San Diego Shows–Friday, July 9
PLAN A: Kenseth Thibideau, Nothingful, Soul Junk @ Che Café. Kenseth Thibideau, of Pinback and Sleeping People fame, will soon release an excellent album full of dreamy, trance-inducing guitar grooves. If you’d like to imbibe, then I advise seeing him at the Whistle Stop on Thursday, July 8. Otherwise, enjoy the Che’s vegan ice-cream sandwiches as Thibideau blows your mind. PLAN B: Kings of Leon, Built to Spill, The Features @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. The only reason I’d go to this is to see indie-rock stalwarts Built to Spill. But if you agree that it’s ridiculous to pay $35 to $55 to see one band, consider… PLAN C: The Burning of Rome, Black Hondo, The Kabbs, Roswell That Ends Well @ The Casbah. The last time I saw The Burning of Rome, their crazy guitarist cut up his feet because somebody dropped a glass on the floor and he was running around barefoot—which I thought perfectly summed up the band’s maniacal outlook. BACKUP PLAN: Ying Yang Twins @ Hard Rock Hotel.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Pete Escovedo’s 75th Birthday w/ Juan, Peter, Michael and Sheila Escovedo @ Anthology. Latin-jazz legend Pete Escovedo celebrates with the whole musical family.
“Club Pussy Galore” w/ DJ Robin Roth, The Touchies, Unruly Bang, Terryn S., Jaime Ali @ Whistle Stop.
Space Nature, Palmz, Spell Talk, The Psycles @ Tin Can Ale House.
Brady Spear, Yenner @ Voyeur.
Vision Magazine party w/ Psydecar, Jerri Jhetto, The Devastators, DJ Jared Denish @ Ruby Room.
Brendan B & the Breaks, Apoc, Pseudo Slang, Modill @ Soda Bar.
Lower Definition, Gwen Stacey, A City Serene, Jamie’s Elsewhere, City Delivered @ SOMA.
Mary Gauthier @ AMSDconcerts.
Pocket @ Bar Pink.
Royal Campaign, VONA, The Big Decisions @ Beauty Bar.
“T.G.I.F.” w/ DJ Myson King @ Bluefoot Bar & Grill.
Spawnbrezzle, Alo Key, Vacano, Rastah Joon & John Jay, From Wells Rec. Finn & Rudemon @ Brick by Brick.
Ratz, I-90, Julie’s Rubbish, The Volume Hogs, Dirty Birdz, Horn Starz, Insex, McMoore, MSG, Krokus, Quik, Notorious, LA’s Mutiny @ Dream Street.
“Feel the Noise” w/ DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
“Unified and Mobilized” art show w/ Grandmasta Rats @ El Dorado.
Battle of the Bands, day 1 w/ Counter Launch, The Siren Sunrise, Steal the Scenery, A Likely Story, 90% Nothing, Vast Zephyr @ Epicentre.
Pamela Anderson b-day party w/ Rico Delargo, DJ Savi @ Fluxx.
Hyphy Crunk @ House of Blues.
Scott Carter & New Breed @ Humphrey’s Backstage Live.
“SD Jump Off” w/ DJ Unite @ Kadan Club.
Tiltwheel, The Dirty Legs, Methlabs @ Ken Club.
“Cheb I Sabbah” w/ Kirti Srivastava, Roots Dance Theatre members, DJs Mateo Bambaataa, Bren-ton @ Kava Lounge.
For Strangers and Wardens, Great Big Things, John Helix @ Lestat’s.
“Overtime” w/ Beatnick, Mr. Mention @ The Office.
The Cypher 11th year anniversary party @ Queen Bee’s.
Monkeys in Space @ Radio Room.
Lady Dee @ Riley’s.
El Monte Slim @ Riviera Supper Club.
Stepping Feet @ Sound Wave.
Comedy w/ Guam Felix, Mandorico, Boom Culture, Ablaze @ Winston’s.
DJ Tramlife (Happy Hour), Bob Backlund @ Wit’s End.