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Groove: April concert calendar

Concerts headed to San Diego in April include T-Pain, Taking Back Sunday, TLC and Tech N9NE.

Concerts headed to San Diego in April include T-Pain, Taking Back Sunday, TLC and Tech N9NE.

4.2: Vince Staples

The Long Beach rapper released his third studio album, FM!, last November. It’s once again packed with guest appearances from E-40 and Jay Rock to Kehlani and Tyga. And the whole thing is framed around a running skit featuring longtime L.A. radio DJ Big Boy.

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

Vince Staples

Vince Staples

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4.3: Gunna

The Atlanta-based MC was a featured guest on multiple hit albums from the likes of Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Tory Lanez, Mariah Carey and more last year. In February, the rapper born Sergio Kitchens released his full-length studio debut, Drip or Drown 2. The album hit No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 and features appearances from Young Thug, Lil Baby and Playboi Carti.       

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

Gunna

Gunna

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4.6, 7: Taking Back Sunday

Last in San Diego as part of the final Vans Warped Tour, the Long Island, N.Y.-based emo punks return to America’s Finest City to celebrate their 20th year together with a two-night dip. A compilation album that coincides with the two-decade milestone, aptly named Twenty, was released in January. 

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

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4.7: Meat Puppets

Marking the seminal band’s first run with their original lineup since 1995, Curt and Cris Kirkwood, alongside returning drummer Derrick Bostrom, hit the road to promote their March-released latest album, Dusty Notes. It’s the band’s first release since 2013’s Rat Farm.

@ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com

Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets

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4.7: Buddy Guy

The multiple-Grammy-winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and beloved blues legend returns once again to his San Diego home away from home, the Belly Up, for yet another sold-out show.

@ Belly Up, bellyup.com

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy 

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4.7: Ten Fé 

Starting out as a duo before expanding into a five-piece, these London-based indie poppers released their sophomore album, Future Perfect, Present Tense, last month. Local rockers Creature Canyon open the show.

@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com

Ten Fé

Ten Fé

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4.9: T-Pain

The recent winner of FOX TV’s Masked Singer competition and the host of last month’s iHeartRadio Music Awards heads to San Diego after releasing his sixth studio album, 1UP, in February. The 12-song collection features appearances from Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez, O.T. Genasis, Flipp Dinero and more.

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

T-Pain

T-Pain

Taylor Hill

4.12: Kenny Wayne Shepherd

The guitarist, singer and songwriter hasn’t released any music since 2017’s Lay It On Down. However, that album, along with the six blues records Shepherd made before it, all hit the top spot on Billboard’s U.S. Blues Chart.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd 

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4.15: FKJ

Vincent Fenton (aka Paris-based producer FKJ) released his latest single, Leave My Home, last month on Mom+Pop Records. A follow-up to Fenton’s 2017 self-titled debut is said to be on the way.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

FKJ

FKJ

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4.16: Iceage

Last time the Danish post-rockers were in town, they played the House of Blues with Atlanta punks Black Lips on a co-headlining bill. They move to the cozier confines of the Casbah for this show, but again with a great band in tow. Amazing U.K. punk five-piece Shame opens the show – a band definitely worth the effort of arriving at the venue early.

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Iceage

Iceage

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4.17: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Initially signed by Eazy-E to Ruthless Records, the veteran hip-hip outfit returns to San Diego for their seemingly annual visit. This time, the group is promoting their latest release, last November’s The Lost Files: Unreleased Hits

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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4.19: The Interrupters

One of the Coachella spillover dates hitting San Diego this year, the L.A.-based ska outfit makes a local headlining appearance after playing two festival dates here in 2018 — last October’s Ye Scallywag! at Waterfront Park and 91X’s Wrex The Halls at Pechanga Arena in December.

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The Interrupters

The Interrupters

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4.19: DMX

After being released from prison in January on a tax evasion charge, multi-platinum-selling rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) is back on the road. Simmons also was seen in the studio with super producer Swizz Beatz last month, so new music is sure to be on the way.

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

DMX

DMX

Noam Galai

4.19: Los Lobos

The legendary Los Angeles-based bilingual band was last here for a two-night, co-headlining set with veteran punks X over New Year’s Eve. That followed an earlier 2018 appearance in Poway where they did an (almost) entirely acoustic performance. The band returns to standard operating procedure, as well as the Belly Up, for this sold-out show. 

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Los Lobos

Los Lobos 

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4.20: Big Thief

The Adrianne Lenker-led, Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet head back out on the road after announcing the upcoming release of their third full-length, U.F.O.F., set for next month. The title track to the album is out now.

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Big Thief

Big Thief 

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4.20: Julia Michaels

After first writing hits for the likes of Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes and others, Michaels released her first EP, Nervous System, in 2017. In January, the Grammy-nominated singer followed it up with the six-track Inner Monologue Part 1, which features both Selena Gomez and Niall Horan. Michaels is playing a few one-off shows, like this one at House of Blues, while she also serves as the opening act on Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour. 

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Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels

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4.22: Ben Kweller

The Texas-based singer-songwriter (and one-time child prodigy) had been on a self-imposed hiatus for the last five years after he and his family nearly died in a freak accident. But Kweller is back with new single Heart Attack Kid, which is taken from his upcoming album, Circuit Boredom, due later this year.

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Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller

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4.23: Superorganism

The London-based electro-pop octet released their self-titled debut album last year. The diverse collective features a roster of international musicians from Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

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Superorganism

Superorganism 

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4.25: Los Amigos Invisibles + Aterciopelados

As Venezuelan Grammy-winning funk and disco party starters Los Amigos Invisibles head toward their 30-year anniversary, they hit the road with iconic Colombian electro-folk duo Aterciopelados. Both bands have released a new album over the last two years.

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Los Amigos Invisibles + Aterciopelados

Los Amigos Invisibles + Aterciopelados

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4.25: The Reverend Horton Heat

Still led by front man Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath and longtime bassist Jimbo Wallace, the veteran psychobilly act heads back to the Belly Up with new members, pianist Matt Jordan and drummer Arjuna “RJ” Contreras, in tow. The band also has a new album, Whole New Life, which was released last November. 

@ Belly Up, bellyup.com

The Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat

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4.27: Earl Sweatshirt

Some Rap Songs, Earl Sweatshirt’s third and most recent album (released last November), features 15 songs and clocks in at just 25 minutes. The longtime Odd Future collaborator born Thebe Kgositsile has said it will be his last album with Columbia Records.   

@ SOMA, somasandiego.com

Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt

Frazer Harrison

4.27: TLC

The Grammy-winning and platinum-selling R&B trio that featured Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes until her death 17 years ago still counts co-founders Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas as members. The pair returns to San Diego after headlining the city’s PRIDE celebration last summer.

@ Pechanga Casino, pechanga.com

TLC

TLC

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4.28: White Denim

James Petralli continues to lead these Austin, Texas, garage rockers after losing half of the band to Leon Bridges in 2010. Surprisingly, they’ve gotten even better since the departure and released their ninth full-length album, Side Effects, last month. 

@ Belly Up, bellyup.com

White Denim

White Denim.

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4.30: Tech N9NE

After releasing the four-track EP, N9NA Collection 1, last November, Tech N9ne, aka Kansas City rapper Aaron Dontez Yates, returns to San Diego in support of the follow-up, last month’s four-track EP, N9NA Collection 2.

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

Tech N9NE

Tech N9NE 

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