Top concerts in San Diego this week (April 29-May 5)


4.30: Tech N9NE

After releasing the four-track EP, N9NA Collection 1, last November, Tech N9ne, aka Kansas City rapper Aaron Dontez Yates, returns to San Diego in support of the follow-up, last month’s four-track EP, N9NA Collection 2.

@ House of Blues,

5.1: Passion Pit

After self-releasing his latest album, Tremendous Sea of Love, to YouTube and Twitter in 2017, Passion Pit (aka Michael Angelakos) hits the road to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his band’s breakthrough debut, Manners.

@ Observatory North Park,

5.2: Steel Pulse

Known in the last few decades as a touring act, the Grammy-winning British reggae veterans are set to release their first new album of all original material in 15 years. Written and arranged by founding lead vocalist David Hinds, the 17-track Mass Manipulation drops later this month.

@ Belly Up,

5.2: Freddie Gibbs

The Gary, Indiana-bred rapper released his eponymous fourth album last year and is set to team up with legendary DJ and producer Madlib on their new collaborative album, Bandana, sometime in 2019. Bandana is a follow-up to the pair’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Piñata.


5.3: Audien

Nathaniel Rathbun (aka Connecticut-born, 27-year-old producer Audien) first hit No. 1 on Billboard’s US Dance Chart with his 2015 breakthrough track Insomnia. In March, he joined forces with indie pop family trio Echosmith on new single Favorite Sound.


5.4: Snails

Coachella, EDC, Electric Forest and Lollapalooza vet Snails, aka Canadian DJ/producer Frédérik Durand, helped usher in his new genre of “vomitstep” with releases on Skrillex’s OWSLA and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak labels. For his 2018 full-length debut album, Slimeageddon, he founded a label of his own, SLUGZ Music.

@ Bassmnt,

5.5: Peter Bjorn and John

The Swedish indie pop trio released their eighth album, Darker Days, last year on Ingrid — the record label they helped found with fellow Swede Lykke Li and others. Band member Bjorn Yttling co-produced Neko Case’s seventh solo studio album, Hell-On, last year as well.

@ The Irenic,

5.5: The Faint

At one point boasting Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) as a member, these Nebraska-born indie rockers released their eighth studio album, Egowerk, in March. It’s the band’s first release in five years and the first on their home state’s Saddle Creek label since 2004’s Wet From Birth.

@ Observatory North Park,

5.5: Violent Femmes & X

Still led by founding members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie, veteran Wisconsin-bred indie rockers Violent Femmes return to San Diego for a co-headlining bill with X. That band, the legendary L.A. punkers who also still boast an original lineup, were last here to close out 2018 on a co-headlining bill with Los Lobos.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

5.5: GTA

Miami electro-house DJ/production duo GTA (aka Matthew Van Toth and Julio Mejia) released their fifth EP, La Nueva Clásica, last year. For their latest single, March’s Work It Out, the pair teamed up with trap DJ/producer Party Favor.

@ Bassmnt,