San Diego Shows–Saturday, April 10
PLAN A: Pepper Rabbit, Writer, Black Mamba @ Bar Pink. Both local openers are swell, but it’s the lush, folk-pop of the unfortunately named L.A. duo Pepper Rabbit (above) that puts this one on top. If you ever wanted to know what Animal Collective might sound like if they were a little less weird or Band of Horses if they actually had any talent, then check these guys out STAT. PLAN B: The Mashtis, Black Hondo, Cozy Corners, Joey Harris and the Mentals @ Ruby Room. So close to being Plan A, The Mashtis are the new project from local mainstay Itai Faierman (see our feature on Page 25), and psychedelic badasses Black Hondo should be a nice, if not musically dissimilar, opener. BACKUP PLAN: Jungle Fever, The Watusis, Sharp Objects, Mermaid @ Soda Bar.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Anomalies and Associations @ Thumbprint Gallery. In the past year, artist Michael Carini has overcome injuries—head trauma and damage to his eye that left him unable to see out it for a month—that he sustained during a violent attack in his University Heights apartment. But he’s rallied to produce a new body of work that’ll be featured in Anomalies and Associations at Thumbprint Gallery, 2637 University Ave., Suite A, in North Park. Carini’s precision-meet-chaos paintings will be exhibited alongside Eric Wixon’s, whose work’s been featured on CityBeat’s cover and has been described in these pages as blending the influences of street culture and modern masters. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and runs through May 2.
9th Annual Spring Reverb Fest @ Kava Lounge Gallery. In the late 1950s, free improvisation was musicians’ expression of the end of our collective denial: The world is insane and has always been insane. For its 9th Annual Spring Reverb Fest, held April 8 through 11, the music collective Trummerflora is pulling in its affiliated artists from the outer limits of consciousness—noise, jazz, electronic, acoustic—to remind us that creative schizophrenia is a lot more interesting than restricted social order. The main event is a most-of-the-day show that starts at 2 p.m. at Kava Lounge Gallery (the space next to the bar), 2804 Kettner Blvd., with evening gigs on the other nights at various locations. Free as the music is, the events are not: $10 per show. For a program of events visit www.trummerflora.com.
Studio Series @ Dance Place. Showing something to an audience before it’s finished is probably a terrifying thought for most artists. Whether it’s a painting that’s missing a few brushstrokes, a dress that’s not stitched up all the way or a dance that not everyone knows by memory—yet. That’s why we have the utmost respect for the Studio Series, where the Malashock Dance Company “invites you into the private world of artistic trial and error.” They’re in the process of creating choreography for The Floating World, an upcoming multimedia collaboration between them, filmmaker / video artist Tara Knight and the San Diego Museum of Art. The final product will be seen as part of Dreams and Diversions, an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints. Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Dance Place (2650 Truxton Road., Studio 200, in Point Loma’s Liberty Station). $15. www.malashockdance.org.
Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy and his Flyrite Boys, El Monte Slim @ The Casbah.
Firethorn, Petticoat, Swore, Breakhouse @ Radio Room.
“Booty Bassment” @ Whistle Stop.
Paul Devro @ El Dorado.
DJs Saul Q, Kid Wonder, Miss Toats, Chris Renzuli @ U-31.
Treasure Fingers, Grey Ghost @ Voyeur.
Jimmy Webb @ Acoustic Music San Diego.
One I Red, Bella Novela, The Flowerthief @ Tin Can Ale House.
The Postals @ Ken Club.
Richard Thompson Band @ Dizzy’s.
Super Diamond, Wayword Sons @ Belly Up.
Photo of Pepper Rabbit by Alex Denishof.