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Positively State Street

Pop and rock happenings for this week. Read story.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The High, the Low, and the Hip

High quality artwork doesn't necessarily equal inaccessibility. Read story.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Winter Arts Preview Part II

The cure for the winter blues. Read story.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ave Caesar

Holding tight to the mainstay that patience is a virtue, the young musicians behind Santa Barbara's Ave Caesar have crafted an exquisite 11-track debut that truly necessitates a close listen. Combining dissonant vocals with thoughtful, meandering chord progressions and climactic builds that are as ambient as they are hard-hitting, the four-piece has conceived a sound the likes of which Santa Barbara hasn't heard of late. Read story.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Crosby Loggins Closes Out a Year on the Road at SOhO

Crosby Loggins is nothing if not his own man. Despite his impeccable musical pedigree, the Santa Barbara-based singer/songwriter has never been content with having anything handed to him. Read story.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Headless Household Celebrates Holidays, Anniversaries at Center Stage

While Household Ink certainly celebrates its love of experimentation, the "pretty tunes" to which Woodard alludes include a handful of carefully polished pop gems-including Christensen's recent release, the effervescent Where the Fireworks Are. Read story.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

S.B. Natives Them Terribles Compete in MTV2's National Battle of the Bands

"Since making the top 12, we've been hustling nonstop," laughed Them Terribles guitarist Jonny Black, 22, about the band's ongoing fight to stay afloat in MTV2's annual Dew Circuit Breakout contest. Read story.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

And the Bands Played On

Last month, we here at The Indy took on the task of compiling a large-scale profile for as many Santa Barbara-based bands as we could get our sticky little hands on. When more than 100 different artists and groups expressed interest, the task went from inspired to daunting. And when our online Battle of the Santa Barbara Bands yielded more than 24,000 Web-based votes, the task of choosing the winners became downright overwhelming. Read story.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Winners of The Independent's Locals Only Music Contest

The nearly 25,000 votes are tallied, the expert deejays chimed in, and The Indy's editors are ready to announce the winners of the inaugural Locals Only Music Contest. Using a wholly unscientific method that blended your votes with judges' opinions and-perhaps most importantly-determining which bands could play the November 1 winners' concert at Casa De la Guerra, we're rolling out the red carpet for the following five bands, who'll kick off the concert at 6 p.m. next Thursday: Read story.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vote on S.B. Bands

Thousands have already tuned into to check out the songs and cast their votes for which Santa Barbara band is the best. Our 20-day voting contest runs through October 17, so you've still got time to determine who will play in the November 1 winners' concert at Casa de la Guerra. Remember the final decision will be based on both your votes and the opinion of guest judges. For more on the judges, see Read story.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Locals Only Music Issue

Who said there's no homegrown music scene in Santa Barbara? We here at The Independent have always believed our town's music-making tradition was alive and well, so we decided to put our opinions to the test and publish this inaugural live music issue. When we asked Santa Barbara musicians to tell us about their bands, we figured 30 submissions would be a success. We were clueless. More than 100 bands and singer/songwriters responded. Now, we are presenting the fruits of our findings to you in our first-ever Locals Only music issue, a comprehensive list of the musicians who submitted the required materials. Read story.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Singer/songwriter Palmer was approached by Zach Madden and Mike Echternacht of Corporate Nightmare Records in 2005 to do a solo album, but came up with a band name too awesome to pass up for a solo career. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Enter the Santa Barbara Bands Contest!

To celebrate Santa Barbara's live music scene, we're having a special live music issue and online contest at the end of September. Read story.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Spires

Jason and Colleen met on her front porch years ago while smoking cigarettes and fell in love. He didn't sing or play guitar, she didn't play drums, and so naturally they decided the only thing to do was start a band in their living room. Although they had no real intention of recording, The Spires have since released three EPs under their own label, Beehouse Records, which now boasts half a dozen other Ventura County artists. Read story.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Le Meu Le Purr

Ventura's Le Meu Le Purr formed in October 2003 as the bandmates' separate projects were ending. Robin dared Aaron to write 10 songs in a month, who in turn asked Scott to jam on the songs together, and it's been indie rock love ever since. The 10 songs Aaron completed on his dare became the band's first album, The Sweet Smell of Asphalt. I fell in love with LMLP at an impressive SOhO show in May, watching them burst off the stage with energy in a speaker-climbing, genre-bending rock show, producing a whole lot of sound and feeling for just three guys. Read story.

Thursday, August 9, 2007
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