San Diego Shows–Thursday, March 25
PLAN A: YACHT, Bobby Birdman @ MCASD, Downtown. If Dirty Projectors are Talking Heads circa 1979, then indie-groovers YACHT are almost certainly Byrne and company post-Remain in Light. Thick, funky bass lines and electro-tinged syncopation from some undiscovered African country will get even the stuffiest of art hipsters grooving. PLAN B: Washed Out, Small Black, Pictureplane @ Sushi Performance & Visual Art. One-man glo-fi project Washed Out is the choice make-out music for blogosphere geeks at the moment, but if you want to see the band that everyone will be talking about tomorrow, check out Small Black. Something about them reminds me of Grizzly Bear’s early material with a healthy dash of The Strokes, and I expect them to grow and mature just as gorgeously. BACKUP PLAN: The Paper Chase, Kiss Kiss, Street of Little Girls @ The Casbah.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
TNT @ MCASD, Downtown. Yeah, YACHT is playing (see above), but it’s also the unveiling of four new exhibitions that were designed specifically for the museum including Lael Corbin who channels his love of geology, physics and even carpentry into bold artistic statements (see AnnaMaria Stephens’ great article on the man).
En Plein Air @ Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery. See recent paintings by contemporary Southern California artist Ton i Williams, who works in the vein of plein air, which, translated from French, means painting or drawing done out-of-doors.
Now We Can’t Forget @ Mesa College Gallery. This new exhibition combines sculpture, artist books, installation and painting, and asks the question: “Where do we store our memories?
Devendra Banhart and The Grogs, Dorothy & The Originals @ Belly Up.
Otis Heat, Starcrossed, The Morning on Fire @ Soda Bar.
Eclipse 79, Oh Air Night, Bayside Bridge Club @ Tin Can Ale House.
Weatherbox, Italian Japanese @ Bar Pink.
Bitter Sober, Atomic Three, Boptones @ Ken Club.
“Generations Party—The Aries Party” w/DJs Artistic, Stephanie Casao, Laura Trujillo, Brea Johnson, Mike Palets, Adam Lopez @ U-31. Birthday party for DJ Artistic.
David Patrone Quartet @ Oceanside Museum of Art.
The Ratbirds, RevoltRevolt, Mojo @ Radio Room.
DJ JC Distefano @ Beauty Bar.
Dying to Wake, Arms Entwined @ Ruby Room.
Buddy Akai, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur.
Sean Carney, Phil Berkowitz @ Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge.
Shelle Blue @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage).
Photo of YACHT above by Sarah Meadows.