10/1: Toro Y Moi @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
Fuse TV called this indie pop singer-songwriter a must-see act at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.
10/2: Jake Bugg @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This 19-year-old’s indie rock sound is often compared to Bob Dylan’s.
10/3: 38 Special @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
These Southern rockers opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams on 2007’s Rowdy Frynds Tour.
10/3: Saxon @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Heavy metal dudes on a world tour to promote their album Sacrifice.
10/4: Anathema @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This English rock band changed its tune from gothic/doom metal to a more alternative sound in 2001.
10/4: John Mayer @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
The pop rocker is back on the road after having taken a yearlong hiatus to heal from a throat condition and subsequent surgery.
10/4: Yellowcard @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Still cashing in on their one recognizable hit, “Ocean Avenue,” a decade after its release, these pop punkers are currently in the midst of their Ocean Avenue Acoustic fall tour.
10/4: And So I Watch You From Afar @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
These punk rock instrumentalists hailing from Ireland released their third studio album, All Hail Bright Futures, earlier this year.
10/5: Maroon 5 @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Lead singer Adam Levine is taking a break from judging reality show contestants on NBC’s The Voice to let a former reality show contestant, Kelly Clarkson, open for him.
10/5: You Me At Six @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Not just the manliest way to ask a girl out on a date, You Me At Six is a British rock quintet that played last year’s VANS Warped Tour.
10/6: Calexico @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
Named after the heel of California, this alt. folk band played the Bonnaroo 2013 festival a few months back.
10/6: Travis @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin credits this Scottish foursome with being the reason Coldplay exists.
10/8: Conor Oberst @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
This indie rock singer-songwriter is one of the founders of Saddle Creek Records, the frontrunner of multiple bands (Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and more) and one of the godfathers of emo.
10/8: Pet Shop Boys @ San Diego Symphony, sandiegosymphony.org
The UK’s most successful duo (as named by The Guinness Book of World Records, in a slight departure from the typical listing of fingernail lengths) is wrapping up their Electric tour.
10/9: The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is all grown up (at 20-years-old) and now fronts this oft-controversial rock band. This is the band to see if you want to feel old.
10/9: Steve Earle @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
Songs written by this country singersongwriter have been recorded by Travis Tritt and Emmylou Harris.
10/9: Tony Lucca @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
After finishing in Third Place on season two of NBC’s The Voice, this rocker signed on to judge Adam Levine’s record label.
10/10: Lee Dewyze @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Upon hearing that this rocker was the season nine winner on American Idol, millions of Americans were shocked, exclaiming, “Seriously, there have been nine seasons of American Idol?!”
10/11: Easton Corbin @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This country singer-songwriter/driver-of- questionable-skill is currently enjoying the success of his latest hit, “All Over the Road.”
10/11: Red Fang @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
These heavy-metal dudes played at 2011’s Mayhem Festival with Megadeth, Godsmack and Disturbed.
10/12: We Came As Romans @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
The most recent album from these rockers, Tracing Back Roots, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart earlier this year.
10/13: Blue October @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Alt. rockers from Texas who gained mainstream success with their 2006 hit, “Hate Me.”
10/13: Billy Ocean @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
This 60-something R&B crooner is responsible for the “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” jingle.
10/13: Saves The Day @ The Irenic, sodabarmusic.com
New Jersey boys best known for their upbeat hit, “At Your Funeral.”
10/13: Kylesa @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Sludge metal band whose name is a variation of the Buddhist term kilesa, which means “demons of defilement.” Watch your six.
10/14: City and Colour @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This acoustic rock singer-songwriter put many of the songs he’d written as a teenager on his first album, Sometimes.
10/15: Yo Gotti @ UCSD Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Mario Mims, aka Yo Gotti, is a rapper (in case his name didn’t give it away) from Tennessee.
10/15: Haim @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This indie rock band is comprised of three Haim sisters (Este, Danielle and Alana) and one really alienated drummer (Dash Hutton).
10/15: Primal Scream @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
In June, these alt. rockers opened for the Rolling Stones at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival 2013.
10/15: Frank Turner @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Folk rocker currently on tour to promote his fifth and latest album, Tape Deck Heart.
10/15: Chris Cornell @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
The former Audioslave frontman reunited with his original band mates from Soundgarden to release the
group’s first album in 16 years.
10/16: Sleeping With Sirens @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Post-hardcore band currently promoting their new album, Feel, on a world tour.
10/16: Disclosure @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Two brothers from England comprise this dance music duo.
10/17: The Wanted @ Humphrey’s Concert by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
With more than five million “likes” of this boy band’s Facebook page, the moniker seems spot-on.
10/17: Steve Vai @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This Grammy Award-winning guitarist is an avid beekeeper and sells his honey to raise money for his Make A Noise Foundation. It’s kind of like Make A Wish, but sounds way easier.
10/17: Trivium @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Vengeance Falls, the newest album from this heavy metal band, is due out October 15.
10/17: Evidence @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Hip-hopper who’s produced tracks for Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Kanye West and more.
10/18: Attila @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This heavy metal outfit sings about its favorite hand gesture in “Middle Fingers Up,” the first single from its recent album.
10/18: Jason Aldean @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Singin’ about a Big Green Tractor paid off for this country hit-maker, who’s enjoyed countless No. 1 hits, awards and nominations.
10/18: Jack Johnson @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
This folk rock singer-songwriter decided to hone his guitar skills after a surfing accident left him with 150 stitches in his head... and no front teeth. Don’t worry ladies, he had them replaced.
10/18: Pepper @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Locally based reggae rock band that has toured with Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid and The Expendables.
10/19: MS MR @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
The indie pop sound from this duo has been compared to that of Lana del Ray and Florence and the Machine.
10/19: Scream It Like You Mean It 2013 @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Screamo bands Story of the Year, Like Moths to Flames, Hawthorne Heights and more make a pit stop in S.D.
10/20: Three Dog Night @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
This American rock band continues to ride the success of its ‘70s hits, including “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog.”
10/21: Jerrod Niemann @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Best known for his 2010 hit, “Lover, Lover,” this country boy has also written songs for Garth Brooks.
10/22: Passion Pit @ SDSU Open Air Theatre, events.sdsu.edu
Songs from this indie pop band have been featured in Gossip Girl, Big Love and Awkward.
10/23: Paramore @ SDSU Viejas Arena, events.sdsu.edu
These alt. rockers from Tennessee are taking Metric and Hellogoodbye along with them for the The Self-Titled Tour throughout the fall.
10/23: Wednesday 13 @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Wednesday 13, aka Joseph Poole, has fronted a number of gothic rock outfits including Murderdolls and Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13.
10/24: James Blake @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This 24-year-old English singer-songwriter created his own record label, 1-800-Dinosaur, earlier this year. Don’t bother calling, the line’s always busy.
10/25: Crystal Fighters @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Alt. dance band from Spain, currently on a world tour to promote its recently released sophomore album, Cave Rave.
10/26: Countryfest II @ Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, kson.com
Country music stars Josh Turner, Uncle Cracker, Jana Kramer, Aaron Lewis and John Pardi take the dusty East County stage for Part Two of the annual Countryfest concert series.
10/26: Emilie Autumn @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
This singer-songwriter and violinist is very open about her bipolar disorder, and even penned an autobiography about her life with the disease while in a psychiatric hospital.
10/27: New Found Glory @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
These pop punk Floridians will release their album Kill It Live on October 8.
10/27: Zac Brown Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
These folky southern rockers landed the 2013 Best Country Album Grammy for Uncaged.
10/27: Billy Currington @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
This country crooner founded the Global South Relief organization, which benefits people in Central American countries.
10/28: The Neighbourhood @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Fresh off a tour with Imagine Dragons, these alt. rockers will continue to hit the road with Lovelife and Ghost Loft through November.
10/28: Buddy Guy @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
In a career spanning six decades, this blues singer cranked out more than 60 albums. He also placed 30th on Rolling Stone magazine’s roundup of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
10/30: Moody Blues @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
These classic rockers will set sail next April on their second annual Moody Blues Cruise, along with bands The Zombies and Lighthouse.
10/31: Falling In Reverse @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
After canceling many 2012 tour dates (due to the inconsiderate birth of lead singer Ronnie Radke’s child), this hardcore rock band is back on tour to promote its Fashionably Late album.
10/31: Two Door Cinema Club @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Songs from this Irish indie rock band have popped up in everything from Microsoft Outlook commercials to the film Soul Surfer.