio Memphis, while similarly stuck in the Jimmy Carter era, is some pretty awesome country rock. superunloader.com, MS/radiomemphis. PLAN C: Andy Friedman & The Other Failures @ 101 Artists Colony. NYC's Friedman is a 'toonist for the New Yorker and plays the sort of readin' person's country music you can kick shit to before saying something smart about doing so. MS/otherfailures. BACKUP PLANS: Limbeck @ UCSD Price Center (limbeck.net). The Jade Shader, Modern Rifles @ The Kensington Club (thejadeshader.com). Rich White Males @ Scolari's Office (MS/therich whitemales). Life on Mars, True Crime Authors @ The Alibi (MS/thelifeonmars, MS/truecrimeauthors). DJ Phil B @ Montage (djphilb.com).
PLAN A: Atoms @ Che Cafe. Atoms is a San Diego throwback to late-'70s, early-'80s punk, along the lines of Generation X or the Dictators. MS/atoms.
PLAN A: Stellastarr, Monsters Are Waiting @ The Casbah. Ever since Stellastarr's vocalist Shawn Christensen ditched his affected baritone, the NYC new-wave revivalists have gotten much, much better. Monsters Are Waiting is an L.A. dream-pop band whose vocalist-keyboardist Annalee Fery is a cross between Karen O and Metric's Emily Haines. MS/stellastarr, MS/monstersarewaiting.
PLAN A: MC Lars @ The Jumping Turtle. Like a one-man Bloodhound Gang, MC Lars is a mediocre rapper who makes up for it with wicked lampoons of the music culture, whether it be emo ("Signing Emo"), the cool police ("Hipster Girl") or mall-punk ("Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock"). Entertaining as hell. MS/mclars. PLAN B: Miho Hatori, Los Abandoned @ The Casbah. While awesome Japanese-pop duo Cibo Matto is playful and funky, the debut solo album by co-frontwoman Miho Hatori is more Bjork than Beck. Solid, yet lacking some trademark pep. Los Abandoned is like a Spanglish, girlie version of Pat Benatar covering the Ramones (with a synthesizer). MS/mihohatori, MS/losabandoned. PLAN C: Pimpadelic, Miss Crazy @ Brick By Brick. Yes! Texas' Pimpadelic is like Buckcherry fronting Bon Jovi! San Francisco's Miss Crazy are like the face-makeup offspring of Insane Clown Posse and KISS! Go for shits, go for giggles, go for the neo-nostalgia! Rock! MS/pimpadelic, MS/misscrazymusic.