PLAN A: Under the Influence of Giants @ Soma. In last week's "If I Were U," I erroneously reported that this show was on Dec. 10. Pretty stupid. I promise they'll be at Soma this night, wielding their Scissor Sisters-like dance rock. www.utiog.com. PLAN B: Carina Round @ The Casbah. Carina Round is a British singer-songwriter whose spooky-beautiful voice (and occasional violent screams) has gotten her compared with PJ Harvey. www.carinaround.
com. PLAN C: The Big Sound w/ Vegitation @ the Belly Up. Two top white-boy reggae bands from the area. The Big Sound is a slow, plodding dub band with dual saxophonists and Colin Giles' sweet high-toned vocals. For San Diego Music Awards nominees Vegitation, this is the CD-release show for their new album, Family Strong. www.the bigsound.com, www.vegitationmusic.com.
PLAN A: Dan The Automator w/ Chali 2Na, Casual and Common Market @ 'Canes. One of the best hip-hop bills of the year. For more on Dan The Automator, please see our story over there to the left. Chali 2Na is the unnaturally deep-voiced smoothie from Jurassic 5. Casual is the battle-rhyme freestyler from Oakland's Hieroglyphics crew, and Common Market is Seattle's best hip-hop prospect, with fresh-voiced, sunny flows similar to Talib Kweli. www.myspace.com/dantheautomator, www.juras
sic5.com, www.myspace.com/smashrockwell, www.commonmarketmusic.com. PLAN B: Qui @ The Casbah. Qui is a blues-metal-thrash project from L.A. that used to feature just guitarist-vocalist Matt Cronk and drummer-vocalist Paul Christensen. Now they've added ex-Jesus Lizard barker and scary-long-haired-receding-hairline-man David Yow to spout some gutterpunk. www.myspace.com/qui.
PLAN A: The Power-Chords w/ The Sess, Epsilons @ C.H.O.B. (30th & Broadway). This is the CD-release party for Chula Vista's The Power-Chords, a catchy mix of punk and mod-rock, a bit like The Buzzcocks with more harmonies. The Sess is one of the more promising bands in San Diego-what might happen if John Spencer produced a collaboration between The Strokes and Brian Wilson. Epsilons is a new-wave and psychobilly band from The O.C. with at least one song about eating babies. www.myspace.
com/thepowerchords, www.myspace.com/thesess, www.myspace.com/epsilons. PLAN B: Emery Byrd's Christmas Show @ The Whistle Stop. A free show that'll see one of San Diego's best throwback harmony-rock bands playing acoustic yuletide songs, bad sweaters and fake moustaches included. www.emery
byrd.com. PLAN C: Aspects of Physics @ San Diego Sports Club. What used to be two dudes with machines playing some killer glitchy electronica is now a full band, with, well, two dudes with machines plus Pinback's Rob Crowe (guitar) and drummer Art Ulloa (ex-Chune). www.aspectsofphysics.com. PLAN D: Wild Life Refuge w/ Harshmellows @ Dream Street. A bill of solid underground hip-hop. Wild Life Refuge is one of Phoenix's best, with dual MCs over slow jazz and funk beats. Harshmellows, from Santa Cruz, apply a bit of indie-rock sensibility to the MC's gruff, Awol One-like flow. www.wildlifecrew.com, www.myspace.com/harshmellowscrew.
PLAN A: Charles McPherson w/ Gilbert Castellanos @ Dizzy's. McPherson is San Diego's jazz elder, with a long stint as the saxophonist for Charles Mingus. Gilbert Castellanos is the relative young'un, a jazz trumpeter and bandleader who's recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. Best jazz jam session this city's seen in a while. www.charles
mcpherson.com, www.gilbertcastellanos.com. PLAN B: The Henry Clay People w/ Blues from a Gun @ O'Connells. L.A.'s Henry Clay People is a promising newbie, like a cross between Modest Mouse's off-kilter Appalachia and The Futureheads' ensemble singing. San Diego's Blues From a Gun is a warped, psychedelic organ-blues band with a touch of The Doors. www.myspace.com/ thehenryclaypeople, www.my space.com/bluesfromagunmusic. PLAN C: Get Back Loretta w/ Greg Laswell @ Lestat's. Get Back Loretta won "Best Pop" at the San Diego Music Awards this year, and Laswell is a sleepy-eyed crooner who just got off a tour with Zero 7 vocalist Sia. www.get backloretta.com, www.greglas well.com.
PLAN A: DeVotchKa, Eric Bachmann @ the Belly Up. For DeVotchKa, see our story on Page 39. Crooked Fingers frontman Eric Bachmann opens up with his backwoods folk songs. www.de
com. PLAN B: Joanna Newsom @ The Casbah. Newsom is a harpist and a stunning vocalist-with a reedy, almost-childlike delivery to go with the orchestral folk on her new album, Ys. An utterly great record. www.my
space.com/musicmakesthepeople. PLAN C: Vision of a Dying World, Asleep in the Sea, MC Flow, Clock Work Army @ the Zombie Lounge. A fantastic, mostly local bill that's unfortunately on the same night as DeVotchKa and Newsom. Vision of a Dying World is like an indie-folk version of a barbershop quartet; Phoenix's Asleep in the Sea is what might happen if Adam Sandler fronted Olivia Tremor Control; MC Flow is a cross between Princess Superstar and MC Paul Barman; and Clock Work Army is a keyboard indie-rock band whose frontwoman, Emily Neveu, is beyond captivating live. www.thevisionofa
PLAN A: Ziggy Shuffledust & the Spiders from Mars @ The Casbah. Once a year on his birthday, former Honey Glaze vocalist Gary Shuffler does a bang-up, flamboyant tribute to David Bowie at The Casbah. It's a party.
PLAN A: Delta Spirit w/ The Prayers @ The Casbah. Two must-see San Diego bands. Delta Spirit seems like they'd have to seriously fuck up to not become big stars. Their debut EP is full of killer songs, including "Set Me Free"-with chunky guitars, sweaty clap-alongs and soul bellowing, it's one of the best local singles since Pinback's "Penelope." The Prayers features former members of The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower (including volatile vocalist Brandon Welchez) doing '60s-era, reverb rock. www.deltaspirit.net, www.my space.com/thefuckingprayers. PLAN B: Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show @ the Belly Up. With husky harmonies, the Blind Boys have been sending up searing gospel songs to Jesus for years, so this just might be the most traditional Christmas show in town this year. www.blindboys.com.