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From Now to the Day After


method.jpgMETHOD MADNESS: The biggest name to emerge from the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man earned critical praise for his solo hip-hop efforts and high-profile collaborations. Most notably, Method’s duet with Mary J. Blige, “I’ll Be There for You,” earned them both a Grammy in 1995. His newest album, 4:21… The Day After, dropped earlier this year and marked a return to his original form. Coming to the Hub this Sunday, October 15, Method’s show will also include a performance by Saigon, a New York rapper who has created a following from his various appearances on colleagues’ albums. Saigon’s first full-length release, The Greatest Story Never Told, may ironically be held up in development snafus, but locals needing a hip-hop fix can catch his rhymes live while also checking out what Method Man still has up his sleeve.   — Drew Mackie

DARK MEAT: The white buffalo is a sacred omen to various Native American peoples. For those of you considering this week’s music scene, The White Buffalo is also a guy with a guitar. Though far from a newcomer to the concert circuit, the White Buffalo has found a home in the venues of San Francisco, as have many other singer/songwriters. What sets this musician apart from his contemporaries, however, is his tendency to mix his folk roots with the plaintive, brooding influence of artists like Tom Waits and Radiohead. The result has endeared him to the likes of Ziggy Marley — whom he’s opened for — and Donavon Frankenreiter — who featured him on his live music DVD, The Abbey Road Sessions. The White Buffalo plays along with Don McCloskey and Todd Hannigan at SOhO on Sunday, October 15 at 8 p.m.   — DM

PUNK ROCK VS. THE WORLD: Anyone recall former Ataris bass player Mike Davenport’s original band Pencapchew? Davenport, along with singer Donald Spence, formed the outfit five years ago in the back of The Ataris’s old record store, Down On Haley. But the pair longed for something with more edge and more rock. Over a couple of cocktails and a roundup of their favorite musician friends, the two concocted the perfect recipe for reinvention and rebirth. The result is Versus the World — rounded out with Casey Cress on lead guitar and drummer Trevor Lewis Matthais — a hard-rocking quartet that will leave you moving your body and wishing you knew the lyrics to sing along. Having already toured around the world, making detours in Barcelona and Berlin, the boys have finally found their way home. With their self-titled premiere album completed, Versus the World will be laying it down on Friday, October 13 at Velvet Jones. — Nicole de Ayora

HOMETOWN REUNION: Try your luck this Friday the 13th at the Majestic Ventura Theatre, where a phenomenal triumvirate of local talent will commandeer the stage, beginning with alt-rockers Holden. The trio have picked up momentum on their West Coast tour and are particularly excited to bring new material from their latest release, When You’re Here, to their hometown. Accompanying them will be Santa Ynez favorites Ona, who have decided to take a moment’s rest from building a studio to play this show. Sealing the deal will be Shades of Day, recently voted Best Band in Ventura County by the VC Reporter and fresh from recording their first full-length album, Mayday.  — Levi Michaels

READY FOR REGGAE: Well-traveled reggae star Don Carlos has had time to develop a unique perspective on music. He first rose to fame as one-third of Black Uhuru, a Kingston band that wowed fans of the Caribbean sound with hits like “I Love King Selassie” through the early ’80s. While Carlos still performs with the band, he’s also branched out into solo projects, most recently the May release Never Run Away, which mixes his fine-honed talents with the loose, free rhymes fans have come to associate with the best of reggae artists. Catch Carlos at SOhO on Saturday, October 14. — DM

MILLION DOLLAR BASSMAN: Kyle Eastwood comes to town with a hot new album called Now, a compelling six-piece jazz band, and an impeccable artistic pedigree. Speaking from his London home recently, he was a paragon of non-Hollywood modesty and jazz musician cool. Asked what the goal was for his current tour, he replied that “keeping a band together and touring with the newest music I’ve been writing is a great satisfaction for me.” Eastwood has just finished working with his dad, Clint, on the music for the upcoming film Flags of Our Fathers, and he was a part of the team that put together the genius soundtrack for 2004’s instant classic, Million Dollar Baby, for which he wrote three songs, including “Solferino.” Catch him at SOhO on Wednesday, October 18 and see if he’s really as good-looking and talented as his dad. You will be pleasantly surprised. — Charles Donelan



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