December Concert Calendar


By Tim Pyles
12/11: Snoop Lion @ Belly Up Tavern,
Snoop’s coming to Solana Beach, but now the D-O-Double-Gizzle is a Lion, not a Dogg. No shizzle. Smoking weed in Jamaica can do that to a rapper, apparently.

It’s a slippery slope from “gimme some of that sticky-icky” to “Irie, Mon,” and now a legendary rapper has gone reggae. Puff, puff, give - and the circle of life is complete. At this point, I don’t even know what I’m talking about, but Cheetos sure sound nice. -DMP

12/2: Yellowcard @ House of Blues,
Floridian pop punk band that’s been at it since 1997.

12/2: Rick Ro$$ @ Viejas Arena,
Rapper Rick Ro$$, whose 2012 album “Teflon Don” was co-produced by Kanye West, was the first artist signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Ciroc Entertainment record label.

12/3: Paul Banks @ House of Blues,
The lead singer of Interpol (post punk revival band from NYC) Paul Banks tours solo under the name Julian Plenti.

12/4: Streetlight Manifesto @ House of Blues,
Punk, ska, jazz...and a little bit of New Jersey.

12/4: A John Waters Christmas @ Belly Up Tavern,
The man behind the films “Hairspray” and “Pink Flamingos” (among other biggies) puts on a racy one-man holiday show that’s been said to put the “X” in X-mas.

12/5: Death Grips @ Casbah,
Electro hardcore rap punk!

12/5 & 6: Bret Michaels @ Sycuan Live & Up Close,
Former front man of Poison and resident of the Love Bus never seems to stop touring.

12/6: Tiesto @ Valley View Casino Center,
One of the world’s most popular EDM DJ/producers. If you haven’t heard of this guy yet, it’s high time to grab a light stick and get with it. Could 13 million Facebook fans be wrong?

12/7: Ed Kowalczyk of Live @ Sycuan Live & Up Close,
Solo since 2009, and with a new EP coming soon, he’s sure to play some of LIVE’s biggest hits.

12/7: The Killers, M83, Passion Pit and more @ Viejas Arena,
91X’s Wrex The Halls holiday concert - always a rockin’ good time.

12/7: The Whammy (Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats, Tim Polecat from The Polecats, Jonny Bowler of the Guana Batz) @ Casbah,
Rockabilly legends from the ‘80s now in one revival band.

12/8-9: Chris Isaak Holiday Show @ Belly Up Tavern,
“Wicked Game” sounds as cool now as it did when it came out in 1989.

12/10: Supersuckers @ Casbah,
They claim to be the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World.” If you see them, you just might believe it.

12/12: Public Enemy @ 4th & B,
Flavor Flaaaaaaaav. Bring your bigclock necklace and celebrate good, old-time hip-hop. Yeah, boooooyyyy.

12/12: Aaron Neville @ Anthology,
Soul, R&B singer from New Orleans (and a member of The Neville Brothers, in case you couldn’t guess).

12/13: ALT -J @ Casbah,
This British alternative rock band recently won the Mercury Prize in the UK. Previous winners include PJ Harvey and The XX.

12/13: AC Slater Later @ Fluxx,
Big-bass DJ/producer who opened for Chemical Brothers at age 16. Maybe Mario Lopez will show up for a dance off.

12/14: The Temptations @ Sycuan Live & Up Close,
Motown group from the ‘60s with hits like “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

12/14: Jonny Lang @ Belly Up Tavern,
Blues rock guitarist who’s often been called a virtuoso.

12/14 & 15: The Growlers @ Casbah,
They call themselves beach goth.

12/16: Boys Noize @ House of Blues,
Indie electro dance music DJ/producer who has remixed Snoop Dogg and Depeche Mode.

12/16: Los Lobos @ Belly Up Tavern,
Legendary rock band from East Los Angeles.

12/19: High On Fire @ Brick By Brick,
Metal/stoner rock.

12/20: Norin & Rad @ Fluxx,
EDM DJs/producers. They hail from Orange County but are known internationally.

12/27: Lee Dewyze @ Anthology,
Singer/songwriter and “American Idol” season nine winner.

12/27: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven @ Belly Up Tavern,
Two bands featuring the same members, one from the ‘80s and one from the ‘90s. “Take The Skinheads Bowling” and “Euro-Trash Girl” will be played!

12/27: Primus 3D @ Balboa Theater,
See the alternative progressive punk funk legends from the ‘90s and experience Quad Surround Sound.

12/27: Zed’s Dead @ House of Blues,
Electronic duo from Canada that mixes dubstep and electro.

12/28: Buck-O-Nine @ 710 Beach Club,
Ska punk band formed in San Diego in the early ‘90s.

12/28: Rebelution @ House of Blues,
Cali-reggae band that formed in Isla Vista, party central for UC Santa Barbara.

12/30-31: OMFG! @ Valley View Casino Center,
Ages 18+ EDM super-show with an all-star two-day line up featuring Calvin Harris and many more. Dance, sweat (with teens), repeat!

12/31: Reverand Horton Heat @ Belly Up Tavern,
New Year’s Eve with one of the greatest rockabilly/psychobilly artists of today.

12/31: DJ Z-Trip @ Block No. 16,
DJ Times named Z-trip “America’s best DJ.” LA Times says his frenzied turntable performance was “one of the great musical moments of Coachella.” Check him out in an exclusive New Year’s Eve performance at Block No. 16.

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