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  • Top concerts this week in San Diego (Oct. 23-29)

    Top concerts this week in San Diego (Oct. 23-29)

    Top concerts in San Diego this week include Hanson, Thievery Corporation, Iron & Wine and Luke Bryan . 10.23: Regina Spektor The Moscow-born singer/songwriter released her seventh studio album last year. Remember Us to Life finds Spektor writing, singing, conducting and composing string arrangements,...

  • Iron & Wine goes into beast mode

    "I let the songs tell me what to do." Sam Beam is, of course, referring to the entirety of his 15 years making albums. But the singer/songwriter, who performs and records under the moniker of Iron and Wine, is also speaking about his new album, Beast Epic. Released in August, the 11-track collection...

  • Kaki King Still Building Her Bridge

    Kaki King Still Building Her Bridge

    Guitarist Kaki King has packed a lot into her nearly 15-year career. The musician and composer has released eight full-length albums, toured with Foo Fighters, contributed to film and TV soundtracks, and performed at Carnegie Hall. But the artist Rolling Stone once called a "guitar god" struck...

  • Under the covers with Allah-Las

    L.A. psych-rock quartet Allah-Las is winding down the last leg of a lengthy tour. It started all the way back before the release of the group's third full-length album, Calico Review, last September. The run has taken them across the globe, and most recently, to British Columbia surf mecca Tofino,...

  • Songhoy Blues and the celebration of music

    Songhoy Blues and the celebration of music

    After a civil conflict in 2012, Islamic jihadists forced many to flee Northern Mali when they imposed an extreme version of Shariah law on the region. Among other things, radio stations were destroyed and all non-religious music was banned. Exiled in the West African nation's capital of Bamako,...

  • Top concerts this week in San Diego (Oct. 16-22)

    Top concerts this week in San Diego (Oct. 16-22)

    Top performances in town this week include Arcade Fire , Odesza and Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull. 10.17: The Black Angels  The Austin psych outfit released their fifth full-length album, Death Song, in April. The 11-track collection is their first for Partisan Records.  @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego...

  • Top concerts this week in San Diego (Oct. 9-15)

    Top concerts coming to San Diego this week include The National, GRiZ, The Aquabats and Goldroom. 10.11: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile It's a no brainer as two of the best indie singer/songwriters working today team up. The pair releases their collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice, this month and...

  • Gorgon City goes primal

    Gorgon City goes primal

    Matt Robson-Scott (aka RackNRuin) and Kye Gibbon (aka Foamo) formed Gorgon City in 2012. Two years later, the North London DJ and production duo's 13-track debut, "Sirens," premiered at No. 10 on the UK Albums Chart. Since then, they've done things like co-curated a compilation album with Pete...

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