San Diego Shows–Monday, June 28
PLAN A: Wallpaper, Kenan Bell, Rafter @ The Casbah. They’re not helping themselves much with their forgettable name, but Oakland’s Wallpaper certainly know how to put down the kind of electro-funk grooves that Detroit techno favorite Model 500 mastered back in the ’80s. As for L.A. rapper Kenan Bell, he has more of an indie-rock sensibility than most rappers—he’s remixed MGMT and sampled The Smiths. Oh yeah, and he hates hip-hop. PLAN B: Audio-Out, Warring States of Mind, Early and Often @ Soda Bar. Place your bets on this showdown: I’d wager that the whiny indie-rock of Audio-Out doesn’t stand a chance against Warring States of Mind’s Black Sabbath-style guitar assault. BACKUP PLAN: Lady Dottie and the Diamonds @ U-31.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
CityBeat Movie Night @ West Coast Tavern. You depend on CityBeat for so much—why not let us control your movie-watching, too? At 7 p.m. Monday, June 28, we’re teaming up with North Park’s West Coast Tavern for the first installment of CityBeat Movie Night, a series of films curated by CityBeat film editor Anders Wright that never see the big screen. First up: the animated freak show Heavy Metal, paired with the legendary bootleg documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Consider this a huge cinematic event, complete with sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll and drink specials. A mere $7 will get you through the door of the Birch North Park Theater, and another $3 will get you a beverage. Bring your friends. Do some shots. birchnorthparktheatre.net
How Not to Fight Mexico’s Drug War @ UCSD campus. Few issues facing the United States are more vexing than the northbound flow of illegal drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Ken Roth, for one, has been thinking a lot about the impact that the Merida Initiative—in which the U.S. provides funding for the Mexican government’s war against drug cartels—has on human rights south of the border and the links between the drug war and international security. Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, will give a talk, How Not to Fight Mexico’s Drug War, the latest in the Institute of the Americas’ Tequila Talk series, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Hojel Auditorium on the UCSD campus. Buy your $10 ticket at iamericas.org or pay at the door.
The Styletones @ Bar Pink.
Michele Lundeen @ Humphreys Backstage Live.
“The Get Down” @ Kadan Club.
“Dub Dynamite” w/ Rashi, Eddie Turbo @ The Office.
Decay, Eternal Tormentor @ Radio Room.
Melly Frances and the Distilled Spirits @ Riviera Supper Club.
Stationary bike races w/ DJ Kalvin @ Waterfront Bar & Grill.
Drunk Poets Society readings, Electric Waste Band @ Winston’s.