Top concerts this week (Sept. 24-30)


Top performances coming to San Diego this week include Black Tiger Sex Machine, CRSSD Fest, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and local band Little Hurricane.

9.24: Liz Phair

Thanks to Matador Records releasing a 25th Anniversary edition of Phair’s debut album, Exile in Guyville, the indie rock singer and songwriter also released the demos she recorded as Girly Sound in 1991. Phair is also slated to release a pair of books in the next year.

@ Belly Up,

9.24: Yuno

The Florida-based singer and musician released his debut EP, Moodie, on Sub Pop Records in May. He self-produced and engineered the album, as well as playing every instrument on it.

@ Casbah,

9.25: Boy George and Culture Club

Will you tumble for him? For anyone on the fence, the original Culture Club, as well as the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey will be there to sweeten the deal. New album, Life, will be released on October 26.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

9.25 U-God

That’s right. Another Wu-Tanger will be in San Diego this month. U-God (aka original member Lamont Hawkins) released his fifth studio solo album, Venom, in March. It features appearances from fellow Wu members Method Man, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck, and was released in conjunction with the rapper’s autobiography Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang Clan.

@ Soda Bar,

9.26: Ben Howard

Noonday Dream, the third studio album (and first in four years) from the British singer-songwriter, was released in June. Howard also plays in the band A Blaze of Feather.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

Ben Howard.

Ben Howard.

(Valentin Flauraud/EFE)

9.27: The Voidz

So, it’s still unknown if the Strokes will ever make another album, but in the meantime, Julian Casablancas is moving on with The Voidz. Their latest album, the 15-track Virtue, was released in March.

@ House of Blues,

9.27: Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band

Everyone’s favorite Beatle makes his annual pilgrimage to Shelter Island. And this time, Ringo’s All Starr band includes Men At Work’s Colin Hay, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

Ringo Starr.

Ringo Starr.

(Scott Gries/AP)

9.27: Jay-Z and Beyoncé

More than doubling the stops of their 21-date On the Run Tour four years ago, The Carters’ current OTR II tour will visit 48 cities before closing down in October. Read more about the power couple here.

@ SDCCU Stadium,

Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment)

9.28: Devotchka

After seven years since their last studio album, the Denver-based gypsy punk quartet returned with their first new collection, This Night Falls Forever, last month. Welcome back!

@ Observatory North Park,

9.28: Frankie Ballard

The former collegiate baseball player takes to the stage in Pacific Beach after spending the last few months supporting Sugarland’s Still the Same Tour. — Leslie Hackett

@ Moonshine Beach,

9.28: Benny Benassi

The globe-hopping Grammy-winning Italian DJ and record producer returns to San Diego once again this year. Benassi followed his May appearance by teaming with New York electro duo (and CRSSD performers) Sofi Tukker on their collaborative single, Everybody Needs A Kiss.


Benny Benassi.

Benny Benassi.

(Jacopo Raule / Getty Images for Magnum)

9.29: Little Hurricane

San Diego’s best rock and blues duo released their third album of original music, Same Sun Same Moon, last year. In June, they appeared on the single Isn’t It Great with show opener Small Culture. Carlsbad’s Trouble in the Wind is also on the bill.

@ Casbah,

9.29: Black Tiger Sex Machine

The Montreal-based DJ trio and Kannibalen Records founders released their latest full-length album, New Worlds, in March on their own label. It features collaborations with Panther, YOOKIE, Apashe and more.

@ House of Blues,

9.29, 30: CRSSD

September means it’s time to return once again to Waterfront Park’s beautiful setting for the second installment of CRSSD’s bi-annual festival. Organizers have assembled another impressive lineup that includes Bob Moses, Claptone, John Digweed, Duke Dumont, Louis The Child, Nina Kraviz and many more.

@ Waterfront Park,