Sounds Like A Plan


By Catlin Dorset

4/15: Lights @ The Irenic,
Canadian electro popette Valerie Poxleitner (aka Lights) released her third studio album, Little Machines, in September. On April 18 - a few days after her Tax Day show at the Irenic in North Park - the 27-year-old singer-songwriter will perform shortly before The Weekend, Alt-J and Jack White take the stage at Coachella on the second night of the famed music festival’s second weekend.

4/1: Maroon 5 @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,
Adam Levine and company are touring worldwide through June in support of their recent pop album, V, which dropped in September.

4/2: TV On the Radio @ Observatory North Park,
Indie rockers out of Brooklyn, New York.

4/2: Tracy Lawrence @ Sycuan Casino,
In 1991, this country artist was shot four times while trying to resist a robbery.

4/3: The Wailers @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Jamaican reggae band formed by Bob Marley.

4/3: The Used @ House of Blues,
These alt. rockers kick off their month-long North American tour on this night in the Gaslamp.

4/3: Bonobo @ Observatory North Park,
Simon Green, aka Bonobo, is a trip-hop, acid jazz DJ/ producer from Britain.

4/4: Ying Yang Twins @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
Lil Jon collaborated with this hip-hop duo on the 2002 single “Get Low.”

4/8: The Maine @ House of Blues,
This alt. rock outfit released its fifth studio album, American Candy, in March.

4/8: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ Belly Up Tavern,
This alt. rocker wrote songs for Season Two of NBC’s now defunct series Smash.

4/8: Kimbra @ Observatory North Park,
In 2013, this indie pop Kiwi won a Grammy Award for her collaboration with Gotye on the smash single, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

4/9: Blue October @ House of Blues,
Alt. rock quintet most known for their 2006 hit, “Hate Me.”

4/9: Interpol@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
These indie rockers released El Pintor, their fifth studio album, in September.

4/9: Jackson Browne @ California Center for the Arts,
Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Keb’ Mo’ and other stars covered this rocker’s songs for the 2014 album, Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne.

4/10: Three Days Grace @ House of Blues,
Hard rockers most known for their angsty 2003 track “I Hate Everything About You.”

4/11: Barry Manilow @ Valley View Casino Center,
Soft rock singer-songwriter on his One Last Time! farewell tour

4/11: Pat Benatar @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
Films Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 13 Going on 30 and Blue Valentine feature songs from this Grammy Award-winning rocker who recorded “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in 1980.

4/11: Buddy Guy @ Balboa Theatre,
Rolling Stone magazine ranked this blues musician at Number 23 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

4/12: Mos Def @ Observatory North Park,
In 2011, this rapper-slash-actor played the part of ex-convict Brother Sam in Showtime’s hit series Dexter.

4/13: Dustin Lynch @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
This Nashvillian singer-songwriter joins fellow country artists Jana Kramer and Gloriana for the annual K-FROG Cares Concert benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

4/13: Tech N9ne @ Observatory North Park,
Rapper Aaron Dontez Yates, aka Tech N9ne, drops his new Special Effects album on May 4.

4/13: Gramatik@ Belly Up Tavern,
Hip-hop dubstepper from Slovenia.

4/14: George Ezra @ Belly Up Tavern,
This folk singer was nominated for the British Breakthrough Act trophy at the 2015 Brit Awards in February. The award went to Sam Smith.

4/15: Toro y Moi @ Observatory North Park,
The 2012 flick Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, featured this indie artist’s song “New Beat.”

4/16: J Boog @ Belly Up Tavern,
Long Beach-native reggae artist on his Keep Di Road Dusty tour.

4/16: Clean Bandit @ Observatory North Park,
These electro pop artists took home the Best Dance Recording 2015 Grammy Award for their Number One (on the UK singles chart) hit “Rather Be.”

4/16: Ratatat @ House of Blues,
In 2006, these rockers became the first band ever to perform a public show inside New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

4/17: Lila Downs @ Copley Symphony Hall,
Latin music singer-songwriter and actress who played a small role as a tango singer in Salma Hayek’s 2002 flick, Frida.

4/17: Belle and Sebastian @ Observatory North Park,
In January, these indie poppers performed their single “Nobody’s Empire” on Conan.

4/18: Marina and the Diamonds @ Observatory North Park,
On April 19, this indie pop artist will perform shortly before David Guetta, Florence + the Machine and Drake take the Coachella stage on the closing night of the festival’s second weekend.

4/18-19: Steely Dan @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Jazz rock duo headlining the U.S. Rockabye Gollie Angel tour.

4/20: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Observatory North Park,
Five-piece hip-hop band most recognized for its Grammy Award-winning 1996 single, “Tha Crossroads.”

4/20: The Cat Empire @ Belly Up Tavern,
In 2014, these ska and jazz Aussies were featured on a collaborative album, Sounds for the Reef, to raise awareness and funds for the campaign against polluting the Great Barrier Reef.

4/23: Crookers @ Bassmnt,
Italian house music DJ most known for his 2009 remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Nite.”

4/23: Al Di Meola @ Balboa Theatre,
Five percent of proceeds from this jazz musician’s upcoming album (release date to-be-announced) will benefit The American Tinnitus Association.

4/23-25: Tribal Seeds @ Observatory North Park,
These San Diego natives sling their reggae-inspired gear at the Tribal Seeds Store in Pacific Beach, which they opened in 2014.

4/24: Lil Jon @ Bassmnt,
The King of Crunk swaps rhyme-spitting for record-spinning during this DJ set at Bassmnt.

4/24: Enter Shikari @ SOMA,
This post-hardcore foursome released its new album, The Mindsweep, in January.

4/24: Foreigner @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Notorious classic rock band known for many hits, including “Hot Blooded” (1978), “Juke Box Hero” (1982) and “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984).

4/24: Chubby Checker @ Sycuan Casino,
In 2001, this rock-and-roller guest-starred on Ally McBeal and sang his biggest hit, “The Twist.”

4/25: Life in Color @ Valley View Casino Center,
EDMers Tritonal and Vicetone headline this annual event touted as “the world’s largest paint party.”

4/25: Andrew Rayel @ Bassmnt,
This progressive trance producer released his Miracles EP on February 23.

4/26: Earth, Wind and Fire @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
R&B band known for a groovy slew of hits including “Shining Star” (1975), “September” (1978) and “Let’s Groove” (1981).

4/26: Kaiser Chiefs @ House of Blues,
These indie rockers covered The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

4/30: The Decemberists @ Observatory North Park,
To promote their recent album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, these indie rockers appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January.