This is a great weekend for live music as one of my favorite and most underrated festivals returns: Gator by the Bay. You'll hear more from me about it this weekend, but for Friday let's focus on some of the other shows in town.
At the Casbah, Hanni El Khatib performs. I checked him out on recommendation from a friend and all I can say is that if you love the grittiness of the Black Keys, the energy of Langhorne Slim and the swagger of Low Volts (who is opening for Hanni), then you definitely want to check out this show.
Over at the Soda Bar, Lotus Plaza -- the solo project of Deerhunter's Lockett Pundt -- tours in support of his second record, Spooky Action At A Distance. This fuzzy indie-pop won't change your life, but it is a solid project and worthy of a Friday night on the town.
Feel the Noise Electro Dance with DJ's Gabe Vega & Friends @ U -31
Clairemont High School Fundraiser with Mid Life Crisis @ Brick By Brick
Ease Up, Indubious, Pilot Touhill, Audible Mainframe @ 710 Beach Club
Alessa Is Red, Drop the Gloves (CD Release), A Shattered Hope, Globe & Beast, the I In Self, Quorra, Fall to Ruin, Nautilus @ Epicentre
The Supervillains, Kayavibe, Oceanside Sound System, Thanks Jack, SONO VERO @ Soma
The MFA Acting Class of 2013 presents Maggie Bofill’s Drawn and Quartered @ Che Café (8 p.m.)
Quino @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9:30 p.m.)
Full Circle @ Flying Elephant
Daygo All-Stars featuring Y.P.F.A.B., Yung Blesd, Smoke Break Records, the Movement, D-Boy P. Chase, Beatshop, Cash Me Out Ent., Headnodmusic, Domi Young, M.H.B., Flame da Hollagen, Blood Brothers Empire, Kay Nine Tha Boss, Shawn Rude @ 4th & B
Amanda Wilson @ Stingaree
Groundfloor & DJ Afterlife @ Bar Basic
Defamation League. DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
Whitney Shay Trio @ Marble Room
San Diego Surf Film Festival @ Bird’s Surf Shed
Midnight Lightning @ Tio Leo’s (Napa St.)
Seria Star featuring DJ's Jude Roshi, Anthony Bottoli, Michael B, Blackass, Ringleader @ Kava Lounge
Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
Tribe of Kings @ El Dorado
Dale Da Dred’s Bday bash featuring Kleo Thomas, DJ's Big Daddy, Rage, and Hektik @ Spin