Pop & Rock
Black Messiah is an impressive return to form and a triumphant musical rebirth all at once. Read story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Playback Goes Live, High Pilots Hit Reset
Check out an all-new, all-local mixtape from Playback Studios. Read story.
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.
L.A. Electro Rockers Headline SOhO
The Los Angeles electro rockers will headline SOhO on December 11. Read story.
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.
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.
Singer Brings Dear You to SOhO
The Georgia-born singer/songwriter goes deep on new record, plays SOhO on December 9. Read story.
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.
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.
Playland is only Marr’s second solo outing, but it beautifully showcases good, solid Britpop hooks. Read story.