9/11: Neko Case
Voted the “Sexiest Babe of Indie Rock” by Playboy.com in 2003, this folky singer-songwriter is also a member of the band The New Pornographers, which kinda gave her a leg up on the competition (Playboy’s into that sort of thing). House of Blues, houseofblues.com
9/3: Said the Whale @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
These Canadian indie rockers will release their fourth album, hawaiii, mid-September.
9/4: Tesla Boy @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Electro pop foursome from Russia currently on a world tour.
9/5: Everlast @ Belly Up, bellyup.com
This hip-hopper-turned-rocker is best known for his 1998 hit, “What it’s Like.”
9/6: Dave Matthews Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Later this year, the South Africa-born frontman will perform in his native country for the first time. For now, he’s rocking Chula Vista.
9/6: Charli XCX @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Charlotte Aitchison (aka Charli XCX) started writing indie pop songs when she was eight years old; she released her first two singles at age 16.
9/6: Earth , Wind, and Fire @ San Diego Civic Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
This funky jazz band has been rocking for more than four decades and is credited with being the first African- American band to sell out New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
9/6: Kid Cudi @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
Since being discovered by Kanye West in 2008, the “Day ‘n’ Nite” hip-hop singer-songwriter launched his own record label, Wicked Awesome Records.
9/7: Murder By Death @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
These indie rockers raised nearly $200k on Kickstarter last year to fund their sixth album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon. The lead singer sounds like Johnny Cash.
9/7: Hopsin @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Known for his creepy use of white contact lenses, this Los Angeles-based rapper will release a new album, Knock Madness, at the end of this year.
9/8: ZZ Ward @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter first joined a band (her father’s) at the age of 12.
9/8: Melissa Etheridge @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
The raspy-voiced rocker has been a prominent gay-rights activist since her public coming-out at the Triangle Ball celebrating President Clinton’s inauguration.
9/11: Minus the Bear @ Belly Up, bellyup.com
Indie rock quintet out of Seattle, with a new album, Acoustics II, slated for release on September 9.
9/12: Andre Nickatina @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This rapper/producer won Artist of The Year and Album of The Year (for Bullets, Blunts in Ah Big Bankroll) at the Bay Area Rap Awards in 2005.
9/12: The Dangerous Summer @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
These indie rockers from Maryland played the Vans Warped Tour in 2011.
9/13: The Features @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Indie rock foursome currently signed to Kings of Leon’s record label, Serpents & Snakes.
9/13: Rascal Flatts @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
These good ol’ Nashville boys are touring with country trio The Band Perry and The Voice season-three winner, Cassadee Pope.
9/13: Carly Rae Jepsen @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This is the girl responsible for “Call Me Maybe.” Don’t worry, she’ll be gone soon.
9/13-14: San Diego Music Thing 2013 @ Various venues around San Diego, sandiegomusicthing.com
This two-day music festival features Ra Ra Riot, The Album Leaf, Weekend, FIDLAR and nearly 150 other bands performing on 16 stages.
9/14: Orgone @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Put on your dancin’ shoes - these funksters are out to “move your ass and melt your face.”
9/14-15: Operation KickAss Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction and more will rock the South Bay stage over two days.
9/15: Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
Performing with Nine Inch Nails on the Tension tour starting in October, these Canadian rockers should be forgiven the confusing use of punctuation - they’re from Quebec after all.
9/15: Coeur de Pirate @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Not exactly what you’d expect from someone called “Pirate Heart”, this Canadian sings melodic love ballads in her native tongue, so make sure to brush up on your Français.
9/17: Luis Miguel @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Known as El Sol de México (“The Sun of Mexico”), this Latino singer-songwriter won his first Grammy at age 15, making him the second youngest to do so (behind LeAnn Rimes).
9/18: Wynonna Judd @ The Belly Up, bellyup.com
After rising to stardom in the ‘80s in the mother-daughter duo The Judds, Wynonna went on to become a solo singer, actress and New York Times bestselling author. And still, all anyone ever wants to talk about is Ashley!
9/19: Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
These southern rockers have had plenty of highs and lows in their nearly 50-year music career, including a deadly 1977 plane crash that killed the then lead singer, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
9/19: Soul Asylum @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
Alt-rockers touring with Fountains of Wayne.
9/19: Julieta Venegas @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) singer and musician has scored several Latin Grammys over the past decade.
9/19: Xzibit @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Most famous for turning crappy cars into really shiny crappy cars with televisions built into every surface on Pimp My Ride, the guy from the “Yo Dawg” meme is apparently still rapping.
9/20: 91X X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Rescheduled from May to accommodate headliner and San Diego spawn Blink-182, this year’s annual X-Fest features punk rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Offspring and more.
9/20: Tech N9NE @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This rapper’s songs are frequently used in video games, including the (totally educational) game 25 To Life, in which he makes a cameo appearance.
9/20: Diana Krall @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts .com
Canadian jazz singer-songwriter and producer of Barbara Streisand’s 2009 album, Love Is the Answer.
9/21: We Butter the Bread with Butter @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
German deathcore band on tour to promote its third album, Goldkinder.
9/21: The Vaccines @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This indie rock band has opened for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
9/22: Fall Out Boy @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasincenter.com
Pop punk band with an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting the most interviews in a 24-hour period (74 total).
9/22: Depeche Mode @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, chulavistaboxoffice.com
Britain’s Q Magazine named these alt-rockers as being among “50 Bands that Changed the World.”
9/24: Hanson @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Regardless of any future hit this trio makes, they’ll always be known as the three adorable little girls who sang “MMMBop.”
9/25: The Naked and Famous @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Songs by these New Zealand alt-rockers have been used in TV shows including The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy.
9/27: Air Supply @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This soft-rock duo met nearly 40 years ago, during a “Jesus Christ Superstar” rehearsal in Australia.
9/27: Gary Clark Jr. @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This Texas-born blues rocker played the Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza music festivals last year.
9/28: Between the Buried and Me @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This progressive metal band will perform its Future Sequence album in its entirety at every show on this year’s fall tour.
9/28: Keith Urban @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre , chulavistaboxoffice.com
Aussie country rocker who’s a returning judge on American Idol and is married to fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman.
9/29: Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Folk rock singer-songwriter most recognized for his 2008 hit, “Come On Get Higher.”
9/29: Bullet for My Valentine @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Welsh heavy metal band that started out playing under the moniker Jeff Killed John.
9/30: Vampire Weekend @ SDSU Open Air Theatre, events.sdsu.edu
Films Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, I Love You, Man and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse feature songs by these indie rockers from New York.