6/16 Ke$ha @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Ke$ha writes all of her own songs, which would be sort of impressive if they weren’t all about brushing her teeth with whiskey and sexing ghosts. She’s kind of like the female incarnation of the new lonely island song Spring Break, only there’s likely not a man on earth who would marry her. The rarely seen-outside-of-a-onesie pop star is currently working on a collaborative album with The Flaming lips, dubbed Lip$ha, which, if nothing else, indicates it’s finally time to get Mr. Wayne Coyne to rehab. Boy, is he gonna be pissed when he comes down off of this one!
6/1: The Psychedelic Furs @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Punk rock band from across the pond, trying to relive their ‘80s success.
6/1: Crystal Fighters @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Folk band from London, touring the world to promote their sophomore album, Cave Rave.
6/1: Sarah Geronimo @ Balboa Theatre, ticketmaster.com
Filipino singer/actress whose 15 minutes of fame stretched to a full decade after she won the Philippines’ Star for a Night singing competition in 2003.
6/1: Imagine Dragons @ Open Air Theatre (SDSU), ticketmaster.com
This indie rock band was Amazon’s “Favorite Rock Artist of 2012" and is currently scheduled to play several 2013 musical festivals, including Lollapalooza and Sasquatch.
6/2: Lenka @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Aussie singer-songwriter whose 2008 hit “The Show” was belted out by Billy Crystal during last year’s Oscars.
6/2: Tristan Prettyman @ Fiesta Del Sol, fiestadelsol.net
This San Diegan is a female Roxy-model-turned-singer/songwriter who’s toured with Jason Mraz and is now enjoying a wave of success from her recent single, “My Oh My.”
6/3: Jewel @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
After landing her first regular gig at a coffee house in P.B. 20-something years ago, this genre-spanning singer is returning to San Diego with four Grammys and nearly 30 million albums sales under her belt.
6/3: Mumford and Sons @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Following a Grammy win a few months ago for Best Album of the Year, this indie folk band is now touring the world.
6/4: Scott Weiland @ House of Blues, hob.com
Despite his longtime drummer quitting in April, the Stone Temple Pilots’ singer is continuing his solo tour and has just released a memoir, Not Dead and Not For Sale.
6/5: Gondwana @ House of Blues, hob.com
A Chilean, Spanish-language reggae band that formed in ’87.
6/5: Generationals @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This indie rock duo’s song “When They Fight, They Fight” is featured in the 2011 Farrelly brothers’ film Hall Pass.
6/6: YG @ House of Blues, hob.com
Young Gangster had his first and most successful hit in 2010 with the super-classy single “Toot It And Boot It.”
6/6: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This folk rock band’s tunes have been featured in films and TV shows including All My Children, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, Alice In Wonderland and Tangled.
6/6: Authority Zero @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
This punk/rock/reggae band out of Arizona once toured with Everclear, rolled with the Vans Warped Tour in 2003 and just released a new album, The Tipping Point.
6/7: Tim McGraw , Brantley Gilbert & Love and Theft @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
The first of five shows on the Country Megaticket kicks off with seasoned singer/songwriter (and sometimes actor) Tim McGraw.
6/7: Nekromantix @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This psychobilly band from Copenhagen, Denmark, describes their music as “Elvis meets the Wolfman.”
6/7: New Found Glory @ House of Blues, hob.com
Hailed as the godfathers of their genre by people who hate Blink-182, these pop punk Floridians have been blazing trails for 15 years.
6/8: Tribal Seeds @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This San Diego-based reggae band’s first two albums made iTunes’ Best Of list in their genre.
6/8: The Beach Boys @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
These questionably named crooners have been giving Good Vibrations for nearly 50 years, despite the lead singer’s fear of the ocean.
6/8: Matt and Kim @ Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, stubhub.com
Both parts of this Brooklyn-based indie pop duo (and real-life couple) were studying art in 2004 when they decided to make the jump into music.
6/9: Dilated Peoples @ House of Blues, hob.com
In 2004, this Los Angeles hip-hop group enjoyed mainstream success by collaborating with Kanye West, Xzibit and John Legend on the song “This Way.”
6/11: REO Speedwagon @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
Thirteen hit songs led to more than 40 million record sales for these legendary ‘80s rockers.
6/12: Cyndi Lauper @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Still proving girls just want to have fun, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter made her Broadway debut this year by writing the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots.
6/12-13: The Green @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In 2010, iTunes named this Hawaiian band’s first album Best Reggae Album of the Year.
6/13: Battle for VAN’s Warped Tour @ House of Blues, hob.com
Local bands compete for a chance to play in the VANS Warped Tour (see 6/19 listing).
6/14: Switchfoot @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
This alternative (and sometimes Christian) rock band founded the Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest, which supports homeless kids right here in their hometown of S.D.
6/15: Anne Curtis @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
The half-Filipino, half-Australian model/actress/singer is like the Mandy Moore of the Philippines.
6/15: Steve Miller Band @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
This classic rock band formed in 1967 and has survived unimaginable tragedies like Miller breaking his neck in a car accident and Seal covering their hit “Fly Like An Eagle” for the Space Jam soundtrack.
6/16: Pitbull & Ke$ha @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
The Cuban rapper and 20- something-year-old pop star hit the road to promote their respective albums released late last year.
6/16: They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Aside from teaching the world that the preferred nomenclature is Istanbul (not Constantinople), this alternative rock band from the ‘80s contributed several of their songs to a Dunkin’ Donuts ad campaign in 2006.
6/17: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, scripps.org/inconcertforcancer
Grammy-nominated jazz and soul band.
6/18: Michael McDonald @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
The Doobie Brothers’ former front man recently sang “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
6/19: VANS Warped Tour @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Now in its 19th year, the music and extreme sports festival boasts big-time acts like the indecipherable 3oH!3, Allstar Weekend, Black Veil Brides, Juliet Simms, Sleeping With Sirens and many more.
6/19: The Doobie Brothers @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This rock band’s name may or may not have been influenced by a certain leafy-green plant’s prominence in the ‘70s.
6/20: Sea Wolf @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Indie rockers whose song “The Violet Hour” made an appearance in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but don’t hold that against them.
6/21: She and Him @ Open Air Theatre (SDSU), ticketmaster.com
The indie pop duo (Fox’s New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and guitarist M. Ward) is touring to promote their recent “Volume 3" album.
6/21-22: Donavon Frankenreiter @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
When Jack Johnson’s BFF isn’t performing on stage, the pro surfer is hangin’ 10, or whatever.
6/22: Country Fest 2013 @ Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, kson.com
Up-and-coming country cowboys Joe Nichols, Chris Cagle, Brett Eldredge, Craig Campbell and Tyler Farr.
6/22: Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
The l.A.-based boy band and Nickelodeon starlet are in the midst of their U.S. “Summer Break” pop tour. Yay!
6/22: Johnny Mathis @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
The three-time Grammy-winning Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee gave up his opportunity to travel with the 1956 USA Olympic Team as a high jumper to pursue a music career, which seems to have worked out for him.
6/22: Justin Bieber @ Valley View Casino Center, ticketmaster.com
If you live in a magical place where nobody knows what Bieber fever is... can we come join you?
6/25-26: Damian and Stephen Marley @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
While carrying on their dad’s legacy, these reggae brothers have won eight Grammys between the two of them.
6/25: Bad Company @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
This British bluesy rock band is co-headlining a 40th Anniversary Celebration tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd this summer and will make you “Feel Like Makin’ love”... or at least play the song.
6/26: Bridgit Mendler @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
Currently starring as Teddy Duncan on Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, this pop singer has garnered 39 million views on YouTube for her “Ready or Not” music video, leading many to give up hope for the future of America’s youth.
6/27: Train @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
This rock band’s wine company (Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.) sells Soul Sister pinot noir, Calling All Angels chardonnay and Drops of Jupiter red wine, which aren’t cheesy at all.
6/27: Erykah Badu @ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
As a teenager, the now “Queen of Neo-soul” freestyled for a local radio station in her hometown of Dallas.
6/28: Chris Mann@ Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Under the wing of Christina Aguilera, this classically trained vocal powerhouse finished fourth on NBC’s 2012 season of The Voice.
6/28: Kendrick Lamar @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
In 2010, this rapper from Compton caught the eye of Dr. Dre, who went on to executive produce Lamar’s latest album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
6/30: Frankmusik @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Myspace can be credited for the discovery of this electronic pop artist, whose third album will be released June 8 (and will never, ever, be listened to on Myspace).