Your Guide To This Week’s San Diego Concerts

It’s a weekend of throwbacks, punk and new wave. Isn’t it great when what’s old feels new and what’s new doesn’t get old fast? Celebrate longevity this weekend with some good tunes.

Violent Femmes – 7/28

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Del Mar

Technically North County, but we don’t want any part of San Diego to miss this one—the Violent Femmes are worth the drive.

This ‘80s folk rock band has had its hiatuses, but as of 2013, they’re back in business. And they’re gracing us with their presence, San Diego. Grace them with yours.

The Psychedelic Furs – 7/28

Sycuan Casino Showcase Theatre

El Cajon

If you don’t know The Psychedelic Furs in their own right—even though you should—you probably know their song “Pretty in Pink” from the John Hughes’ movie boasting the same title.

Either way, don’t miss these English post-punk rockers while they’re in town. We’ll see you there.

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows – 7/28

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Chula Vista

Talk about a soft rock ‘90s throwback tour. Not sure why it never occurred to us before, but Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows make the perfect tour companions. Fans of one tend to be fans of the other.

Here’s your chance to get your fill of both. We’ve got the best seats in the house for you, here. Get out there!

Skaal and Social Spit – 7/29

Soda Bar

City Heights

Hailing from Orange County, Skaal plays punk. And not that pop-punk stuff you hear on “Top 10” radio—punk in all of its raw glory.

Pun outfit Social Spit has a unique view of themselves—and you. In their own words: “After more than thirty-five years, we don’t give a f*ck if you like us or not.”

Tonight’s a good night to get rough, and Soda Bar is the place to do it.

Kitten – 7/29


Little Italy

Kitten’s indie new wave is something to experience. They’re a breath of fresh air in today’s pop wasteland. Chloe Chaidez’s vocals and showmanship harken back to the sultry songstresses and dynamic pop grooves of the ‘80s.

Kitten’s also gearing up for a new album release. This is your last chance to see Kitten before their evolution. Personally, we can’t wait to see what comes next.