San Diego Shows–Friday, Feb. 26
PLAN A: Rafter, Lion Cut, Smile Now Cry Later @ Whistle Stop Bar. Surely, you’ve learned all about the one-woman dance-pop awesomeness that is Smile Now Cry Later (above, see the feature in this week’s issue) and also loved Enrique Limón’s hilarious piece in our Feb. 10 issue on the cat-suit-wearing duo Lion Cut, right? Right. But Rafter Roberts’ recent foray into indie R&B (it sounds like E from the Eels backed by Roger & Zapp) makes this the best show for lovers this week. PLAN B: Cash’d Out, Pushin Rope, Off the Wagon @ Belly Up. It’s Johnny Cash’s birthday, and the headliner really is the next best thing to seeing the man in black, himself. Not now—I mean when he was alive. BACKUP PLAN: SPL, Joe Rogers, Metaphase, CRMNL @ The Ruby Room.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
David Adey @ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. “Everything that matters depends upon stuff” is the last line of San Diego artist David Adey’s online personal statement. For the exhibition John Henry—opening with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.—Adey is using stuff, namely books, to build an installation in the museum’s Rotunda Gallery. Given that Adey was recently awarded a San Diego Art Prize—and his past work’s gotten mad respect from us in the past—we’re sure whatever he’s come up with will be good. Also opening at the Athenaeum tonight is Charlie Miller’s Anything but Rehab, a series of collages incorporating vintage medical ephemera, and an exhibit of works by bookmaker Mary Ellen Long.
Ready Fire Aim @ Subtext Gallery. Seattle artist Shawn Wolfe’s “deconstructing and reconstructing consumerism and brand fetishism” (as he puts it) has landed him work with mega-brands like Sony, Nike and K2, as well as spreads in Sphere, Adbusters and Raygun. It could seem ironic that his subversive style landed him such attention and work with huge corporations, but we won’t hold it against him when the work is this cool. A multimedia artist working in everything from painting to apparel, sculpture to album-cover art, he’ll have his first San Diego solo show at Subtext Gallery starting with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Local folk duo Cousins will also perform.
Social Spit, Riverbottom Nightmare Band, Meatwagon, Nuclear Tomorrow @ Radio Room. Our main music feature this week was on Diatribe, a rather obscure local ’80s hardcore band whose singer has returned with a new lineup to play all their, uh, hits. Needless, to say the original guitarist was none too pleased and hit them with a cease-and-desist. I’m pretty sure that this new Diatribe incarnation, whatever they’re calling themselves, are playing tonight. Check out all the drama and vitriol here.
The Vision of a Dying World, Miss Erika Davies, Gregory Page, Logan Greene @ Che Café.
Red Tiger, Wirepony @ Bar Pink.–Steve from The Dragons new band. Haven’t heard em yet, but should be good.
The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The Watusis@ The Casbah.
Kera and the Lesbians, The Paragraphs, Trouble in the Wind @ Soda Bar.
Dan Padilla, Rumspringer, Breaker Breaker One Niner, The Accoutrements @ Tin Can Ale House.
Exist 2010 Art Show @ Existence Church. See art by Kelli Murray (whose work has graced CityBeat‘s cover) along with 20 other artists. There will be music, coffee and dessert. $5 suggested donation benefits A.R.T.S, a non-profit that provides art therapy for children in need.
M.A.N.D.Y., Alain de Saracho @ Voyeur.
DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
Deadbolt @ Ken Club.
DT Rat.Star @ El Dorado.
“6.4 = Makeout” w/DJs Astronauta Jackson, Brandon Relf, Jeff Graves @ Kadan Club.
The Smart Brothers, Gregory Page @ Java Joe’s at Cafe Libertalia.
Guitar Shorty @ Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge.
The Infamous Riverbottom Nightmare Band, Meatwagon, Nuclear Tomorrow @ Radio Room.
Veronica May, Danielle Lo Presti, Collective Purpose, Nomis @ Anthology.
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, RiceRokit @ Winstons
The Bicycle Thief @ Velo Cult. One of those movies that constantly shows up on Best Films of All Times lists but you probably haven’t seen. Here’s your chance-and, yes, it makes those lists for a reason.