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ROCK OF AGES: The 2010 concert year brought with it a fair share of surprise comebacks, big-name pairings, and small-scale surprises. Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo rock out at the S.B. Bowl in September, following the band’s sudden break from touring.

Published on December 27, 2010

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July found rock icon Steve Miller leading his band through a night of guitar jams at the Bowl.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Fleetwood frontwoman and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Stevie Nicks delivered a heartfelt and impressive early-season set to benefit a sickly family friend in August.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Also at the Bowl, trip-hop heavyweights Thievery Corporation (pictured) brought the energy to their season-closing double bill with Massive Attack.

Published on December 27, 2010

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July found rock Conor Oberst returned to the fold with a sold-out, full-band–backed set at SOhO as part of a short, four-date jaunt in October.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea made waves with their side project Atoms for Peace, which stopped by the Bowl this April.

Published on December 27, 2010

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SING IT LOUD: From secret shows to intimate jams, Santa Barbara got its fair share of special musical moments this year. New Zealand indie rockers The Ruby Suns gave us a buoyant and gizmo-fueled mix of dance tunes when they stopped by the now-defunct Jensen’s Mainstage early this year.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Hometown pop tart Katy Perry made a stop by her alma mater, Dos Pueblos High School, this September for a secret, students-only concert in the school’s Greek Theater.

Published on December 27, 2010

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UCSB alum, occasional Montecito resident, and world renowned rocker Jack Johnson took some time out to jam with the kids at the Notes for Notes studio this December.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Funnyman Steve Martin picked up his banjo and took the Granada stage in October with his bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Published on December 27, 2010

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PLUCK, PLUCK, SING: The cavalcade of magnificent performers who made their ways to our town this year was nothing less than sensational. Montserrat Figueras, soprano, appeared with her husband, Jordi Savall, and their early-music ensemble Hespèrion XXI in a memorable concert presented by CAMA at the Lobero;

Published on December 27, 2010

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Shiroun Dance Company appeared in May at Center Stage.

Published on December 27, 2010

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Club Mercy’s generous calendar of concerts was crowned by a fabulous Joanna Newsom show at the Lobero.

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Harley Murray and Russ Glick took to the air in On the Verge, a teen choreography showcase.

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The Music Academy of the West’s Don Giovanni at the Granada was a musical and visual triumph.

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Christopher Taylor’s recital at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall was a marathon of genius-level pianism.

Published on December 27, 2010

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