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ROCKINREDS: The “indie” in “indie rock” may have become meaningless when the genre went big, but fans of under-the-radar music will be happy to know that some artists in that category are still devising ways to take the genre out of the mainstream — and in Santa Barbara, no less. It’s all too appropriate that local cool kids’ hangout Reds will be hosting one of the most interesting all-ages nights of true progressive rock this town has seen. Early Evergreen, which splits its hometown between here and Chico, will lead off the night with its mellow, ambient take on the genre. The yet-unsigned quintet offers a good indication of the rest of the evening — smooth and subtle in the way those creative music types often are. Next, Whispertrip, which released its debut album No Shore in 2005, should deliver the level of quality local fans have come to expect. Aided by the Aimee Mann-like vocals of Ashley Vincenti, the band’s introspective songs lend comparisons to Radiohead and other bands rocking the downbeat. Hollywood band Divisible promises to change the mood of the show with a slightly darker and harder sound. Despite its name, Divisible relies on a nice balance between snarly-voiced lead singer Shola and competent backup from her two bandmates. Catch the quality at Reds on Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.   — Drew Mackie

VENTURA VENTURE: If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. But if it busts out reggae with a style that’s earned a spot onstage with Sting, The English Beat, Peter Gabriel, or UB40, it’s probably Pato Banton. Returning from a touring hiatus, Banton is making his way across the country. Head down to Ventura’s Nicholbys Nightclub to appreciate why he’s such a legend among reggae fans on Friday, November 17 at 9 p.m.   — DM

KITTY CLUB: If you’re going to promote yourself as America’s favorite house deejay, you’d better mean business. Bad Boy Bill, who was named the best in the business by BPM Magazine in 2003, has spun for packed dance floors in Germany, Colombia, England, and Spain. He brings his unique style — remixing songs live with two copies of the same record — to Santa Barbara. Bad Boy Bill will be joined in the deejay booth by Los Angeles’s David Garcia and Santa Barbara’s own Calvin Riley. Count the beats yourself at the Wildcat Lounge on Thursday, November 16 at 11 p.m. — DM

HOPPING THE POND: When it comes to producing a consistent stream of talent, certain locales always come to mind. Seattle was the birthplace of the grunge rock movement, and in recent years Omaha has spawned a new breed of skinny rock boys, this time of the indie persuasion. These days, Denmark’s Racetrack Babies are making play as an up-and-coming Euro band with their ambient mood rock and lush, pained vocals. Touring California for their new album Summer Salt Santiago, the Babies will be making a stop at Velvet Jones on Friday, November 17.   — Sarah Hammill

LATIN LOVE: Fans of flamenco should note the arrival of Tony Ybarra & Sonido Moderno in Santa Barbara. Ybarra — whose prowess on the flamenco guitar has sent him as far as Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and France to perform — leads a six-piece band in a night of jazz-inspired Latin music. A Camarillo native, Ybarra has made a name for himself as one of the foremost flamenco guitarists in Southern California. See him at SOhO on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.   — DM

MY FRIEND RIKKA: With a name like Rikka Z, you might expect an exotic dance. Surprisingly, Rikka Z sings country western songs — and she does so as well as most of the vocalists getting radio play today. A local artist and Ojai native, Rikka Z owes a debt to country western singers like Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss as much as she does any contemporary country pop tarts. Rikka Z performs at SOhO on Wednesday, November 22 at 8 p.m.   — DM

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