Groove: January concert calendar

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Big Boi, Milky Chance and The Killers.

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Big Boi, Milky Chance and The Killers.

1.4: T.S.O.L

Last in San Diego as part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, the long-running Orange County punks return to The Casbah’s cozy confines. Love Canal, Authentic Sellout and Audio Addiction open the show.  

@ Casbah,



John Gilhooley

1.5: Warren G & DJ Quik

West Coast hip-hop legends join forces for a history lesson of the genre. More than a nostalgia run, Quik and fellow Compton rapper Problem dropped the Rosecrans LP last year.

@ House of Blues,

DJ Quik

DJ Quik.

Visual Thought

1.8: Milky Chance

German folk duo Milky Chance (Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch) released their second studio album, Blossom, last year. It is their first with guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Antonio Greger, who has played with the pair since 2015.

@ House of Blues,

milky chance

Milky Chance.

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1.12: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Local jazz godfather takes a break from playing with The Greyboy Allstars, Slightly Stoopid and The Rolling Stones to get a few shows in with his namesake crew. Dig it.

@ Belly Up,

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.

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1.13: K.Flay

The Chicago-based hip-hopper and multi-instrumentalist released her second album (and major-label debut), Every Where Is Some Where, last April. It’s nominated for a pair of Grammys at the end of the month. 

@ Observatory North Park,

k flay


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1.14: Luna

Last year was a big one for the dream pop vets. They released a covers LP, A Sentimental Education, as well as A Place of Greater Safety, a 6-track EP of instrumentals. Eleanor Friedberger opens the show.

@ Casbah,



Stefano Giovannini

1.14: Wynonna & The Big Noise

The country superstar released her eighth studio album, Wynonna & The Big Noise, in 2016. It featured collaborations with Susan Tedeschi, Jason Isbell, and Derek Trucks, and was her first album of original material in 13 years.

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,


Wynonna & The Big Noise.

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1.15: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The San Francisco rock trio releases their eighth studio album, Wrong Creatures, on Vagrant Records this month. Two new singles, Little Thing Goes Wild and Haunt, are out now. Night Beats opens the show.

@ House of Blues,

black rebel motorcycle club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Richmond Lam

1.15: Kris Kristofferson

The Oxford grad, songwriter of Me and Bobby McGee, Golden Globe winner and Country Music Hall of Famer picked up a Grammy Award nomination for his 2016 release, The Cedar Creek Sessions. He also sold out this show in advance.

@ Belly Up,

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Kris Kristofferson.

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1.16: Buck-O-Nine

San Diego’s own ska vets once again get down at the Casbah as they move closer to their 30th year together. Formed in the same year, friends and fellow ska punks Mustard Plug open the show.

@ Casbah,

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1.18: Big Boi

The Atlanta-based rapper, producer, actor and half of seminal hip-hop duo Outkast released his third studio album, Boomiverse, last year. It features collaborations with Killer Mike, Jeezy and Adam Levine. The Cool Kids open the show.

@ Observatory North Park,

big boi

Big Boi.

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1.19: The White Buffalo

Singer, songwriter and musician Jake Smith has performed as The White Buffalo for the last 15 years. Smith’s latest album, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights, was released last October.

@ Observatory North Park,

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The White Buffalo.

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1.19: Mykal Rose

Former original Black Uhuru vocalist, Mykal Rose has gone on to release more than 30 albums under his own name. The Grammy-winning Jamaican singer’s last release, Crucial World, came out in 2014. 

@ Belly Up,

Mykal Rose

Mykal Rose.

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1.21: Body/Head

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon teams with guitarist Bill Nace for another project drenched in feedback and drone. Their latest, the 3-song No Waves, was released on Matador Records at the end of 2016.

@ Casbah,

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1.23: Wolf Parade

After a five-year hiatus, the Canadian indie rockers reunited in 2016 and released their fourth full-length album, Cry Cry Cry, last October.

@ Observatory North Park,

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade.

Shane McCauley

1.24: Jessica Lea Mayfield

The Ohio-based singer-songwriter released her fourth studio album, Sorry Is Gone, last September. Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), the deeply personal album is based on Mayfield’s own abusive marriage and the steps she had to take to leave the relationship.   

@ Casbah,

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield.

Ebru Yildiz

1.27: St. Vincent

St. Vincent, aka Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Annie Clark, returns to San Diego with new album, Masseducation, under her belt. Clark brings her Fear the Future Tour to the Observatory for this all-ages show.

@ Observatory North Park,

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Annie Clark of St. Vincent.

Nedda Afsari

1.29: John Maus

Minnesota singer, musician and composer John Maus is a former philosophy professor and holds a Ph.D in political science. Maus released his fourth full-length album, Screen Memories, last October, and is scheduled to release his fifth, Addendum, soon.  

@ Belly Up,

john maus

John Maus.

Luke Berhow

1.29: dvsn

Canadian R&B duo dvsn, singer Daniel Daley and longtime Drake producer Nineteen85 (Paul Jeffries), released their second studio album, Morning After, last October.  

@ Observatory North Park,


Canadian R&B duo dvsn.

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1.30: The Killers

Everyone’s favorite Las Vegas indie rockers return to San Diego after releasing their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful, last September. It is the band’s first-ever U.S. No. 1 album.

@ Valley View Casino Center,


The Killers.

Anton Corbijn

1.31: John Williams

JawsStar WarsIndiana JonesHarry Potter? Yes, it’s that John Williams. And, of course, this special performance by the composer, conductor, pianist, multiple Grammy/Academy Award-winner and Kennedy Center honoree is long sold out.

@ Copley Symphony Hall,

John Williams

John Williams.

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