It’s another Dead Man’s Party at the Music Box on July 29.
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Tix just went on sale to see Woods on May 19 at the Casbah, where the Brooklyn folkies will be plugging their new full-length Love Is Love, 32 minutes of jazz-flavored psychedelic rock recorded between last November’s election day and the inauguration of a new POTUS in January.

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Woods and Golden Daze

  • Friday, May 19, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $15

It’s their tenth album in 12 years, with the core founding duo of Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere mixing unlikely influences such as Sebadoh and 13th Floor Elevators into an Americana-flavored stew akin to the sort of music that a less drug-addled Grateful Dead might’ve created back in the Stones’ age. Currently touring with backup players recruited between 2013 and now, they just got back from a European tour that took them from Amsterdam to Lisbon, and word has it that their Casbah set list will include previously unheard cover tunes by other artists on Jeremy Earl’s record label Woodsist.

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Christopher O’Riley

Christopher O’Riley will cover Stravinsky and Radiohead at the Auditorium at Scripps Research Institute

Christopher O’Riley will cover Stravinsky and Radiohead at the Auditorium at Scripps Research Institute

Over at the Auditorium at Scripps Research Institute, tattooed crossover pianist Christopher O’Riley, who hosts NPR’s From the Top, promises to cover everyone from Stravinsky and Piazzolla to Radiohead and Elliot Smith when he performs in La Jolla on November 28.

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Mount Kimbie, Ash Koosha, Tirzah

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 21+ / $19 - $22

When British electronic duo Mount Kimbie (Dominic Maker and Kai Campos) began making music together in 2008, few were specializing in the sort of crowd-pleasing ambient post-dubstep (a term some claim they invented) that soon landed them berths at several summers’ worth of high-profile festival gigs and on dozens of online Best Of lists. Most of that acclaim has originated outside the U.S., but the pair is hoping that their expansive concert sets — featuring live guitars, bass, and keyboards — will catch on with fickle Yanks faced with any number of other Euro-festival-certified EDM acts trying to gain a stateside foothold. On May 31 at the Music Box, they’ll no doubt highlight their new single “We Go Home Together,” featuring James Blake on vocals and promoted online with a short film directed by frequent artistic co-conspirator Frank Lebon.

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Chris Potter Quartet

The Linda May Han Oh Quartet is at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library for this year’s Farrell Family Jazz Series

The Linda May Han Oh Quartet is at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library for this year’s Farrell Family Jazz Series

This year’s Farrell Family Jazz Series was just announced for La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, featuring the Chris Potter Quartet, Linda May Han Oh Quartet, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, and Shai Maestro Trio.

NYC-based tenor sax player Chris Potter made his first splash in 1989 as a teen prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney. Widely known as a potent improviser, he forged an impressive discography that includes serving as bandleader on 17 albums and guest-appearing on over a hundred others. (June 7.)

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Linda May Han Oh Quartet

Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, acoustic bassist Linda May Han Oh was recently featured in a JazzTimes magazine cover story, having come to the U.S. in the 2000s to earn a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. She’s currently the bassist in guitarist Pat Metheny’s band. (June 15.)

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Hellyeah and Righteous Vendetta

Hellyeah comes screaming into Observatory North Park on June 18, with Sons of Texas and Righteous Vendetta in tow. It’s that latter band of melodic hard rockers to cast an eye toward. Having been on the road constantly in the three years since the release of their last album, Righteous Vendetta’s just-released major label debut Cursed debuted at number three on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, which nowadays translates into approximately 2300 units sold its first week out. For now, you can stream the whole album on YouTube.

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Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire was already turning heads while with the Berkeley High Jazz Band, later attending the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship and earning accolades for his 2007 set at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Recognized by the New York Times as “a fiercely gifted young trumpeter,” he was signed to the prestigious Blue Note Records label in 2010. (June 21.)

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Shai Maestro Trio

Formed in NYC circa 2011, the Shai Maestro Trio makes its Athenaeum debut with Israeli pianist Maestro, his fellow Israeli Ziv Ravitz on drums, and Peruvian-born bassist Jorge Roeder. (July 11.)

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Chick Corea & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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Gilbert Castellanos: Kind of Blue

Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform at Symphony Hall

Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform at Symphony Hall

The San Diego Symphony’s 2017–2018 season features 11 guest conductors, once again including Edo de Waart (who will open and close the season), with previous potentate Jahja Ling returning as Conductor Laureate and a January mini-series entitled It’s About Time: A Festival of Rhythm, Sound, and Place. 2018 jazz/pops events at Symphony Hall include Chick Corea staging a career-spanning concert with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on March 24, and local trumpet star Gilbert Castellanos presenting a live performance of Miles Davis’s 1959 album Kind of Blue on April 28.

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Colin Hay

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+ / $35 - $62

At the Belly Up, one-time Men at Work singer Colin Hay

At the Belly Up, one-time Men at Work singer Colin Hay

One-time Men at Work singer Colin Hay will be on the job July 20 at the Belly Up with a new album called Fierce Mercy, recorded in L.A. and Nashville. His 13th solo release once again finds him teaming up with songwriter Michael Georgiades, who contributed to Hay’s previous LPs Next Year People (2015), Gathering Mercury (2011), and American Sunshine (2009). While the duo is no McCartney/Costello or Elton/Bernie, there’s a similar classic-turned-contemporary rock vibe to jointly created new tracks like the plaintive love song “A Thousand Million Reasons” and their Southern folk ballad “Come Tumblin’ Down.”

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Dead Man's Party

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • $20 - $22

It’s another Dead Man’s Party at the Music Box on July 29. Founded in 2001, the eight-piece theatrical troupe pays tribute to Danny Elfman’s Oingo Boingo, reaching all the way back to that band’s Mystic Knights days for a raucous and prop-filled stage production somewhere between vaudeville, a gospel revival, and a Gathering of the Juggalos. Just don’t accuse them of ripping off Oingo’s legacy. “If you think any of us do it for the money, think again,” says the band. “This music is challenging and takes time and effort to work out. Our former drummer Axel once calculated that DMP members make approximately two cents an hour when you work in all of our rehearsal time.

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Father John Misty and Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood, aka occasional Ariel Pink collaborator Natalie Mering, will play her biggest venues yet this fall supporting Father John Misty throughout North America and Europe, including a two-night stint at Observatory North Park on October 5 and 6. Ostensibly touring in support of her 2016 full-length Front Row Seat to Earth, the Santa Monica native (who grew up in Pennsylvania) is known to pull concert numbers from all three Weyes Blood albums and both EPs, as well as treating attendees to random but not unwelcome covers like Soft Machine‘s “A Certain Kind.”

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