Pop & Rock

Summer’s Fringe Benefits

Exploring Seasonal Oddities in Pop, Rock, and Beyond

With the S.B. Bowl season starting to heat up, we’re heading off the grid to uncover some of the season’s weirder musical moments. Read story.

Let the Soulshine In

Michael Franti Headlines a Night of Yoga and Music

Michael Franti and Spearhead will headline a night of yoga, music, and good vibes at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Read story.

Interview: The Milk Carton Kids

Joey Ryan Talks Music, Motivation, and the Coen Brothers

The folk duo headlines the Lobero Theatre on Thursday, June 19. Read story.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre


Following two years of writing and demoing, the BJM has made its Revolver. Read story.

Getting to Know Dizzy Wright

Las Vegas Rapper Talks Basketball, Fatherhood

The Las Vegas rapper talks basketball and fatherhood in anticipation of his upcoming stop at Velvet Jones. Read story.

Review: Jared & The Mill at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

Lee Koch, Todd & Erin Played Supporting Acts on Tuesday, June 3

Tuesday night’s benefit concert for the victims of the Isla Vista tragedy helped highlight the healing power of feel-good music. Read story.

Review: James Taylor at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The Seminal Singer/Songwriter Busted Out the Oldies on June 4

James Taylor spent last Wednesday night proving exactly why he’s one of America’s greatest singer/songwriters. Read story.

Todd & Erin

Steel Your Nerves EP

Santa Barbara duo returns with a collection of pop anthems that are ready for the dance floor. Read story.

Chris Shiflett Goes Country

Foo Fighters Guitarist Brings Cowboy Covers to SOhO

The Foo Fighters guitarist returns home with his Dead Peasants. The band plays SOhO on June 5. Read story.

Reviews: YG at Earl Warren Showgrounds and Lemaitre at SOhO

Hip-Hop and Electro Pop Draw Sold-Out Crowds to S.B. Venues

Young fans are flocking to shows in big numbers, no matter what the conditions. Read story.

Interview: Pete Yorn

The Singer/Songwriter Embarks on His First-Ever Solo Tour

This week, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter embarks on his first-ever solo acoustic tour. He’ll play Velvet Jones on Saturday, May 31. Read story.

SBDIY Stands Strong

Biko Kept Doors and Arms Open Following I.V. Tragedy

Following Friday's tragedy, a few found solace through music at the Biko Co-op Garage. Read story.

Mickey Avalon Heads Back to S.B.

L.A.’s Scene-Soaked Emcee Returns to the Fold

The notorious raunch rapper returns to the 805 fold on Friday, May 30. Read story.

Getting to Know Lemaitre

Oslo Dance Duo Play SOhO on May 29

The Oslo dance duo plays SOhO Restaurant & Music Club on Thursday, May 29. Read story.

Sharon Van Etten

Are We There

For her fourth album, singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten delivers a stunning and raw slice of life that lingers long after its final track. Read story.

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