Top concerts this week (Oct. 24-30)
As a follow-up to her 2014 debut, “Life As A Dog,” the Chicago-based hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist released the four-song “Crush Me” EP in August. Nightly and LAYNE open the show.
8 p.m. Thursday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. Sold out. 21+. (619) 232-4355 or casbahmusic.com
Monday & Tuesday
The eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley wears many hats: Grammy-winning musician, businessman and philanthropist (the multifaceted artist even released a “healthy eating” cookbook recently). His self-titled sixth album was released in May.
After releasing his critically acclaimed third LP, “22, A Million,” in September, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s flagship enterprise gets classy downtown. Ethereal vocal looper Julianna Barwick opens the show.
8 p.m. Wednesday. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. Sold out. All ages. (619) 231-0163 or sandiegosymphony.com
The legendary sax man for James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Prince has also appeared on records from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, De La Soul, Ani DiFranco and Keith Richards.
8 p.m. Wednesday. Belly Up Tavern, 481 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $28. 21+. (858) 481-8140 or bellyup.com
BRMC + Death From Above 1979
San Francisco rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club joins with Toronto dance punks DFA 1979 for a cross-continent night of shoegaze and electro-rock goodness. Deap Vally, featuring former San Diegan Lindsey Troy, opens the show.
7 p.m. Friday. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown. $30-$55. All ages. (619) 299-2583 or houseofblues.com/sandiego
Alice Cooper (aka Vincent Furnier) has served as the poster child of shock rock for five decades. Cooper recently partnered with Mötley Crüe on their final runs of dates, and he hits San Diego as part of his Spend The Night With Alice Cooper Tour.
9 p.m. Friday. Harrah’s Resort SoCal, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. $45-$125. 21+. (760) 751-3100 or harrahssocal.com
Tong is a legend. This guy is a BBC Radio 1 all-star, Ibiza veteran and EDM global ambassador. As co-founder of William Morris Agency’s EDM wing Endeavour, Tong helped them sign Kaskade, deadmaus, Calvin Harris and others. Go see him.
10 p.m. Friday. Bang Bang, 526 Market Street, downtown. $15-20. 21+. (619) 677-2264 or bangbangsd.com
Fresh from September’s KAABOO Del Mar appearance, 25-year-old Norwegian tropical house DJ Matoma (aka Tom Lagergren) returns to San Diego. Matoma’s 17-track mixtape, “Hakuna Matoma,” is available on his Soundcloud page.
9 p.m. Friday. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20. 21+. (619) 544-9500 or omnianightclub.com
The L.A. skate punk quartet officially released their cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” in June after routinely playing it in live shows. With SWMRS and The Frights in tow, FIDLAR stops in North Park on their Too Much Tour.
8 p.m. Friday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $25. All ages. (619) 239-8836 or observatorysd.com
The prolific French electronic band led by Anthony Gonzalez released its seventh studio album, “Junk,” in April. The 15-song collection features collaborations with Beck and Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, among others.
7 p.m. Saturday. SOMA, 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma. $40. All ages. (619) 226-7662 or somasandiego.com
Saturday & Sunday
FNGRS CRSSD switches venues from the waterfront to Petco Park and brings two more days of EDM to San Diego with artists such as Justin Martin, Dusky, Lane 8, Damian Lazarus, Infinity Ink and more. Day 2 will close with a DJ set from Disclosure. Read more here.
3-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown. $54 - $104. 21+. crssd.com
The Canadian electro house duo of DC and Hooks (Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan, respectively) recently launched their own record label, Deadabeats, with the release of the single, “Back Home (feat. Freddie Gibbs).”
8 p.m. Sunday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $35. All ages. (619) 239-8836 or observatorysd.com
Scott McDonald is a writer, on-air personality and consultant with 15 years of experience in the San Diego music scene. He has interviewed hundreds of artists, from the legendary to the underground, for print and television. Follow McDonald and his melodic musings on Twitter @eight24_ or Instagram @scotteight24. Send your music musts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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