Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weekend Highlights: San Diego Music

I finally got around to publishing the rest of this week's listings with Things To Do In San Diego and there's so much to do, I thought I'd highlight where you might be able to catch me. Some tough choices have to be made, but it's hard to consider that a problem when people will still tell you that this is a sleepy town. Check all my weekend picks after the jump.

First, I love Black Mamba, Drew Andrews, The Paddle Boat, and Tape Deck Mountain, I've seen all the artists several times this year. If you haven't, then it is going to be a stellar Casbah show and you should go. However, it has been quite some time since I've seen Dusty Rhodes as well as some time since I've been to Beauty Bar, so this show is where you'll probably find me.
dusty rhodes

Friday night has so. many. great. options. that I already feel hungover just by looking at all the choices, but it seems too easy to be able to check out art at Subtext, then walk across the street to catch Mike Doughty, and then stay for the second show with Transfer, Holy Rolling Empire, and Head Like A Kite. I don't know about the early show, but I guarantee the late show will sell out if it hasn't already, but thankfully there are numerous other options like Ben Lee at The Loft, The Creepy Creeps at Whistle Stop, River City at Bar Pink, or go check out The Bugs and The Postals at the Ken Club after catching opening night of Anvil at Ken Cinema.

I thought Saturday would be an easy day...that I'd just make my way to Mission Bay Park for Elemental Experience, but then I put the listings together and there's so much to do. Now I'm thinking I'll probably cut out after Pinback so I can catch Damien Jurado at the Casbah for another early show. If I don't stick around for the second show, I'll probably head back to the hood to catch Grey Ghosts & Secret Apollo over at Soda Bar, though I've heard some great things about White Gloves who are playing with Lights on over at Beauty Bar, too. I guess you can read my Twitter feed to see what I decide to do.

After all of that, Sunday will be a great day for the Healing Arts Festival. This year I know to get there early to sign up for massages and classes to enjoy between the great lineup of music. I wish my dog wasn't anti-festival or she'd be tagging along with me.

healing arts festival

And, as if you thought I'd end my weekend mildly, I'm going to the Casbah for a show that I've been looking forward to for ages. William Elliott Whitmore is an incredible musician (and not too hard on the eyes, I must say) and I'm excited to see him again. But to make the night doubly great, Florida's Fake Problems are opening. When I caught these guys a few months ago, I was so into their sound that while they were still playing I tracked down their merch guy to buy a CD. The band is now signed to Side One Dummy and I'm sure they'll be hitting some big tours (warped tour, perhaps?) soon, so I wanna catch them while I can in my favorite small venue.

Here's William on KEXP:

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