San Diego Shows–Thursday, April 8
PLAN A: Carsick Cars, AV Okubo, P.K. 14 @ Brick by Brick. Great Chinese bands don’t often get to come here, but, luckily, there’s the China Invasion Tour, where you can see some of the country’s best and brightest. Carsick Cars sound like the next great indie-rock band from Brooklyn, and experimental popsters AV Okubo will lighten the mood, but the real treat here is P.K. 14 (above), who play a diplomatically poppy brand of post-punk that had Spin singing their praises at SXSW and NME proclaiming they “sound like The Fall fed on fried rice.” Nice. PLAN B: Bostiche + Fussible, Illuminauts, Revulab @ The Casbah. Speaking of international relations, Tijuana’s Bostiche + Fussible are an off-shoot of electronic ensemble Nortec Collective who make a sweet pastiche of electro, Norteño music and TJ street sounds recorded while driving around the city. BACKUP PLAN: Rats Eyes, Stab City @ Bar Pink.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Transurbanic @ UCSD Art Gallery. See this show curated by Guillermo Santamarina, chief curator of Mexico City’s University Museum of Contemporary Art at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which features Mexican artists exploring issues of urban space.
Don Lattin @ The Book Works. Remember that acid trip you endured in college—that hellish six-hour plunge during which you convinced yourself you were irreparably insane? Sure you do. You might be so young that you don’t know that a man named Tim Leary and some cohorts once thought LSD was going to lead to a new collective understanding of psychology and religion—instead, they helped change American culture. At 7 p.m. , Lattin , who has specialized in writing about alternative religions, will discuss his book The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America, at The Book Works in the Flower Hill Mall, 2670 Via de la Valle in Del Mar. A Q&A and book signing, with wine and cheese, will follow.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 @ The Loft at UCSD. This talking-head doc about an Ivy League football showdown from the late ’60s is pretty interesting, and non-fans needn’t worry-it’s not just for gridiron geeks (check out trailer below).
La Cobarde @ MOPA. Part of the Museum of Photographic Arts’ classic Mexican film series, this 1953 entry about three men in love with the same mysterious woman sports absolutely gorgeous cinematography.
“Hot Butter” w/ JC DiStefano @ Beauty Bar. Movie-themed dance party that should be fun if only because tonight’s film is Purple Rain. Where’s my ruffled shirt and purple tux?
AC Slater, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur.
Fever Sleeves, X-Ray Press, Fkenal @ Soda Bar.
Jamuel Saxon, Mothlight, Analog Waves DJs @ The Whistle Stop.
Melly Frances and The Distilled Spirits, The Cutaways @ Tin Can Ale House.
Pharmacy, Defamation League, Blizzard, Bing @ Radio Room.
Charlie Imes and Marie Haddad @ Encinitas Library.
The Mutaytor, Beats Antique @ Belly Up.
Ride the Sun, Snail, Archons, Across Tundras @ Ruby Room.
Post Crush @ Ken Club.
Gregory Page, Jason Fry @ Java Joe’s.
“Generations Party” w/ DJ Artistic, DJ Rags @ U-31.
“All Things Rad” @ El Dorado.
Aaron Beaumont, JT Spangler @ Lestat’s.
Muldoon, Jamie Kim @ Anthology.
Israel Maldonado, Katie Leigh @ Winston’s.