Too Much Music? Never.

EXTRA-COOL: Get ready for Extravaganza 2006! On
Sunday, May 21, the UCSB Associated Students Program Board hosts
its annual free, all-day music festival, this year starring Bay
Area rapper E-40, whose song “Tell Me When to Go”
is topping the charts. Pepper, an S.B. favorite
surf/skate-inspired dance trio, revisits UCSB after a sold-out 2005
show, and old-school ’90s hip-hoppers The Pharcyde
will drop their underground rap with a full band. The
ever-exploding jam band ALO (Animal
Liberation Orchestra
) returns to its alma mater, which
inspired them so much that they’ve even got a cut called “The Isla
Vista Song.” Reggae band Rebolution rounds out the
lineup. Doors open at 1 p.m.  — Stephanie Cain

STARR IS RISING: With a heartbreaking ache in
her voice and Southern-quality acoustic sound, Mississippi-born
Garrison Starr celebrates her sixth record, The
Sound of You and Me, with a West Coast tour. The album reflects the
recent changes in Starr’s life, brimming with her emotional
frustration and yearning for love. Starr brings these moving
autobiographical lyrics to SOhO on May 24 with guitarist friend
Tim Easton and Santa Ynez Valley crooner
Wil Ridge. The Dylan-esque Easton will play songs
from his recent album, Ammunition, while Ridge will deliver
smoky-voiced lyrics off his debut Painful.  — SC

LEGENDS’ MELLOW VIBE: Two emergent and
ambiently mellow Santa Barbara bands land at Legends on Milpas this
Friday, May 19. The band Clark will be promoting
its new album Here Comes Tomorrow, a subdued and soothing vocal
jaunt from the mind and mouth of Widescreen
’s Gabe Friley. Also playing is
Whispertrip, a band whose Evanescence-esque vocals
overlap harmonious electronica. The show starts at 9 p.m.
— Hudson Hornick

OJAI GROOVIN’: Can you hear it? That’s the
sound of good music in the distance, making its way over the hills
to our neighboring hamlet of Ojai. This weekend the Libbey Bowl
will host a slew of California’s hottest jam bands, including the
Afrobeat pairing of Aphrodesia and Delta
. Not to be missed is the tribal transcendence of
Hamsa Lila as well as the old-school Santa Barbara
staple, Electric Blue. Sunday keeps the heat on
with the Dead-inspired Cubensis and the recently
expanded Particle quintet, which hasn’t forgotten
its “space porn” roots. See  — Tyler

MURS NO, DJ AM YES: The May 18
MURS show at UCSB’s Hub was cancelled at the last
minute this week, so skip that show and instead head to the Wildcat
for DJ AM who will be spinning on the ones and
twos on Tuesday, May 23 as part of Christopher
’s weekly “World’s Top DJs” series. — Matt

Barbara’s very own blues band Breadwinner proudly
announces the release of its self-titled debut album with two shows
this coming week, starting with an intimate jam at Elsie’s on
Saturday, May 20 and then concluding with some peanut-shell
inspired noodlings at The James Joyce on Thursday, May 25. … The
Paradise Bar and Grill is hosting the fourth sort-of-annual
Hillbilly Surf Stomp Festival Saturday, May 20
from 2-7 p.m. Open to all ages, this festival invites all club
cars, rat rods, hotrods, and motorcycles to rustle feathers as
attendees jam to the sounds of hometown Cadillac
, Perros de la Muerte, The
, The Phantom Riders, and
Kelp. And all that for free! Head over San Marcos
Pass this weekend where a good time is sure to be had by all. …
Fresh off the release of its debut album, You’re a Nation,
The Hairbrain Scheme is performing in its own
neighborhood of Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 20. It’s only 10
bones to hear their disco metal. Also showing are The Giant
Squid Show
and Winslow. It goes down at
SOhO, starting at 10 p.m. — HH


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