April Concert Calendar

By Tim Pyles

4/11: Rihanna
Valley View Casino Center

Did you know she’s dating the guy who just punched Frank Ocean?! If that wasn’t enough to make you question Rihanna’s decision-making capabilities, check out her naughty/nudie pics @badgalriri on Instagram. You’re welcome.

4/1: Lindsey Stirling @ House of Blues,
Choreographed dance performances to violin.

4/2: Lotus @ Belly Up Tavern,
Instrumental electronic jam band.

4/3: Dark Star Orchestra @ Belly Up Tavern,
Cover band that recreates Grateful Dead shows.

4/4: A-Trak/GTA @ Voyeur,
Canadian DJ and turntablist A-Trak owns Fool’s Gold Records; GTA’s got a hip-hop beat and tropical flavor.

4/4: Sammy Adams @ SOMA,
A rapper from Boston, obvi!

4/4: Soul Asylum @ Belly Up Tavern,
Alt-rock hit-makers from the ‘90s.

4/4: Cold Bank @ FLUXX,
LA-based electro house DJs and producers.

4/5: Aaron Carter @ Ramona Mainstage,
This guy’s brother* tried to ruin music in the ‘90s. (*He was in Backstreet Boys.)

4/5: Big Head Todd and The Monsters @ Belly Up Tavern,
Rock and blues band that formed in ’86.

4/6: Los Lobos @ Pechanga Resort Casino,
East L.A. band with strong pride for their Latino heritage, perhaps best known for playing Ritchie Valens’ tunes in La Bamba.

4/6: American Aquarium @ The Griffin,
Alt-country band that’s been touring for six years straight.

4/7: Dumpstaphunk @ The Griffin,
Funk that’s not as trashy as it sounds.

4/7: Martin Solveig @ Voyeur,
French electro house DJ and producer.

4/7: Tyler the Creator @ Porter’s Pub (UCSD),
Star of MTV’s Loiter Squad and member of hip-hop crew Odd Future.

4/7: Tracy Lawrence @ Sycuan Live & Up Close,
Country music singer/songwriter.

4/10: Kip Moore @ House of Blues,
Another country music singer/songwriter.

4/10: Merle Haggard @ Belly Up Tavern,
Outlaw country legend.

4/11: Sak Noel @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego,
Electro, house and dub step.

4/11: Ben Howard @ Belly Up Tavern,
English singer/songwriter.

4/11: GWAR @ House of Blues,
Horror-themed metal outfit known for graphic stage shows heavy on the bodily fluids.

4/12: Sheryl Crow & Easton Corbin @ Pechanga Resort Casino,
Lance Armstrong co-conspirator and Easton Corbin.

4/12: The Expendables @ House of Blues,
Reggae rock from Santa Cruz.

4/14: MYNC @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego,
Tech-house (aka dance music).

4/14: The California Honeydrops @ The Griffin,
Blues and R&B band that got its start playing in Oakland subway stations.

4/14: Lee Brice @ Sycuan Live & Up Close,
Country singer who hit No. 1 in 2012 with “A Woman Like You.”

4/14: Lucero @ Belly Up Tavern,
Country, Memphis soul and so much more.

4/15: Foals @ Porter’s Pub,
English rock band known for alt-rock radio hit “Inhaler.”

4/16: Youth Lagoon @ The Irenic,
Lo-fi dream pop from a kid born in S.D., but raised in Idaho. Poor guy...

4/16: Alt-J @ Casbah,
Also an Apple keyboard shortcut to make the all-important "?,” this British quartet rocks indie.

4/16: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Balboa Theater,
Australian actor/musician who creates post-punk and goth rock music and wrote the screenplay/score for the movie The Proposition

4/17: The Faint @ FLUXX,
Electro dance punk band that was ahead of their time... and still is.

4/17: Alex Clare @ House of Blues,
The king of soul step.

4/17: Tegan and Sara @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Epic songwriting from twin sisters.

4/17: Dirtyphonics @ Voyeur,
French band from Paris that mixes drum and base, electro and dub step.

4/17: Aesop Rock @ Belly Up Tavern,
Poet, visual artist, producer and rapper.

4/18: Jochen Miller @ FLUXX,
Dutch DJ whose real name, Jochen van der Steijn, is cooler than his moniker.

4/19: Pusha T @ Stingaree,
Member of hip-hop duo Clipse.

4/19: Senses Fail @ SOMA,
Post-hardcore and screamo from a band that just passed the 10-year mark.

4/20: Beach Fossils @ The Irenic,
The genres continue to grow; put this under “beach pop.”

4/20: A Day To Remember @ SOMA,
Running the gamut from metalcore to pop punk.

4/20: Keyshia Cole @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Actress, producer and R&B singer.

4/21: Launch of Intervention Sundays with Cazzette and Norin & Rad @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego,
Work on that base tan with Swedish DJ duo Cazzette and Californian DJ duo Norin & Rad.

4/21: CHACHI @ 207 @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego,
House music DJ and producer.

4/22: The Gaslight Anthem @ Belly Up Tavern,
Heartland rock from Jersey.

4/23: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ House of Blues,
The dark, garage rock band, fresh off the release of Specter at the Feast.

4/25: TyDi @ FLUXX,
Australian DJ and producer.

4/26: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Sycuan Live & Up Close,
Swing band that harkens back to the glory days.

4/26: Blackberry Smoke @ The Griffin,
Southern rock out of Atlanta.

4/26: Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues,
This punk band just released its ninth album, My Shame Is True.