Perfect Pairings and Gender Genres

by Drew Mackie

THE WONDER TWINS: Even if you haven’t yet heard of Matt Costa, putting him on a lineup that includes the Watson Twins lends him a credibility that no other indie rock backup singers could provide. Leigh and Chandra Watson, of course, are the pair of perfectly harmonizing voices that helped to boost Jenny Lewis to levels of alt country greatness on the album Rabbit Fur Coat. Now, the ladies are standing beside Costa, a Huntington Beach native whose album Songs We Sing was released earlier this year on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label. Get introduced to Matt and marvel at those Watsons on Wednesday, November 15 at 8:30 p.m. at UCSB’s Hub.

PURPLE PEOPLE: Although many saw the Indigo Girls as initially riding the coattails of female-led rock phenoms like The Pretenders and 10,000 Maniacs, no one can claim the two haven’t developed into a name in their own right. Known off the stage as Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, the Indigo Girls have remained popular throughout the last two decades. Most recently, they embarked on their first Hollywood-produced adventure. The album, Despite Our Differences, hit stores in September and featured the pair’s most pop-infused rock sound ever. Catch them at the Majestic Ventura Theatre on Saturday, November 11.

NIGHTTIME IS FUN TIME: Homegrown indie outfit Springtime Is Wartime will celebrate the release of their new album with a free all-ages show. High-fives all around for them as they are joined by The Hairbrain Scheme, Kissing Tigers, The Hero & The Victor, and automatic:automatic. Join in on Saturday, November 11 at 6 p.m. at Brad’s Wood Shop on 520 Haley Street. GET SAD, GET HAPPY: If only Billy Ray Cyrus hadn’t made the phrase “achy breaky heart” sit like bile in the back of our collective throats. As hokey as it sounds, those words get somewhat close to describing the sound of Jon Bartel, a talented local guitar man whose songs hit at something dark, chilling, and buried somewhere in the canon of the folk and country genres. Bartel’s first full-length effort, Sixgun Loves the Street, was released this year. He will be paired on Saturday, November 11 with the San Luis Obispo singer Flo Paris for a show at Elsie’s at 9 p.m.

KITTY CLUB: The Wildcat Lounge, so often the site of deejay-led dance parties, is offering a night of live rock music that just might draw in an altogether different crowd of revelers. Leading the pack is Orange County alt rockers Its Revenge, whose singles “Nothing to Lose” and “These Times” have been receiving play on MTV. Also in the lineup is the softer fare of Santa Barbara’s own The Youth and Beauty Brigade, who take their name from a song by The Decemberists and share their namesake’s quiet and calm beauty. Finally, Ventura indie rockers The (Real) Turnstyles round out the pack. That parenthetical adjective in their name differentiates them from a different band called The Turnstyles, but this band boasts soft melodies with a quick pace that should appeal to locals who like The Coral Sea. Catch them Tuesday, November 14 at 9 p.m.

DOING GENDER: “Girls against boys” doesn’t just refer to rules for a game of playground kickball. It’s also the idea behind a collaborative musical effort that mixes genders and musical styles. The Girls Against Guys Sextet comes to SOhO with a group of performers from different jazz backgrounds: Cuban, Brazilian, Latin Flamenco, and others. The sextet plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 on what just happens to be the birthday of the group’s flautist and vocalist, Rebecca Kleinmann. Don’t forget to stop by SOhO on Friday, November 10 for The Messengers.

MEAN GIRLS: These girls really need no introduction. They’re the only online community to also be a traveling burlesque show, and they’re sure to make their appearance in Santa Barbara a memorable one. Make friends with the Suicide Girls on Thursday, November 16 at Velvet Jones.

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