Top performances coming to town this week include Sleater-Kinney, Frankie Cosmos, Two Friends, Young Thug and more.
It was more than a bit of a surprise this summer when, a month before the release of Sleater-Kinney’s latest album, The Center Won’t Hold, founding drummer Janet Weiss quit the long-running rock trio. Guitarists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker are continuing without her, hitting the road to promote the new album that was produced by none other than Annie Clark (St. Vincent).
Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
11.12-14: Built To Spill
After last hitting San Diego as part of a 2018 co-headlining show with Afghan Whigs, the veteran Idaho-based indie rockers instead opt for a three-night residency at the Casbah this time around. Built To Spill is currently on its Keep It Like A Secret 1999-2019 Tour.
11.13: Frankie Cosmos
Frankie Cosmos, aka 25-year-old songwriter/musician Greta Kline, released her fourth album, the 21-track Close It Quietly, in September. She also happens to be the daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. Singer/songwriter Stephen Steinbrink opens the show.
Ché Café, thechecfae.blogspot.com
11.15: Los Amigos Invisibles
The Venezuelan Grammy-winning funk and disco party-starters head back to San Diego for one of their frequent visits. The band released its last album, El Paradise, in 2017.
Music Box, musicboxsd.com
11.15: Melissa Etheridge
The Academy Award- and multiple Grammy-winning singer and activist released her 15th studio album, The Medicine Show, in April. The 12-track collection was co-produced by longtime Etheridge collaborator John Shanks, who also has worked on albums by Miley Cyrus, Nelly Furtado, Alanis Morissette and Van Halen.
Poway Center for the Arts, powaycenter.com
11.15: Two Friends
Matt Halper and Eli Sones, aka L.A.-based DJ duo Two Friends, return to OMNIA after last appearing at the downtown club almost one year ago. The pair has remixed the likes of Blink 182, The Chainsmokers, Lana Del Rey, Panic! At The Disco, Kanye West, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Halper and Sones’ latest single, Take It Off, has already been remixed a couple of times.
OMNIA, downtown, omnianightclub.com
11.16: DJ Pauly D
After a couple of recent stops at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel (last time in August) DJ Pauly D, better known as Paul DelVecchio of MTV reality show Jersey Shore, flexes his DJ muscle at Parq this time around. DelVecchio’s most recent single, Silver and Gold (feat. James Kaye), was released in April.
Parq, downtown, parqsd.com
11.16: Rufus Wainwright
After playing at the Belly Up the last few times he’s come through town, the composer, piano man and musical scion gets a venue upgrade and an actual symphony conducted by Ted Sperling to back him. Wainwright continues to tour in celebration of both the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut and the release of 2001 sophomore breakthrough album, Poses.
Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org
11.16: The Wailers
Even as it gets closer to the 40th anniversary of original bandleader Bob Marley’s death, the undisputed reggae icon’s music lives on through the group that once backed him. As the only remaining original member, bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett is now the de-facto leader of this long-running musical institution.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, dmtc.com
11.17: The Black Keys
The popular neo-blues duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney released their ninth studio album, Let’s Rock, in June. The self-produced collection debuted in the fourth spot on the U.S. Billboard 200, as well as cracking the top 10 in a dozen countries around the globe. As a bonus, indie rock vets Modest Mouse are set to open the show.
Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com
11.17: Young Thug
After releasing a handful of mixtapes, Young Thug, aka Atlanta-based rapper Jeffrey Williams, released his debut studio album, So Much Fun, in August. Featuring appearances from the likes of Travis Scott, J. Cole, Lil Uzi Vert, Future and others, the album debuted at the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200. Another album contributor, Machine Gun Kelly, opens the show.
Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu/calcoast