Too Much Music? Never.

EXTRA-COOL: Get ready for Extravaganza 2006! On Sunday, May 21, the UCSB Associated Students Program Board hosts its annual free, all-day music festival, this year starring Bay Area rapper E-40, whose song “Tell Me When to Go” is topping the charts. Pepper, an S.B. favorite surf/skate-inspired dance trio, revisits UCSB after a sold-out 2005 show, and old-school ’90s hip-hoppers The Pharcyde will drop their underground rap with a full band. The ever-exploding jam band ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) returns to its alma mater, which inspired them so much that they’ve even got a cut called “The Isla Vista Song.” Reggae band Rebolution rounds out the lineup. Doors open at 1 p.m.  — Stephanie Cain

STARR IS RISING: With a heartbreaking ache in her voice and Southern-quality acoustic sound, Mississippi-born Garrison Starr celebrates her sixth record, The Sound of You and Me, with a West Coast tour. The album reflects the recent changes in Starr’s life, brimming with her emotional frustration and yearning for love. Starr brings these moving autobiographical lyrics to SOhO on May 24 with guitarist friend Tim Easton and Santa Ynez Valley crooner Wil Ridge. The Dylan-esque Easton will play songs from his recent album, Ammunition, while Ridge will deliver smoky-voiced lyrics off his debut Painful.  — SC

LEGENDSMELLOW VIBE: Two emergent and ambiently mellow Santa Barbara bands land at Legends on Milpas this Friday, May 19. The band Clark will be promoting its new album Here Comes Tomorrow, a subdued and soothing vocal jaunt from the mind and mouth of Widescreen Reason’s Gabe Friley. Also playing is Whispertrip, a band whose Evanescence-esque vocals overlap harmonious electronica. The show starts at 9 p.m.  — Hudson Hornick

OJAI GROOVIN’: Can you hear it? That’s the sound of good music in the distance, making its way over the hills to our neighboring hamlet of Ojai. This weekend the Libbey Bowl will host a slew of California’s hottest jam bands, including the Afrobeat pairing of Aphrodesia and Delta Nove. Not to be missed is the tribal transcendence of Hamsa Lila as well as the old-school Santa Barbara staple, Electric Blue. Sunday keeps the heat on with the Dead-inspired Cubensis and the recently expanded Particle quintet, which hasn’t forgotten its “space porn” roots. See  — Tyler Blue

MURS NO, DJ AM YES: The May 18 MURS show at UCSB’s Hub was cancelled at the last minute this week, so skip that show and instead head to the Wildcat for DJ AM who will be spinning on the ones and twos on Tuesday, May 23 as part of Christopher Dixon’s weekly “World’s Top DJs” series. — Matt Kettmann

BLUES, HILLBILLIES, AND DISCO PUNK: Santa Barbara’s very own blues band Breadwinner proudly announces the release of its self-titled debut album with two shows this coming week, starting with an intimate jam at Elsie’s on Saturday, May 20 and then concluding with some peanut-shell inspired noodlings at The James Joyce on Thursday, May 25. … The Paradise Bar and Grill is hosting the fourth sort-of-annual Hillbilly Surf Stomp Festival Saturday, May 20 from 2-7 p.m. Open to all ages, this festival invites all club cars, rat rods, hotrods, and motorcycles to rustle feathers as attendees jam to the sounds of hometown Cadillac Angels, Perros de la Muerte, The Hydromatics, The Phantom Riders, and Kelp. And all that for free! Head over San Marcos Pass this weekend where a good time is sure to be had by all. … Fresh off the release of its debut album, You’re a Nation, The Hairbrain Scheme is performing in its own neighborhood of Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 20. It’s only 10 bones to hear their disco metal. Also showing are The Giant Squid Show and Winslow. It goes down at SOhO, starting at 10 p.m. — HH

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