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San Diego Shows–Thursday, April 15

April 15, 2010 - 6:06 am

PLAN A: Calder Quartet @ The Loft at UCSD. Many centuries back, some sicko thought it would be a good idea to slide tightened horsehair against stretched sheep gut. This week, the Calder Quartet—an orchestral crew of USC alums—will prove the idea wasn’t just good, it was brilliant. If you appreciate classical music but just can’t get into it when performed live, then let these guys change your mind. After all, they did play with Andrew W.K. PLAN B: The Big Pink, A Place to Bury Strangers, io Echo @ The Casbah. This is an interesting predicament. Big Pink have a really cool record and a hit song in “Dominoes,” but their last show at The Casbah was kind of tepid. I could never really get into the albums of the significantly darker Bury Strangers, but their live show is great. Hopefully, they’ll bring out the best in each other. PLAN C: The Bible Brothers, Sweeter Tenths, Mike Pope and the Big Decisions @ Soda Bar. Probably the best all-around country show the whole week. Pope and the Decisions dabble straight ahead twang about getting up to no good and skipping town, while The Bible Brothers have great takes on gospel standards and a banjo that reads, “Fuck the Devil.” BACKUP PLAN: Prize Country, The Long and Short of It @ Ruby Room. Discovered after I initially wrote the “If I Were U” column that The Long and Short of It is actually headlining this show. Had I know that last Friday, this so would have been at least Plan B. If you don’t know them, then you’re missing out.

OTHER COOL STUFF:

Anne Lamott @ Warwick’s. Bay Area-based author and teacher Anne Lamott will bring her acclaimed gift of gab to La Jolla this week as she introduces readers to her latest novel, Imperfect Birds. The book checks back with teenage Rosie and her mother Elizabeth, characters reprised from two earlier novels. Seems that now, Elizabeth, along with stepfather James, must cope with the reality that Rosie, a star tennis player and gifted student, has developed a taste for mind-altering substances—something that Elizabeth and Lamott herself know a little something about. Lamott, who’s probably better known for her autobiographical nonfiction works on motherhood, addiction and religion, will appear at 7:30 p.m.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister @ Belly Up. (sold out)

The Fascination, Vinyl Film, The Publicists @ Ken Club.

Hot Butter w/ DJ JC DiStefano @ Beauty Bar. Movie-themed night. This week it’s Dirty Dancing.

Gregory Page, Get Back Loretta @ Java Joe’s @ Cafe Libertalia.

“Generations Party” w/DJ Artistic, DJ Mark Cena and Ayeena @ U-31.

Trevor Young & Co. Featuring DJ Beatnick @ El Dorado.

“Caboose” w/DJs Trail-Mx-A-Lot, Mane One @ Whistle Stop.

TRC Sound System, Kindle to Ember, DJ General @ Radio Room.

The Goomies, Hocus @ Tin Can Ale House.

Her Bed of Thorns, Lindsay White @ UCSD Price Center.

Brawley @ Bar Pink.

Chad Cavanaugh, Jarrod Dickenson, Sinem Saniye @ Lestat’s.

Kenny Eng, Rob Deez @ Twigg’s.

C-Money and The Players @ Winston’s.

Greg Adams & East Bay Soul @ Anthology.

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