San Diego Shows–Saturday, April 17
PLAN A: Rafter, Smile Now Cry Later, Lion Cut, Cuckoo Chaos, DJ WWDJ @ Tin Can Ale House. Seems like Rafter Roberts, like Stella before him, got his groove back. But instead of a Jamaican Taye Diggs, it’s his lovely bride Lizeth Santos (Smile Now Cry Later) who might have been the inspiration behind all the freakiness on Animal Feelings. And show up early for Cuckoo Chaos. I was initially unimpressed, but on second listen, I’m really digging their playful folk. Oh, and I have no idea who DJ WWDJ is, but that’s the greatest DJ name ever. PLAN B: Love is All, Dum Dum Girls @ The Casbah. Boy, that new Joanna Newsom release sure is superfluously long and depressing. But if you ever wondered what she’d sound like if she got on Prozac, moved to Sweden and started fronting a power-pop band, then you owe it to yourself to check out the headliner.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Record Store Day @ M-Theory. In honor of Record Store Day, San Diego’s favorite indie record shop hosts live music (performers include Fever Sleeves, Hotel St. George, Addiquit and more) plus special exclusive releases, food and drinks and a sidewalk sale. Starts at 1 p.m.
Paper Cuts @ Subtext Gallery. ’Zine publishers deserve a lot of respect. By hand, and most of the time with no compensation, they create little magazines that cater to the tiniest niche audiences. They can be funny, sad or strange. They can be relatable or off-the-wall. They can be like a photocopied diary or a political pamphlet. Whichever ones you like, we can probably all agree that it’s important that they exist. Keeping the DIY publishing industry alive, local artist collective Yeller has organized Paper Cuts, a ’zine exhibition and swap that’s happening in Subtext Gallery’s courtyard (2479 Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy). Stop by from 7 to 10 p.m. and see what more than 80 artists created just for the show. You’re welcome to bring your own ’zine to swap at the end of the night—just bring at least 15 copies.
Imaginarium: A Voyage into Creativity @ San Diego Art Department. On one hand, the six San Diego Mesa College Museum Studies students behind Imaginarium deserve a C for picking a silly name. On the other, they’ve earned high marks for assembling A-plus local artists for their student-curated show, which runs April 17 through May 9 at San Diego Art Department, 3830 Ray St. in North Park. Featured artists include rummage-bin artist May-Ling Martinez (profiled in CityBeat when she received the San Diego Art Prize in 2007), electronic light-and-sound sculptor Wendell Kling and illustrator Katherine Brannock (whose “comic book” on the walls of the Tin Can Ale House bewildered hipsters all spring). Grade the project yourself at the opening, which includes live art and music, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Haiku: Photographic Meditations by David Fokos @ Ordover Gallery, Solana Beach. Fokos doesn’t mind that he hasn’t produced much work in his career as a photographer. In fact, in his 30 years working in long exposures—one picture can take up to 60 minutes—he’s produced a total of only 60 images. But it’s this kind of meticulousness that has landed Fokos’ images in galleries all over the world. At his newest show, Haiku, the local shutterbug will display some of his more famous landscape works at the Ordover’s Solana Beach location (410 S. Cedros Ave.), starting with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, and continuing through July 11. There will also be works from Lisa Ross, Abe Ordover and Peter Fay.
“Fuck Coachella” with DJ Schoney, Mr. Biggs, Pretune @ U-31. Just what it sounds like—a cool dance party with DJs like Mr. Biggs and Schoeny for anyone who didn’t want to shell out $350 to sweat it out in the smelly Gobi Tent.
Android Cartel @ Onyx Room. For anyone who wants a more atmospheric and intimate experience as opposed to the oonce-oonce club bangers prevalent throughout the rest of Downtown should check out this L.A. duo. Their recent Robots with Soul EP lives up to its name with a crafty mix of down-tempo and house music that’ll likely be the soundtrack to a random hookup.
Trip to Dover, Lessons From Zeke, For Days, Midnight Rivals, SilentLune @ Ruby Room.
The Moons, Paperplanes, Grampadrew @ Soda Bar.
“80s vs. ‘90s” w/ DJs Gabe Vega, Saul Q @ Whistle Stop.
“All Things Rad” w/ SQZMYLMNS, DJ Richard Oh @ El Dorado.
Assassin, Street Liegel, Dirty Birdz @ House of Blues.
“Yeah Buddy Fest” w. Nothington, Crushed on You, Heartsounds, more @ Radio Room. (starts at 1 p.m.)
“Neon Beat” w/ DJ Junior, Atari @ Bar Pink.
Mr. White, James Monroe @ Voyeur.
Old Man Malarkey @ Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub.
Buick Wilson @ Belly Up.
“Club Fall Out” Industrial Dance Night @ Radio Room.
Mythic 4 @ Kava Lounge.
Family Wagon @ Ken Club.
Mike Pinto, The Chimney Fish, The Hounds @ Winston’s.
Rafter photo above by Lizeth Santos.