FORTUNE BEFRIENDS THE BOLD: Casa de la Raza is the place to be for back-to-back nights of noteworthy noise. N.Y.C.-based hardcore pioneers Bold take the final stand of a reunion tour on Friday, September 29. The contumacious quintet has been out of commission for nearly 17 years since its last show in the summer of 1989, but time has had little authority over these boys. Widely recognized as harbingers of the post-hardcore movement that followed shortly after they called it quits, Bold’s discography tells a tale of progression, documenting their evolution from unrefined, desultory anger to a polished and focused rebellion. Their resurgence has brought them on a transatlantic tour spanning dozens of dates that will be coming to a close in our own backyard.
Following in Bold’s footsteps on Saturday, September 30, will be Furnace, back in town to celebrate its relocation from New Hampshire to Ventura. The screaming trio will be sticking around our sister city for a few months before heading home to work on some material for their first full-length album. Furnace will be releasing a five-song album in the near future, as well as a few splits with a number of other bands, including Relics and Capsule. The boys are quite excited for their move westward, so let’s make them feel at home, eh? — Levi Michaels
KEEPING ABREAST: In case you missed the Wildcat Lounge’s two previous installments of Boob-a-Palooza, a third is being offered up with all the perks of the prior shows. The event will feature local punk bands Sicker than Others — think Jawbreaker and Face to Face — and old-school punk band and guitar soloists Code 4-15. Also in the lineup is Paint the Town, which boasts a more reggae-influenced rock sound. Will there be boobs? You’ll have to find out for yourself. Boob-a-Palooza III goes down on Tuesday, October 3. — Drew Mackie
REGGAE ROYALTY: Proving that Jamaica has more Marleys than Utah has Osmonds, SOhO presents yet another reggae artist with a genealogical tie to the greatest Marley of all. Abijah, nephew to Bob Marley, scored a hit with his track “Revelation,” but what helps him stand out is a message of peace and religious tolerance. Abijah will be performing along with Dub Station, a well-traveled and very experienced reggae backup band that has previously played with the likes of Richie Spice, Wayne Wonder, and Junior Kelly. See Abijah on Thursday, September 28 at 9 p.m. — DM
HYPHY HITS UCSB: The Bay Area’s “hyphy” movement — roughly described as a state of hyperactivity exhibited in a party environment, if that makes any sense — is tweakin’ the nation, and UCSB gets a firsthand look this Saturday when East Oakland’s Keak da Sneak hits Storke Plaza for a free 9 p.m. show. Keak da Sneak, who was born Kunta Kinte Bowens and is credited with inventing the term “hyphy,” raps in a raspy and broken style, inspiring onlookers to dance spastically. Opening for Keak will be Green City, an L.A. hip-hop quartet whose members Savvy, Kaize, Hollywood, and Ju-Ca$tro are former students at UCSB and SBCC, as well as Top Mission, who won the UCSB dorm talent show last year, and DJ DOT.COM from Chocolate Entertainment. — Matt Kettmann
SWING THING: Disco? Dead. Break dancing? A thing of the past. But swing, for whatever reason, has staying power. Admit it: When swing swung so briefly back into style in the mid ’90s, you thought this bygone genre was cool again. Try to remember those rusty moves you once bothered to learn because the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies — perhaps the most memorably named of all the swing revival bands — are bringing their retro style to Santa Barbara. Expect covers of swing standards as well as tracks from the band’s four-album repertoire. The band performs at SOhO on Thursday, October 5 at 9 p.m. — DM
SMILING EYES: Taking its name from a famed ballad, Santa Barbara’s own Foggy Dew represents the best of traditional Irish music played locally. In what other band can one expect to hear front man Willie Quinn on the pennywhistle? The band also includes Randy Parada on the guitar and the versatile Gary Jensen on the banjo, bodhran, and mandolin. The trio, which released The Rare Old Times back in 2000, will be performing as the penultimate installment of a free weekly concert series celebrating the final days of summer. Catch Foggy Dew at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 1 at Girsh Park in Goleta.