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Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010

Steve Aoki @ Voyeur and more must-see San Diego shows

Electrohouse DJ Steve Aoki takes over Voyeur, Wavves at TNT and the rest of the best San Diego music

By Peter Holslin
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Wednesday, Aug. 11

PLAN A: The Budos Band, In Motion Trio, DJ Claire @ The Casbah. San Diego has seen plenty of Afrobeat this summer from Femi Kuti and Antibalas, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up The Budos Band, a 12-piece from Staten Island that delivers brooding grooves with retro organs and Ethiopian-style horn arabesques. PLAN B: My morning Jacket, Avi Buffalo @ SDSU Open Air Theatre. Splitting the difference between lush pop and Pink Floyd-style psychrock, My morning Jacket never let their fans down. If you saw our feature last week about Avi Buffalo, you’d know that the band pens bright, youthful guitar pop fixated on sex and death. BACKUP PLAN: Seu Jorge and Almaz @ Belly Up.

Thursday, Aug. 12

PLAN A: Wavves @ MCASD Downtown. Maybe you liked Wavves when it was a lo-fi bedroom project, but now you think his well-received King of the Beach is just pop-punk with Beach Boys decorations. I hear you. Honestly, though, songs like “Post Acid” are catchy as hell. PLAN B: Rob Crow, Brian Warren @ Whistle Stop. You might recognize Rob Crow as that guy from Pinback who’s in a million other bands. But don’t mistake Weatherbox frontman Brian Warren for the mixed-martial-arts fighter of the same name, who can’t play guitar for shit. At this special night, Crow and Warren play acoustic solo sets. BACKUP PLAN: Mono / Poly, DJ Clean Cut, DJ Pound @ El Dorado.

Friday, Aug. 13

PLAN A: North Park Music Thing @ North Park. Check out our guide. PLAN B: The Soft Pack @ Del Mar Racetrack. Named after a special kind of sexual prosthetic, The Soft Pack play infectious, stripped-down garage-rock reminiscent as much of The Stooges as The Strokes. And they’re originally from San Diego—doesn’t that make you proud? PLAN C: Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. You’re making a pretty big statement by playing the music of Django Reinhardt, the French Gypsy renowned as one of the best jazz guitarists in the world. But you can tell from his lithe guitar work that Gonzalo Bergara, a guitar virtuoso from Argentina, is up to the task. BACKUP PLAN: Steve Poltz, 7th Day Buskers @ The Casbah.

Saturday, Aug. 14

PLAN A: North Park Music Thing @ North Park. Again, check out our guide. PLAN B: Proxy, DJ Krassy, Bareback DJs @ Voyeur. An ominous, drawnout synth riff that repeats over and over drives “Raven,” the most popular track by the Russian techno act known as Proxy. Dance music never sounded so foreboding. Plan C: The Reverend Horton Heat, Split Lip Rayfield, Hillstomp @ House of Blues. A trio from Texas led by Jim Heath, The Reverent Horton Heat has been throwing down kick-ass psychobilly since the mid ’80s—and it never gets old. BACKUP PLAN: Paul Zepol, Quail, Pat Hull, Sleep Magnets @ Park Gallery.

Sunday, Aug. 15

PLAN A: Steve Aoki @ Voyeur. Attention scenesters: It’s best to arrive extra early for this one, lest you want to explain to your cool friends how you missed out on a set by Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki, whose take on electrohouse is wilder, more menacing and far cooler than your average house DJ. PLAN B: Adam Haworth Stephens, Miss Erika Davies @ The Casbah. Judging by the delicate folk of “The Cities That You’ve burned,” from his forthcoming solo debut, Adam Haworth Stephens is gentler and more vulnerable than when he’s playing in San Francisco indie-rock duo Two Gallants. If you missed Miss Erika Davies at Claire de Lune on Friday, here’s your chance to see one of the best jazz singers in the city. BACKUP PLAN: Abstract Rude @ Brick by Brick.

Monday, Aug. 16

PLAN A: Chromeo, Holy Ghost!, Telephoned @ House of Blues. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem made danceable indie-rock cool. Chromeo and Holy Ghost! take up Murphy’s torch, marrying indie-rock guitars with disco beats. (See our feature on this page.) PLAN B: Young the Giant, Mississippi Man, Longstay @ The Casbah. Newport Beach’s Young the Giant, who’re playing the second Monday of a month-long residency, get poppy with jangly guitars and heartfelt vocals. Don’t miss Mississippi Man, who play bright, carnivalesque indie-rock. BACKUP PLAN: The Madonna Bangers, The Endless Bummer, Mermaid @ Soda Bar.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

PLAN A: The Swell Season, Ryan Bingham @ House of Blues. A duo composed of an Irish musician and a Czech singer and pianist, The Swell Season make plaintive folk that’s intimate and lovely. Ryan Bingham makes hoarse-voiced tunes with a country twang. PLAN B: Bill Wesley and the Array Orchestra, Sludge Butt, Skrapez @ Soda Bar. Local musician Bill Wesley builds unique instruments for the likes of King Crimson and Dirty Projectors. I’m curious to see what he and his bandmates will do with them in an improvisational setting. BACKUP PLAN: The Exotics @ Bar Pink. 




 
 
 
 
 
 
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