5/1: Face to Face @ House of Blues, hob.com
Recently reunited punk rock band best known for the 1994 hit, “Disconnected.”
5/1: Helmet @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Their alternative metal style has influenced the likes of Tool and Deftones.
5/2: Eyes Set To Kill @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Two heavy metal sisters and a couple dudes screaming about their love woes while holding instruments so you don’t think they’re whiners.
5/3: Black Mountain @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Apparently not crazy enough to rely solely on music for income, four of the five Canadian band mates in Black Mountain are mental health-care workers on the side.
5/3: Maps & Atlases @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Often referred to as a “math rock” band because of their scattered, complex guitar licks and experimental sound, this indie group has had songs featured in NBC’s Parenthood and a Nintendo commercial.
5/4: Killing Joke @ Brick By Brick, brickbybrick.com
English post-punk band from the late-'70s known for controversial album artwork like nuns carrying rifles and Nazis saluting the Pope.
5/5-6: Built To Spill @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Indie rock band from Boise, Idaho.
5/5: Conjunto Primavera @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Mexican group with a slew of Spanish-language hits spread over 40 years.
5/5: Mindless Self Indulgence @ House of Blues, hob.com
Controversial electronic punk foursome touring the U.S. thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.
5/6: Bonobo and El Ten Eleven @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
British musician/DJ/producer and a rock duo that hates being dubbed “math rock,” even though Maps & Atlases (see 5/3) is totally cool with it.
5/6: The Parlotones @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
These rockers from south Africa also have their own label of red, white and rosé wines.
5/7: Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Fiddle playing singer-songwriter going solo, just for the folk of it.
5/9: Devendra Banhart @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This Venezuelan folk singer got his middle name (obi) from a Star Wars character.
5/10: Marina and the Diamonds @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Welsh singer-songwriter came in second on BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll, behind Ellie Goulding.
5/10: Pepper @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Reggae rock band from Hawaii that toured with sublime last year.
5/10: Channel 933 Summer Kickoff Concert with Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, The Wanted and more @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Ten chart-topping pop-ers, many thousands of screaming girls and Chula Vista’s worst traffic jam.
5/10-11: Pierce The Veil @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This San Diego-based screamo band has performed in three Vans Warped Tours and toured with Of Mice And Men.
5/11: Chris Botti @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
This trumpeter hit the road during his senior year of college to tour with Frank Sinatra. He also played with Sting for a couple years.
5/12: Suicidal Tendencies @ House of Blues, hob.com
Hardcore punk rock band on tour to promote their first album in 13 years.
5/12: Attack Attack! @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Aggressive metalcore band with electronica stylings.
5/15: Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Two death metal bands - one does the cooking, the other does the eating.
5/16: Noelia @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Puerto Rican pop singer recently found herself on the American Billboard Charts after collaborating with Timbaland on the track, “My everything.”
5/17: 91x Fest with 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Jimmy Eat World and more @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
A dozen ‘90s rock bands prove they’ve still got it.
5/18: Tony Bennett @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
This living legend has been crooning his way into (older) women’s hearts for six decades.
5/19: The Black Angels @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This psychedelic rock band teamed up with Unkle for a song on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. sorry tweens, the show’s 21-and-up.
5/19: Il Divo @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
The X Factor front man Simon Cowell created this multilingual quartet and signed them to his aptly named “SYCO” record label.
5/19: YouthJamz Benefit Concert with The Maine, The Ready Set and more @ Del Mar Fairgrounds, ticketmaster.com
Rock bands join forces to support peace and help suffering children worldwide.
5/22: Bloc Party @ House of Blues, hob.com
This British indie rock band is headlining this summer’s Latitude Festival, the UK’s version of Coachella.
5/22: Carla Morrison @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Pop/rock singer-songwriter and guitarist from Tecate, Mexico.
5/22: Twin Shadow @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
No stranger to music festivals, this new wave pop musician played Coachella, Sasquatch, San Miguel Primavera, Pitchfork and Bonnaroo in 2011.
5/23-24: Katchafire @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Reggae band from New Zealand with an affinity for Bob Marley.
5/24: Turbonegro @ House of Blues, hob.com
Their Facebook page describes them as “the musical equivalent to tits and ass.”
5/24: The Damned @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
The front man of this ‘80s punk-gothic band rocked the vampire look way before Edward Cullen (Twilight dude) made it sparkle.
5/24: Billy Idol @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Famous for his brief role in Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer, this UK-born musician also recorded little-known ditties like “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself.”
5/25: Creedence Clearwater Revisited @ USS Midway, greattickets.com
With two original members from Creedence Clearwater Revival, this “tribute band” has, like, four legs up on the competition.
5/25 & 27: Cold War Kids @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This indie rock band from long Beach toured with Death Cab For Cutie in 2009.
5/26: Juanes @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
With 5.2 million Facebook fans and more than 20 Grammys under his belt, this Colombian rocker earned a spot on Time‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2005 for his humanitarian efforts.
5/29: Marilyn Manson @ House of Blues, hob.com
Catch the goth, heavy-metal musician fresh off of appearing as himself on HBO’s Californication to give Becca a lurid sex- education lesson.
5/30: Logic @ House of Blues, hob.com
This rapper credits the movie Kill Bill as his inspiration to pursue a musical career.
5/31: Tame Impala @ House of Blues, hob.com
Australian psychedelic rock outfit whose hit “elephant” is used as the musical backdrop for BlackBerry’s current Z10 phone commercial.