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  • Top concerts in San Diego this week (Oct. 2-8)

    Performances in town this week come from Coldplay , Bro Safari, Janet Jackson and Depeche Mode. 10.3: Gavin DeGraw After canceling his September performances due to an undisclosed personal family matter, the singer/songwriter continues his October RAW Tour with a sold-out stop in Solana Beach ....

  • Gillian Welch is coming for your record player

    Gillian Welch is coming for your record player

    It can be argued that Gillian Welch is simply one of the best singer/songwriters working today. Alongside her partner David Rawlings, the pair have meticulously crafted a catalog of Americana and roots-infused, Grammy-nominated albums - both under Welch's own name and as the Dave Rawlings Machine....

  • Algiers doubles down on Underside of Power

    Algiers doubles down on Underside of Power

    It's difficult to distill the essence of any musical act in just a few sentences. Even if brick-and-mortar facts are succinctly recounted and current inspirations are engagingly discussed, it's near impossible to do more with a band write-up than (maybe) lobby the reader into further exploration...

  • Ghosted: Spirits at these haunted locales haven't done a disappearing act

    Ghosted: Spirits at these haunted locales haven't done a disappearing act

    If the close of yet another perfect summer in America's Finest City doesn't frighten you, it's likely nothing will. Unless, of course, you're talking about the most haunted places in San Diego - and there are far more of them than you might think. Alongside the established list of traditional local...

  • Benjamin Booker Provides Key 'Witness'

    Benjamin Booker Provides Key 'Witness'

    Benjamin Booker was actually planning to write about music, not perform it, when he first took the stage in his adopted home of New Orleans. After an evangelical upbringing in Virginia and college in Florida, he first went to the Crescent City to work for a non-profit. The 28-year-old guitarist...

  • Take a spin: October EDM calendar

    Take a spin: October EDM calendar

    Top EDM and DJ shows coming to San Diego this month include Jack Novack, Odesza, Alison Wonderland and Party Favor. 10.6: Bro Safari  Austin via Atlanta via Rome DJ Nicholas Weiller (aka Bro Safari) released the 7-track Collisions earlier this year. It features collaborations with UFO!, Sarah Hudson...

  • Top concerts in San Diego this week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1)

    Top concerts in San Diego this week include Imagine Dragons, Matoma and CRSSD Fest. 9.26 Alison Moyet  English singer and one-time half of electronic pioneers Yaz, Moyet released her ninth solo studio album, Other, in June. It is her first album of new material since 2013, and her current tour...

  • Groove: October concert calendar

    Groove: October concert calendar

    Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Coldplay , Janet Jackson , Luke Bryan , A$AP Mob and  Arcade Fire . 10.1: Algiers  A chance to see this Atlanta-based band in an intimate setting after they delivered one of the year's best records - the politically-charged, Adrian Utley-produced,...

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