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San Diego Shows–Friday, Dec. 11

December 11, 2009 - 7:46 am

PLAN A: Drug Wars, Grooms, Tempo No Tempo, Life Deposit @ Che Café. Tactfully balancing the line between garage and hardcore, Drug Wars remain one of the best local live bands. And Brooklyn’s Grooms (above) manage to transcend obvious influences (Pavement, Broken Social Scene) to create smart indie rock that’s both tribute and novel (see video below). PLAN B: Fitz & The Tantrums, Orgone @ The Casbah. I was ga-ga for Fitz’s throwback soul when I downloaded their EP, Songs for a Break Up, Volume 1, back in June. It was worth the price then, and, lucky you, the band is letting fans download it for free on their website. Check out the infectious “Winds of Change” to see what I was all wet about (see video below and, no, it’s not a cover of the Scorpions song although that would be pretty damn cool). PLAN C: Agent Ribbons @ Soda Bar. Cabaret pop with a punk attitude from three Sacramento hotties. BACKUP PLAN: Street of Little Girls, Blessure Grave @ Whistle Stop.


Matt Stallings Art Show @ Subtext Gallery–If you hit up The Casbah tonight (or even if you don’t) be sure to head across the street between 6-11 p.m. for Stallings’ first solo show at Subtext entitled After the Bomb Dropped. It may sound a little serious, but Stallings prides himself on the subversive and, if anything, this sounds like my type of post-apocalyptic world. In it, polar bears are hunted for their precious ICEE juice (paging Sarah Palin), Michael Jackson is resurrected as a monkey (so that he may mate with Bubbles?) and Ronald Reagan is a clown (okay, not so much of a stretch). Sure beats The Road. You can read more about Stallings in the artist profile I did on him back in April (be sure to read Art as Authority’s Kevin Freitas’ boo-hoo haterism in the comments section) or in the interview he recently did with Sezio. Bonus: There’s live music in the Subtext back courtyard from Illuminauts, Treasure Mammal and Jamuel Saxon. 

Ted Rall @ D.G. Wills BooksFolks who’ve read alternative newsweeklies in various cities around the country undoubtedly know the name Ted Rall for his longtime satirical political cartoon “Rall.” But Rall is also a prolific writer, having published 14 books, including political nonfiction, graphic novels and travelogues, and a series of reports, for The Village Voice, from Afghanistan during the early days of the U.S. attack on the Taliban. At 7 p.m., Rall will discuss his latest book, The Year of Loving Dangerously, a collaboration with artist Pablo G. Callejo that’s based on Rall’s experience “getting arrested, dumped, expelled and evicted onto the mean streets of Manhattan in 1984.” 

Westfire, The Skooners, Gray Ghosts @ Beauty Bar.

The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat’s.

URTC, Little Fowl, Jungle Fever @ Bar Pink.

Keith Haman & The Trans Continental Singers @ Ken Club.

Dead Feather Moon, Reverend Mothers, Perfect Blue @ Ruby Room.

Rezurex, The Deep Ones, Embalmers @ Brick by Brick.

Hotel St. George, Maren Parusel, The Very @ Tin Can Ale House.

Tiltwheel, Man vs. Man, Brian Congrejo and the Handsome Five, Abject @ Radio Room.

Cosmic Gate, Victor Dinaire, Sharky @ Voyeur.

Ana Sia feat. Kraddy, Vokab Kompany, Austin Speed and Crmnill @ Winston’s.

Grooms photo above by Julian Gilbert.

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