Groove: December concert calendar


Top performers coming to San Diego include Miike Snow, The Shelters, The Dandy Warhols and a host of artists for 91X Wrex the Halls at Valley View Casino Center.

Daughter. (FJ Allen)

12.1: Daughter

The Elena Tonra-fronted English indie folk trio released its sophomore full-length, “Not to Disappear,” at the beginning of the year.

@ The Observatory North Park,

12.2: Helmet and Local H

New York hardcore vets pair with Illinois grunge duo for what’s sure to be a night of swirling, sweaty bodies and the volume cranked to eleven.

@ The Casbah,

Guttermouth. (Courtesy photo)

12.2: Guttermouth

Vet O.C. pop punks take over the Soda Bar for a night. Their six-song “Got It Made” EP was released in July.

@ Soda Bar,

12.2: Living Legends

The 10th annual “How The Grouch Stole Christmas” tour will feature Dilated Peoples’ MC Evidence joining all of the original members (past and present) of L.A. hip-hop crew Living Legends ? Murs, Eligh, Scarub, Aesop, Bicasso, Luckyiam, Sunspot Jonz, and The Grouch.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.3: Rüfüs du Sol

Australian dance trio Rüfüs (the du Sol is added in North America) consists of singer/guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George, and drummer James Hunt. The band released its sophomore LP, “Bloom,” in January.

@ Music Box,

12.3: Two Door Cinema Club

“Gameshow,” the third studio album from this Irish indie rock trio, was released in October. Its lead song, “Are We Ready? (Wreck)” was also included on the soundtrack for popular soccer video game FIFA 17.

@ Harrah’s Resort Southern California,

12.3: Pink Martini

Portland’s “Little Orchestra” just released its 10th album, “Je dis oui!” last month. The album features longtime friends singer Rufus Wainwright and NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro.

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

12.4: A John Waters Christmas

Sure, John Waters isn’t a musician. But the legendary cult filmmaker and author has influenced popular culture (see NBC’s Hairspray Live! with Ariana Grande) as much as any artist on this list. Plus, he has amazing stories.

@ Belly Up Tavern,

12.5: Miike Snow

The Swedish synth-pop trio is currently on tour in support of their March-released third album, “iii.”

@ Observatory North Park,

12.5: The Japanese House

The Japanese House is the moniker of 20-year-old English singer Amber Bain. Her third consecutive 4-song collection, the “Swim Against the Tide EP” was released last month.

@ House of Blues,

12.9: The Album Leaf

San Diego’s own Jimmy LaValle brings his flagship project to the Irenic in support of new album “Between Waves” ? the first on Relapse Records.

@ The Irenic,

12.9: Tijuana Panthers

The Long Beach garage-rock trio released its latest album, “Poster,” in 2015, again fusing garage, surf, and punk into their trademark sound.

@ Soda Bar,

2.10: 91X Wrex the Halls ? Night 1

The first of two holiday-flavored shows put on by the local radio station features performances from Beck, Band of Horses, Local Natives, Glass Animals, and Bishop Briggs.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

12.10, 11: Jonny Lang

The Grammy-winning guitarist and singer returns to Solana Beach for a double-dip at the Belly Up Tavern.

@ Belly Up Tavern,

12.11: 91X Wrex the Halls ? Night 2

The closing night of 91X’s holiday-flavored two-night run takes a punk rock turn with performances from local superstars Blink-182 and Pierce The Veil, while also featuring Jimmy Eat World and Kaleo.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

12.12: Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkins

The same pair seen singing Ben Stiller’s theme music in There’s Something About Mary, the one-time Modern Lovers front man and his longtime drummer return to the Belly Up Tavern for an encore performance.

@ Belly Up Tavern,

12.13: The Shelters

The L.A.-based rock quartet released its Warner Bros. eponymous debut in June.

@ The Casbah,

12.13: Sara Watkins

Another local made (better than) good, Nickel Creek fiddler and singer-songwriter Watkins released her third solo album, “Young in All the Wrong Reasons,” in July.

@ Belly Up Tavern,

12.14, 15: Vince Neil

“The Voice of Mötley Crüe” is out on the road alone because his former band is supposedly no longer playing shows. They’ve cried wolf in that department previously, but it isn’t keeping the ‘80s front man from doing his thing.

@ Sycuan,

12.15: The Dandy Warhols

With a new album under their belts, the long-running Portland-based psych-rockers head out on their Distortland Tour.

@ Belly Up Tavern,

12.15: Charlie Hunter Quintet

With perhaps the greatest album title of 2016, the veteran guitarist, composer and songwriter released the Mike Tyson-inspired “Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth” in July.

@ Museum of Making Music,

12.15-18: X

Their “40 Years” tour can be seen with a four-day pass, or with four different openers during this mini-residency. Thursday, Mike Watt and the Secondmen; Friday, The Blasters; Saturday, Small Wigs; and Sunday, Chris Shifflet.

@ The Casbah,

12.16: An Evening With The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

The former Black Crowes singer brings his jam-infused catalog of originals and covers to North Park for an evening with the band.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.16: Brian Setzer Orchestra

The senior Stray Cat makes his yearly holiday parade down the West Coast for a no-holds-barred show that has become a tradition.

@ Pechanga,

12.22: Fishbone & The Aggrolites

Not exactly a traditional holiday celebration, the “Crazy Glue XXX-Mas” tour will likely skip the Yuletide carols and focus more on ska and skanking.

@ Belly Up Tavern,

12.27: Henry Rollins

Rollins will not be reprising his role as front man of seminal punk acts Black Flag or Rollins Band; instead, he will talk about a vast array of subjects, from personal anecdotes to world affairs. Still, hard to go wrong with this one.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.29: Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven

The annual Cracker/Camper show moves to the Music Box after years and years at the Belly Up. Time to get “Low” in Little Italy for a change.

@ Music Box,

12.29: Melvins & Redd Kross

After officially adding Redd Kross (and Off!) bassist Steve McDonald to the band, the Melvins released “Basses Loaded” in June. The album also features every member who has been a part of the band in the past decade, giving extra focus to the bassists.

@ The Casbah,

12.29-30: Tribal Theory

San Diego Music Award-winning locals earn themselves an end-of-year two-night blowout at the House of Blues.

@ House of Blues,

12.30: Cherry Glazerr

The young L.A. rock quintet has found a nice second home in San Diego, and it returns once again to the Irenic to ring in New Year’s weekend with style.

@ The Irenic,

12.31: Cash’d Out

San Diego’s premier Johnny Cash tribute act honky-tonks fans into the New Year at The Casbah.

@ The Casbah,