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San Diego Shows–Thursday, August 3

September 3, 2009 - 10:39 am


PLAN A: Cold Cave, The Strange Boys, The Anasazis, DJs Mario Orduno, Sir Charles, Brandon Welchez @ Soda Bar–Jesus, how many Andrew Fletchers is too many? Cold Cave seems to have tapped out at three synth players, but they certainly make the case that it could be just the right amount. You may remember frontman Wesley Eisold from local hardcore band Some Girls. Seems like he traded more than fish tacos for cheesesteaks when he moved to Philly a few years ago. But it suits him. Just as his buds in Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower grew up to become Crocodiles, this is the sound of a man growing up musically. Yeah, it’s derivative, superfluous and pretentious as hell, but goddamn it sounds good. Your 16-year-old goth cousin is gonna love these guys (check out AnnaMaria Stephens’ piece from this week’s issue). I agree with Todd Kroviak’s take that The Anasazis are gaining momentum in the scene and that their debut EP is certainly good enough that their name will soon be uttered in the same sentences as all those other “hot” garage-rock bands. And if you like Black Lips, Mika Miko, Vivian Girls and all those other bands that sound like they don’t give a shit (which I don’t), the The Strange Boys might be your cup of tea. PLAN B: Heartless Bastards, Local Natives @ The Casbah–While bands like Black Keys and The White Stripes get all the love, Erika Wennerstrom and her band, Heartless Bastards, have released a  steady stream of foolishly ignored albums. Sounding like Lucinda Williams fronting a killer blues-rock band, anyone who has seen them live understands. And just when you think they’ve made that record that’s gonna break them big (this year’s The Mountain, for example), mainstream radio and media just keeps ignoring them. One band that is not having that problem, however, is indie-popsters Local Natives. NME have already gotten hella-gay over  the L.A.-based band. Blending just the right amount of folky ’60s harmonies, Brit-pop and indie-rock, fans of Broken Social Scene, Midlake and even Blitzen Trapper should find Natives’ tunes the perfect end-of-summer soundtrack. PLAN C: Smile Brigade, The Donkeys, The Howls @ Beauty Bar—Might be a good show for a first date. Smile Brigade are a little to cute and earnest for me, but local boys The Donkeys never disappoint with their mix of folk, alt-country and psychedelic rock. And keep your eyes on The Howls. Their sound isn’t all the way there yet, but their garagey americana straddles the same gray area between The Replacements’ Hootenany and Let It BeBACKUP PLAN: “Worst Music Ever” with DJs Dimitri D, Daniel & Mark @ Whistle Stop

Cold Cave at No Fun Fest:


The Working Title, Ryan “Pooh” Howell, DJ Juicy Juice @ Tin Can Ale House

New Radiant Storm King, Drew Grow & the Pastors Wives @ Bar Pink

Trouble in the Wind, Coates & Villa, Long Live Logos @ Ken Club

UK Subs, Bankers Hill, The Lugers, Reservoir Tips @ Brick By Brick

Rhythm Turner, Tori Roze and The Hot Mess @ Universal

“Grown Folk Shit” with DJ Ikah Love, The Grown Folk House Band and guest Latanya Lockett @ El Dorado

Josh Damigo, Chris Ayers @ Lestats

Private Domain @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage

“Music as Medicine Benefit” with Alphonse Mouzon Jazz Project @ Anthology–Benefit for Doctors Without Borders

“80’s Heat “-Goodbye Cruel Summer Party @ Belly Up

“Fire Corner” with DJs Skarina, Jesse Outlaw, Masterblaster @ Kadan Club

“Nite Vision” with DJs Franki Chan, Gabe Vega, Adam Salter, Erick Diaz @ Voyeur

Flash N Fashion, Marlon Dane, Lady Gemini, Beta Lion, One Son @ Canes

80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJs Artistic and Cros 1 @ U-31

“Oh. Faux. Sheaux” with DJs The Office Twins, Waly Mayhem, Memo Rx @ The Office

The Flock of 80’s @ Henry’s Pub

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