Top concerts this week in San Diego (Sept. 10-16)


Top performers coming to San Diego this week include Azealia Banks, Rostam, Borgeous and a slew of musicians at KAABOO Del Mar.

9.11: Bad Gyal

First bursting onto the scene with a Catalan cover of Rihanna’s hit song Work, the Spanish reggaeton, hip-hop, and dancehall singer followed it with a pair of mixtapes and is currently racking up tens of millions of views on YouTube.

@ Music Box,

9.12: Azealia Banks

Unfortunately, the Harlem rapper has gotten more attention for her Twitter tirades than her music. But it certainly hasn’t stopped the singer and rapper from writing new songs. She released a new mixtape, Slay-Z, last year, and has dropped three singles — Movin’ On Up, Anna Wintour, and Treasure Island — so far in 2018.

@ Music Box,

9.13: Rostam

Rostam Batmanglij has been busy in the years since his decade-long stint in Vampire Weekend. He’s worked with Carly Rae Jepsen, remixed Ty Dolla $ign with Diplo, and has written original music for a Broadway play. He also released his own excellent studio debut, Half-Light, last year. Read more about the former Vampire, here.

@ Belly Up,

9.14: Rascal Flatts

The long-running, Ohio-born country trio released their 11th studio album, Back To Us, last year. It marked the group’s 12th top-10 entry on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, live

9.14: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

On the heels of last year’s 11-track collection, Backlash, Austin, Texas-based blues collective Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears release their sixth studio album, The Difference Between Me & You, this month.

@ Casbah,

9.14: Delta Heavy

The English drum and bass duo of Ben Hall and Simon James first charted with the 2012 single, Get By. After following it with an EP and studio album, Delta Heavy went big in 2018, dropping eight new singles, a new EP, and a remix so far this year.

@ Bassmnt,

9.14: Borgeous

Miami-based DJ John Borger’s new 5-track EP, Dear Me, pairs the big room house producer with singers Jared Watson, IAMSU and Alex Issak. In July, Borger joined forces with Zack Martino on new single, Make Me Yours.


9.14-16: KAABOO

It’s time to head back to the local music festival that doesn’t want to be called a music festival. And while the fourth incarnation of the event does boast even more non-music features than ever before, they’ve also assembled the best lineup of talent in their relatively short history. Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Post Malone, N.E.R.D., Robert Plant, Wiz Khalifa, Blondie, Gucci Mane, and many more are scheduled to perform.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

9.15: Vicetone

After releasing their debut EP, Aurora, two years ago, the Dutch DJ duo of Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool have spent the last 24 months producing singles. Their latest, Walk Thru Fire (feat. Meron Ryan), came out in August.

@ Bassmnt,

9.16: Ghostface Killah & Raekwon

Two of the Wu-Tang Clan’s most prolific MCs join forces, once again, to not only play hits from their pioneering rap crew’s extensive catalog, but from their solo and collaborative efforts as well. Ghostface released The Brown Tape album with Apollo Brown earlier this year, while Raekwon’s latest, 2017’s The Wild, featured collaborations with Lil Wayne, Andra Day, G-Eazy, CeeLo Green, and others.

@ Observatory North Park,