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San Diego Shows–Thursday, July 15

July 15, 2010 - 6:00 am

PLAN A: Tool @ Viejas Arena. After a three-year hiatus, this enigmatic prog-rock behemoth is back. Lucky for you, tickets weren’t sold out as of this writing. PLAN B: Kusikia, The Preteens, Alti Veri @ The Park Gallery. Playing what might be called “free-rock,” Portland duo Kusikia— which includes drummer Peter Ryan, a local dude who used to play in some great bands here—deftly negotiate a path of delicate balladry, gnarled rock riffs and fevered breakdowns. PLAN C: Mahjongg, Vaginals, 60-Watt Kid @ The Casbah. Chicago mainstays Mahjongg make dance-y experimental music that’s reminiscent of post-punk bands like Gang of Four but downright otherworldly. I’d be wary about the openers: Between 60-Watt Kid’s lunatic vocals and Vaginals’ grating jams, there’s a bad acid trip waiting to happen. BACKUP PLAN: MGMT @ SDSU Open Air Theatre.


Chairs Missing (EP release), Lovefest, Joy @ Tin Can Ale House. I was pleased to see Chairs Missing–the side-project of Paul from Tape Deck Mountain–at the recent “Festivus Quietus,” a daylong house show put on by the guys in The Paddle Boat. Paul and Co. traffic in smoky, introspective songs with acoustic guitar, violin and remarkably subtle drums. Call it indie-folk for the soul.

Still Flyin’, Snuffaluffagus, Miniature Tree @ Soda Bar. Still Flyin’, which includes Gabe from Red Pony Clock, offers up catchy indie-rock with high-flying melodies and curious arrangements. Miniature Tree is a dreamy, math-y group with members of Japandi. Local band incest at its best.

Lil’ Kim @ 4th & B.

Dead Feather Moon, The Pheromones, Italian Japanese @ Belly Up.

Gun Runner, Ryan Blue, Spirit Animal @ Beauty Bar.

Lee Ritenour @ Anthology.

Pauhana @ Ruby Room.

Brawley @ Bar Pink.

“Generations Party” w/ DJs Artistic, Cros1, Felt1, Mr. Hek @ U-31.

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

Rob Symeonn, Quinto Sol, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston’s.

Incinerate, Septical Gorge, Condemned, Inherit Disease, Amagortis, Gortuary @ Brick by Brick.

Alysse Fisher, Gregory Page @ Cafe Libertalia.

Lamar Papers, Knights of Apollo, Strangely Strange, Lil’ Nicky, Ariana @ Dream Street.

Lady Dottie & the Diamonds @ El Dorado.

Ray J, Kassim Osgood, Team Ko @ Hard Rock Hotel.

“Fire Corner” @ Kadan Club.

Guggenheim Grotto, Josiah Leming @ Lestat’s.

“Heavy” w/ A-Sides, Metalheadz, Hospital, Eastside, MC Question Mark, Peacemaker, Puppy Kicker, Ubiquitous @ On Broadway.

Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick’s II.

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