Top performers coming to San Diego this week include Neko Case, Tiga, Fleetwood Mac and Kurt Vile & The Violators.
12.3: Dweezil Zappa
The torchbearer of the Zappa legacy has performed his father’s music as Zappa Plays Zappa for years, but recently has gone with his full name on the marquee. The Grammy-winning scion is still playing family tunes, however, and calls this tour Choice Cuts.
@ Belly Up, bellyup.com
12.4: Mac DeMarco
The singer/songwriter and current indie-rock class president released the demos to his 2017 third full-length album, This Old Dog, earlier this year. Although he usually performs with a band, this will be a solo set from the Canadian multi-instrumentalist.
@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
12.6: The Buttertones
The L.A.-based rockers with a penchant for saxophone and throwback sounds released their fourth full-length studio album, Midnight in a Moonless Dream, earlier this year. Former Corners frontman Tracy Bryant opens the show.
@ The Irenic, theirenic.com
12.7: Dom Kennedy
The 34-year-old, L.A.-based rapper has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, DJ Quik, Rick Ross and many others. His sixth studio album, Volume Two, was released in September.
@ SOMA, somasandiego.com
12.7, 9: Beach Fossils & Wavves
It’s a non-consecutive-day double dip of indie rock goodness as Beach Fossils and Wavves team up for a co-headlining tour. Brooklyn-based indie trio Beach Fossils pair with long-time San Diegan Nathan Williams’ Wavves, who played the Irenic the last time they were in town.
@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego
New York-born, Vegas-based DJ Justin Blau released his 11-song full-length debut, Ultraviolet, in February. A remixed version featuring new versions by Zeds Dead, Zaxx, and more followed in May. And last month, Blau teamed with HYO on new single, Punk Right Now.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
Canadian DJ, producer and musician Tiga was last in San Diego for this year’s CRSSD Spring edition. He returns after releasing the four-track Blessed EP, Pt. 1 with The Martinez Brothers last month.
@ Spin, spinnightclub.com
The Swedish DJ and production trio of Christopher Lunde, Niklas Lunde and John Dahlbäck was last here in February as part of the LED Anniversary VII. The threesome has kept busy in 2018, releasing seven singles (Sinner, Fun, My Place, Charlie, Be Somebody, The Hunt, In My Hand) as well as a pair of remixes.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
12.8: Neko Case
After appearing in San Diego this summer as an opener for Ray Lamontagne, the singer/songwriter returns for a headlining show of her own. Case released her seventh solo studio album, Hell-On, in June. It was co-produced by Bjorn Yttling of Swedish indie trio Peter Bjorn and John. Read more about Case ahead of her upcoming San Diego show here.
12.8: Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood and former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito were in San Diego two years ago. Stevie Nicks brought The Pretenders with her when she was here last year. But Lindsey Buckingham was just here in October — which is good, because he’s been replaced by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn while the iconic group tackles their current farewell tour.
@ Viejas Arena, viejasarena.com
12.8: Blues Brothers
Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, as Elwood and Zee (respectively) Blues, bring some of the bands greates hits to North County for a rockin' night of of singing and dancing.
@Harrah's Resort Southern California, 777 Harrah's Rincon Way, Funner (previously Valley Center), harrahssocal.com
12.9: Kurt Vile & The Violators
Performing in San Diego last year with Courtney Barnett to promote the release of their collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice, Vile heads back out on the road with The Violators after the October release of his eighth studio album, Bottle It In.
@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
12.9: Tony Bennett
This 92-year-old living legend has won 19 Grammy Awards and sold more than 50 million albums. What more is there to say?
@ Pechanga, pechanga.com