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  • Top concerts this week (April 10-16)

    4.10: of Montreal Songwriter and front man Kevin Barnes is still going strong with his Athens, Ga., psych-rock outfit. He released their 14th studio album, "Innocence Reaches," last August. He followed it with the surprise release of an EP, "Rune Husk," earlier this year. 9 p.m. Music Box, 1337...

  • Clean Bandit crosses musical boundaries

    British electronic/classical-crossover trio Clean Bandit continues to amaze. Formed at the prestigious University of Cambridge, the classically trained musicians were preparing for careers ranging from architecture to linguistics when the band first got its footing. Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson,...

  • The Damned hits 40 in stride

    The Damned hits 40 in stride

    Long-running British punks The Damned have built a substantial legacy. As the first UK punk band to release a single, an album, and tour the U.S., they are forever cemented in music history. In addition, they've influenced generations of other musicians from Black Flag and Bad Brains to Green Day...

  • Top concerts this week (April 3-9)

    Top concerts this week (April 3-9)

    There are some great musical performances headed to San Diego including Tiffany, Jeezy, The Head & The Heart, and Green Day. 4.3: Tiffany The '80s "I Think We're Alone Now" singer has continued to write and perform while working in TV and film, even releasing her first full country record, "Rose...

  • On the rise: THEY.

    On the rise: THEY.

    Their resume says a lot. Los Angeles-based duo THEY. (producer Dante Jones and singer Drew Love) first met while the D.C.-born Love was writing, and the Denver-born Jones was producing, for artists like Chris Brown and Kelly Clarkson. With Timbaland as a mentor, the pair began recording together,...

  • The Orwells Bring 'Terrible Human Beings' to Irenic

    The Orwells Bring 'Terrible Human Beings' to Irenic

    Chicago rockers The Orwells are having a pretty good year. The young quintet just released their third full-length, "Terrible Human Beings" in February. The band's first album since 2014's breakout, "Disgraceland," the 13-track collection is their second release on Atlantic imprint Canvasback Records....

  • Take a spin: April EDM calendar

    Take a spin: April EDM calendar

    Top EDM and DJ shows coming to San Diego this month include Tokimonsta, EDX, Bassjackers and Lil Jon. 4.1: Pegboard Nerds The Scandinavian super squad (Danish DJ Michael Parsberg and Norwegian DJ Alex Odden) just released their single "Voodoo (feat. Tony Junior)" and remixed The Chainsmokers' "Paris."...

  • Groove: April concert calendar

    Groove: April concert calendar

    Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Chance the Rapper , Alina Baraz, Kings of Leon, HIRIE and The 1975.   4.1: Squirrel Nut Zippers Bandleader Jimbo Mathus and drummer Chris Phillips reformed the swing revivalists last year to coincide with the 20th anniversary of their 1996 smash...

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