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Wednesday, Feb. 27
PLAN A: Califone, Little White Teeth, Blues Oblique @ The Casbah. Like folkies from another dimension, Chicago’s Califone deal in a strange, alluring kind of roots music, mixing twanging guitars and moody vibes with more otherworldly elements. They offer a peek into their evolution with the recent vinyl reissue of 2002’s Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People, a compilation of the band’s two debut EPs. PLAN B: Morrissey, Kristeen Young @ Balboa Theatre. Last week, Morrissey declared that L.A.’s Staples Center must order its McDonald’s vendors closed and institute a meat-free menu as part of his contract for a concert there. I’m curious if he has any stunts planned for San Diego. BACKUP PLAN: San Pedro el Cortez, Slipping into Darkness, Sixties Guns @ The Void.
Thursday, Feb. 28
PLAN A: Machino, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Ivano @ Kava Lounge. Machino isn’t your daddy’s techno. Taking cues from minimal techno stars like Matthew Dear and Ricardo Villalobos, the San Diego-born, Tijuana-bred DJ and producer draws up hypnotizing, four-to-the-floor thumpers full of humid textures and propulsive energy. San Diegans aren’t much for dancing, but things could get pretty sweaty at this release party for his new EP. PLAN B: Cotton Jones, Oh Spirit, Adams and Eves @ Soda Bar. A little romantic, a lotta quirky: That’s how I’d describe Maryland indie-poppers Cotton Jones and their homespun vocal harmonies and whimsical, plinking melodies.
Friday, March 1
PLAN A: Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn, DRB, Psychopop, RSI @ Kava Lounge. If you’re in the mood for some next-level shit, you’ve found the right place. With his project Venice Dawn, Adrian Younge infuses the soul and funk of vintage blaxploitation flicks with the haunting, windswept vibes of Ennio Morricone’s film scores. DRB and RSI, meanwhile, belong to the elusive and amazing Dirty Drums crew. (Adrian Younge also brings Venice Dawn to The Roots Factory on Saturday, March 2.) PLAN B: Redd Kross @ The Casbah. L.A. rockers Redd Kross have been dishing out beefy power-pop gems since the 1980s, and they’re as loud and irresistible as ever on their 2012 album, Researching the Blues, their first in 15 years. BACKUP PLAN: Secret Apollo, St. Cloud Sleepers, Red Pony Clock, Kalashnikov My Wife @ Soda Bar.
Saturday, March 2
PLAN A: Banyan, The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ Winstons. Banyan throws down—that’s for damn sure. An art-punk super-group led by a former member of Jane’s Addiction, they channel the spirit of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix with solid rhythms, brassy trumpet runs and, perhaps most notably, scorching guitar workouts from Wilco ax-man Nels Cline. PLAN B: R. Stevie Moore, Lake, Plateaus @ The Void. Boasting more than 400 albums, lo-fi luminary R. Stevie Moore has penned countless tunes during the past 40-odd years, ranging from goofy ditties to infectious, would-be pop hits. Now 61, he’s embarked on what he describes as a “never-ending” world tour. BACKUP PLAN: Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees @ The Casbah.
Sunday, March 3
PLAN A: Vampire Slayer, Late Nite Howl, Marcelo Radulovich, DJ Mnstrpsy @ The Void. It’s not often you come across a folk singer who makes you drop everything and listen. But that’s what happened when I cued up Late Nite Howl’s Soundcloud page: Using an acoustic guitar and his own subdued voice, songwriter Paul Dondero left me in a solemn, contemplative state. PLAN B: Uli Jon Roth’s All-Star Jam, Kofi Baker’s Extreme Cream MKII, Taz Taylor Band @ Brick by Brick. Metal guitarists on a quest for shredder nirvana would be wise to seek out Uli Jon Roth, a kind of Yoda for those who attend his Sky Academy workshops. Tonight, the Scorpions guitarist will team up with some locals, including the wizardly Greg Vaughan, for an epic rock ’n’ roll celebration.
Monday, March 4
PLAN A: Free Energy, Barbarian, Ancient Sea @ Soda Bar. Offering big riffs and lots of cowbell, Philadelphia’s Free Energy play the kind of bright, catchy, feelgood rock ’n’ roll you could imagine hearing on That ’70s Show. They’ve gotten lots of buzz for their new album, Love Sign, so don’t be surprised if they play Sleep Train Amphitheatre soon enough.
Tuesday, March 5
PLAN A: Gold Fields, A Silent Film, Royal Teeth @ The Casbah. Grab your hairspray and black-laced Madonna gloves: With their new-wave hooks and uplifting lyrics, Australian synth-rockers Gold Fields have ’80s prom night written all over them. BACKUP PLAN: Hotel Mexico, Bruin @ Soda Bar.