Sound Decisions


By Catlin Dorset

3/14-15 CRSSD Festival
Waterfront Park,

SoCal party promoters FNGRS CRSSD and Goldenvoice have joined forces to bring more than 50 DJs to San Diego Bay’s new Waterfront Park March 14 and 15. Catch electro funk duo Chromeo, Aussie EDMers Empire of the Sun, deep house producer Maceo Plex and dozens of others performing on three stages during the two-day event, which rages into the night with craft beers, cocktails and booming beats.

3/1: Black Veil Brides
@ House of Blues,
This five-piece rock group wraps its North American Black Mass tour on this night in America’s Finest.

3/1: Theophilus London
@ Belly Up Tavern,
Kanye West produced this rapper’s most recent album, Vibes, which dropped in October.

3/3: Don Williams
@ Balboa Theatre,
Songs by this Country Music Hall of Famer have been covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton and Alan Jackson, to name a few.

3/4: Broods
@ The Irenic,
Brother and sister indie pop duo out of New Zealand.

3/4: Galactic
@ Belly Up Tavern,
In 2012, this New Orleans jazz band performed “Hey Na Na” on Conan.

3/5: Umphrey’s McGee
@ House of Blues,
Progressive rockers touring the U.S. to promote Similar Skin, their album from last summer.

3/5: Bingo Players
@ Bassmnt,
This Dutch electro house DJ dropped a new single, “Nothing to Say,” in mid-February.

3/5: A$AP Ferg
@ Observatory North Park,
Darold Ferguson, aka A$AP Ferg, is featured on Ariana Grande’s track, “Hands on Me.”

3/5: Enslaved
@ Brick by Brick,
On March 10, these heavy metalers will release their new studio album, In Times.

3/5: Billy Ocean
@ Sycuan Casino,
Grammy Award-winning artist most known for his ‘80s hits “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run),” “Suddenly” and “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.”

3/6: Río Roma
@ House of Blues,
Brothers José Luis and Raúl Ortega Castro front this Latin pop duo from Mexico.

3/7: Nahko and Medicine for the People
@ Observatory North Park,
Acoustic jammers on their Water is Life tour.

3/7: Agent Orange
@ The Casbah,
The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 video game features this punk rock band’s single, “Bloodstains.”

3/7: Johnny Richter
@ Ramona Mainstage,
Former Kottonmouth Kings rapper fresh off his winter Hotbox Holidaze tour.

3/8: Gary Valenciano
@ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
This gospel singer-songwriter is a 12-time winner of the Awit Awards (the Philippines’ version of the Grammy Awards).

3/8: Stick to Your Guns
These Orange County-natives released their newest hardcore punk album, Disobedient, in February.

3/8: Baeza
@ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
Baby Bash’s recent single “Certified Freak” features this hiphopper.

3/9: Craig Wayne Boyd
@ Belly Up Tavern,
Blake Shelton received his fourth big win on The Voice when this country rocker took the Season Seven title in December.

3/9: Kongos
@ House of Blues,
Alt. rockers most known for their 2011 hit, “Come With Me Now.”

3/10: Joshua Radin
@ Belly Up Tavern,
TV shows Scrubs, House, One Tree Hill and others have featured songs by this acoustic folk singersongwriter.

3/10: Walk the Moon
@ House of Blues,
Esquire magazine’s 2011 list of “30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen To” included this indie pop band’s hit, “Anna Sun.”

3/10: Uriah Heep
@ Ramona Mainstage,
A character from Charles Dickens’book David Copperfield inspired this hard rock outfit’s moniker.

3/11: A Place to Bury Strangers
@ The Casbah,
On February 17, this psychedelic rock band released its fourth studio album, Transfixiation.

3/11: Bayside
@ House of Blues,
These punk rockers covered Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” on the Punk Goes Pop 2 album.

3/11: Datsik
This dubstep DJ recently collaborated with Linkin Park, deadmau5 and Diplo, among many other artists.

3/12: Snoop Dogg
@ FLUXX Nightclub,
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., aka D-O-Double-Gizzle, plans to release his new Pharrell-produced album, Bush, sometime this spring.

3/12: Comeback Kid
@ The Epicentre,
Last May, founding band mate and drummer Kyle Profeta left this hardcore punk band to pursue culinary endeavors in South Africa.

3/12: Eric Prydz
@ Bassmnt,
DJ Mag’s 2014 “Top 100 DJs” list ranked this Swedish house music producer at No. 60.

3/13: Rebel Souljahz
@ House of Blues,
Reggae quartet from Honolulu, Hawaii.

3/13: Motionless in White
Metalcore band headlining the Beyond the Barricade tour with For Today, New Years Day and Ice Nine Kills.

3/13: Twin Shadow
@ Belly Up Tavern,
This new wave artist drops his new album, Eclipse, on March 17.

3/14: Andre Nickatina
@ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
Before choosing the hip-hop career path, Andre Nickatina attended the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco. He dropped out in 1992.

3/14: Ringo Starr
@ Pala Casino,
One-fourth of the “Fab Four,” this former Beatle will release his 19th solo studio album, Postcards From Paradise, on March 31.

3/14: Set It Off
@ The Epicentre,
In 2012, the debut album from these pop rockers, Cinematics, debuted at No. 174 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart.

3/15: The Expendables
@ House of Blues,
This band’s Facebook page describes the band’s musical genre as, “Reggae had sex with metal, punk got in the mix and ska videotaped it all. Then out pooped The Expendables.”

3/15: Doro
@ Ramona Mainstage,
German heavy metalers touring internationally through May.

3/15: Gondwana
@ Belly Up Tavern,
Chilean reggae group that performs en Español.

3/16: Ani DiFranco
@ House of Blues,
Folk rock singer and guitarist with her own label, Righteous Babe Records.

3/17: Shpongle
@ House of Blues,
Psychedelic musicians from across the pond.

3/17: J Boog
@ Belly Up Tavern,
When reggae artist J Boog was nine years old, his mom made him sing Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time” at a family reunion.

3/19: Dan and Shay
@ House of Blues,
In 2014, this country duo opened for Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes on their respective tours.

3/19: Trampled By Turtles
@ Observatory North Park,
Indie rockers from Duluth, Minnesota, doncha know.

3/19: This Will Destroy You
@ The Casbah,
Alt. rock band touring to promote its recent album, Another Language, which dropped in September.

3/20: Tony Junior
@ Bassmnt,
Progressive house beatmaker most recognized for his 2014 collaboration with Carnage on the track “Michael Jordan.”

3/20: YelaWolf
@ House of Blues,
This hip-hopper released his new single “Whiskey In a Bottle” on February 17.

3/20: Lonestar
@ Sycuan Casino,
Country foursome most known for their hits “Mr. Mom,” “I’m Already There” and “Amazed,” among many others.

3/20: Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea
@ Copley Symphony,
Christina Aguilera, John Mayer and Paul Simon are among the A-list celebs with whom this jazz pianist has collaborated.

3/21: Lee DeWyze
@ House of Blues,
AMC’s The Walking Dead features this American Idol Season Nine alum’s single “Blackbird Song.”

3/21: Bakermat
@ Bang Bang,
Deep house producer Lodewijk Fluttert, aka Bakermat, is expected to drop his debut album sometime in 2015.

3/21: Cash Cash
@ Bassmnt,
The 2013 smash hit “Take Me Home” featuring Bebe Rexha has been this EDM trio’s biggest single to date.

3/21: Railroad Earth
@ Belly Up Tavern,
Americana bluegrass sextet out of New Jersey.

3/23: Jake Shimabukuro
@ Belly Up Tavern,
This jazz musician had his first ukulele lesson at age four.

3/23: The Ting Tings
@ House of Blues,
British indie rock duo most known for their 2008, “That’s Not My Name.”

3/24: Pete Rock
@ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
In 2012, this hip-hop artist and producer won a Grammy Award for his contributions to Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.

3/24: Talib Kweli
@ Observatory North Park,
Brooklyn-based rapper expected to drop his new album, Radio Silence, sometime in 2015.

3/24: David Choi
@ House of Blues,
This YouTube sensation has garnered more than 117 million views of his pop song covers.

3/25: Marie Osmond
@ Sycuan Casino,
This pop/country star ditched her brother Donny Osmond for a month-long solo tour called An Intimate Evening With Marie, My Life Through Music.

3/26: Weedeater
@ The Casbah,
Stoner metal trio from North Carolina.

3/26: Hawthorne Heights
@ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
Hardcore rockers headlining the Stripped Down to the Bone U.S. tour with Courage My Love, Mark Rose, Shane Henderson and Dayseeker.

3/27: Chelsea Grin
Deathcore band on the road in support of recent album, Ashes to Ashes, which dropped in July.

3/27: Young Thug
@ Observatory North Park,
Birdman says this rapper from the ATL looks “like an animal locked in a cage, ready to eat the world up.”

3/28: The Color Morale
These rockers performed on the Monster Energy stage during 2014’s two-month-long VANS Warped Tour.

3/28: Pepe Aguilar
@ Pala Casino,
In 2012, this Grammy Awardwinning singer-songwriter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

3/29: IAMSU!
@ Observatory North Park,
Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent and 2 Chainz are just a few of the hip-hop giants with whom this rapper has collaborated.

3/29: Echosmith
@ House of Blues,
Indie rockers enjoying mainstream success with their current hit, “Cool Kids.”

3/29: Ricardo Arjona
@ SDSU Viejas,
Nearly 17 million fans “like” this Latin pop star on Facebook. Dictate My Reality, in March.

3/31: SoKo
@ UCSD’s The Loft,
Indie artist Stéphanie Sokolinski (aka SoKo) is set to release her sophomore album, My Dreams