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San Diego Shows–Tuesday, March 2

March 2, 2010 - 7:00 am

PLAN A: Midlake, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea @ Belly Up. Poor Midlake (above). Their new album of folky soft-rock is getting shat on by the music press. However, I know from seeing them three times that they put on a great show. And anyone who digs on Blitzen Trapper’s slower jams or Akron/Family will love fellow Denton, Texas, sextet Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. Sparse, yet carefully constructed folk that’s been generating a lot of buzz and, unlike the headliner, positive reviews. PLAN B: Shrinebuilder, A Storm of Light @ The Casbah. Comprising members of Neurosis, The Melvins and Spirit Caravan, just think of Shrinebuilder as a bunch of grizzled, old metal dudes (you have to say it like this: duuuuudes) getting their mojo back. Don’t believe me? Check out the seven-minute doom-metal assault of “Pyramid of the Moon” on their MySpace page, turn it up to 11 and then call me after you reattach your face. BACKUP PLAN: Gregory Page, Melly Frances & The Distilled Spirits, Miss Erika Davies @ Tin Can Ale House.

OTHER COOL STUFF:

Victory Gardens: Join the Garden Revolution @ S.D. Natural History Museum. Back in the eras of WWI and WWII, people planted victory gardens to help the war effort by minimizing the demand for food supply. While we may not be experiencing food shortages just yet (thanks to cheaply produced crops like corn and soybeans, which are pretty much found in all commercial food products these days), it probably wouldn’t hurt anyone to plant a vegetable garden and eat more vegetables—you know, to help the war effort and all. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. you can learn all about gardening, urban agriculture and local food systems, part of the museum’s “Sustainable Planet: Food” lecture series. Hear Rose Hayden-Smith talk about how the victory-garden model is the answer for the local food movement. $5. 

Lauren Woods @ UCSD Art Gallery. The artist beind M(other)land at the University Art Gallery discusses The AFRICA Archive, which focuses on her longtime interest in American perspecitves on Africa as they relate to identity and cultural power. 6:30 p.m.

Under Great White Northern Lights @ The Loft at UCSD. Screening of Emmett Malloy-directed documentary on The White Stripes. Check out the trailer below. Actually looks really good. 

“Too Cool For Karaoke” @ Ruby Room.

“Friends Chill” game night @ Whistle Stop.

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