Run the Jewels is the big show in town this week. Other highlights are Phoenix (if you were lucky to grab tickets!) and the soulful Nicole Atkins.

Tuesday, December 5

Nicole Atkins, Lauren Ruth Ward, Thayer Sarrano – Soda Bar
If you’re into soul music inspired from decades past, Nicole Atkins should absolutely be on your playlist. More info.

Thursday, December 7

Cosmonauts, Wild Wild Wets, DJ Andrew McGranahan, Mike Delgado – Blonde Bar
Cosmonauts aren’t a group of astronauts, but rather are a few dudes playing catchy garage rock/pop music. They’ve released music on one of our favorite labels, Burger Records. More info.

Thursday, December 7

AJJ, Toys That Kill – Irenic
AJJ is the artist formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad. AJJ is a folk punk band noted for their lyricism that covers a wide range of topics, including politics, religion, humanity. More info.

Friday, December 8

SALES, Chaos Chaos – Irenic
SALES’ music is described as “minimalist guitar pop.” They’ve self-released all of their music: some singles, an EP, and a self-titled album. More info.

Friday, December 8

Slow Magic, Point Point – Observatory North Park
Slow Magic plays atmospheric electronic music with driving beats and ethereal vocals. Their latest release is How To Run Away. More info.

Saturday, December 9

Phoenix – Observatory North Park
Unfortunately, this 91X Presents show is SOLD OUT. 🙁 Time to hit Craigslist for some spare tickets! More info.

Saturday, December 9

Jamila Woods – Soda Bar
Woods’ latest album, HEAVN (2017), is a collection of chill R&B with an appearance from Chance The Rapper, samples from The Cure, and inspiring lyrics (see “Blck Girl Soldier”). More info.

Sunday, December 10

Run The Jewels – Observatory North Park
ListenSD recently covered this hip-hop duo bringing down the house at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. Expect rapid fire beats, confident showmanship, and lyrics inspiring civic engagement. More info.

By: Lara McCaffrey