Sounds Like A Plan


By Catlin Dorset

4/1: Blackberry Smoke @ House of Blues,
Southern rock quintet signed to Zac Brown Band’s record label, Southern Ground.

4/2: VNV Nation @ Belly Up Tavern,
Alt. electronica duo promoting their album Transnational on a worldwide tour.

4/2: Il Divo@ Copley Symphony Hall,
This classical music group formed by Simon Cowell toured with Barbara Streisand in 2006.

4/2: Rob Thomas @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
This pop rock singer-songwriter and Matchbox Twenty lead singer is also playing at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay on 4/6.

4/3: Johnny Winter @ Ramona Mainstage,
Rolling Stone magazine ranked this bluesy rocker No. 63 on its 2003 list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

4/3-5: Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Belly Up Tavern,
Rockin’ Coloradans with a new album, Black Beehive, released February 4.

4/4: Willie Nelson @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
The country legend recently released To All the Girls - a new collection of duets with pop-country female singers including Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Miranda Lambert and more.

4/5: The Black Lips @ Belly Up Tavern,
Urinating in their own mouths and displaying full-frontal nudity are two of the racier on-stage antics these indie rockers have favored while performing.

4/5: Lost Tigres Del Norte @ Valley View Casino Center,
In its nearly 50-year run, this Norteño band has won five Latin Grammy Awards and sold more than 32 million records.

4/5: The Cult @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
These hard rockers will play the opening nights of both Coachella weekends this year (4/11 and 4/18).

4/5: Zucchero @ Balboa Theatre,
Pop rocker Zucchero (“sugar” in Italian) has collaborated with B.B. King, Miles Davis and Elvis Costello.

4/6: El Tri @ House of Blues,
Mexico City rockers who perform en Español.

4/7: Kid Ink @ House of Blues,
Brian Collins (aka Kid Ink) is a tatted-up rapper on the road for his North American My Own Lane tour.

4/8: Craig Morgan @ House of Blues,
Country singer-songwriter most known for hits “That’s What I Love About Sundays” and “Redneck Yacht Club.”

4/10: Tyrone Wells @ The Griffin,
Songs from this folk pop musician have been featured in TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries and Scrubs.

4/10: Julio Iglesias @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Enrique Iglesias’ papa recently set a Guinness World Record for being the best-selling male Latin artist of all time - 300 million records sold during his career.

4/10: Sevendust @ Sycuan Casino,
This alt. metal band will release an acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, mid-April.

4/11: Slaughterhouse @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
Hip-hop foursome signed to Eminem’s record label, Shady Records.

4/11: Howie Day @ House of Blues,
This pop rocker’s two biggest hits to date are “Collide” (2004) “She Says” (2005).

4/11: Movits! @ The Irenic,
This Swedish hip-hop and swing trio gained American popularity after appearing on The Colbert Report in 2009.

4/12: Dave Mustaine @ Copley Symphony Hall,
The thrash-metal founding guitarist of Megadeth and former member of Metallica was born right here in La Mesa.

4/13: Mark Chesnutt @ Sycuan Casino,
Country singer-songwriter most recognized for his 1992 hit “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” and 1994’s “Goin’ Through the Big D.”

4/14: Cage the Elephant @ Belly Up Tavern,
Alt. rockers touring to promote their recent album, Melophobia, which dropped in October

4/15: City and Colour @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
This Canadian folk singer will take the stage during both Saturdays of this year’s Coachella festival, followed by Skrillex, Pharrell and Lorde later in the day..

4/15: Mobb Deep @ The Casbah,
Grand Theft Auto IV features this hip-hop duo’s song “Dirty New Yorker.”

4/15: Mogwai @ Belly Up Tavern,
Scottish rock band on a world tour to promote it latest album, Rave Tapes, released January 17.

4/16: Temples @ The Casbah,
Psychedelic rock band from across the pond.

4/16: Broken Bells @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
This indie rock duo performed their new song “Holding on for Life” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 7.

4/17: Cypress Hill @ House of Blues,
In 2012, this ‘90s hip-hop band collaborated with EDM giants Rusko and Deadmau5 for tracks on their respective albums.

4/17: Julieta Venegas @ The Show Palace,
This indie pop singer-songwriter won the 2007 Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album.

4/17: Bombay Bicycle Club @ Belly Up Tavern,
Indie rock foursome from London, touring to promote their new album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, released in February.

4/17: Kataklysm @ Ramona Mainstage,
AOL Radio ranked this band No. 7 on its “10 Best Death Metal Bands” list.

4/18: Upon This Dawning @ House of Blues,
Alt. metal band set to drop a new album, We Are All Sinners, on April 29.

4/18: The Temptations and The Four Tops @ Pala Casino,
These R&B/soul/Motown legends from the ‘60s and ‘70s are likely to perform their respective megahits, “My Girl” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” among many others.

4/18: Marsha Ambrosius @ House of Blues,
Hip-hop songstress with a new single, “Without You,” featuring Ne-Yo.

4/19: Anna Nalick @ Ramona Mainstage,
Pop rock signer-songwriter most recognized for her 2004 hit “Breathe (2 AM).”

4/19: Caravan Palace @ Belly Up Tavern,
French electro swing band on a North American tour to promote its album Panic, released March 5.

4/19: Joan Jett @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
This rebel rocker from the ‘80s still loves rock and roll.

4/19: Death By Stereo @ Soda Bar,
These O.C. hardcore punkers will tour with Strung Out, Face to Face and others during the Hits & Pits festival tour this spring.

4/19: T. Mills @ Epicentre,
Rapper with the letters “FTH” tattooed on his forehead. He says it stands for “f*** the haters,” “for the hos” or “feed the homeless,” whichever you gives you the warmest, fuzziest feeling.

4/19: The Expendables @ House of Blues,
Reggae rockers who’ve toured with Slightly Stoopid, 311 and G. Love & Special Sauce, among others.

4/20: Ty Dolla $ign @ House of Blues,
Rapper Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Luminox and more join forces for this hazy, 14th annual Seedless 4/20 Party at House of Blues.

4/20: Dance Gavin Dance @ SOMA,
NorCal screamo rock band on the road to promote its recent album, Acceptance Speech.

4/25: CunninLynguists @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
This hip-hop trio will release a new album, Strange Journey Volume Three, on April 1.

4/25: Mac Miller @ Bassmnt, bassmntsd
This Pennsylvania rapper taught himself how to play piano, drums, guitar and bass - all by age six.

4/26: The Dillinger Escape Plan @ UCSD Porter’s Pub,
Mathcore rock band, touring worldwide with Trash Talk, Retox and Shining.

4/26: Barenaked Ladies @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
This alt. rock foursome recorded the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.

4/26: Chubby Checker @ Sycuan Casino,
This rock-n-roller’s hit “The Twist” was Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song in 1960.

4/27: Augustana @ SOMA,
This San Diego rock band will drop its new album, Life Imitating Life, on April 22.

4/27: Los Lonely Boys @ Casino Pauma,
Chicano rock threesome and real-life band of brothers who became an international success with the 2004 hit “Heaven.”

4/27: Trampled By Turtles @ Belly Up Tavern,
TV shows Deadliest Catch and Squidbillies have featured songs from this alt. bluegrass band.

4/28: O.A.R. @ Belly Up Tavern,
Alt. rockers set to release a new album mid-May, which will include their recent single “Peace.”