Top concerts this week in San Diego (Nov. 12-18)


Performers headed to town this week include Paula Abdul, Billie Eilish, Lil Xan and Slander.

11.12 Ghost

The Swedish ghoul rockers released their fourth studio album, Prequelle, in June. It’s the first album for the band since the identity of their frontman was revealed to be Tobias Forge. The band’s vocalist has performed as three different versions of the character Papa Emeritus (I, II, & III), and continues that tradition now with less makeup, but no less creepy, as Cardinal Copia.

@ Spreckels Theatre,

11.12 David Crosby & Friends

Two years after appearing at the same venue, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby returns to San Diego for a career-spanning set. No word on who those “friends” will be, but the veteran singer-songwriter has built up an impressive list from which to choose.

@ Balboa Theatre,

11.12, 13 Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County (aka 20-year-old singer and musician Alexander O’Connor) isn’t from Orange County at all. He’s actually from Grayshott, Hampshire, England — a civil parish that is also the birthplace of actor Colin Firth. Who knows? Perhaps they’ll team up in the future.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.13 Paula Abdul

The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer and choreographer was last here a year ago with New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men as part of their Total Package collaborative tour. Abdul returns on her first solo trek in over 25 years to celebrate three decades in show business.

@ Copley Symphony Hall,

11.13 Black Lips and Iceage

The veteran Atlanta garage rockers join forces with Danish punks Iceage for a highly entertaining, co-headlining evening that will surely require earplugs. Dani Miller-led, Brooklyn-based four-piece Surfbort open the show.

@ House of Blues,

11.15 Billy Gibbons

One-third of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top, Gibbons heads to Solana Beach with a band that includes country singer and guitarist Austin Hanks and Guns N’ Roses alum Matt Sorum.

@ Belly Up,

11.16 Lil Xan

By most accounts, the 22-year-old rapper born Diego Leanos is having a great year. His April-released debut, Total Xanarchy, hit the 10th spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and he counts Diplo, 2 Chainz and Charli XCX as collaborators. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, Leanos made headlines for his highly-publicized breakup with girlfriend Noah Cyrus and being hospitalized for eating too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Seriously.

@ House of Blues,

11.16 Morgan Page

After teaming with Jayceeoh on the single Lost Dreams in February, and then with Britt Daley on one called Born To Fly in March, the Vermont-born DJ, producer and two-time Grammy nominee released Let You Go in August. The single was remixed by both Luke Bond and Le Youth in September.


11.17 Billie Eilish

Back after a sold-out performance in March at the Music Box, the 16-year-old L.A.-based singer and Interscope Records signee returns to San Diego for another sold-out performance (pretty much every show on her tour is). She heads to Australia with Florence + The Machine in January.


11.17 Slander

L.A.-based DJ duo SLANDER (aka Derek Andersen and Scott Land) has worked with the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake and Diplo. The pair have worked nonstop this year, releasing 10 (!) singles thus far — I Can’t Escape, Happy Now, Move Back, Slow Motion, So Long, Kneel Before Me, U Don’t Know with Alison Wonderland, Without You, You Don’t Even Know Me, and last month’s collab with Seven Lions, First Time (feat. Dylan Matthew).

@ Observatory North Park,

11.17 Blockhead & Yppah

The pair of beatmakers played on the same bill, at the same venue, back in March. Now, New York DJ and producer Tony Simon (aka Blockhead), alongside Ninja Tune electro-composer Joe Corrales Jr. (aka Yppah), return once again for an encore.

@ Soda Bar,

11.17 John Digweed

Veteran British DJ and producer John Digweed has spent more time behind the decks than most current DJs have been alive. The progressive house pioneer’s most recent compilations, Bedrock XX and Live in Tokyo, are his 41st and 42nd comps, respectively.

@ Hard Rock,