San Diego Shows–Friday, April 16
PLAN A: Apes of Wrath, Maus Haus, Serengeti Rocks! @ Tin Can Ale House. It’d be a hard task to steal the show from locals Apes of Wrath, but if they don’t bring their A game, then San Francisco’s Maus Haus could do just that. If Damon Albarn had made Gorillaz a psychedelic-rock band from the Haight, then they might have sounded like these guys. PLAN B: Nick Jaina, Aaron Bowen @ Lestat’s. Nick Jaina’s newest album, A Bird in the Opera House, sat on my desk for way too long before I checked it out. Definitely a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, the Portland troubadour has some solid songs in the vein of Rufus Wainwright and recent Robyn Hitchcock. And local Bowen effortlessly traverses between folky storytelling and baroque pop with a falsetto that melted even my ice-cold heart. BACKUP PLAN: Get Back Loretta, Stripes and Lines, Jail Weddings @ The Casbah.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Flatland @ SDSU’s Studio Theater. These days, it seems most everything that comes from Brooklyn is utterly hip, and that’s not a bad thing. From bands to food to fashion, Brooklyn has a leg up on most other arts communities. That’s why we’re stoked that Brooklyn-based dance company Vanessa Justice Dance is coming to San Diego for the West Coast debut of their multimedia contemporary piece, Flatland. Performed by three women and their video counterparts, Flatland was inspired by Edmund Burke’s 1756 discourse on the sublime experience and features sound from David Lynch’s 1977 movie, Eraserhead. It’s a multimedia, multi-sensory show that weaves together sound, movement, shadow, video and animation. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, at SDSU’s Studio Theater (ENS-200). $18.
Goodwick, T.S. Brooks, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar.
“Hickies & Dryhumps II” @ El Dorado: Eighties parties are about as ubiquitous as those ironic, neon-rimmed sunglasses all the hipsters are sporting inside the clubs these days. Nineties nights offer so much more variety, and, having grown up in the golden era of Tony! Toni! Tone! and Color Me Badd, DJs like Saul Q and Artistic are all but guaranteed to play cool remixes or something, anything, besides the 12-minute version of Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love.”
Shawn Rohlf & The 7th Day Buskers @ Whistle Stop.
Astra Kelly, Echo Revolution, Wendy Bailey, Kenta @ Ruby Room.
The Bermondsey Joyriders, Jet Kill Radio, The Hillstreet Stranglers, Divergent @ Radio Room.
The Styletones @ Bar Pink.
“Feel the Noise” w/ DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
DJ Scotty Boy, DJ Tranzit, DJ J-Sin @ Voyeur.
“Milk and Cookies” w/ DJ Artistic.
“Hype” w/ DJ Ronnie vs RFX, DJ Puppy Kicker vs. Eshone, Skandar, DJ Austin Speed vs. Ubiquitous, Breakah @ Kava Lounge.
Rio Peligroso, The Paperplanes @ Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub.
Erick Macek, Stained Glass Saints @ 710 Beach Club.
Rat City Riot @ Ken Club.
The Devastators @ Winston’s.