Pop & Rock

D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Black Messiah

Black Messiah is an impressive return to form and a triumphant musical rebirth all at once. Read story.

California Crossing with Cracker’s David Lowery

The Frontman Pulls Double Duty with Camper Van Beethoven at the Lobero

The Camper Van Beethoven frontman on the Inland Empire, Cracker’s new double disc, and early morning songwriting. Read story.

Beta Play’s Ultimate Holiday Playlist

S.B. Rockers Celebrate the Season at SOhO

Tommy & The High Pilots may have changed their name, but they’re still keeping their Christmas tradition alive. Read story.

FUNZONE Hosts Charity Concert for Ferguson Public Library

Santa Barbara’s Brightest Young Talent Lend Support to a Great Cause

Watercolor Paintings, Sun Daes, and Chaye Tione play a benefit show on Friday, December 19. Read story.

Trip Out with Mystic Braves

L.A. Band Spearheads a Very Psychedelic Christmas

The L.A. psych rockers join The Abigails, Pearl Charles, and Jeffertitti’s Nile at SOhO on December 26. Read story.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rock & Roll Time

A fine follow-up to 2006’s Last Man Standing and 2010’s Mean Old Man, Rock & Roll Time is all Killer, no filler. Read story.

Made in Santa Barbara, Music Edition

Playback Goes Live, High Pilots Hit Reset

Check out an all-new, all-local mixtape from Playback Studios. Read story.

Review: The Robert Cray Band at the Lobero Theatre

Blues Plus Soul Equaled Bliss on Monday, December 8

Robert Cray’s quartet earned a standing ovation from this sold-out Lobero audience. Read story.

Mansions on the Moon: A Creative History

L.A. Electro Rockers Headline SOhO

The Los Angeles electro rockers will headline SOhO on December 11. Read story.

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2

The dynamic duo of El-P and Killer Mike come out swinging on their second LP as Run the Jewels. Read story.

Review: Chrissie Hynde at the Arlington Theatre

The Pretenders Frontwoman Played Santa Barbara on December 5

The Pretenders frontwoman gave us an evening of feisty feminine power on Friday, December 5. Read story.

Meiko’s Love Letters

Singer Brings Dear You to SOhO

The Georgia-born singer/songwriter goes deep on new record, plays SOhO on December 9. Read story.

For Audra McDonald, Singing Is Acting, and Vice Versa

Arts & Lectures Presents the Grammy, Tony Winner on December 7 WT: UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the repeat Grammy

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the repeat Grammy and Tony Award winner at the Granada Theatre on December 7. Read story.

Let’s Hear It for the Girls

Chrissie Hynde, Sallie Ford Hold it Down for the Females

This week’s must-see concerts include Chrissie Hynde, Sally Ford, and Otis. Read story.

Johnny Marr


Playland is only Marr’s second solo outing, but it beautifully showcases good, solid Britpop hooks. Read story.

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