Sonic Smorgasbord

SOK IT TO ME: The locally spawned Sokkyo is playing at Isla Vista’s Biko House. The band (comprised of Colter Frazier, Rami Gavriel, Ralph Lowi, and Rob Wallace) may be virtually unknown to both local music fans and the Internet, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking an interest, as the Biko has a longstanding tradition of featuring some of the most creative music in the county. Catch what could well be a local mainstay in the making at a free show tonight, November 2, at 6612 Sueno Road.  — Drew Mackie

HOMEY, NOT HOMELY: Explaining his new project as “the kind of entertainment people used to make before radio and TV,” Bill Nershi seems proud to be playing the Americana music of his band Honkytonk Homeslice. The group’s self-titled debut has been introducing fans to a cross-section of bluegrass, folk, pre-Nashville country, psychedelic country, and — in a category of their own — the Talking Heads. The trio will play twice in Santa Barbara on Sunday, November 4 (opening for Leo Kottke at the Lobero Theatre at 8 p.m.) and then at Legends Bar & Lounge at 9 p.m.  — DM

RAP IT UP: Velvet Jones is the place to be Saturday, November 4 for your hip-hop fix. The night belongs to Devin the Dude, an audacious emcee hailing from Houston with a style almost as curious as his moniker. The Dude is on tour in support of his newly released remix album, which contains collaborations with the Coughee Brothaz, the Odd Squad, and Rob Quest. Get out to Velvet Jones and show Devin a little Californian hospitality.  — Levi Michaels

ROCK CANDY: The funny thing about the Starlight Mints is that their name is derived from those round peppermint candies that are perhaps better known today as White Stripes, which just happens to be the name of another indie rock band. Candy confusion aside, the Starlight Mints are a phenomenally talented foursome whose sweet confections combine the flavors of mod rock and the poppiest of retro pop. Catch them at UCSB’s Storke Plaza on Tuesday, November 7.  — DM

DEFT ONES: Known for their harsh guitars and alternately shrieking or whispering vocals, The Deftones’ freaky soundscapes have always had an air of the progressive and experimental about them. In promotion of their new album, Saturday Night Wrist, the boys will be sweeping through California and stopping at the Majestic Ventura Theatre on Tuesday, November 7.  — DM

RUBBER SOUL: You’d have to have energy to keep playing as long as the Bouncing Souls have. Formed in 1987, they are the third longest-lived punk band to emerge from New Jersey — right after the Misfits and Adrenalin O.D. Locals can catch the Bouncing Souls in Ventura at the Alpine — one of the tri-county area’s finest all-ages venues — this Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 987-2026.  — DM

SO VERY SOhO: For those itching for something different, SOhO offers up a week’s worth of funk, rock, and reggae for all. Area 51, a ’70s funk band, kicks off the weekend this Friday, November 3, followed by Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepplica on Saturday, November 4. The weekend closes out with indie alt-rock band The Little Heroes on Sunday, November 5. The music machine reboots Wednesday night with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin. And the reggae rocking quintet Rebelution take the stage next Thursday, closing out our rockin’ Thursday-to-Thursday lineup  — Sarah Hammill

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