Strings and Things

mu-general-1.jpgMOVING IN: L.A.-based band Moving Units produced one of 2004’s more exemplary records of the whole never-quite-made-it dance punk craze, titled Dangerous Dreams. The sound was slick and cold, but the bass was heavy, and for a while there it was a go-to college party record. Dance punk may not have the same hipster cachet it did three years ago, but having caught Moving Units a few times in their nascent, L.A. club days, I cannot recommend their live show highly enough. The band’s got a new album on the way this year and will be rocking their old classics as well as new material this Friday, February 2 at UCSB’s Hub. The show is free for UCSB students and only five bucks for the general public. — Max Burke

LOSEY GOOSEY: If you’d prefer a different side of rock ’n’ roll in an off-the-beaten-path locale, head over to the Creekside Inn to check out singer/songwriter Jana Losey. Losey released her debut CD, Bittersweet, last year and is currently on a lengthy West Coast tour culminating in a performance at South × Southwest in Austin, Texas. Losey plays earnest, straight-ahead rock with intimate, articulate lyrics about life, love, and all the other staples of introspective songwriting. She plays with a full band, which complements her piano and voice with guitar, bass, and percussion. Santa Barbara-born Melanie Peters is her guitarist and is making her S.B. debut with this show. Come out and support a native daughter, and enjoy some fine songs and playing at 8 p.m. tonight, February 1 at the Creekside. They won’t disappoint. — MB

FANCY FINGERS: Jake Shimabukuro’s most recent album’s title track “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” may be more aptly named “While My Guitar Gently Sings.” Absent of any vocals, Shimabukuro’s laidback acoustic approach makes for a beautifully constructed album. And Conan O’Brien and Carson Daly seem to agree. O’Brien featured Shimabukuro on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in January, and on February 14, Shimabukuro is scheduled to appear on Last Call with Carson Daly. But for those who’d like to seem him live, Shimabukuro will take the SOhO stage this Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m. Following him will be Led Zepplica at 10 p.m. — Sarah Hammill

DIESEL MAN: Despite the ubiquity of his big 1972 hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” with band Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen is no one-hit wonder. Since going solo in 1993, Kirchen has released seven critically acclaimed albums, including his most recent, Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, on Proper Records. Known as the King of Dieselbilly, Kirchen is most commonly known for big riffs, but is currently delving deeper into his identity as a songwriter. Check out his softer side at SOhO this Wednesday, February 7 at 8 p.m. — SH

GET UP AND DANCE: L.A. rockers The Getup play an excellent mix of blues-rock, funk, and soul. The band’s classic mix of keyboard riffs, solid bass lines, and excellent guitar solos gives a propulsive momentum to songs like “Say What You Will,” which sounds like a lost rock radio staple circa 1976. Other tracks mix things up — a little mellower here, a little heavier there — and frontman Will Segar’s vocals impress on every tune. The Getup may not be playing the most fashionable style of rock out there, but they are mining a rich and diverse aspect of rock music history and coming up with something fresh and invigorating. See if they can’t liven up your pre-weekend festivities tonight, February 1 at SOhO beginning at 8:30 p.m. — MB

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