Top performances coming to town this week include Baauer, Kikagaku Moyo, Jon Pardi, Dia de los Deftones and Deorro.
10.28: Lucy Dacus
Here in 2018 as part of the supergroup boygenius (with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers), the Virginia-bred singer/songwriter heads back to San Diego for a solo show. Dacus released her second studio album, Historian, last year, and a trio of new singles – La Vie En Rose, My Mother & I and Forever Half Mast – in 2019.
@ Belly Up, bellyup.com
Harry Bauer Rodrigues, the 30-year-old DJ and producer responsible for 2012’s viral sensation Harlem Shake and remixes for the likes of No Doubt, Flume and Gorillaz, heads back to San Diego after almost a year away. Rodrigues also composed the music for the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix last year.
Baauer, Bang Bang, downtown, bangbangsd.com
11.1: Kikagaku Moyo
The Japanese psych-rock quintet was in San Diego last year to open for Earthless and also made an appearance at the Desert Daze festival in Lake Perris. The band returns for a headlining show in support of its 2018 full-length album, Masana Temples.
Music Box, musicboxsd.com
11.1: Kero Kero Bonito
Fronted by bilingual vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, the London-based art-pop trio released its new EP, Civilisation I, at the end of September. Negative Gemini, aka New York-based singer, songwriter and producer Lindsey French, opens the show.
Belly Up, bellyup.com
11.1: Jon Pardi
Central California-bred, neo-traditional country singer Jon Pardi got engaged while on stage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last month. He also released his third full-length album, Heartache Medication, in September.
Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu/calcoast
11.1: Dinosaur Jr.
Still sporting its original lineup of vocalist/guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow, and drummer Murph, the veteran rock trio followed the release of its 11th studio album, 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, with a new single, Hold Unknown, last year. Mascis released his third solo record, Elastic Days, in 2018 as well.
Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
11.1: La Santa Cecilia
The Grammy-winning, L.A.-based quartet returns to San Diego 11 months after last playing at the Music Box. The Marisol Hernandez-fronted quartet continues to tour on their acclaimed 2017 release, Amar y Vivir, which was recorded at select locations throughout Mexico City.
House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego
11.2: Dia De Los Deftones
The Sacramento screamers return to San Diego for the second annual Dia de los Deftones after kicking things off last November with the likes of Future, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Rocket From The Crypt and Doja Cat in tow. This year, Chino Moreno and the gang round out the all-day event with performances from Chvrches, Gojira, JPEGMAFIA and more.
The Park at Petco Park, petcoparkevents.com
Erick Orrosquieta, aka L.A.-based DJ and producer Deorro, really liked San Diego. So much so, in fact, that this will mark his third time at OMNIA in 2019. In addition to a handful of singles he released earlier in the year, Orrosquieta dropped three new songs this summer – All This Time, Retumba with MAKJ, and Shake That Bottle with Hektor Mass.
OMNIA, downtown, omnianightclub.com
11.2: Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and Kenny Larkin
It’s legends night at Spin as they bring a trio of Motor City innovators to the stage. Second Wave Detroit techno pioneers Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and Kenny Larkin share the spotlight on this night, dubbed Detroit Love. Blaqwell and Late Night Jackin’ featuring Soul of Hex open the show.
Spin, midtown, spinnightclub.com
11.2: Black Mountain
True story: Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean didn’t get behind the wheel of a car until 2017 (when he was 38 years old). So it only makes sense that his psych-rock quintet’s latest album, Destroyer, is closely tied to that experience, as well as being named after the 1985 model of Dodge he rebuilt while recording it.
11.2: Steve Poltz with Jack Tempchin
These two should be found on any legitimate list of notable songwriters and musicians with strong ties to San Diego. And while the storytelling crooner Poltz is headlining the show, it is almost certain that he and 2019 Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Tempchin will also share the stage for a song or three.
Poway Center for the Arts, powaycenter.com