Top concerts this week in San Diego (July 16-22)

Top concerts in town this week include Chris Isaak, Paramore, Brad Paisley and Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn. 

7.16: Billy Bob Thornton 

The Academy Award-winning actor has two films coming out this year — London Fields and A Million Little Pieces — so he’s celebrating by going on tour with the Boxmasters. The trio has released six albums together, their latest, Boys and Girls… and the World, was released in 2016.

@ Belly Up,



(Courtesy photo)

7.17: Chris Isaak 

It seems like the pompadoured crooner is here more often than most Padres players, but that’s just a testament to the charismatic singer’s ability to make it a different show each time he crosses the county line. Isaak released his latest album, Christmas Live on Soundstage, in 2017. 

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak’s new album, First Comes The Night, comes out Nov. 13.
(Andrew Macpherson / Courtesy of the artist)

7.18: Anthony Green 

The lead singer of post-hardcore bands Circa Survive and Saosin is back in town to switch gears with his solo thing. Green’s latest release, the nine-song Would You Still Be in Love, came out last month. 


@ House of Blues,

Anthony Green

Anthony Green.

(Hayley Rippy)

7.19: Paramore 

The Hayley Williams-led pop powerhouse released its fifth studio album, After Laughter, last year. They’ll be joined by L.A.’s Foster the People, who also released an album last year, Sacred Hearts Club, their third.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,



(Lindsey Byrnes)

7.19: Rhye 

Rhye, aka Canadian singer Mike Milosh, released his sophomore album, Blood, in February. It is the first release for the one-time duo after Milosh’s co-founder, Danish producer/instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, left the band. 

@ Observatory North Park,



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7.19: Kristian Nairn 

When Irish actor Kristian Nairn was repeating the famous line in his last Game of Thrones episode as Hodor, turns out he was doing it to a brand new beat running through his head. While Nairn will forever be linked to his heroic protection of Bran Stark, he’s more than happy to get the party started as progressive house DJ.   


Kristian Nairn

Kristian Nairn.

(Courtesy photo)

7.20: The Psychedelic Furs 

Music returns to the racetrack! The Furs haven’t released an album in nearly 30 years, but that hasn’t stopped the founding Butler brothers — singer Richard and bassist Tim — from including San Diego on their list of frequently visited cities. 

@ Del Mar Turf Club,

The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs.

(Courtesy photo)

7.20: Brad Paisley 

The country superstar released his 11th studio album, Love and War, last year. It scored the three-time Grammy-winner his fifth-straight No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,


Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley.

(Courtesy photo)

7.20: SNBRN 

L.A.-based DJ and CRSSD vet SNBRN (aka Kevin Chapman) released the 3-song U Want It single in March on Ultra Records. He also remixed Aussie duo Peking Duk’s single Wasted in April.  

@ Bang Bang, 



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7.20: Pitbull 

It’s time to bring South Beach to the West Coast. Mr. Worldwide released his 10th studio album, Climate Change, last year and has recently shared the stage with the likes of Enrique Iglesias and Britney Spears.  

@ Pechanga,



(Courtesy photo)

7.21: Iration 

The Cali-via-Hawaii alt-reggae rockers play after the last race on Saturday. Their May-released, self-titled sixth album made it all the way to No. 2 on Billboard’s U.S. Reggae Albums chart.

@ Del Mar Turf Club,



(Courtesy photo)

7.21: The Aquabats 

The costumed punk-rock superheroes of Hub Network’s short-lived, family-friendly Aquabats Super Show return for more antics and live music. Super rad!

@ House of Blues,

The Aquabats

The Aquabats.

(Courtesy photo)

7.21: Car Seat Headrest 

The Virginia-born, Seattle-based project from Will Toledo just released its 11th studio album, Twin Fantasy (Face to Face), in February. It is an official re-recording of the band’s 2011 sixth studio album, Twin Fantasy.


Car Seat Headrest

Ethan Ives, Will Toledo, Andrew Katz, and Seth Dalby of Car Seat Headrest perform on Day 2 of the 2017 ACL Music Festival held at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on October 7, 2017. Photo credit: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images


7.21: Juliette & The Licks 

Juliette Lewis, the singer and actress, hasn’t released an album since 2009, but never really stopped performing. Lewis can be seen in the upcoming film A Million Little Pieces with fellow GROOVE list entry, Billy Bob Thornton. Maybe a co-headlining tour next time around?

@ Music Box, 

Juliette & The Licks

Juliette Lewis of Juliette and The Licks performs live during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Shorts: “Hard Lovin’ Woman” premiere at Spring Studios on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

(Matthew Eisman / Getty Images)

.21: 30 Seconds To Mars 

So what if Jared Leto won an Academy Award and is currently slated for the lead in a stand-alone Joker movie? He still wants to rock! This time through town, he’ll do it with the help of Walk the Moon, K. Flay and Welshy Arms.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

30 Seconds To Mars

30 Seconds To Mars.

(Courtesy photo)

7.21: The Adicts 

After 40-plus years of dressing up and rocking out, Frontman Keith “Monkey” Warren continues to lead this (amazingly) all-original lineup of British punks.

@ Observatory North Park,

The Adicts

The Adicts.

(Courtesy photo)

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