Groove: October concert calendar

Musical acts coming to San Diego this month include Mexrrissey, B-52s, Hozier and Noah Cyrus.

10.1: Conor Oberst & The Mystic River Band 

The Nebraska-born singer/songwriter once known as Bright Eyes released his eighth solo studio album, Salutations, in 2017. For his upcoming tour, he’s reuniting with The Mystic Valley Band after last releasing an album with them in 2012. Perhaps this is preparation for a trip back into the studio together.

@ Observatory North Park,

Conor Oberst & The Mystic River Band

Conor Oberst.

(Tony Bonacci)

10.2: 5 Seconds of Summer 

These guys are moving on up! Last here in April at the House of Blues, the YouTube celebs turned Aussie boy band get the significant venue upgrade in only half a year. Their third album, Youngblood, was released in June. 

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer.

(Rich Polk / Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

10.2: Ghostland Observatory

After an extended hiatus, the Austin, Texas-based electro duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner returned with their Life of the Party EP in 2015. They followed that with last month’s first full-length album from the band in eight years, See You Later Simulator.  


@ Music Box,

Ghostland Observatory

Ghostland Observatory.

(Courtesy photo)

10.3: Courtney Barnett 

Last here almost exactly one year ago with Kurt Vile promoting the pair’s collaborative Lotta Sea Lice album, the Aussie singer and songwriter returns alone, having released her second solo LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel, in May.

@ Observatory North Park,

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett.

(Courtesy photo)

10.3 MC50

To celebrate the 50th (!) anniversary of the MC5’s landmark live album, Kick Out the Jams, guitarist Wayne Kramer has enlisted members of Soundgarden, Faith No More, and Fugazi to play the album in its entirety each night. Rumor has it there are a few additional MC5 classics that get thrown into the mix as well.

@ House of Blues,  



(Jenny Risher)

10.4: Mexrrissey 

Led by Mexican Institute of Sound’s Camilo Lara, this earnest tribute to Moz infuses the songs of the former Smiths frontman with traditional Mexican sounds. Their new live show, La Reina is Dead, finds the band interpreting The Smiths’ classic third studio album in its entirety.

@ Music Box,



(Courtesy photo)

10.5: Interpol 

The Paul Banks-led indie rockers released their sixth studio album, Marauder, in August. Produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Ok Go, MGMT), Marauder was the band’s first album in four years. 

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 



(Andy Buchanan/Getty Images)

10.5: Jon Pardi 

Pardi, a country singer who grew up outside of Sacramento, scored a No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Chart with his 2016 sophomore album, California Sunrise. Two of the album’s footwear-related singles — Head Over Boots and Dirt on My Boots — have gone platinum.  

@ Harrah’s,


Jon Pardi

Jon Pardi.

(Courtesy photo)

10.5: Roky Erickson

Psych-rock godfather and founding member of The 13th Floor Elevators returns to San Diego. Erickson’s last album, True Love Cast Out All Evil, was released in 2010. Death Valley Girls open the show.

@ Casbah,

Roky Erickson

Roky Erickson.

(Courtesy photo)

10.6: B-52s

Although founding member Keith Strickland no longer tours with the band, fellow originals Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, and Cindy Wilson still Roam the world. And while you may have been able to catch them in all kinds of other cities with Boy George, they were not on that bill last month in San Diego.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,



(Suzanne Cordeiro/Getty Images)

10.9: Ozzy Osbourne 

The Ozzman cometh to San Diego. Again. After all, this run is called No More Tours 2. But despite the irony, the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will bring his “final” tour back to America’s Finest City with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde in tow. 

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,  

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne.

(Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

10.11: Hinds 

Spain’s all-girl rockers get a local warm-up show before heading up the road to Lake Perris for an appearance at the Desert Daze Fest. The band’s sophomore studio album, I Don’t Run, was released in April.

@ The Irenic,



(Neelam Khanvela)

10.12: Dierks Bentley

The country singer/songwriter returns to San Diego on his Mountain High Tour, after releasing his ninth studio album, The Mountain, in June. The Mountain debuted at the top spot of Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and features collaborations with Brothers Osborne and Brandi Carlisle.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley.

(Courtesy photo)

10.12: Fitz and the Tantrums 

The indie-poppers hit the casino circuit for some blackjack and HandClap after releasing their self-titled third studio album in 2016.

@ Sycuan,

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums.

(Joseph Cultice)

10.12-14: Desert Daze Festival

Moving down from Joshua Tree to just up the road in Lake Perris, the annual three-day psych-fest is now easily accessible to San Diegans. And this year’s lineup is worth the short drive. Tame Impala, Warpaint, My Bloody Valentine, Ty Segall, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are all scheduled to perform.   

@ Lake Perris,

Tame Impala

Tame Impala.

(Courtesy photo)

10.15: Hozier

Hozier must’ve really been moved after someone really did “take (him) to church.” His latest 4-track EP, Nina Cried Power, kicks things off with a title track that features Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Kennedy Center-honored gospel singer Mavis Staples.

@ Observatory North Park,



(Courtesy photo)

10.15: King Khan & The Shrines 

Canadian-born, Berlin-based garage rocker King Khan (aka Arish Ahmad Khan) brings his wild stage show, and love for costumes, to Solana Beach. The band’s last album, Idle No More, was released in 2013.

@ Belly Up,

King Khan

King Khan

(Sash Stamatovski)

10.16: Sting & Shaggy 

This odd pairing of the former Police frontman and the Jamaican singer known as Mr. Boombastic produced the collaborative album, 44/876, earlier this year. The 16-track collection features each singer switching off lead vocal duties, as well as a feature from family reggae band Morgan Heritage. 

@ Harrah’s,

Sting & Shaggy

Sting (left) and Shaggy.

(David Borrat / EFE)

10.17: System of a Down

After reuniting in 2010, the Serj Tankian-led alternative metal act have played sporadically while working on a yet-to-be-released follow-up to their two releases in 2005 – Mezmerize and Hypnotize. They’ll be joined by the recently reunited At The Drive In, who last year released In•ter a•li•a, their first studio album in 17 years.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

System of a Down

System of a Down.

(Frank Maddocks)

10.17, 23: Thievery Corporation

Washington D.C.’s finest sitar-tinged beat makers return to San Diego for a pair of shows with nearly week between them. Julian Marley will provide support for the first date, while DJ Z-Trip is on board for the second.

@ Belly Up,

Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza and Eric Hilton.

(Jen Maler)

10.18: FIDLAR 

The L.A. skate punk quartet released their sophomore album, the aptly titled Too, in 2015. They retuned earlier this year with two new singles — Alcohol and Are You High?

@ Observatory North Park,



(Alice Baxley)

10.18: Noah Cyrus

Unfortunately in the news lately for her breakup with rapper Lil Xan, the 18-year-old actress and singer (and Miley’s little sister) eased her blues with the release of her debut EP, Good Cry, last month. 

@ House of Blues,

Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus at Coachella.

(Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Coachella)

10.20: Scallywag! 

It’s another day of craft beer, food, and music with the ocean as a backdrop. Headlining punks Rancid, who released their ninth studio album, Trouble Maker, last year, will be joined by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters and Beach Goons. 

@ Waterfront Park,



(Courtesy photo)

10.22: Simple Minds 

Don’t you forget about them. The veteran Scottish act released their first album of original material in four years, Walk Between Worlds, last February. As they enter their 42nd year together, founding members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill are still at the helm.   

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

Simple Minds

Simple Minds.

(Courtesy photo)

10.24, 25: Alina Baraz 

The 24-year-old singer first teamed with Danish producer Galimatias on her 2015 debut EP, Urban Flora. She followed that by touring with Coldplay and releasing a few singles of her own. Her full-length follow-up, The Color of You, was released in April and features a pair of tracks with Khalid. 

@ Observatory North Park,

Alina Baraz

Alina Baraz.

(Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

10.25: Jay Rock

Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate to Kendrick Lamar, the L.A. rapper released his third studio album, Redemption, in June. In addition to Lamar, the album features guest appearances from J. Cole, Future, SZA, and more.


Jay Rock

Jay Rock.

(Courtesy photo)

10.25: Troye Sivan 

The South African-born Australian pop singer and actor released his second studio album, Bloom, in August. He also is set to appear in the upcoming film Boy Erased, which will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 2.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan.

(Danielle DeGrasse-Alston)

10.27, 30: BØRNS

L.A.-based pop singer BØRNS, aka Garrett Borns, released his second studio album, Blue Madonna, at the start of 2018 on Interscope Records. He visits San Diego on his Fruit of Dreams Tour, which will continue through next year.

@ Observatory North Park,



(Courtesy photo)

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