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MOODY MUSE: If you go to a Cat Power concert with any fixed expectations, you’ll probably be disappointed. Chan Marshall may launch into your favorite song only to trail off into an extended guitar tuning session or a rant about how much she hates herself. She may tearfully flee the stage. She may play only covers. She may not show up at all. But for someone with such intense stage fright, Marshall manages to sell out an astounding number of venues. After her February tour was canceled due to mysterious health problems, Marshall quietly hit the road again at the beginning of June. Luckily for us, she included Santa Barbara in the new lineup. R&B lovers will be disappointed that Marshall will play SOhO without her new Memphis band — featuring longtime Al Green guitarist Teenie Hodges — but old fans may be relieved we get her all to ourselves. Besides, her latest album’s, well, normalcy may bode well for this performance. And even if it doesn’t, what Cat Power fan isn’t curious to see the indie queen of tortured art break down? Isn’t that fragility and near insanity what attracted us to her music in the first place? She’ll be playing an early set (from 6 to 8 p.m.), but don’t be surprised if the lights are awkwardly low — she doesn’t want you to see her face. — Hannah Tennant-Moore

BAND UPDATES: Santa Barbara’s homegrown bands are faring rather well these days. The Coral Sea — led vocally by Rey Villalobos — had one of their songs on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and, more importantly, just signed a domestic record deal with Hidden Agenda/Parasol to release a remastered version of their debut Volcano and Heart on June 27. It’s their first national deal, and they’re touring in support of it with about 30 dates between N.Y.C. and here. They play The Neighorhood this Saturday, June 24, with Springtime Is Wartime and Oso and also at Legends on July 15. … Gina Villalobos’s — yep, Rey’s sister — recent release Miles Away is annihilating competition on Europe’s “Americana” charts, posting at number four for May, above such worthy competition as Hank Williams III and Kris Kristofferson. She recently played to rave reviews at the Kilkenny Festival in Ireland. … Latin jazzman Luis Muñoz — who’s working on his next album PAZ, which will be released at SOhO in August — was awarded the equivalent of a Grammy in his home country of Costa Rica in April. — Matt Kettmann

ONE YEAR LATER: Jamaica’s Junior “One Blood” Reid returns to Santa Barbara this year, this time accompanied by his sons Wada and Andrew Blood, alongside the One Blood Band with the Reggae Angels. The Grammy-winning, former lead singer of Black Uhuru has been busy establishing roots-y works like the 2005 Lost Vinyl Classics and his recently completed his new album Clean Up Your Heart, which should be released soon. The East Bay’s Reggae Angels meet up again with Junior Reid to back him at this show, which goes down on the Cooney’s stage next Tuesday, June 27, at yet another spritually comforting KJEE Reggae Tuesday. — Lady J

SOUL MUSIC: Flamenco guitar legend Ottmar Liebert and the Luna Negra band dropped in at SOhO last week for a sold-out show, an exercise in soul affirmation as Liebert and his band delivered more than two hours of music that simply makes you smile. At his worst, Liebert sounds so polished and smooth that you wonder if he’s a mirage with music being piped in from a sound studio in light jazz heaven. But when he is at his best, his music sounds exactly like falling in love. — Ethan Stewart

YOUNG PUNKS: Friday, June 16th was the last day of classes for Santa Barbara high schoolers, and what better way to celebrate than with loud, furious rock ’n’ roll? The kids got their wish and then some that evening as metal veterans Annihilation Time headlined with backup from Cropduster, Covered In Scars, Mars, and Masisin on Casa del Raza’s historic stage. The Eastside venue was once a staple of the SoCal music scene, enjoying a punk rock renaissance throughout the 1980s. During its golden era, the venue was graced by nearly every seminal punk act, including the Ramones, GBH, and TSOL. The Casa has recently reopened its doors after remaining dark for more than a decade — and it may be just in time. With all-ages venue The Living Room long gone, and Goleta’s The Hard to Find Showspace rumored to be next, Casa’s revival may be the light at the end of the tunnel the teen angst set’s been waiting for. — Alison Meeder



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