San Diego Shows–Friday, March 26
PLAN A: Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Lanterns @ Bar Pink. The crazy Miami kids in Surfer Blood (above) have probably made the most joyfully accessible album of the year with Astro Coast and have a live show that’s full of youthful piss and vinegar. Check out our feature from this week’s issue to see what all the buzz is about. PLAN B: Caspian, Arms and Sleepers, Beware of Safety @ Che Café. Got drunk the other night. Stumbled onto Caspian’s MySpace site. Holy crap, that’s some majestic instrumental rocking. They’re still good sober. Volunteering band to score Friday Night Lights 2. PLAN C: The Morning Benders, Miniature Tigers, We Barbarians @ The Casbah. If you’re a fan of Dr. Dog or Blitzen Trapper’s softer, more experimental side then you should definitely check out recent Rough Trade-signees Morning Benders. Lush, harmonized pop rooted in classic ‘50s ballads that get stuck in your mind all day. Dreamy like a pin-up. BACKUP PLAN: Evidence, Anti-Citizens, Trust 1, DJ Myson King @ Brick By Brick.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
The Morning Benders, Surfer Blood @ M-Theory Music (5 p.m.).
Chirgilchin @ Dizzy’s at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center. The human body is truly a wonder, and some people are apt at exploring all the unbelievable things that are possible to do with what was provided at birth. Take, for example, Chirgilchin, a group of master throat singers from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. These singers don’t use their voices—no, that would be too easy. Instead, their music is created by resonating low sounds in the throat, producing what’s been described as “a haunting, flute-like harmonic.”
¡Viva Jazz! @ Mingei International Museum. Tonight, Balboa Park’s Mingei International Museum will be a lot like CityBeat columnist Enrique Limón: Mexican, beautiful, heroic and horny. On the walls: ¡Viva México!—Heroes and Artisans, a collection celebrating 200 years of Mexican independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. In the ears: KSDS 88.3-FM’s house band, Jazz 88 All-Stars (featuring Steve Ebner blowing trumpet and Bob Campbell blaring the tenor saxophone), playing Latin jazz live. The Gatherers will also play, and patrons can peruse drapo, Haitian mosaic flags, from the Museum’s Collectors’ Gallery. The ¡Viva Jazz! event costs $10 and runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Senorita Extraviada @ Latte Mi Corazon. Juarez, Mexico, has been called “the city of blood” by author Charles Bowden—as he pointed out in a recent article for The Daily Beast, there were 2,660 murders in Juarez in 2009 and only 30 arrests in connection with those murders. The most disturbing trend, though, has been the kidnapping and killing of hundreds of women for reasons no one’s quite been able to figure out. At 7 p.m., Sherman Heights coffeehouse Latte Mi Corazon (129 25th St.) screens filmmaker Lourdes Portillo’s 2002 documentary, Senorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), for which Portillo spent two years trying to get at the “Why?” of the murders and put faces on the victims. The screening is free, and popcorn’s included.
Chirilchin @ Dizzy’s at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center.
The Donkeys, Space Nature @ Tin Can Ale House.
Heavy Hawaii, Soul Dance party @ Whistle Stop.
Posso the DJ, DJ Hoff (Spank Rock) @ Super El Camino.
“Feel The Noise” w/DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
Andre Nickatina @ 4th & B.
Nic Fanciulli, Alain de Saracho @ Voyeur.
The Fleshies, Stoned At Heart, Street Eaters, Tubers @ Soda Bar.
Chango Rey & His Broken Heartbeat @ Ken Club.
Joey Ryan, Gregory Page, Laura Jansen @ Lestat’s.
Heart Fall Hearts, Tumbledown, The Brandy Alexander Band @ RadioRoom.
“Boogie Nights” w/Danger Kittym DJ Tommy Cox @ Belly Up.
Greensky Bluegrass, Rana Santacruz @ Winston’s.
PostCrush, The Attack!, Rodeo Dive, Day of Anomie, DJ Aro @ Beauty Bar.
Richard Goode @ MCASD Sherwood Auditorium.
Daedalus Quartet @ The Neurosciences Institute.