Top concerts in San Diego (Dec. 11-17)


Top performances in San Diego this week include Jhené Aiko, Sir Mix A Lot + Tone Loc and Two Friends.

12.13: Metz

The Toronto-based punk trio refuses to take their feet off of the gas pedal on their September-released third album, Strange Peace. The 11-song collection continues their tradition of beating their instruments, as well as listeners’ eardrums, into submission. But it’s in the live setting when the Canadian three-piece really gets crazy.

@ Casbah,

12.14 Rezz

The 22-year old Canadian producer, also known as Isabelle Rezazadeh, released her eight-song debut album, Mass Manipulation, on the mau5trap label in August.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.15: Julien Baker

The 22-year-old, Memphis-born/Nashville-based singer/guitarist released her second album, Turn Out The Lights, in October. Baker has performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and is signed to Matador Records.

@ The Irenic,

12.15 Andrew Rayel

The 24-year-old Moldovan trance DJ and producer was signed to Armada Records by co-founder Armin van Buuren. Rayel released his 16-track LP, Moments, in May. He followed it with the single, Mass Effect, in September.


12.16: Sir Mix A Lot + Tone Loc

These two veteran rappers unite to search for big butts and those who like to do the wild thing. It’s a match made in strip club heaven and thematically on point!

@ Sycuan,

12.16 Juan Maclean

The Juan Maclean, aka electronic musician/DJ John MacLean, returns to San Diego after the November release of The Brighter the Light. The four-song single includes remixes of the title track by DJ Tennis, Len Leise, and Octo Octa. Marcus Marr is also on the bill.

@ Bang Bang,

12.16 4B

The New Jersey-based DJ has released tracks on Diplo’s Mad Decent and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. In March, he teamed with Junkie Kid for the release of the collaborative single, Love Is Dead.

@ Bassmnt,

12.16 Two Friends

The L.A.-based DJ duo of Matt Halper and Eli Sones dropped a pair of singles in September — While We’re Dreaming (feat. Kevin Writer) and a Zack Martino & Beauz remix of Emily (feat. James Delaney).


12.17: Jhené Aiko

The R&B singer released her sophomore LP, Trip, in September. It debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 and features collaborations with Kurupt, Brandy, boyfriend Big Sean and more.

@ Observatory North Park,