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PLAN A: Ozomatli w/ Cava @ House of Blues. Grammy winners Ozomatli get deeper and deeper into their Hispanic roots with each show, a barrio brass band with Spanglish singalongs and the occasional rap. Cava is a Pasadena band playing traditional son, cumbia and salsa music, with old-school congos, new-school electronics and dancefloor vocalist Claudia Tenorio. www.ozomatli.com, MS/cavaliscious. PLAN B: Alkoholiks @ 'Canes. L.A.'s hedonistic rap trio isn't quite as reckless nowadays, nor as good as when they dropped Coast II Coast. Still, they're always a good party for those still putting off 12-step programs. www.alkaholiks.com. PLAN C: Plastic Explosive @ San Diego Sports Club. It's the CD-release party for San Diego's Plastic Explosive, a solid alt-rock band with a touch of piano-glam to "em. MS/plasticexplosive.
PLAN A: Redman w/ Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Keith Murray and Supernatural @ House of Blues. This show takes rap back to the '90s, which was a great decade. Since being named "Rap Artist of the Year" in 1993 by Source magazine, Redman has continued to earn the nickname "Funk Doctor" with Parliament-style beats and endless, witty boasts. Raekwon was Wu-Tang Clan's mafioso with arguably the best Wu solo album ( Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ). Keith Murray is Redman's partner (along with Erick Sermon) in Def Squad, sadly known more for his run-ins with Johnny Law than his vivid wordplay. And Supernatural is one of the best freestylers around. www.funkdoc.com, MS/ghostface, www.raekwon thechef.com, MS/keithmurray, MS/mcsupernatural. PLAN B: Hostile Combover @ San Diego Sports Club. A San Diego band that honors the Drive Like Jehu tradition of using their instruments, including the voice, for aggravated assault. MS/hostilecomb over. PLAN C: Jeremy Enigk w/ Manuok @ The Casbah. For Enigk, see our feature on this page. Manuok is a post-modern pop project by an artist, Scott Mercado, who could make the "Album of the Year" if he took a bit of time away from his other gig with Black Heart Procession. MS/jeremyenigk, www.man uok.com. SLEEPERS: Yovee, Jade Shader & Exfriends @ the Belly Up (MS/yovee, www.the jadeshader.com, www.mattcurreri.com). The Center @ Jumping Turtle (MS/thecenterband). Lindsey Troy @ Lestat's (MS/lindseytroy).
PLAN A: Special Ed, DJ Tony Touch, B-Boy Mafia, Armory Massive @ 4th & B. You'd be tempted to call Brooklyn's Special Ed a "one-hit wonder," seeing as how he was pushed off the face of the earth by his management and label after producing the hip-hop classic, "I Got it Made." But the quickflow bragger is greater than the descent of his public image. Mixtape king Tony Touch has hopped the reggaeton train to recent success and is still one of the best freestyle DJs in the game. Bboy Mafia and Armory Massive are two top-notch San Diego hip-hop acts. PLAN B: Diablo Dimes w/ Mario Escovedo @ Tower Bar. Diablo Dimes is an old-fashioned drifter with a twangy, metastasized voice that recalls Tom Waits. In fact, his debut was recorded by Waits' old cohort, Chuck E. Weiss. Mario Escovedo is the former leather-pants-and-whisky frontman for The Dragons, now playing solo stuff. www.diablodimes.com. PLAN C: Steve Poltz @ Lestat's. Poltz, the former San Diegan now living in Austin, Texas, returns for yet another manic night that's part song, part storytelling and part stand-up comedy. www.poltz.com. SLEEPERS: Year Long Disaster @ Scolari's Office (www.yearlong disaster.com). Junkie XL @ Belo (www.junkiexl.com).
PLAN A: El Vez Xmas Show @ The Casbah. San Diego's former punk rocker was featured on USA Network's "Show Us Your Character" campaign (along with the Naked Cowboy and a woman who could sing backwards) because he's, well, pretty great-part Elvis impersonator, part vaudeville, part vato. Throw Christmas songs into the mix and it's a multi-ethnic spectacle. www.elvez.net. PLAN B: Greyboy Allstars @ the Belly Up. It's a testament to how good the Allstars are when they rule San Diego's acid-jazz scene in the early '90s, break up, come back years later and still pack big clubs. Jazz meets shake-ass. www.greyboyall stars.com. PLAN C: Action Andy & His Haunted Honkey-Tonkers @ Tower Bar. If you're a fan of roots music or rockabilly at all, you need to hear this San Diego band. Action Andy's voodoo twang and his band's bluesy waltz are potent. MS/sandiegoactionandy. SLEEPERS: Gregory Page @ Lestat's (www.gregorypage.com). The Nancy @ The Alibi (MS/nan cyband). The Vaginals @ Hot Monkey Love Café (MS/vagisilli er). Brass Knuckle Voodoo @ The Zombie Lounge (MS/brassknuck levoodoo). UV Tigers @ The Ken Club (MS/ultraviolettigers).
PLAN A: Jimmy Lewis Xmas Show @ Tiki Lounge. In a better world, a man who channels Robert Plant and plays guitar-god with the best of 'em would've been on the cover of Rolling Stone. But lucky for you, Superunloader frontman Jimmy Lewis still plays comfy beer joints like this, doing Christmas shows, no less. www.superunloader.com. PLAN B: "Exile on Kettner Blvd" @ The Casbah. Christmas where the word "tradition" earns its reputation. "Exile" is a staple for The Casbah, the one time of the year when The Dragons (a defunct San Diego band that were like our version of The Ramones-meets-Bruce Springsteen) reunite to play nothing but Rolling Stones covers. MS/exileonkettnerblvd.
Rip Paper @ Your House. Take Christmas off. Ponder religion and its role in CapitalOne's stock value.
PLAN A: Mr. Tube w/ MC Flow, Bad Credit, Addiquit @ The Casbah. A great local bill, but the real intrigue here is Addiquit. No word on what she's like live-especially since hip-hop is the toughest genre to pull off on stage unless you got a posse like The Roots or Public Enemy-but her recordings are the sort of stuff that generates big buzz. It's grimy beats mixed with skittering electro, and the white chick's flow is equal parts heavy-breath sultriness and street urchin. Mr. Tube is a bit like Beastie side project BS 2000 meets Black Heart Procession (whose vocalist, Pall Jenkins, fronts the band). MC Flow is a must-see white-girl hip-hop artist, and SNL sketch-meets-rap-act Bad Credit are playing their first gig in about a year. www.mrtube.com, MS/mcflow, MS/addiquitmusic, www.badcred it2000.com.