Groove: November concert calendar


Musical acts coming to San Diego this month include Pepper, Paula Abdul, Lil Xan and Billie Eilish.

11.1: Cloud Nothings

Dylan Baldi’s one-time solo project is now on their sixth album, Last Building Burning, which was released last month. The eight-track collection of ever-evolving post-punk follows on the heels of the band’s 2017 release, Life Without Sound.

@ Casbah,

11.1: Wolfmother

The Andrew Stockdale-led rockers released their fourth album, Victorious, in 2016. Earlier this year, Stockdale followed it with the Black Sabbath-inspired single, Happy Wolfmothers Day, in honor of all the family matriarchs who still like to turn it up to 11.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.1: Jim James

Including last year’s covers anthology, Tribute To 2, the My Morning Jacket frontman has now released five solo albums. The latest of which, last month’s Uniform Clarity, is a collection of acoustic versions taken from his June-released full-length, Uniform Distortion.

@ Belly Up,

11.1: Poppy

Poppy, aka 23-year-old singer Moriah Pereira, released her second studio album, Am I a Girl?, at the end of last month. Pereira’s second collection on Diplo’s Mad Decent Records, the album features collaborations with the label boss as well as with Canadian singer Grimes.

@ House of Blues,

11.2: Maxwell

Billed as his 50 Intimate Nights Live tour, the R&B crooner keeps his word after headlining the Valley View Casino Center just last year. The artist born Gerald Maxwell Rivera has only released one song since blackSUMMERS’night — his 2016 fifth album that earned the singer a third Grammy — but something is definitely in the works.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

11.3: The Internet

The L.A.-based funk and hip-hop collective released their fourth studio album, Hive Mind, in July. Breaking the top 20 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the 13-song collection is the band’s first release in more than three years.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.3: Dia de los Deftones

Last here a year ago with Rise Against, the Deftones return to San Diego for what is being billed as the inaugural Dia de los Deftones. While here’s to the hope that many of these will follow, Future, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Rocket from the Crypt and Doja Cat will also be on hand to make sure year one goes as well as it can.

@ The Park at Petco Park,

11.3: Death From Above

The Canadian dance-punk two-piece returns to the Music Box on their Heads Up! Is Now tour. Longtime guitarist for The Strokes, Nick Valensi, will open the show with his other band, CRX.

@ Music Box,

11.8: Little Dragon

Back in San Diego after a 2017 stop celebrating the release of their fifth studio album, Season High, the Swedish electro-pop quartet recently teamed with Canadian instrumentalists BADBADNOTGOOD on new a song, Tried.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.10: Morrissey

Moz has definitely been busy lately. In 2015, the singer and songwriter released his first novel, List of the Lost, which centers on a Boston relay team that accidentally kills a demon. Last year, he returned to music and released his 11th solo studio album, Low in High School. The album debuted at No. 5 on the UK Albums chart.

@ Copley Symphony Hall,

11.10: Pepper

Now in their 21st year, the San Diego-via-Hawaii reggae-rock trio played 91X’s BEER X Festival with longtime friends Slightly Stoopid in June. They return for a free show in Del Mar as long as fans can make it inside the venue before the last race begins.

@ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,

11.10: The Crystal Method

Last year, Scott Kirkland played the Music Box for the 20th anniversary of The Crystal Method’s platinum-selling debut, Vegas. He returns for an encore performance hot on the heels of the band’s first album without longtime member Ken Jordan — September’s The Trip Home.

@ Music Box,

11.10: Khruangbin

The Houston-born, now mostly L.A.-based, psych-funk trio returns to San Diego after opening 20 dates of Leon Bridges’ recent Good Thing world tour. Bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson released their second album, Con Todo El Mundo, in January.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.12: Ghost

The Swedish ghoul rockers released their fourth studio album, Prequelle, in June. It’s the first album for the band since the identity of their frontman was revealed to be Tobias Forge. The band’s vocalist has performed as three different versions of the character Papa Emeritus (I, II, & III), and continues that tradition now with less makeup, but no less creepy, as Cardinal Copia.

@ Spreckels Theatre,

11.12: David Crosby & Friends

Two years after appearing at the same venue, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby returns to San Diego for a career-spanning set. No word on who those “friends” will be, but the veteran singer-songwriter has built up an impressive list from which to choose.

@ Balboa Theatre,

11.12, 13: Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County (aka 20-year-old singer and musician Alexander O’Connor) isn’t from Orange County at all. He’s actually from Grayshott, Hampshire, England — a civil parish that is also the birthplace of actor Colin Firth. Who knows? Perhaps they’ll team up in the future.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.13: Paula Abdul

The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer and choreographer was last here a year ago with New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men as part of their Total Package collaborative tour. Abdul returns on her first solo trek in over 25 years to celebrate three decades in show business.

@ Copley Symphony Hall,

11.13: Black Lips and Iceage

The veteran Atlanta garage rockers join forces with Danish punks Iceage for a highly entertaining, co-headlining evening that will surely require earplugs. Dani Miller-led, Brooklyn-based four-piece Surfbort open the show.

@ House of Blues,

11.15: Billy Gibbons

One-third of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top, Gibbons heads to Solana Beach with a band that includes country singer and guitarist Austin Hanks and Guns N’ Roses alum Matt Sorum.

@ Belly Up,

11.16: Lil Xan

By most accounts, the 22-year-old rapper born Diego Leanos is having a great year. His April-released debut, Total Xanarchy, hit the 10th spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and he counts Diplo, 2 Chainz and Charli XCX as collaborators. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, Leanos made headlines for his highly-publicized breakup with girlfriend Noah Cyrus and being hospitalized for eating too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Seriously.

@ House of Blues,

11.17: Billie Eilish

Back after a sold-out performance in March at the Music Box, the 16-year-old L.A.-based singer and Interscope Records signee returns to San Diego for another sold-out performance (pretty much every show on her tour is). She heads to Australia with Florence + The Machine in January.


11.17: Blockhead & Yppah

The pair of beatmakers played on the same bill, at the same venue, back in March. Now, New York DJ and producer Tony Simon (aka Blockhead), alongside Ninja Tune electro-composer Joe Corrales Jr. (aka Yppah), return once again for an encore.

@ Soda Bar,

11.23: Biz Markie

Still best known for his 1989 smash, Just a Friend, the 54-year-old rapper, DJ, beatboxer and Yo Gabba Gabba alumnus heads back to the House of Blues after performing a DJ set of ’90s tunes at the venue last year.

@ House of Blues,

11.24: Cat Power

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) released her latest record, Wanderer, last month. Her first album of new material since 2012’s Sun, the new 11-song collection features a collaboration with Lana Del Rey.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.24: Easton Corbin

The Florida-born, Nashville-based country singer has seven top 10 singles to his name and was on the road with Carrie Underwood during her 2016 Storyteller tour. Corbin hits Del Mar while he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming fourth studio album.

@ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,

11.25: Ozuna

The Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar heads to Point Loma after releasing his second studio album, Aura, in August. It features collaborations with J Balvin, Akon, Cardi B and more.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

11.29: Julien Baker + Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus

While the term super group is overused these days, there’s just no other way to describe the potent combination of Baker, Bridgers and Dacus. The trio will release a six-song EP under the name Boygenius this month, but have already released three of the tracks early.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.30: Mark Farina

After performing at the Music Box in June, the veteran house DJ again teamed with producer Homero Espinosa on the new single, Your Fantasy, after releasing music with him earlier this year. Farina recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his long-running Mushroom Jazz club nights and the acid jazz compilation series with the same name.

@ Music Box,