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San Diego Shows–Wednesday, Feb. 3

February 3, 2010 - 8:09 am

PLAN A: Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers, Leslie and the Badgers @ Belly Up. Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller managed to reinvent himself again last year, and he released a great record that was erroneously ignored. However, anyone bummed that he ditched the alt-country for singer-songwriter pop will find their aural salvation in Leslie & The Badgers (above). Normally, country bands from L.A. are about as authentic as instant grits, but the band’s namesake absolutely charmed me with her Emmylou voice and Jenny Lewis looks when they played Soda Bar last December. PLAN B: Laura Marling, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel @ The Casbah. Almost a Plan A, Marling was an original member of Noah & The Whale, and she’s all the buzz in the U.K. for her moody folk that channels Judee Sill and Lisa Hannigan. And anyone who bought the Once soundtrack will want to show up early for Nathaniel Rateliff. PLAN C: Anvil, The Suicide Chords @ House of Blues. Equal parts charming and kick-ass, last year’s Anvil documentary gave the hard-rock band the due they deserve. Now, they’ll kick your ass in person.

OTHER COOL STUFF:

Space Nature, Des Roar, Fire On The Mountain @ Tin Can Ale House.

Joe Jack Talcum, Lord Grunge, The Bassturd, DJ Jester the Filipino Fist @ Bar Pink.

Josh Damigo, Chris Ayer, Matt Simons @ Lestat’s.

Jeff Hamilton Trio @ Birch North Park Theatre.

Gilbert Castellanos Quartet @ Super El Camino.

Photo above by Zoe-Ruth Erwin.

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