Top musical acts in San Diego this week include RÜFÜS DU SOL, Maxwell, The Internet and Gorgon City.
10.31, 11.1: RÜFÜS DU SOL
Let’s hear it for Australian dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL! Not only have they finally uncomplicated their name (they used to go simply by RÜFÜS in their home country), singer/guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George and drummer James Hunt are releasing a new album this month, SOLACE, and are taking over the Valley View Casino Center for two nights! Bloody ripper!
@ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
The S.F./L.A.-based DJ duo comprised of Joseph Chung and Joseph Abella released their latest single, Leave It All (feat. Luma), in August. Earlier this year, the two Josephs also teamed with Convex on the collaborative single, Won’t Come Back (feat. Jex).
@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com
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, casbahmusic.com
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.
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, bellyup.com
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, houseofblues.com/sandiego
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, humphreysconcerts.com
After kicking off 2018 with the release of hit single The Middle with Maren Morris & Grey, the Russian DJ spent the summer opening eight dates of Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour. His latest single, Happy Now with Elley Duhé, was released in July.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
11.2 Boys Noize
German tech-house DJ and producer Alex Ridha (aka Boys Noize) has kept busy this year. In addition to dropping his highly anticipated album, Strictly Raw Vol. 2, he’s released the single Disco Inferno (feat. Marteria & Haftbefehl), the three-song Orvnge EP with Virgil Abloh, and worked with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Ridha’s latest single, Killer (feat. Steven A. Clark), was released in September.
@ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com
11.2 Gorgon City
London-based DJ duo Gorgon City (Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott) released their second full-length studio album, Escape, in August. The 12-track collection features collaborations with Duke Dumont, Naations, Kamille, D Double E, and more.
@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
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, observatorysd.com
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, petcoparkevents.com
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, musicboxsd.com