Chicago Invasion

CRUSHIN’: Sometimes it seems we’ve reached a plateau in music. No new sound in how long? And these days, we’re even apparently reverting back to ’80s Brit-punk with an alternative flare. But Chicago’s Crush Kill Destroy deviates from the norm and fuses its own style into a twisted synergy of melody and dark distortion. Dueling guitars — one melodic, one heavy-distortion — compete and peak without exploding, and finally fuse into an oddly harmonious duo. Lyrics come at you reminiscent of passionate despair in a red room, while drums and bass play accompaniment. Although somewhat dark, this band is not the death-metal thrash you might think by hearing the name. “Jazz” wouldn’t come close either, but guitarists, bassist, drummer, and singer alike all get their respective times to shine, although perhaps not necessarily in solo form. Crush Kill Destroy will certainly please the live-show enthusiasts, so go see ’em at The Hard to Find in Goleta tonight, Thursday, April 13. Opening for them will be S.B.’s own Springtime Is Wartime, The Hero and the Victor, and Whispertip. — Hudson Hornick

DON’T BE SHY: Los Angeles natives The Colour recently embarked on a headlining tour of the West Coast with their musical compatriots, The Shys, including stints on the infamous SXSW tour circuit of the South. They’ve returned to California with their signature styles of blues-influenced rock ’n’ roll. The Colour brings a glint of glam to their work, barely falling across the threshold of disco punk, while maintaining a solid rock sensibility. The Shys, on the other hand, are more of the straightforward, cut-and-dry, nuevo-Rolling Stones variety of rock ’n’ roll. Both bands, with extensive touring under their rhinestone encrusted belts, promise to put on a rollicking good show, so check ’em when they play at SOhO tonight, Thursday, April 13. — Rebecca Riley

KOREA IS COOL: UCSB welcomes Chicago-based Korean singer/songwriter Jenny Choi’s brainchild tour “Asians In Rock” to its campus as part of the AS Program Board’s series of free concerts under Storke Tower. The AIR tour is designed to highlight the talented Asians of indie rock who are helping to redefine contemporary American music, as well as to shatter the stereotypes of Asian Americans as a silent, “model minority.” Choi and AIR come to Storke Plaza on Monday, April 17. — HH

TALES OF A HIPPIEGRAPHIC YES MAN: High-voiced Yes man Jon Anderson made his way to SOhO in solo mode recently, but this was no unplugged, man-and-his-guitar affair. Generally relying on a MIDI guitar to trigger sounds (sometimes sounding rather last-century), elaborate projections (onstage “videos,” full of melting landscape imagery and cosmic debris), and mystical symbols/logos flanking the stage, Anderson — an Arroyo Grande resident — worked up a diverse musical menu, from the Yes songbook to solo work and his on-and-off confab with Vangelis. Old Yes songs, including “And You and I,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Turn of the Century,” and “Starship Trooper,” sounded sweet yet truncated, sans the “progressive” band parts. Meanwhile, the ’80s-era Yes hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart” sounded better alone, minus the irritating poppy production gloss. Anderson’s warm-hearted values, as a pacifistic hippie lifer, surfed the tide of quasi new-age sentiments, but with a heart in the right place and a voice instantly identifiable as a classic rock sound for a generation or two. — Josef Woodard

PLAYING FOR PEACE: Repeatedly voted Santa Barbara’s best local band by the Santa Barbara News-Press, Antara and Delilah will be playing a Benefit Concert for Peace at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center this Saturday, April 15, with guest star Peter Gallway. Helping raise money to send a delegation to the World Peace Forum Society that is organizing in Vancouver this year, these bands are playing to “end war and build a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.” The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 252-9585. — HH

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