Show Me The Monáe
In addition to being an R&B and soul singer-songwriter/producer signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ record label, Bad Boy Records, Janelle Monáe is a CoverGirl spokesmodel who’s appeared on the covers of several national magazines. This photo ran on the June 15, 2013, cover of Billboard magazine, which announced October 24 that Monáe will receive its 2013 Rising Star Award.
11/6: Janelle Monáe @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
11/1: Condemned @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Death metal rockers from America’s Finest.
11/2: Sepultura @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Brazilian heavy metalers whose moniker translates to “grave” in Portuguese.
11/2: David Cook @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
This Midwestern rocker won the seventh season of American Idol.
11/2: Cody Simpson @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This 16-year-old Aussie pop singer peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart for his album Surfer’s Paradise.
11/3: Atlas Genius @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Aussie alt. rock band enjoying the success of its debut album (released in February), When It Was Now.
11/3: The 1975 @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Indie rock foursome who released their first studio album in September.
11/4-5: Graham Nash @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
The Crosby, Stills & Nash founding member released his autobiography, Wild Tales, in September.
11/5: Switchfoot @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
These local rockers founded the Switchfoot Surf Bro-Am Surf Contest in 2005 to raise money for San Diego’s homeless children.
11/5: Active Child @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Indie pop songster currently headlining a world tour.
11/7: Macy Gray @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Known for her deep, raspy voice, this R&B singer is most recognized for her 2001 Grammy Award-winning hit, “I Try.”
11/7: The Chariot @ Epicentre, epicentreconcerts.org
This show represents the last chance to catch these hard rockers on the West Coast - they’re disbanding when the tour wraps up at the end of November.
11/7: Lita Ford @ Brick By Brick, brickbybrick.com
A former member of all-girl band The Runaways, Lita Ford has released seven solo rock albums.
11/8: Selena Gomez @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
This 21-year-old pop star has 47 million Facebook fans, one of whom must (still) be exboyfriend Justin Bieber.
11/9: Twenty One Pilots @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Alt. rockers Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun opened for Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll arena tour in September.
11/9: Dev @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This electro-pop singer-songwriter is most known for her 2011 hits “In The Dark” and “Bass Down Low.”
11/10: Goldroom @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Nu disco band that performed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas this spring.
11/10: Cults @ The Irenic, casbahmusic.com
Former NYU students (and a reallife couple) comprise this indie pop twosome.
11/10: Clutch @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead featured this rock band’s song “The Regulator” in an episode last season.
11/10: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
This R&B/soul band closed out the Essence Music Festival every year from 1995 through 2009.
11/10: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This punk rocker and former Dead Kennedys frontman is also a politician and was a Green Party candidate for president in 2000, finishing second behind Ralph Nader.
11/10: Queensryche @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
A falling-out in 2012 split this heavy metal band into two separate bands, although both kept the Queensryche moniker. This one includes former frontman Geoff Tate.
11/11: Jason Mraz @ Belly Up Tavern , bellyup.com
This San Diego-based pop rocker headlined the first-ever open-air concert in Myanmar last December to raise awareness of human trafficking.
11/11: Ab-Soul & Joey Bada$$ @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Herbert Anthony Stevens IV and Jo-Vaugh Virginie Scott changed their not-so-badass names to be hip-hop artists.
11/13: Lupe Fiasco @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
The rapper/producer co-founded independent record label 1st & 15th Entertainment.
11/13: Arkona @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Russian pagan metal band whose song “Yarilo” played in an episode of The Office in 2010.
11/14: Shaggy @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
When the pop/rap song “It Wasn’t Me” dropped 13 years ago, The Shaggy Defense (lying in the face of overwhelming evidence) became America’s favorite new legal term.
11/15: Brett Dennen @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This folk singer-songwriter released his fifth studio album, Smoke and Mirrors, October 22.
11/15: Mayday Parade @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Floridian rock quintet that’s toured with Plain White T’s, Pierce The Veil and All Time Low.
11/16: Ben Harper @ Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org
This folk rocker’s songs have been used in TV shows Daria, One Tree Hill and Vampire Diaries, among others.
11/17: Vanessa Carlton @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This pop singer-songwriter will travel a lot more than “A Thousand Miles” (the title of her 2002 hit single) during her U.S. tour this fall.
11/19: CHVRCHES @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Their electro pop sound landed Scottish band Chvrches the No. 5 spot on BBC’s Sound of 2013 list.
11/19: A$AP Ferg @ Epicentre, epicentreconcerts.org
Hip-hop artist and part-time clothing designer for his own Devoni Clothing label.
11/20: Foxes @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Zedd’s EDM hit “Clarity” helped make this English pop singer’s voice more recognizable to a broader audience.
11/20: Pennywise @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
L.A. punk rock band said to be working on a box set and some new songs to commemorate its 25th anniversary this year.
11/20: Veil of Maya @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Deathcore band currently on tour with Structures, Northlane, Vildhjarta and Here Comes The Kraken.
11/20: Kate Nash @ Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
This indie pop singer-songwriter’s hit “Do-Wah-Doo” is featured on the Bridesmaids movie soundtrack.
11/21: Vanna @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Hahd rockahs from Bahstun. Cheahs!
11/21: Bret Michaels @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
He couldn’t lock down a wife on VH1’s Rock of Love with Bret Michaels (in any of the show’s three
seasons), but the rocker did impress Donald Trump enough to win Season Nine of Celebrity Apprentice.
11/21: Pearl Jam @ Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
These rock legends just released Lightning Bolt, their 10th studio album and the first since 2009.
11/22: Asking Alexandria @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This heavy metal band played a sold-out European and North American tour last year.
11/22: Pepe Aguilar @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
This mariachi entertainer has won six U.S. and three Latin Grammy Awards.
11/23: Tonight Alive @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
These pop punk band mates have toured with Anberlin, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low and many more.
11/24: Protest the Hero @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Hardcore metal band touring to promote its latest album, Volition.
11/24: Drake @ Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Keep an eye out for this rapper’s cameo in the upcoming flick Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
11/25: 3OH!3 @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Electro pop duo most known for their 2008 hit “Don’t Trust Me” and their 2009 collaboration with Ke$ha titled “Blah, Blah, Blah.”
11/26: Michael Bublé @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
The Frank Sinatra-esque crooner will be on tour through May 2014 to promote his recent album, To Be Loved.
11/26: Sinead O’Connor @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Irish singer-songwriter still riding the success of her 1990 cover of Prince’s song, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
11/27: Chris Isaak @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This 50-something rockabilly singer has acted in several films, including Silence of the Lambs, That Thing You Do! and The Informers.
11/29: The Devil Wears Prada @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Christian hardcore metal band that insists they derived their named from the novel, not the movie.
11/30: Tribal Seeds @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
The first two albums from this local reggae outfit made iTunes’ “Best Of” lists in their respective years.