San Diego Shows–Thursday, April 1
PLAN A: Led Zeppelin @ San Diego Sports Arena. That’s right! If you haven’t heard, the reunited hard-rock masters are kicking off a small tour right here, and tickets will only be available at the Sports Arena box office on the day of the show. See you in line. Update–You can also try and secure tickets here. PLAN B: The Wedding Present, Ringo Deathstarr @ The Casbah. I once got into a drunken debate with a CityBeat staffer’s spouse about the musical merits of British mainstays The Wedding Present. Having morphed from ’80s post-punk into something more closely resembling bands like Low, they’re a band I never really could get into. But then I checked them out live and saw how effortlessly frontman David Gedge can transition between his varying musical personas. I get it now. BACKUP PLAN: The Hot Moon, Manuok @ Soda Bar.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Daft Punk, Joker @ MyHAUS: Yep, sometimes it’s cool to be so close to L.A. because when big-shot producers want to unveil the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, they need a place for the beatmakers to warm up the night before. Rumors have it taking place at this new party spot. For more info, go to http://bit.ly/SFgBS.
Robert Treloar @ Susan Street Fine Art. Usually, seeing a clown, a toy soldier and some poodles in a piece of artwork would be kind of freaky. But in San Francisco artist Michael Brennan’s hands, the latter is not only freaky; it’s also a weirdly captivating display of magical realism. Brennan makes good use of shadows, wild colors and strange objects in his paintings, which he says are meant to “appeal to a commonality without relying on typical pictorial etiquette.” San Diego’s Robert Treloar also gets experimental, toying with abstraction in the form of layers and layers of paint. The two will show their new works at Susan Street Fine Art Gallery (415 South Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach) through May 30. Stop by the reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight to see the weirdness in person.
Which Way Home @ The Loft at UCSD. Imagine being a child and alone, without your parents, trying to make your way north through Mexico to get the United States. Seem unimaginable? Unfortunately, it’s common. Director Rebecca Cammisa’s Oscar-nominated documentary Which Way Home follows several children who’ve been left solo on a journey that presents them with situations that children should never have to face. See a screening of the film at 8 p.m. at The Loft at UCSD (in the Price Center). There’ll be a “Pre-Flix Mix” at 7 p.m. with snacks and music by DJ Skullcrusher. $8.
Hyena @ El Dorado.
The Bloodflowers, Lord Howler @ Bar Pink.
The Howls, The Heavy Guilt, Heavy Glow @ Belly Up.
Drop The Line, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur.
Aaron Swanton, Spencer Rabin @ Tin Can Ale House.
“Generations Party” w/ DJ Numark, DJ Artistic @ U-31.
Hot Butter w/ JC DiStefano @ Beauty Bar. A new movie-themed dance party with a new movie every week. This week’s film is Pulp Fiction.
Alkaline Trio, Cursive, The Dear & Departed @ House of Blues.
Serengeti Rocks, The Beautiful View, Bella Novela, Gun Runner @ Ruby Room.
Red Hand Dot, Desert Heir @ Radio Room.
Action Andy & The Hightones, Thee Burrito Brothers @ Ken Club.
Carl Durant, Laura Cortese, Lisa Olson @ Lestat’s.