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San Diego Shows–Sunday, May 31

May 31, 2009 - 2:43 pm


PLAN A: Sir Richard Bishop and His Freak of Araby Ensemble, Oaxacan @ Bar Pink–As curious a proposition ever spawned from the American underground, Arizona-born eccentrics Sun City Girls spent the majority of their 25-year journey exploring the fringes of popular music. And that’s using “popular” in the loosest sense—touching on everything from noise and free-form poetry to African and Indonesian rhythms, they were honest-to-god experimental icons. Although guitarist Sir Richard Bishop released his first solo album more than 10 years ago, the 2007 death of SCG drummer Charles Gocher ended the band’s run, giving Bishop the opportunity to further develop his own works. At North Park’s Bar Pink, Bishop and his Freak of Araby Ensemble perform cuts from his latest, The Freak of Araby, a strange and beautiful tribute to Lebanese guitarist Omar Khorshid. Support comes from Oakland noise terrorists Oaxacan. –Todd Kroviak PLAN B: Thread/S.D. CityBeat Summerbeat Party @ Wonderhaus Bakery–The best in homegrown fashion along with bands like Scarlet Symphony and The Burning of Rome. PLAN C: Demasiado (CD release), QQC, The Secret Seven, Brian Holwerda of The Blackout Party @ The Casbah–Was really impressed with Demasiado’s performance at Sezio’s Live@Luce Loft series and excited to see The Secret Seven. BACKUP PLAN: Too Many Creeps” @ Whistle StopDJ Mario Orduno’s record collection is way better than yours. After a rough weekend, this is the best place to chill out and actually, you know, listen to the music. Plus, according to Rolling Stone magazine, Orduno’s “The Scenemaker.”

Quick Picks (in order of superbness):

Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Withered @ House of Blues–Uh, metal…

Fol Chen @ The Loft at UCSD

Breaker Breaker One Niner, Behind The Wagon, Landmine Lullaby @ Radio Room

JR Richards, Dynamite Walls @ Belly Up

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