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This week’s top concerts in San Diego (Feb. 4-10)

Top concerts this week include Kiss, MØ, Marc Anthony, 2Cellos and Atmosphere.

2.4: Travis Scott

The Houston rapper’s latest album, Astroworld, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, was certified Gold in its first week of release, and follows 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight as Scott’s second No. 1 album. And if that wasn’t enough, the Astroworld Tour features a fully functional roller coaster that operates above the crowd. Scott’s other claim to fame: Being Kylie Jenner’s baby daddy.

@ Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com 

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2.5: Gang of Four

Their name may say differently, but pioneering post-punkers Gang of Four have spent most of their career as a two-man mob. And until 2012, that was singer-guitarist Andy Gill and lead vocalist Jon King. The politically minded English quartet still features Gill, but now features John “Gaoler” Sterry on vocals.  

@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com

2.5: MØ

Danish superstar MØ (aka singer/songwriter Karen Ørsted) released her second full-length album, Forever Neverland, in October. It features an appearance from longtime collaborator Diplo, as well as Charli XCX, Empress Of and What So Not. Rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco opens the show. 

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@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

2.5: DaniLeigh

The Miami-born, L.A.-based singer, dancer and creative director was discovered by Prince, directed his Breakfast Can Wait video, and has appeared as the lead dancer in others by Daddy Yankee and Nelly Furtado. Her debut album, The Plan, was released in November and features appearances from YG, Lil Yachty and more.

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

2.7: KISS

The long-running, Kabuki-costumed rockers are finally (I mean, so they say) hanging it up. Calling this last run “The End of the Road” tour Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer head to Viejas Arena for one more night in San Diego filled with their trademark pyrotechnics, showmanship and arena-sized rock tunes.   

@ Viejas Arena, viejasarena.com

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2.7: Marc Anthony

The singer, actor, producer and multi-Grammy winner returns to Point Loma on his LEGACY Tour. And even if Anthony never makes a follow-up to his last album, 2013’s 3.0, the multi-faceted performer’s own legacy is well intact. He released a pair of singles recently, Está Rico with Will Smith and Bad Bunny, as well as Adicto with Prince Royce, and has sold over 12 million albums worldwide.  

@ Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com

2.8: Atmosphere

Veteran Minneapolis-based hip-hop duo Slug (rapper Sean Daley) and Ant (DJ/producer Anthony Davis) love the Observatory! They return for this sold-out show to celebrate the 2018 release of their ninth studio album, Mi Vida Local, as well as the 20th anniversary of their fifth studio album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S**t Gold.

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com

2.8: Steve Aoki 

In November, the Grammy-nominated, globetrotting DJ and entrepreneur released Neon Future III, his fifth studio album. The most recent chapter in his Neon Future concept series, it featured collaborations with everyone from blink-182 and Lil Yachty to Daddy Yankee and Lady Antebellum. Even celebrity scientist Bill Nye gets in on the action.

@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com

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2.8: Destructo 

Former CEO and founder of HARD Events, and current president of LiveStyle, Gary Richards has somehow still found the time to DJ quite regularly for the last 20 years. Richards released his latest single, Boom (feat. Problem), in November, and remixes for his recent single with rapper Busta Rhymes, F#cking Sh*t Up, in December.

@ Spin, spinnightclub.com

2.9: Arty 

Russian DJ and producer Arty (aka Artem Stoliarov) was last here in 2017, but performed under his other moniker, Alpha 9. As Arty, his latest is a joint offering with progressive house DJ Audien, the November-released single Never Letting Go.

@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com

Arty

Arty.

(Courtesy photo)

2.10: 2Cellos

Croatian duo Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić are cello-playing virtuosos who perform instrumental versions of well-known pop and rock classics. They also happen to have a social media following in the millions. Listen to them put their spin on songs like Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” U2’s “With or Without You,” Celin Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and more when they bring their Let There Be Cello tour to San Diego.

Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

@ Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com

2Cellos

2Cellos.

(Matthias Hangst / Getty Images)

2.10: Lee “Scratch” Perry

The reggae legend and Studio One super-producer, along with his Subatomic Sound System backing band, hit the road to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Upsetters’ seminal Blackboard Jungle Dub LP. Jah Rasta!

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

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