PLAN A: Dean & Britta @ Anthology. Hopefully, you read Kelly Davis’ feature in last week’s issue. Dean Wareham and his bandmates will perform songs by indie-rock legends Galaxie 500, Wareham’s former band, a short-lived trio that recorded a number of gems. PLAN B: Best Coast, Sonny and the Sunsets, D/Wolves, Dirty Beaches, DJs Mario Orduno and Charles Rowell @ The Casbah. This year’s release of the solid Crazy for You solidified Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino as the poster girl for youthful ennui—a pot-smoking 20-something with a massive crush, a hilarious Twitter feed and an ear for pop songcraft. PLAN C: Nosaj Thing, Toro y Moi, Jogger @ The Loft at UCSD. Nosaj Thing makes forward-thinking electro that he chops up and plays with live. Toro y Moi make chill pop that’s a perfect soundtrack for spooning. BACKUP PLAN: Sean Hayes, Drew Andrews @ Soda Bar.
Thursday, Nov. 11
PLAN A: Lila Downs @ House of Blues. Lila Downs is the kind of artist who feels at home in a border city like ours— as you’ll read in the feature on this page, she comes from a mixed background, and she sings everything from traditional Mexican ranchera to jazz standards. And considering that she’s got a magnificent voice, we should be thankful. PLAN B: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Weekend @ The Loft at UCSD. The new single “Heart in Your Heartbreak,” a radiant indie-pop confection with a lovesick core, proves that this NYC outfit rules at being sad in the happiest way. PLAN C: Hillstomp, McDougall @ Bar Pink. With their blues licks and bucket drums, you could easily mistake the two Portland dudes behind Hillstomp for a couple of talented Mississippi swamp people. BACKUP PLAN: Nobunny, The Stalins of Sound, Natural Child @ Soda Bar.
Friday, Nov. 12
PLAN A: Joel P West @ California Center for the Arts. Bring the kids for this one. Local Americana mainstay Joel P West will give an intimate performance inside a fort built by artist Wes Bruce. PLAN B: Sole & The Skyrider Band, Egadz, Artoo, Illuminauts @ Soda Bar. While Sole & The Skyrider Band deftly bridges personal and political in its rhymes, Egadz and Illuminauts effortlessly work MIDI drum pads to make sick hip-hop beats. PLAN C: Pance Party @ U-31. Über-cool DJ trio Pance Party put down heavy beats, thick bass and big synth vamps for what’ll certainly be a hipster jamboree. BACKUP PLAN: Keak Da Sneak, Tha COR, Kafani, Big Rich, J Stalin, Laroo, Stevie Joe, Philthy Rich, YS, Nephew, Rydah J Clyde, Young Doe, Mr. Midas, Tiny Doo James Flamez & N.W.S. @ Lydia’s Café (1628 Palm Ave., Imperial Beach).
Saturday, Nov. 13
PLAN A: Gayle Skidmore, The Hot Moon, Autumn Electric, Gabe Vega, DJ Victor John @ The Ruby Room. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and Damien Rice will dig Make Believe, the solid new record by local indie-folk singer-songwriter Gayle Skidmore, what with her bittersweet lyrics, expressive vocals and rocking arrangements. But anybody could appreciate that the record comes with a handmade coloring book. PLAN B: Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, Frank Dukes @ Brick by Brick. You can always count on Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah to deliver some great stream-ofconsciousness rhymes over his classic soul samples. But there’s also a good chance this show will have the fun-loving R&B feel of last year’s Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City. BACKUP PLAN: Tim Kasher, Darren Hanlon @ The Loft at UCSD.
Sunday, Nov. 14
PLAN A: Blonde Redhead, Ólöf Arnalds @ House of Blues. Critics aren’t terribly fond of Blonde Redhead’s new album, Penny Sparkle, which has a super-sleek synthpop vibe that’s worlds apart from the volatile no-wave of the band’s early years. But the album’s not all bad—the percussive chug of “Here Sometimes” is downright hypnotic—and, reportedly, they put on a wonderful, cinematic live show. BACKUP PLAN: MAE @ The Loft at UCSD.
Monday, Nov. 15
PLAN A: GWAR, The Casualties, Infernaeon, Mobile Death Camp @ House of Blues. After more than 25 years of dressing up in monster costumes and playing songs with titles like “Penguin Attack,” GWAR still strikes the perfect balance between badassery and hilarity. Case in point: The heavy-metal outfit’s new album, Bloody Pit of Horror, features eight-string guitars and a track titled “Zombies, March!” PLAN B: The Legendary Pink Dots, Street of Little Girls, DJ Robin Roth @ The Casbah. The Legendary Pink Dots have been circulating their own weird orbit for 30 years, having released more than 40 albums of eclectic psych-rock, gone through countless lineup changes and built a cult following that you’re sure to encounter here. BACKUP PLAN: Bear Hands, Rumspringa, Gun Runner @ Soda Bar.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
PLAN A: Woodsman, Blackbird Blackbird, Melted Toys @ Soda Bar. Between Woodsman’s epic psych-rock, Blackbird Blackbird’s chilled-out soundscapes and Wild Waves’ Krautrock grooves, you’ve got a bill that goes perfectly with that Hindu Death Cabbage you keep in the sock drawer. BACKUP PLAN: John Mayall @ Anthology.