San Diego Shows–Wednesday, Feb. 24
PLAN A: We Were Promised Jetpacks @ The Loft at UCSD. Between The Twilight Sad, Idlewild and Franz Ferdinand, Scotland produces catchy post-punk like France produces smelly cheese. With a bit of a harder edge (see the fist-clenching single “Quiet Little Monsters.” See video below), Jetpacks (above) are bound to add to the gross domestic product, and their live show is as spirited as that bar room brawl in Trainspotting. PLAN B: Senator and the New Republic @ Soda Bar. A lush, theatrically inclined pop project from a sentimental Jewish boy from New York. Adam Greenberg makes beautiful pop songs that take the best parts of Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson and ELO but still manage to not sound earnestly worshipful. If he doesn’t make it as a troubadour, I hear Broadway is a few stops away on the train. BACKUP PLAN: The Soundtrack of Our Lives , Nico Vega , The Loons @ The Casbah.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Jehova’s Fitness, David & Me, Trashcan Fires, Dr. Popsicle, and more @ Che Cafe. A benefit for Books for Prisoners. Admission is $5 or three books.
“Commune Wednesdays” w/ Long Live Logos, DJ Timothy Hines @ Whistle Stop.
Gilbert Castellanos @ Super El Camino.
Ultra Violent Lights, …Students, Blessed Deep Band @ Ruby Room.
Brawley @ Bar Pink.
Cumbia Pachanga, Sonido de la Frontera @ U-31.
End of Power, The Mice, Caskets on Parade @ Beauty Bar.
Dynamite Walls, Republic of Letters, Tommy Graf @ Belly Up.