PLAN A: Maynard Ferguson @ Mission Hills High School. Fitting that Fergie's playing a high school, since every student of jazz-when learning the high notes on any instrument-has studied this trumpeter. He's made some really crappy mainstream stuff over the years, but he's a technical whiz whose mastery influenced Stan Kenton and Jimmy Dorsey. PLAN B: Laura Cantrell @ the Casbah. After a heapin' helpin' of critical praise (including John Peel calling her debut his "favorite record from the last 10 years, and possibly my life"), this Nashville-born, New York-dwelling country gal finally gave up a career in accounting to do music full time. Her new non-linear pop album is a testament to her solid, if economically crippling, decision-making. PLAN C: Adrian Belew @ the Belly Up. The funk-rock-prog-pop guitarist blew away Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and King Crimson so much they asked him to join their bands. Now he's back in solo mode, and the show's a must for people who've cradled a Gibson more often than they've cradled humans. PLAN D: Genitorturers @ Brick By Brick. Because while thwacking a leather-clad loved one with a horsewhip is fun, watching experts do it while playing decent industrial music is better.
PLAN A: Martha Wainwright @ the Casbah. See review on Page 36.
PLAN A: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & Mark Gardener @ Brick by Brick. A self-consciously cool image would be a turn-off if BRMC didn't write good and occasionally great tunes (see our CD review on Page 36). Mark Gardener was the frontman for U.K. shoegazer icons Ride and is now going the way of sublime folk-rock. PLAN B: The Exploited @ Royal Palace. These old timers still play punk rock like they just got beat up by trust-funded jocks for the very first time. PLAN C: Steve Porter @ On Broadway. The up-and-coming DJ/producer just got a track on Felix da Housecat's Playboy: The Mansion compilation. He spins "Porterhouse," a smooth, bass-funk mix of house music.
PLAN A: Winard Harper @ Dizzy's. A drummer worthy of Art Blakey's legend, Harper played with the likes of Dexter Gordon and Betty Carter before he and his bro became be-bop stars as the Harper Brothers. Now Winard's on his own, propelling his band through a quality of hard-bop that isn't seen too often in these parts. PLAN B: Idlewild & Inara George @ the Casbah. See CD reviews on Page 36. PLAN C: Deadman & The Proclaimers @ the Belly Up. Great pairing-a show with an entertaining, affable pair of Scotsman who know how to write pop tunes (The Proclaimers) and an opening band whose ghostly, gothic husband-wife duo should steal the show.
PLAN A: DEVO @ House of Blues. While most casual music listeners know they wore funny hats and broke your mama's back, these guys were really nothing more than Kent State art students who reinvented pop music as a parody of humans' rote, robotic role in the universe. Which is kind of a lot. PLAN B: Franz Ferdinand, TV on the Radio @ Cox Arena. Franz are the well-cropped kings of neo-post-punk (see our feature on this page), and TV on the Radio is indie-rock with a vocalist who's soulful like Ben Harper, pure-toned like Peter Gabriel and jittery like a meth head at a Harvest Festival. PLAN C: The Locust w/ Black Dice & GoGoGo Airheart @ Epicentre. Best all-ages show this week. The Locust are noise terrorists who dress in sci-fi drag and hide their big musical talents in an earthquake of grinding clatter. Black Dice is their Brooklyn equal with less assault and more herk to their jerk. GoGoGo is San Diego's best mumble-punk with a groove.
THE ONLY PLAN: Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ the Tower Bar. This is the last time we'll tell ya about this dive-bar blues revival that kicks off every week with a urine trough full of sweat. Besides milking the man for unemployment, the best reason to be irresponsible on Mondays.
PLAN A: Doves @ House of Blues. Easily in CityBeat's top five of shows of the year (see feature on Page 29). PLAN B: Christian McBride @ Athenaeum. One of the premiere jazz bassists who knows how to groove. Best thing to come to La Jolla since money. PLAN C: Wolf Eyes @ the Casbah. Compared to this trio, The Locust sound like Green Day. Nate Young builds instruments (including a three-layer synthesizer "cake") and the trio go from scary-ass calm to soul-shredding aggression in the same song. Disturbing, awful, great. PLAN D: Dropkick Murphys @ Soma. Punk in the Social Distortion and Rancid vein, this is Boston's pride and joy, three chords, Irish drinking harmonies and a kilt-wearing frontman who's known to dangle his frogeyes out in public.