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Winter Arts Preview: Pop, Rock & Jazz

of Montreal Gets Weird at UCSB This January

Santa Barbara’s Psychedelic Summer may have come and gone, but that’s not stopping UCSB’s Associated Students Program Board from getting in on the action. This month, the organization brings psych rockers of Montreal to campus in support of the band’s latest, 12th album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar. Carrying on in the grand tradition of other greats from Athens, Georgia, like R.E.M. and The B-52s, of Montreal makes music that’s as bizarrely amorphous as it is unconventionally infectious. On Lousy, twangy spaghetti-western guitars bump and grind against heady synths, dreamy pop melodies, and, in one specific instance, a little nod to Nico-era The Velvet Underground. In similar fashion, frontman Kevin Barnes’s lyrics continue to fall delightfully left of center; he’s flamboyantly over-the-top one moment and hilariously tongue-in-cheek the next, calling to mind some glammed-out love child of Donovan, Dylan, and Prince. What’s best? With more than a decade of touring behind them, of Montreal’s live show has morphed into an event that’s just as colorful, outrageous, and richly textured as the source material. Prepare to trip out all over again, S.B. At UCSB’s The Hub, Friday, January 24. Call or visit


Shawn Colvin

More Pop, Rock & Jazz

Giraffage. At SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 
Thursday, January 16.

David Crosby. At the Lobero Theatre, Thursday, 
January 16.

Shawn Colvin. At the Lobero Theatre, Friday, January 17.

Pinback. At Velvet Jones, Monday, January 20.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Thursday, January 23.

Jimmer and Jude Johnstone. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, January 25.

Into It. Over It. At Velvet Jones, Friday, January 31.

Esperanza Spalding
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Esperanza Spalding

Gardens & Villa. At SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Saturday, February 8.

Jim Messina and Richie Furay. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, February 15.

Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, and Leo Genovese. At the Lobero Theatre, Tuesday, February 18.

Fatoumata Diawara. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Thursday, February 27.

Charles Lloyd, Sangam. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, March 8.

Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60. At the Lobero Theatre, Friday, March 14.

Brett Dennen. At the Lobero Theatre, Thursday, March 20.

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