San Diego Shows–Wednesday, March 17
PLAN A: Xiu Xiu, tUnE-yArDs, Noveller @ The Casbah. This show is going to be packed with bespectacled, Pitchfork-reading music dorks (including me), and for good reason. San Jose’s Xiu Xiu (pronounced “shoe-shoe”) combines post-punk, electro and noise-rock for music that sounds like some great, lost Leonard Cohen and Brain Eno collaboration. And one-woman force tUnE-yArDs (Merrill Garbus, above) released a DIY masterpiece last year with BiRd-BrAiNs. Weird, haunting freak-folk and a live show that had The New York Times exclaiming that she had a “rhythmic and artistic intelligence that echoed Bjork.” BACKUP PLAN: Little White Teeth @ Whistle Stop. If you missed it, we featured them in last year’s all local music issue. Check out Todd Kroviak’s excellent article.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Stay Lucky, San Diego release party @ Bluefoot. Celebrate the release of a killer compilation record (and a cleverly titled one, to boot) that features tracks by locals The Kabbs and Zodiac Death Valley among others.
Lux @ Night @ Lux Art Institute. Stop in at Lux for wine, beer, live blues guitar by Ben Powell and one last chance to see Iva Gueorguieva’s exhibit of colorful abstract paintings before it’s gone forever. $5 suggested donation. 21 & over.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FRICKIN’ AMAZING @ MOPA. See photographs and hear stories by Los Angeles Times photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Don Bartletti.
Belonging @ Central Library, Downtown. This documentary looks at the struggles of Kethiwe Ngcobo, a young South African woman raised overseas. She returned to her homeland after Apartheid but has had a tough time finding her place in the new South Africa.
The Moviegoers, The Royalty, Black Arches @ Soda Bar.
Lexington Field, Geezer and DJ Man Cat @ Belly Up.
DJs Mikey Face, Angie @ Bar Pink.
DJs Mr Biggs, Andrew Decade, Prestune, Richy the Kid @ U-31.
Dark Horse Candidates, Rob Deez, Scott West @ Lestat’s.
Gilbert Castellanos @ Super El Camino.
Sinner Sinners, The Mad Mummies, Ill Intentions @ Radio Room.
Pennywise, The Aggrolites, The Darlings @ House of Blues.
tUnE-yArDs photo above by Chrissy Piper.