By Catlin Dorset
Skylar Grey @ Parq Restaurant & Nightclub; photo by David Roemer” src="https://www.pacificsandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Skylar_Grey_-_Checkered_Shirt_credit_David_Roemer1.jpg” alt="1/18: Skylar Grey @ Parq Restaurant & Nightclub; photo by David Roemer” width="580" height="435" />
1/15: Skylar Grey @ Parq Restaurant & Nightclub, parqsd.com
This pop/rock singer-songwriter penned Eminem’s smash hit, “Love the Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna) and recently collaborated with Nicki Minaj on the single “Bed of Lies.” She’s also the female vocalist on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor” and Diddy’s “Coming Home,” among other mega-tracks that got and still get mad radioplay. See Grey perform her hits and possibly some never-before-heard new material when she appears live at Parq for PacificSD‘s Nightclub & Bar Issue Release Party. (See event details, here)
1/1: Anuhea @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Self-taught guitarist and folk rock singer-songwriter from Hawaii.
1/2: Secrets @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This San Diego-native posthardcore band released a deluxe edition of its sophomore album, Fragile Figures, in May.
1/3: Cattle Decapitation @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Hailing from America’s Finest, these death metalers are expected to drop a new album in 2015.
1/4 & 6: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
On July 4, Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) and his hiphop/ funk/jazz band will play at the Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary Blowout show in Washington, DC.
1/8: Too $hort @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Jermaine Dupri and many other artists have collaborated with this rapper from Oakland.
1/8: Aesop Rock @ The Irenic, theirenic.com
Hip-hoppers Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic are touring to promote their recent album, Bestiary.
1/9: This Wild Life @ House of Blues, hob.com
In March, this pop/punk duo will open for New Found Glory during the month-long Sleep When I Die U.S. tour.
1/9: Katchafire @ Belly Up Tavern , bellyup.com
These reggae-rockin’ Kiwis released their new single, “Down With You,” in October.
1/14: Pinback @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
TV shows The O.C. and Yo Gabba Gabba! have featured songs by these local indie rockers.
1/15: Dead Kennedys @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Hardcore punk band out of San Fran.
1/15: Saving Abel @ Brick by Brick, ticketfly.com
These Southern rockers released their newest album, Blood Stained Revolution, in November.
1/16: Lita Ford @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
When she was 16 years old, rocker Lita Ford became the lead guitarist of all-girl band The Runaways.
1/16: Anthony Green @ House of Blues, hob.com
This solo indie rock artist is also the lead singer of rock bands Saosin and Circa Survive.
1/16: Sarah Geronimo @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Mid-twenties Filipino singer/ actress who currently serves as a coach on The Voice of the Philippines.
1/17: Powerman5000 @ Brick by Brick, ticketfly.com
Industrial metalers on the road with Hed PE and Knee High Fox.
1/17: Herman’s Hermits @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
British rock and roll band most known for its 1964 cover of Earl-Jean’s “I’m into Something Good.”
1/18: G. Love and Special Sauce @ House of Blues, hob.com
From 1999 to 2001, this alt. hiphop trio was the house band for Comedy Central’s Turn Ben Stein On.
1/18: Eric Church @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
Country cowboy known for his many chart-topping hits, including “Two Pink Lines,” “Smoke A Little Smoke” and “Homeboy.”
1/19: Randy Rogers Band @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
These Texan country boys released their third live album, Homemade Tamales - Live at Floores, on April 15.
1/21: Guster @ House of Blues, hob.com
In 2005, a commercial for The Weather Channel featured this rock band’s song “Window.”
1/21: Natural Vibrations @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This Hawaiian reggae band is also known by its fan-given nickname, Natty Vibes.
1/21: Joe Lynn Turner @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
This rocker was the frontman for Fandango, he and the band toured with the likes of The Beach Boys and Billy Joel.
1/21: Madball @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Hardcore punk band on the road to promote its latest album, Hardcore Lives, which dropped in June.
1/23: Robben Ford @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
This blues/jazz guitarist has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Brad Paisley.
1/23: Ras Kas @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Ice-T and others collaborated with this rapper on his 2013 Barmageddon album.
1/23: Pierce the Veil @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
These hardcore rockers covered Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” for the 2011 Punk Goes Pop 4 compilation album.
1/24: Steam Powered Giraffe @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
The punk rockers return to their native land (San Diego) for a seven-year anniversary show.
1/25: Russian Circles @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
In June, these metal rockers will perform at Hellfest 2015, in France, with fellow metalers Slipknot, Cannibal Corpse, Arch Enemy and more.
1/25: Los Lobos @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Grammy Award-winning Latin rock group most recognized by its 1987 cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba.”
1/28-29: The Devil Makes Three @ House of Blues, hob.com
In April, this bluegrass trio will play opening day of Stagecoach, right before Merle Haggard, Jake Owen and Tim McGraw perform.
1/30: Paul Wall @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
This rapper-DJ-jeweler slings his own line of grills (at grillsbypaulwall.com) and made a custom red, white and blue diamond-encrusted set for Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.
1/30: Brooke Fraser @ The Irenic, theirenic.com
Alt. pop singer-songwriter on a worldwide tour in support of her latest album, Brutal Romantic, which dropped in November.
1/31: Silverstein @ House of Blues, hob.com
Post-hardcore fivesome with plans to release a new album, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch, sometime this spring.
1/31: Patti Smith @ San Diego Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer most known for her 1978 hit, “Because the Night.”
1/31: Wale @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
Rapper Olubowale Victor Akintimehin goes by the easier-to-pronounce (and spell) stage name Wale.