Top concerts this week in San Diego (Oct. 15-21)

Top performers coming to San Diego this week include Hozier, System of a Down, Thievery Corporation and Noah Cyrus. 

10.15: Hozier

Hozier must’ve really been moved after someone really did “take (him) to church.” His latest 4-track EP, Nina Cried Power, kicks things off with a title track that features Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Kennedy Center-honored gospel singer Mavis Staples.

@ Observatory North Park,



(Courtesy photo)

10.15: King Khan & The Shrines 

Canadian-born, Berlin-based garage rocker King Khan (aka Arish Ahmad Khan) brings his wild stage show, and love for costumes, to Solana Beach. The band’s last album, Idle No More, was released in 2013.

@ Belly Up,

King Khan

King Khan

(Sash Stamatovski)

10.16: Sting & Shaggy 

This odd pairing of the former Police frontman and the Jamaican singer known as Mr. Boombastic produced the collaborative album, 44/876, earlier this year. The 16-track collection features each singer switching off lead vocal duties, as well as a feature from family reggae band Morgan Heritage. 


@ Harrah’s,

Sting & Shaggy

Sting (left) and Shaggy.

(David Borrat / EFE)

10.17: System of a Down

After reuniting in 2010, the Serj Tankian-led alternative metal act have played sporadically while working on a yet-to-be-released follow-up to their two releases in 2005 – Mezmerize and Hypnotize. They’ll be joined by the recently reunited At The Drive In, who last year released In•ter a•li•a, their first studio album in 17 years.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

System of a Down

System of a Down.

(Frank Maddocks)

10.17, 23: Thievery Corporation

Washington D.C.’s finest sitar-tinged beat makers return to San Diego for a pair of shows with nearly week between them. Julian Marley will provide support for the first date, while DJ Z-Trip is on board for the second.

@ Belly Up,

Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza and Eric Hilton.

(Jen Maler)

10.18: FIDLAR 

The L.A. skate punk quartet released their sophomore album, the aptly titled Too, in 2015. They retuned earlier this year with two new singles — Alcohol and Are You High?

@ Observatory North Park,



(Alice Baxley)

10.18: Noah Cyrus

Unfortunately in the news lately for her breakup with rapper Lil Xan, the 18-year-old actress and singer (and Miley’s little sister) eased her blues with the release of her debut EP, Good Cry, last month. Read more about Cyrus ahead of her stop in San Diego here.

@ House of Blues,

Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus at Coachella.

(Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Coachella)

10.19: Cash Cash 

Releasing a pair of singles earlier this year — February’s Jewel (feat. Nikki Vianna) and April’s Finest Hour (feat. Abir) — the N.Y.-based DJ trio of Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Samuel Frisch return to San Diego after their last visit here in June.



Cash Cash

Cash Cash.

(Courtesy photo)

10.20 Ladies of LCD Soundsystem 

Synth players Rayna Russom and Nancy Whang from the James Murphy-led, Brooklyn-based dance collective hit San Diego as part of a co-headlining DJ run. The Grammy-winning pair has promised that each date of their month-long tour will feature a local female or non-binary performer as the opening act.

@ Bang Bang,

Ladies of LCD Soundsystem

Ladies of LCD Soundsystem, Nancy Whang (left) and Rayna Russom.

(Courtesy photo)

10.20: Scallywag! 

It’s another day of craft beer, food, and music with the ocean as a backdrop. Headlining punks Rancid, who released their ninth studio album, Trouble Maker, last year, will be joined by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters and Beach Goons. 

@ Waterfront Park,



(Courtesy photo)


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