SO. CAL. SOUND: Still one of the newer venues to join the Santa Barbara scene, the Neighborhood offers those wanting a break from the beaten path that is State Street a lineup of fast-paced, hard-hitting indie rock. S.B. threesome automatic:automatic will be showcasing their quirky, experimental take on post-punk, or as they say, “trying to play music in a town mostly full of drunk frat guys and sorority chicks playing grab-ass.” Well-traveled Los Angeles band The Approximations, also in the lineup, boasts bass-heavy rock with a sonic debt to bands like Gang of Four. Orange County’s Mahogany Sweater, which spawned from the remains of the late Traveling Accident, should impress with their vocally driven rock, while Goleta’s Springtime Is Wartime will be opening the show. Join the fun on Friday, August 25. — Drew Mackie
ANGELIC RELEASE: Leather-clad demons of the road, the Cadillac Angels, will stay in one spot long enough this week to launch their 13th album Men Don’t Disco, on Sunday, August 27, at Cold Springs Tavern. (They also play El Capitan Canyon on Saturday.) Known for a fiery rockabilly sound, the new album marks a slight mellowing for front man Tony Balbinot and his band. Though the trademark grit, gravel, and high-octane guitar licks are still there, Men Don’t Disco paints a more complete picture than previous releases, much like simultaneously celebrating the fun of a Saturday night bender as well as the aches and pains of a Sunday morning comedown. See it live. — Ethan Stewart
GET YOUR PHISH PHIX: Phix, the cover band fixated on the music and experience that is (or was?) Phish, is coming to SOhO this Saturday, August 26. A notoriously tough band to emulate, Phish — known for its free-form music playing and heavy head-trip shows — has developed a determined cult following that remembers the good old days when one could catch them in a Burlington, Vermont club without the arena-size production. So enter Phix, who, in the last four-plus years and 400-plus shows, has gained its own following for an ability to recreate that intimate experience. — Hudson Hornick
TRINITY STRIKES BACK: If you’re in the mood for espresso, dessert, and folk this Saturday, August 26, be sure to stop in at Trinity Backstage Coffeehouse at 1500 State Street to see singer/songwriter Rick Lee work his musical magic. Part of the New England music scene for more than 40 years, Lee’s roots run deep in the eastern mountains of Tennessee, where his grandfather performed Southern mountain tunes and classic Irish ballads decades ago. Trinity Backstage is a great venue for intimate acoustic performances, highlighting the timeless tradition of the poet, the storyteller, and the folksinger of our day. It starts at 8 p.m. — Lynne Simpson
THE KITTY ROCKS OUT: Better known as a weekend house for Christopher Dixon’s S.B. Therapy electronica scene, the Wildcat Lounge on Ortega Street is now packing in the indie rock bands, too. The next installment of this Tuesday night affair is August 29, when Masterstroke, Logic, and PONG wind up on the Kitty’s stage.
Oh, and lest we entirely forget perhaps this week’s biggest surprise show, ’80s pop sensation Tiffany — red-headed singer of such hits as “I Think We’re Alone Now” — makes a Wildcat appearance on Sunday, August 27. Miss it and miss out. — Matt Kettmann
ROUND-UP OF REST: The city’s final concert in Chase Palm Park down on Cabrillo Boulevard is tonight, August 24, when S.B.’s own Spencer the Gardener brings its quirk-pop to the waterfront, starting at 6 p.m. Fresh off the release of the widely celebrated Fiesta CD, fans can expect both originals and the classic covers the crew is known for. … Rocks continues pumping the music, so this week prepare for Linda Dam’s CD release party tonight, August 24, with Tiff Jimber, Brittany Batastini, and Tony Park in support. Then on Friday is L.A.’s singer/songwriters Brett Bixby, Courtney Jaye, and Katy Perry, and Saturday winds up with Jeff Given and, always sonically rich, The Hoagland Conspiracy. And on Tuesday, August 29, The Hard to Find Showspace in Goleta hosts The New Trust, a band that features members of The Velvet Teen, Hanalai, and The Reds. — MK