By Catlin Dorset
Lorde Have Mercy
10.10: Lorde @ SDSU’S Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
At the 56th annual Grammy Awards in January, 17-year-old pop singer Lorde took home two gold-plated gramophones for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year for her 2013 mega- hit, “Royals.” Weeks before her big win, Forbes listed the New Zealander as one of “music’s brightest young stars,” making her the youngest entry on its "30 Under 30" list. Adding to her growing list of accolades, it was recently announced that the songstress will be the sole music curator for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie soundtrack and will record the lead single for the film.
10/1: Crosby, Stills and Nash @ San Diego Civic Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
In July, this folk rock trio performed Iggy Azalea’s hit “Fancy” with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
10/1: Bombay Bicycle Club @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse deluxe edition soundtrack features this indie rock band’s song “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?”
10/1: Katchafire @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Seven-piece reggae act from New Zealand.
10/2: American Authors @ House of Blues, hob.com
Alt. rockers most known for their current chart-topper “Best Day of My Life.”
10/3: New Found Glory @ House of Blues, hob.com
This pop punk foursome’s newest album, Resurrection, is expected to drop October 7.
10/3: Countryfest North @ Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, kson.com
Country performers Big & Rich headline KSON’s CountryFest North, the little sister to the semi-annual CountryFest held in Lakeside.
10/3: Eluveitie @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Swiss folk metalers on their North American Origins tour.
10/3: Blondie @ Harrah’s Resort Socal, harrahsresortsocal.com
Debbie Harry and her five punk-rock bandmates are most recognized for their ‘70s and ‘80s hits “Heart of Glass,” “The Tide is High” and “One Way or Another.”
10/4: Pinback @ House of Blues, hob.com
Songs by these San Diego-native rockers have been featured in TV shows How I Met Your Mother and The O.C.
10/4: Eagles @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Billboard magazine says this iconic rock band has amassed more than $700 million in tour revenue since 1994.
10/4: Paloma Faith @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Pharrell Williams produced “Can’t Rely on You,” the lead single from this pop singer-songwriter’s third album, A Perfect Contradiction.
10/4: Tony Bennett @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
The jazz legend teamed up with Lady Gaga for the Cheek To Cheek duets album, which dropped September 23.
10/5: Living Colour @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
These rockers hold the No. 70 position on VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
10/5: Brother Ali @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Jason Newman, aka Brother Ali, is a hip-hopper from Wisconsin.
10/5: Earl Klugh @ Thornton Winery, thorntonwine.com
This Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist hosts two annual Weekend of Jazz festivals, one at Colorado’s Broadmoor Resort in the spring and the other at South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort in the fall.
10/5: The Beach Boys @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Often called “America’s band,” these rockers are known for their slew of hits, including “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.”
10/6: Angus and Julia Stone @ House of Blues, hob.com
This folk/blues duo released its latest eponymous album in August.
10/7: Anberlin @ House of Blues, hob.com
These alt. rockers will wrap up their worldwide Final Tour at the end of November.
10/7: Beach Fossils @ The Irenic, theirenic.com
Four-piece indie rock band out of Brooklyn.
10/8: Calle 13 @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Puerto Rican hip-hop trio has won 19 Latin Grammy Awards and two U.S. Grammys.
10/8: Susan Boyle @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
In 2009, pop vocalist Susan Boyle’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent became the most-watched video on YouTube, with more than 120-million views.
10/9: Pomplamoose @ UCSD’s The Loft, ucsdboxoffice.com
Real-life couple and instrumentalists Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn comprise this indie rock twosome.
10/9: Kasabian @ House of Blues, hob.com
British rockers on the road to promote their recent album, 48:13, which made its U.S. debut in June.
10/11: Berner @ House of Blues, hob.com
Rapping Bay Area native signed to Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records label.
10/11: Neil Sedaka @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
On Kathie Lee Gifford’s 61st birthday in August, this pop/rock singersongwriter surprised her during a live taping of The Today Show with a personalized version of his hit “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen.”
10/12: The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues, hob.com
Rocking front woman Taylor Momsen played Cindy Lou Who in the 2000 flick The Grinch, starring Jim Carrey.
10/13: The Drums @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
These indie rockers released their newest album, Encyclopedia, on September 23.
10/13: The Horrors @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Indie rock quintet from across the pond.
10/14: Marty Stuart @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
This country musician used to be married to Johnny Cash’s daughter, Cindy.
10/14: Polica @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Alt. rock band from Minnesota, doncha know.
10/14: Andrew McMahon in The Wilderness @ House of Blues, hob.com
After learning he had an acute form of leukemia in 2005, alt. rocker Andrew McMahon founded the Dear Jack Foundation to help young adults with cancer.
10/15: Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
Latin pop superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull co-headline a 24-stop North American tour.
10/17: Ray LaMontagne @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Esquire magazine dubbed this folk rocker the “Best Voice” in 2006, saying LaMontagne “belts out after-dinner belches with more importance and integrity than the cleanest note [Mariah Carey’s] ever squeaked.”
10/17: Watsky @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Rapper/poet on the All You Can Do world tour in support of his recently released album of the same name.
10/17: Smokey Robinson @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
The Motown singer-songwriter collaborated with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Elton John and Jessie J on his latest album, Smokey & Friends.
10/17: The Story So Far @ Epicentre, epicentreconcerts.org
Pop punk fivesome touring with The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball and Gnarwolves.
10/17: Kodaline @ House of Blues, hob.com
Songs by these indie rockers have been used in the TV shows Catfish, The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy.
10/17: Yellowcard @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
The pop punk band most known for its 2003 hit “Ocean Avenue” just released a new album, Lift A Sail.
10/17: Born of Osiris @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Deathcore musicians from Chicagoland.
10/18: CountryFest @ Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, kson.com
Country artists Sara Evans, Parmalee, Craig Campbell, Natalie Stovall & The Drive, and Austin Webb kick up dust at this semi-annual sold-out show in East County.
10/18: Capture The Crown @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Metalcore Aussies headlining the Not Your American Idols tour with For All Those Sleeping, Ice Nine Kills, Palisades and others.
10/18: La Ley @ House of Blues, hob.com
Grammy Award-winning Chilean rockers whose moniker is Español for “The Law.”
10/18: D.R.I. @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
The Dirty Rotten Imbeciles are said to be one of the first hardcore punk/thrash metal crossover bands.
10/18: The New Pornographers @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
In September, these indie rockers performed “Bill Bruisers,” the title track from their new album, on the Late Show with David Letterman.
10/18: Gus G. @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist Kostas Karamitroudis (aka Gus G.) is on the road to promote his debut solo album, I Am the Fire.
10/19: Neon Hitch @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
This pop singer-songwriter is expected to drop her debut studio album, Eleutheromania, later this year.
10/19: Zac Brown Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Country rockers most recognized by their chart-toppers “Chicken Fried,” “Toes” and “Keep Me in Mind,” among several others.
10/19: Joey Bada$$ @ WorldBeat Center, ticketweb.com
This 19-year-old rapper from Brooklyn is working on his first studio album, B4.Da.$$.
10/19: David Sanborn @ Thornton Winery, thorntonwine.com
Jazz saxophonist who’s collaborated with James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and many others throughout his career.
10/21: Charli XCX @ House of Blues, hob.com
The 2014 movie The Fault in Our Stars features this pop singer- songwriter’s current hit, “Boom Clap.”
10/21: Grieves @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Hip-hop artist on the road to promote his fourth album, Winter & The Wolves, which dropped in March.
10/22: Suicide Silence @ House of Blues, hob.com
On Halloween night in 2012, this deathcore band’s lead singer, Mitch Lucker, crashed his motorcycle in Huntington beach. He passed away the next morning from his injuries.
10/22: Erasure @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Electro pop duo most known for its 1988 signature single, “A Little respect.”
10/22: Beartooth @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This hardcore punk quintet will open for Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens while on The World Tour this fall.
10/22: Tinariwen @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In 2012, this touareg (North African) group’s album Tassili won the Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album.”
10/24: Alt-J @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Indie rockers touring worldwide to promote their recent album, This Is All Yours, which dropped September 23.
10/24: Carcass @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Death metal band out of Liverpool.
10/24: Luke Bryan @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
This Chula Vista show is the second-to-last stop on the country megastar’s Farm Tour 2014.
10/24: Melvins @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
These heavy metalers released their new album, Hold It In, on October 14.
10/25: Warpaint @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
Female indie rock foursome from Los Angeles.
10/25: Phish @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Ben & Jerry’s beloved Phish Food ice cream (chocolate ice cream, marshmallow and caramel swirls, and fudge fish) was named after these Vermont-native rockers.
10/25: Whitechapel @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This deathcore band got its name from the East London Whitechapel district, known for being the site of the Jack the Ripper murders in the late 1800s.
10/25: Jenny Lewis @ House of Blues, hob.com
This indie rock singer-songwriter and actress played small roles in ‘80s TV shows Growing Pains, Roseanne and Baywatch.
10/25: Daryl Hall and John Oates @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Pop rock duo most known for their hit singles “Rich Girl” (1976), “Kiss on My List” (1980) and “Private Eyes” (1981), among others.
10/25: Deicide @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Death metal Floridians headlining the North American In the Minds of Evil tour with Septicflesh, Inquisition and others.
10/26: Asgeir @ The Irenic, theirenic.com
In 2012, this folk artist won Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, the Public Choice Award and the Online Achievement Award at the Iceland Music Awards.
10/26: Matisyahu @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Esquire magazine dubbed this Pennsylvanian reggae rapper the “most loveable oddball” in 2007.
10/26: Ab-Soul @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Hip-hop artist Herbert Anthony Stevens (aka Ab-Soul) says Jay-Z and Eminem are among his biggest influences.
10/27: Leon Russell @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and countless other artists have covered this country rocker’s 1970 track, “A Song for You.”
10/28: La Femme @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Parisian psychedelic pop band on a North American tour.
10/29: Rachael Yamagata @ House of Blues, hob.com
Several TV shows have featured songs by this folk rocker, including One Tree Hill, How I Met Your Mother and So You Think You Can Dance.
10/30: New Politics @ House of Blues, hob.com
Earlier this summer, these dance rock dudes opened for Paramore and Fall Out Boy during their co-headlining Monumentour tour.
10/30: Bernhoft @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In June, the Norwegian singer and instrumentalist performed his current single, “Come Around,” on Conan.
10/30: MC Chris @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This rapper was one of the original creators behind Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and produced some of the first episodes of Family Guy, Futurama and Robot Chicken.
10/31: Citizen Cope @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Songs from this alt. rocker have appeared in many films, including Accepted, The Lincoln Lawyer and Alpha Dog.
10/31: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Eleven-piece blues rock band headed by hubby and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.