Pop & Rock

Robyn Hitchcock

The Man Upstairs

The Man Upstairs is a half-original, half-cover album by the grand surrealist and former Soft Boys leader. Read story.

Growing Up Avett Brothers

Bassist Bob Crawford on New Albums, Old Friends, and Bright Futures

Bassist Bob Crawford talks a new album and new outlooks in anticipation of the band’s February 10 show in S.B. Read story.

The Nile Project Is Building Bridges through Music

Cofounder Mina Girgis on People, Politics, and the Power of Song

UCSB alumni Mina Girgis is spearheading an innovative new way to look at ethnomusicology. Read story.

Southern Comforts

Generationals, Migos Bring the South to the South Coast

From the Big Easy to suburban Georgia, some of the South’s best and brightest are hitting S.B. this week. Read story.

Milo Greene and the Art of Control

The L.A. Band Branches Out on Its New LP

The Los Angeles indie rockers embrace Bowie on their forthcoming LP. Read story.

Review: Bill Frisell

Guitar in the Space Age! Takes Off

Bill Frisell’s quartet played complex yet direct instrumental music based on classic guitar pop. Read story.

Vashti Bunyan


The godmother of freak folk unleashes a sparkling, tranquil swan song. Read story.

Patti Smith at the Granada Theatre

Punk’s Pioneer Thoroughly Rocked Her Santa Barbara Tour Stop

Arts & Lectures and KCRW co-presented the punk rock pioneer on Tuesday, January 27. Read story.

Kodo Is Drumming Up Thunder

Japan’s Premier Taiko Ensemble Heads to the Granada

Japan’s premier taiko ensemble heads to the Granada as part of their One Earth Tour. Read story.

Steppenwolf’s John Kay Gives Big

Montecito’s Resident Rocker Talks Humanitarian Work

The Montecito-dwelling rocker is donating his time and money to some big humanitarian projects, but he’s also looking out for those close to home. Read story.

Fall Out Boy

American Beauty/American Psycho

The band’s latest LP seeks to evolve rock as a method of preserving it. Read story.

RL Grime Drops Into Velvet Jones

L.A.’s Premier Electronic Artist Plays S.B. February 5

The Los Angeles producer plays an intimate Santa Barbara show on Thursday, February 5. Read story.

Bill Frisell Goes Back to the Future

The Guitarist will revisit his early classic-rock inspirations at the Lobero Theatre on January 26. Read story.

Interview: Patti Smith

Punk’s Poet Laureate Brings Her Band to the Granada

Punk rock’s poet laureate brings her band to the Granada Theatre this week as part of a tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut. Read story.

Review: White Arrows at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

Trails and Ways, Gantez Opened on Thursday, January 15

Openers Trails and Ways and Gantez may have stolen the show from Thursday night's good, but sonically confused headliners. Read story.

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