The Mutineers

Paul Wellman

The Mutineers

2012 Santa Barbara Band Guide

Highlighting the Area’s Best and Brightest New Music Makers

If we had to pick a theme for this year’s Santa Barbara Band Guide, it would be “new beginnings.” For the past five years, we’ve devoted this issue to celebrating all that the Santa Barbara music scene has to offer. In this edition, we’ve hand selected some of the 805’s best and brightest young music makers to grace our pages, including this year’s Downtown Sound Battle of the Bands winner, Jake Jeanson and the The Riverside. Alongside Jeanson, we sat down with three S.B. acts that not only piqued our interest in 2012, but who we think are going on to do big things in 2013. We’ve also given you the stats on 10 additional acts we’re currently rockin’ out to, many of whom you can check out for yourself at this weekend’s New Noise Music Conference & Festival.

Now in its fourth year, New Noise seems more in tune with the S.B. scene then ever. In addition to a killer three-night lineup of out-of-town acts, New Noise 2012 has stacked the deck with a healthy hand of the area’s bands and players, as well as a day’s worth of live music in Santa Barbara’s beloved Funk Zone. It’s the start of something new from a festival that’s all about what’s next. Needless to say, the future’s looking mighty bright.

• Ten Must-See New Noise Sets: Nerfherder makes a big return to Santa Barbara this Saturday, November 10, as part of the 2012 New Noise Music Conference & Festival.

• Santa Barbara Bands on the Rise: From retro funk to rootsy folk to techno-powered dub step, we pick the ten locals acts to keep your eye on in 2013.

• Chuck D for Real: Fifteen minutes with one of rap’s greatest minds.

• Dante Elephante’s Surf Rock Is Making Waves: Santa Barbara’s rising four-piece looks forward to making a new record in the coming months.

• Downtown Sound Winner Jake Jeanson Takes the Road Less Traveled: The 21-year-old singer-songwriter compiles a new band and turns a new leaf.

• Little Owl Keeps Evolving: Just returned from a six-state tour, frontman Yoni Berk talks new songs, new inspirations.

• The Wools Surf, Skate, and Shred Their Own Way: We sit down and talk influences with the up-and-coming Santa Barbara indie rockers.

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