Vampire Weekend, Banks and more top concerts this week

Top performances coming to town this week include Banks, Vampire Weekend, Calexico and Iron & Wine, and Morrissey/Interpol.

10.1: Mercury Rev & Beth Orton

The best musical stew that’s come together in these parts for a while: Brit chanteuse Beth Orton (Chemical Brothers) joins forces with vet indie rockers Mercury Rev (who appear without founding vocalist David Baker) to perform Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 album The Delta Sweete. And if that’s not enough, former Heartless Bastards frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom opens the show.

@ Belly Up,

A photo of Beth Orton
Beth Orton
(Jo Metson Scott.)

10.1: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Hologram Tour

OK, OK. Yes. This is an entire concert of long-dead rock and roll pioneers in hologram form. And while this sort of thing hasn’t exactly caught fire since the Tupac Shakur hologram made a 2012 debut at Coachella, J-Pop/Vocaloid hologram “singer” Hatsune Miku is a bona fide superstar. Also, a full-scale Amy Winehouse hologram tour was planned for later this year (until it was recently postponed due to “unique sensitivities”).

@ Magnolia Performing Arts Center,

A photo of Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly
Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Hologram Tour
(Courtesy photo)

10.2: Banks

Singer/songwriter Jillian Rose Banks released her third studio album, the appropriately titled III, in July. The former CRSSD headliner’s latest collection cracked the Top 25 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and features co-production from Sohn, Hudson Mohawke and Tim Anderson.


A photo of Jillian Banks performing live on stage during a concert at the Huxleys on October 28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
(Frank Hoensch/Redferns)

10.2: Stiff Little Fingers

Yes, the Irish punk pioneers are at the start of their fifth decade of making and performing music together. But with founding lead vocalist Jake Burns and bassist Ali McMordie still in the fold, and guitarist Ian McCallum and drummer Steve Grantley both more than 20 years in, the band has never sounded better.

@ House of Blues,

A photo of Stiff Little Fingers
Stiff Little Fingers
(Courtesy photo)

10.3: Vampire Weekend

Father of the Bride, the Grammy-winning, New York-based indie rockers’ May-released fourth album, is their first without founding multi-instrumentalist/producer Rostam Batmanglij. And while Batmanglij ultimately did contribute to a pair of songs on the album, collaborators like Chromeo’s Dave Macklovitch, Danielle Haim and Mark Ronson helped fill the void.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

A photo of Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
(Monika Mogi)

10.4: Calexico and Iron & Wine

The love affair continues! After releasing 2005’s joint EP In the Reins, Calexico (Joey Burns and John Convertino) and Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) have stayed friendly by occasionally appearing on each other’s albums. But in June, the super trio fully reunited once again for new album, Years to Burn, and a world tour that runs through November.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

A photo of Calexico and Iron & Wine
Calexico and Iron & Wine
(Piper Ferguson)

10.4: Loud Luxury

The Juno Award-winning Canadian production duo of Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace heads back to OMNIA after last making an appearance there in May. They continue an already banner year that has seen the pair play Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas and Chicago’s Lollapalooza, as well as team with Bryce Vine on new single I’m Not Alright.


A photo of Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace of Loud Luxury
Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace of Loud Luxury
(Tobias Wang)

10.5, 6: Angels & Airwaves

Just here in August for a pair of shows at North County’s Belly Up and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, the Tom DeLonge-led supergroup took a month off before returning to San Diego proper.

@ House of Blues,

A photo of Angels & Airwaves
Angels & Airwaves
(Johnny Buzzerio)

10.6: Morrissey/Interpol

How excited you are for this show is likely related to how much you appreciate the former Smiths frontman’s recent unsolicited foray into the political arena. But hey, even if that is giving you pause, remember: Interpol also will be there.

@ Pechanga Arena,

A photo of Interpol
(Courtesy photo)

10.6: Bad Religion

The L.A.-based punk vets were just here in June to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game. The band returns on the heels of releasing its 17th studio album, Age of Unreason, Bad Religion’s first release of original music in six years.


A photo of Bad Religion
Bad Religion
(Courtesy photo)