San Diego Shows–Saturday, Aug. 7
PLAN A: Ludacris @ Belly Up. Ludacris has no use for the pedestrian tropes of mainstream rap—misogyny and Auto-Tune—but he’s no anti-pop Puritan, either. In fact, he sets his standards pretty high on “My Chick Bad,” one of his latest singles, in which he brags about how his girl is hotter than yours—and she’ll kick her ass, too. PLAN B: Rumspringa, Lesands, Dinosaur Feathers @ Bar Pink. Come hear the sound of buzz bands buzzing. Rumspringa’s ragged garage rock stands out with lithe guitar and a killer rhythm section. Locals Lesands have been together for only seven months, but I won’t be surprised if / when their accomplished new-new-wave soon ends up on Pitchfork. BACKUP PLAN: Silversun Pickups, Everest, The Henry Clay People @ SOMA.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Ratt @ 4th & B.
Jack’s Broken Heart, Spare Change, Skydiver @ The Casbah.
Birds and Batteries, Grand Tarantula, Eux Autres, DJ Lord Nelson @ Soda Bar.
Rafter, Battlehooch, The Hot Moon @ Tin Can Ale House.
Fritz Sender, Grim Luck, Bomb the Music Industry @ Che Cafe.
“Fashion Whore” w/ MayStar @ Ruby Room.
Brady Spear @ Voyeur.
DJ Groundfloor @ U-31.
“One Nation” w/ DJs Mr. Atari, Blackstone @ Whistle Stop.
Adam Salter’s b-day w/ Dirty Dave, Erik Diaz, Saul Q, Andrew Decade @ El-Dorado.
“Ascension” w/ DJs Tom King, Robin Roth @ Kava Lounge.
“Juicy” w/ DJ Mike Czech, Halloween Hallowdays @ AC Lounge.
“Broken Beat” @ Kadan Club.
Erin LcLaughlin feat. Sean Watkins, Kelsea rae Little, Renata Youngblood @ Lestat’s.
Battle for the Drums w/ Arimathea, Endure the Fall, The Siren Sunrise, Steal the Scenery, Vast Zephyr, Circle of Manias @ Epicentre.