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,

Liz Phair

Liz Phair.

(Courtesy photo)

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,



(Courtesy photo)

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,

Boy George and Culture Club

Boy George and Culture Club.

(Courtesy photo)

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,



(Liam Ricketts)

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,

The Voidz

The Voidz.

(Courtesy photo)

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 & his All Starr Band

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,


Beyonce And Jay-Z “On The Run II” Tour

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,



(Courtesy photo)

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,

Frankie Ballard at Moonshine Beach
With songs like “It All Started With a Beer” and “Sunshine & Whiskey,” Frankie Ballard had the whole joint rocking on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Moonshine Beach. (John Audley)
(John Audley / John Audley)

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,

Little Hurricane

Little Hurricane.

(Courtesy photo)

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,

Black Tiger Sex Machine

Black Tiger Sex Machine.

(Courtesy photo)

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,


Day two of CRSSD kept the good times rolling at Waterfront Park on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

(Adam Hahn / )

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