Sounds Like a Plan


By Catlin Dorset

10/29: Madonna @ Valley View Casino Center,

Since her self-tilted album debuted in 1983, Madonna has sold more than 300 million albums. This feat earned the original Queen of Pop (some argue Taylor Swift now wears this crown) a 2014 entry in the Guinness World Records as the “Best-Selling Female Recording Artist.”

From her 1984 mega-hits “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” to starring in the 1996 film Evita to a 2003 tongue tango with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during an MTV Video Music Awards performance, Madge has been trending since before trending was a thing.

In March, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/actress/director/author released her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, and kicked off a five-month worldwide tour by the same name on September 9.

10/1: Aterciopelados @ House of Blues,
This Latin pop/rock band from Bogotá, Colombia, performs en español.

10/2: Pepper @ Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre,
Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and 311 are among the bigname acts with whom this Hawaiian reggae rock trio has toured.

10/2: Ratatat @ Observatory North Park,
In July, these electronica rockers released Magnifique, their fifth studio album.

10/2: David Cook @ Music Box,
American Idol Season Seven winner and pop rocker David Cook tours the U.S. through November in support of his album Digital Vein, which dropped September 18.

10/3: Marty Friedman @ Ramona Mainstage,
After leaving his lead guitarist gig with Megadeth in 1999, this rocker moved to Tokyo and became the “Ryan Seacrest of Japan” (according to Billboard) after hosting many TV shows.

10/3: New Years Day @ SOMA,
These alt. rockers will drop their new album, Malevolence, on October 2.

10/3: Musiq Soulchild @ Music Box,
Films Daddy’s Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married? and Meet the Browns feature tracks by this R&B artist.

10/3: Gordon Lightfoot @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Folk rocker best known for his ‘70s hits “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970), “Sundown” (1974) and “Rainy Day People” (1975).

10/3: Florida Georgia Line @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Brian Kelley (from Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Georgia) compose this u?ber successful country duo.

10/4: Citizen Cope @ Observatory North Park,
One Tree Hill, Entourage, CSI: Miami and many other TV shows have featured songs by this alt. rock singer-songwriter.

10/6: Paul Weller @ Observatory North Park,
Rock music singer and guitarist traveling the globe in support of his recent album, Saturns Pattern, which dropped in May.

10/6: Garbage @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Alt. rock foursome that rose to fame in the mid-to-late-’90s with hits “Only Happy When it Rains” (1995) and “Stupid Girl” (1996).

10/6-7: Gregg Allman @ Belly Up Tavern,
Rolling Stone ranks this Southern rocker at No. 70 on its “100 Greatest Singers” list.

10/7: MAX @ House of Blues,
Pop artist Maxwell Schneider, aka MAX, opened for Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on the Boys of Zummer tour this summer.

10/8: Riff Raff @ FLUXX,
Justin Bieber, Drake and Lil Wayne are a few of the big names rumored to be on this hip-hopper’s upcoming album; release date TBA.

10/9: The Amity Affliction @ SOMA,
Metalcore band headlining the Seems Like Forever U.S. tour with support from Chelsea Grin, Secrets, Cruel Hand and The Plot in You.

10/9: Joe Nichols @ Sycuan Casino,
Country music Arkansan best known for hits “Sunny and 75” (2013), “Gimmie That Girl” (2009), “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” (2005) and many others.

10/9: Jamey Johnson @ House of Blues,
This country singer-songwriter co-wrote Trace Adkins’ 2005 hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”

10/9: Cody Simpson @ Observatory North Park,
In 2014, the then 17-year-old pop musician competed on Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. He was eliminated in the fifth week.

10/10-11: Flaming Lips @ CRSSD Festival,
Miley Cyrus collaborated with this alt. rock band on its recent album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, which dropped August 30.

10/11: UB40 @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Reggae Brits best known for their 1993 cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

10/11: Jedi Mind Tricks @ Observatory North Park,
In June, this hip-hop twosome released its latest album, The Thief and the Fallen.

10/11: Buckcherry @ House of Blues,
This hard rock quintet’s 2006 single “Crazy Bitch” earned the band a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.

10/12: Kodaline @ House of Blues,
Indie rockers out of Dublin, Ireland.

10/12: Trivium @ Observatory North Park,
This Floridian foursome will release its seventh studio album, Silence in the Snow, on October 2.

10/13: Alt-J @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
The 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, featured this indie rock group’s song “Buffalo.”

10/14: Florence + the Machine @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,
In April, indie rock lead singer Florence Welch broke her foot while jumping off the stage at Coachella.

10/14: Young Thug @ House of Blues,
In a recent interview with Clique magazine, rapper Young Thug said of Donald Trump’s bid for president: “They ain’t gonna ever let a punk win no motherf***in’ election.”

10/15: Hozier @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
Blues rocker Andrew Hozier-Byrne rose to fame in 2014 when his single “Take Me to Church” climbed the Billboard charts.

10/16: Luke Bryan @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Country megastar known for a slew of hits, including “Rain Is a Good Thing” (2010), “Crash My Party” (2013) and “Play it Again” (2014).

10/16: Twenty One Pilots @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
Alt. pop duo on its Blurryface tour with Echosmith and Finish Ticket.

10/16: America @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Classic rock outfit known for many ‘70s and ‘80s hits, including “A Horse with No Name” (1972), “Sister Golden Hair” (1975) and “You Can Do Magic” (1982).

10/17: Janet Jackson @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,
The pop icon and youngest sibling of the Jackson family will release Unbreakable, her first studio album since brother Michael’s death in 2009, on October 2.

10/17: Of Monsters and Men @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
In June, these indie folk Icelanders released their sophomore album, Beneath the Skin.

10/17: Social Distortion @ House of Blues,
Punk rockers touring to commemorate the 25 years since the release of their 1990 self-titled album.

10/19: My Morning Jacket @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
In May, these rockers headlined the second night of the Boston Calling Music Festival. Beck had closed out the night prior.

10/21: Seether @ House of Blues,
Evanescence, Nickelback and 3 Doors Down are among the acts with whom this alt. rock group has toured.

10/21: All Time Low @ SOMA,
In April, this pop punk foursome released its new Future Hearts album.

10/22: D.R.I. @ Brick by Brick,
D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) is a hardcore metal/thrash band out of Houston.

10/22: Insane Clown Posse @ Observatory North Park,
Rapping duo headlining The Marvelous Missing Link tour with P.O.D., Stitches, Dope D.O.D. and Young Wicked.

10/23: Stoney LaRue @ Moonshine Flats,
This country artist sang background vocals on Miranda Lambert’s 2013 single “All Kinds of Kinds.”

10/23: Meat Loaf @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
Rocker Michael Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, played the part of Eddie (ex-delivery-boy-turned-dinner) in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

10/24: Gerard Way @ House of Blues,
The co-founder and former lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance now performs as a solo alt. rock act.

10/24: Slash @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Adam Levine and others collaborated with this rock and roller on his 2010 eponymous album.

10/25: Owl City @ Observatory North Park,
This indie electronica singer-songwriter’s 2009 debut single “Fireflies” reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s “The Hot 100” chart.

10/25: J Balvin @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Latin reggaeton artist J Balvin wraps his U.S. La Familia tour with Becky G on this night in America’s Finest.

10/26: Marilyn Manson @ House of Blues,
In 2014, this rocker played the part of white supremacist Ron Tully in the final season of Sons of Anarchy.

10/27-28: The Neighbourhood @ House of Blues,
Indie rockers with a new album, Wiped Out!, set to release October 30.

10/29: Fear Factory @ Brick by Brick,
Metalers touring worldwide through December to promote their Genexus album, which dropped in August.

10/29: Coheed & Cambria @ Observatory North Park,
Four-piece progressive rock band out of New York.

10/29: Parkway Drive @ House of Blues,
Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and The Word Alive open for these metalcore Aussies on their self-titled tour.

10/30: Ghost @ Observatory North Park,
These Swedish heavy metalers wear masks and heavy face paint to keep their identities anonymous.

10/30: Matt Nathanson @ The Casbah,
Folk rock singer and guitarist best known for his 2008 single “Come On Get Higher.”

10/31: Too $hort @ FLUXX,
Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg are among the superstar acts with whom this rapper has collaborated.

10/31: For Today @ SOMA,
Metalcore quintet on its month-long Wake tour in support of its album by the same name, which drops October 2.

10/31: Nas @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego,
This rapper from New York has been nominated for a Grammy Award 13 times.