Pop & Rock
Puppets, Animation, and a Treatise on Liminality
Bradon Fastman dissects the inner workings of Gabba Land. Read story.
A Tribute to the Swedish Hitmakers on Thursday, March 7
Thursday's tribute concert included original ABBA member Mike Watson on bass. Read story.
Celebrating the Music of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters
The world’s most legendary bluesmen come together in this traveling tribute concert. Read story.
The New York duo churns out its most danceable jams yet.
Los Angeles Rockers Prep New Album, Play SOhO March 7
We talk to drummer/singer Darren Weiss in anticipation of the band’s March 7 gig at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club.
Dark Wave Meets Experimental Pop on Thursday, February 28
Three adventurous and eclectic young acts filled Muddy Waters on Thursday, February 28. Read story.
Talking with Christian Jacobs, Creator of the Coolest Kids’ TV Show Ever
Creator Christian Jacobs brings the coolest kids’ show ever to the Arlington on Friday. Read story.
New Space Hosts Wild Ones, Ghost Tiger on March 7
R. Stevie Moore and LAKE play the Biko Co-op Garage on February 28. Read story.
Singer-Songwriter Talks New Album, New Band, and Life Post-Crazy Heart
New Noise presents Ryan Bingham at the Lobero Theatre on March 3. Read story.
Dum Dum Girls Drummer Steps in Front of the Mike
We talk with the Dum Dum Girls drummer about her other musical project. They play Muddy Waters on February 28. Read story.
Santa Barbara Band Teams Up with Andrew McMahon for Debut Album
The Santa Barbara folk rockers play a CD-release party at SOhO on February 28.
The L.A Band Gave Fans a Sampling of New Songs on Saturday, February 23
Fans heard some solid new songs — and demanded the hits — on Saturday, February 23. Read story.
Portland psych rockers get smarter, prettier, and heavier on album number two. Read story.
Los Angeles Singer-Songwriter Headlines Benefit Concert
The rising L.A. singer-songwriter closes out this Saturday's Girls Rock S.B. benefit at the Marjorie Luke Theater. Read story.
Nine gorgeous new compositions from a distinguished Santa Barbara musician. Read story.
It's finally springtime again, which is music season at the Paradise Store. Go swimming at Red Rock in the morning, then when you get hungry come and grab a tri tip sandwich and listen to Santa Barbara's finest musicians rock the mountainside. It's all ages and completely free, so come out for some family fun!
David Loeppke Band (12:00 - 1:00)
All Natural Ingredients (1:00 - 2:00)
Courtney and the Heathens (2:00 - 3:00)
Angelo Meatcraft Flying Machine (3:00 - 5:00)
Freakin on Speakers (5:00 - 6:00)
Fatty Acids (6:00 - 7:00)
See you at the show!
May 25, Noon to 7 p.m., Paradise Store and Grill
An American punk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, as The Suburban Nightmare, in the mid-1980s. They are currently based in San Francisco, California. Formed as a garage punk band, their career subsequently saw them move in a hardcore direction before settling into an eclectic punk rock sound. They have been described as "one of the last true bastions of punk rock ideology in the contemporary musical age."
Redefining the post millennium era of music, The DTEASE have managed to take all the good from 70's glam artists like David Bowie & T. Rex, 70's punk rock like The Clash & The Ramones, 60's rock 'n' roll like The Doors & The Rolling Stones, and everything missing in the modern rock scene to create an all-powerful icon. Dressed in sharkskin suits and fueled by front man Wilson Gil, the band has captivated audiences up and down the California coast. Poetic lyrics consisting of sex, politics, and, well, rock 'n' roll, are geniously combined with an arsenal of destructive guitar riffs by Sam McPherson & Laszlo Gaspar, brilliant bass lines by Jen Castle, killer drum demolition by Mike Sharpe, and topped by sexual performance elements entrapping all of the senses that reverberate with metaphorical undertones to create a weapon of sonic mass destruction. The question is, are you experienced? With their live show that cannot be beat, The DTEASE will leave you speechless, soaking wet, and screaming for more.
"Extreme energy coupled with a rock show not seen in decades, The DTEASE deliver much needed CPR into today’s music scene." ---Pop Vulture Magazine
[Santa Barbara, CA]
Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil [Portland, OR]
June 6, 7 p.m., Velvet Jones
May 22, 8 p.m., Velvet Jones
Tommy & The High Pilots formed early 2008 in Santa Barbara,CA, gathering their throwback sound from a wide variety of classic rock, blues and country influences. They are firm believers in the powers of Rock N' Roll and touring as often as possible. They would truly appreciate your support in purchasing a copy of their debut effort "EVERYNIGHT" which is available at shows and on itunes. After that purchase is made they would like to thank you from the bottom of their little hearts. Tommy & The High Pilots consider their fanbase family and would love to see that family expand and grow as much as humanly possible in years to come!
May 31, 9 p.m., SOhO
John Mayall was born 29th of November 1933 in Macclesfield, an English town near the industrial hub of Manchester--a far cry at that time from the black American blues culture we are familiar with today. The eldest of three from humble working class origins, and in the shadow of WWII, this skinny English lad grew up listening to his guitarist father's extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, from the age of 13 he taught himself to play and develop his own style with the aid of a neighbor's piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas. John made his move to London where he soon secured enough club work to be able to turn professional under the name John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. After a couple of years and a constant turnover of musicians, he met his soulmate in Eric Clapton, who had quit the Yardbirds in favor of playing the blues. This historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers and resulted in worldwide legendary status. After Clapton and Jack Bruce left the band to form Cream, a succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under John's leadership, and he became as well known for discovering new talent as for his hard-hitting interpretations of the fierce Chicago-style blues he'd grown up listening to. As sidemen left to form their own groups, others took their places. Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood became Fleetwood Mac. Andy Fraser formed Free, and Mick Taylor joined the Rolling Stones. As Eric Clapton has stated, "John Mayall has actually run an incredibly great school for musicians." Attracted by the West Coast climate and culture, John then made his permanent move from England to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles and began forming bands with American musicians. Throughout the 70's, John became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel. He also backed blues greats John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, and Sonny Boy Williamson on their first English club tours. Steadily releasing albums and touring for the last 40 years, John Mayall has become an institution of the blues. The current version of The Bluesbreakers features Rocky Athas, Greg Rzab, Jay Davenport and Tom Canning.
May 22, 8:30 p.m., SOhO
May 30, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant
He is joined by percussionist Miguelito at the Carr Winery downtown. Copies of the new CD will be available at the event.
June 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Carr Winery