Top concerts this week in San Diego


Steve Vai

This multiple-Grammy-winning veteran guitar virtuoso is on tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his classic “Passion and Warfare” album.

8 p.m. Tuesday. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown. $30-$50. All ages. (619) 299-2583 or


Legendary Pink Dots

Influential British psych-rockers have released more than 40 albums together in almost as many years.

8:30 p.m. Thursday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. $25. 21+. (619) 255-7224 or


Indie DJ/hip-hop producer Ramble Jon Krohn, aka RJD2, released his sixth studio album, “Dame Fortune,” in March. It features collaborations with Little Brother’s Phonte and singer Son Little, among others.

8 p.m. Thursday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $5. All ages. (619) 239-8836 or

Shaun Frank

This Canadian DJ, producer, and singer co-wrote The Chainsmokers’ “Closer (feat. Halsey)” and has released singles with Oliver Heldens and Borgeous.

9 p.m. Thursday. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20. 21+. (619) 544-9500 or


Kill Frenzy

Belgian house DJ Kill Frenzy (aka Sébastian Vanschoonbeek) released the two-track EP, “Crystal Seed/Follow Me,” in July.

10 p.m. Friday. Bang Bang, 526 Market St., downtown. $10-20. 21+. (619) 677-2264 or

Danny Brown

“Atrocity Exhibition,” the Detroit rapper’s third studio album, was just released last month. It features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, B-Real and more.

8 p.m. Friday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $28-$99. 18+. (619) 239-8836 or


Prophets of Rage

Rage Against The Machine (minus Zach De la Rocha), Chuck D. of Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill join forces for this hybrid super group. AWOLNATION opens the show.

7 p.m. Saturday. Sleep Train Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $32-$182. All ages. (619) 671-3500 or

ScHoolboy Q

ScHoolboy Q’s July-released fourth studio album, “Blank face LP,” features Kanye West, Tha Dogg Pound, Anderson .Paak, and E-40, among others. The L.A. rapper returns to San Diego for two separate shows on Saturday night.

6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $45-$160. 6:30 show is all ages, 8:30 show is 18+. (619) 239-8836 or

The 1975

This young English rock quartet released their sophomore LP, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” in February.

8 p.m. Saturday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 500 Campanile Drive, SDSU. $25-$50. All ages. (619) 594-7315 or

Feed Me

British electro house/dubstep DJ Jon Gooch, aka Feed Me, first performed under the moniker Spor. Led by the single “What It Feels Like (feat. Nina Nesbitt),” Gooch released his second LP, “Feed Me’s Family Reunion,” in July.

9 p.m. Saturday. Bassmnt, 919 Fourth Ave., Suite 100, downtown. $15. 18+. (619) 231-9200 or


The Julie Ruin

Legendary Bikini Kill and Le Tigre singer leads her new quintet on a tour in support of their 2016-released second album, “Hit Reset.” Allison Crutchfield opens the show.

9 p.m. Sunday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. $19-$31. 18+. (619) 795-1337 or

The Temper Trap

The London-via-Melbourne-based indie rockers released their third album, “Thick As Thieves,” in June.

8 p.m. Sunday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $27.50. All ages. (619) 239-8836 or

R Kelly

Hungry? Join R&B crooner R Kelly on his all-arena The Buffet Tour. It comes on the heels of his 2015 album of the same name.

8 p.m. Sunday. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma. $69-$109. All ages. (619) 224-4171 or


The Florida pop-punkers with a penchant for violin just released their eponymous final studio album last month. They say their farewell with Like Torches and Dryjacket in tow.

7 p.m. Sunday. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown. $30-$55. All ages. (619) 299-2583 or

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