It’s a Family Affair

PRETTY PAIN PLEASE: Whatever you do, don’t think about the White Stripes — this band’s dueling male-female vocals make Jack and Meg look like the Osmonds. The Prids — led by Portland rockers David Frederickson and Mistina Keith  (pictured) — describe their sound as “articulate, gloomy post-punk” influenced by the likes of British acts Comsat Angels, the Sound, and Wire. (That means something along the lines of Bauhaus and New Order for the uninitiated.) And most unlike those faux siblings the Whites, Frederickson and Keith actually cop to being former spouses who stayed together for the sake of the music. Be thankful they did. For these two, the decision to rock is a life dedication. Frederickson even dropped his prior bandmates to pair up with the raw and previously untrained Keith in the mid ’90s. They eventually took on Eric Hold on keyboard and Joey Maas on drums, and ever since, the Prids have been unleashing sensitive, moody songs and rising out of the darkness at the kind of holes-in-the-wall where you’d expect this kind of music to fester. The Prids’s most recent release, …Until the World Is Beautiful, hit shelves earlier this month. Those yearning for the darker side of rock can catch the Prids at their darkest, at our own hole-in-the-wall, The Hard to Find (HTF), on Sunday, July 23, at 7 p.m. Opening acts include HTF regulars Numbers Like Dinosaurs and The Hero and the Victor.  — Drew Mackie

BURLY BURLEIGH: Thirty years after performing with artists like Jackson Browne, Jack Tempchin, Bill Medley, and Tom Waits, singer/songwriter Burleigh Skidmore and his three-piece band will perform at Rocks tonight (Thursday, July 20). The multi-decade hiatus was initiated as a pact between the young Burleigh and his wife Loryn Jacobs upon getting married in 1976 and deciding that a traveling rock-band dad wasn’t in the cards for their would-be family. Now a grown man with three adult children, Burleigh is back in action, ready to give a new audience the upbeat, positive, country-rock and ballads that we crave. His singer/songwriter daughter Chelsea Skidmore will open the evening, one of her first as a songwriter.  — Lynne Simpson

SIBLINGS AND SURF: This Friday, July 21, Legends Bar and Lounge will amp up its acoustics to present four rounds of live music, including the sibling duo called Grace Harbor (which features Nate and Liz Williams), Adjoa, an acoustic set from Ryan Strassburg, and surfing songwriter Tavis Bohlinger. Bohlinger, whose sounds are inspired by Jack Johnson and Coldplay, said his music tells the story of a romantic encounter. “[It’s like] when somebody you have a crush on walks in the same crowded room, and your heart jumps a beat and your hands get clammy, your mouth gets dry,” he explained.  — Megan Snedden

HATCHINLOVE: Progressive-rock band the Love X Nowhere performs its smooth, psychedelic jams at SOhO tonight (Thursday, July 20). Straight out of San Francisco, LXN harmonizes genres of the classic Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin eras, creating a molasses-heavy groove mixed with steady poetic lyrics. Also playing is the pop, funk, soul, and country fusion band Hatch, an up-and-coming group that was once called “one of the most exciting unsigned bands in both the Los Angeles and St. Louis music circuits.” The Hatch has opened for Live, Josh Kelly, and Ingram Hill.  — LS

RUN RABBIT RUN: There’s something about deserts that make people crazy. Nowhere is that more true than in the “hi-desert” of Joshua Tree, the homeland of the kookily creative band named Gram Rabbit. Comprised of 110-degree-hot frontwoman Jesika von Rabbit, guitarists Todd Rutherford and Eric Jonasson, and drummer Austin Place, the band’s fusion of electronica, hard rock, and obscure lyrical imagery (“bloody bunnies on the wall,” for instance) makes for excellent listening, as their debut album Music to Start a Cult To and this year’s Cultivation make clear. But their live shows — with dressed-up bunnies and related theatrics — are supposed to be even better. See for yourself when they play The Mercury Lounge in Old Town Goleta on Friday, July 21.  — Matt Kettmann

CHURCH HALL BLUES: During the past three years, Trinity Backstage has brought poets and protesters to the intimacy of its church hall as coffeehouse setting. This month, Caroline Aiken and guitar will saunter onstage for what Backstage maven Kate Wallace calls jaw-dropping musicianship. Described in her native Atlanta as the music scene’s “bohemian godmother,” Aiken’s bluesy sound and soulful voice have influenced a generation of musicians, including the Indigo Girls. Aiken has just returned from a tour of Europe, and her stop in Santa Barbara is part of a swing through West Coast venues. So head to Trinity this Saturday night at 8 p.m. — Felicia M. Tomasko

ANDREW’S CREW: The Guitar Chameleon — a k a S.B. native Andrew Jackson — unveils a new crew on Friday, July 21, with a show at El Presidio Chapel. Jackson, who for years has shared the stage with finger-style guitarists, is reaching out with this show, joining classically trained violinist Barbara Coventry, flamenco vocalist Lily Wilson, and the “acoustahop” outfit Change, with Billy Mandarino and Justin Michael playing harmonious acoustic music mixed with free-flowing raps. It starts at 7:30 p.m.  — MK

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