It’s Elementary

GOLETA GOODNESS: Tonight, Thursday, May 11, The Hard to Find Show Space in Goleta will host yet another exemplary performance of indie rock when Springtime Is Wartime, Vaz, and Cair Paravel play. Brothers Josh and Tim Eymann, who play drums and bass for Springtime Is Wartime, are the sons of the pastor of the church that The Hard to Find is adjacent to, which helps explain why they’re also in charge of booking shows at the venue. Playing with them is Vaz, a two-piece band from Brooklyn that’s very intense, perhaps to the point of theatrics with so many references to death, fuzzy guitars, and bone-rattling drumming. It’s grab-you-by-the-throat music. Also playing is Cair Paravel — clean, fast, intricate electric piano-driven rock from Chico. Despite the venue’s name, it ain’t all that hard to find at 7190 Hollister Avenue in Goleta.  — Erin Warren

STICKINAROUND: When exploring the ins and outs of the Los Angeles music scene, it isn’t very often that you are confronted by a native Angeleno who is the caliber of Quincy Coleman. Coleman isn’t another one of those singer/songwriters who has migrated from the Midwest in search of greener musical pastures. Nor is she someone just passing through. Just like her music, and the delectable songs it embraces, she was born, bred, and molded in the cultural cavalcade that is the southland, which might account for why a selection of her songs have found way their onto Nic Harcourt’s play list at KCRW. Or maybe they made it there simply because they are damn fine recordings. But judge for yourself when Coleman joins Matt White, Molly Jenson, Chris Pierce, and Rocco Deluca for the next installation of the Element Music Series at SOhO, Tuesday, May 16.  — Brett Leigh Dicks

GET HEARD! Got some talent, but not the guts or wherewithal to break through? Giovanni’s in Isla Vista hosts a weekly Open Mike Nite every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Test the waters in front of similar-minded artists, performers, poets, and people who just want to watch and have fun. Pizza and beverages are available, so even if you’re just a fan, grab some food, have a seat, and get a look at up-and-coming aspiring artists from your hometown. All genres and tastes welcome, but leave the vulgar and/or profane at home (you’ll be broadcast four times per week on Santa Barbara Channels 17 and 21). Signup begins at 7 p.m. and it’s first-come, first-served, so be timely.  — Hudson Hornick

PATO WAS PERFECT: Perhaps the greatest KJEE Reggae Tuesday of recent vintage, last Tuesday’s concert at Cooney’s with Dubcat, Half Pint, and Pato Banton had everyone in the crowd holding hands and waving them high. Most of those bummed that the Long Beach Dub All-Stars — who were advertised on the ticket — didn’t show up, shut their traps while watching Dubcat, which allegedly contains some members from Sublime/LBDAS, rock steady all night as the backup for Half Pint and Pato. (Some concert-goers are still officially irked, however.) Pato’s peace ’n’ love ’n’ sinsemilla set was knocked into the legendary level with the appearance of his buddy Tippa Irie and the steel drum mastery of Einstein Brown. Big ups to the Cool Ruler for reminding us about the power of reggae, which he does again this coming Tuesday, May 16, with Warrior King and Wisdom.  — Matt Kettmann

SKY HIGH REGGAE: Groundation, which plays traditional and savory grassroots reggae, is touring California before taking off on its fourth tour of Europe in three years. What began at Sonoma State University has spread into a worldwide phenomenon, after incorporating a pair of Jamaican singers on the latest tour through Europe. Fusing jazz, reggae, and dub, Groundation is best heard as an overall experience rather than noting selective talent. Now is your one chance to see them before they’re gone for the summer, when they play SOhO, on Wednesday, May 17.  — HH

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