method.jpgMETHOD MADNESS: The
biggest name to emerge from the Wu-Tang Clan, Method
earned critical praise for his solo hip-hop efforts
and high-profile collaborations. Most notably, Method’s duet with
Mary J. Blige, “I’ll Be There for You,” earned them both a Grammy
in 1995. His newest album, 4:21… The Day After, dropped earlier
this year and marked a return to his original form. Coming to the
Hub this Sunday, October 15, Method’s show will also include a
performance by Saigon, a New York rapper who has
created a following from his various appearances on colleagues’
albums. Saigon’s first full-length release, The Greatest Story
Never Told, may ironically be held up in development snafus, but
locals needing a hip-hop fix can catch his rhymes live while also
checking out what Method Man still has up his sleeve.  
— Drew Mackie

DARK MEAT: The white buffalo is a sacred omen
to various Native American peoples. For those of you considering
this week’s music scene, The White Buffalo is also
a guy with a guitar. Though far from a newcomer to the concert
circuit, the White Buffalo has found a home in the venues of San
Francisco, as have many other singer/songwriters. What sets this
musician apart from his contemporaries, however, is his tendency to
mix his folk roots with the plaintive, brooding influence of
artists like Tom Waits and Radiohead. The result has endeared him
to the likes of Ziggy Marley — whom he’s opened for — and Donavon
Frankenreiter — who featured him on his live music DVD, The Abbey
Road Sessions. The White Buffalo plays along with Don
and Todd Hannigan at SOhO on
Sunday, October 15 at 8 p.m.   — DM

PUNK ROCK VS. THE WORLD: Anyone recall former
Ataris bass player Mike Davenport’s original band
Pencapchew? Davenport, along with singer Donald
, formed the outfit five years ago in the back of
The Ataris’s old record store, Down On Haley. But the pair longed
for something with more edge and more rock. Over a couple of
cocktails and a roundup of their favorite musician friends, the two
concocted the perfect recipe for reinvention and rebirth. The
result is Versus the World — rounded out with
Casey Cress on lead guitar and drummer
Trevor Lewis Matthais — a hard-rocking quartet
that will leave you moving your body and wishing you knew the
lyrics to sing along. Having already toured around the world,
making detours in Barcelona and Berlin, the boys have finally found
their way home. With their self-titled premiere album completed,
Versus the World will be laying it down on Friday, October 13 at
Velvet Jones. — Nicole de Ayora

HOMETOWN REUNION: Try your luck this Friday the
13th at the Majestic Ventura Theatre, where a phenomenal
triumvirate of local talent will commandeer the stage, beginning
with alt-rockers Holden. The trio have picked up
momentum on their West Coast tour and are particularly excited to
bring new material from their latest release, When You’re Here, to
their hometown. Accompanying them will be Santa Ynez favorites
Ona, who have decided to take a moment’s rest from
building a studio to play this show. Sealing the deal will be
Shades of Day, recently voted Best Band in Ventura
County by the VC Reporter and fresh from recording their first
full-length album, Mayday.  — Levi

READY FOR REGGAE: Well-traveled reggae star
Don Carlos has had time to develop a unique
perspective on music. He first rose to fame as one-third of Black
Uhuru, a Kingston band that wowed fans of the Caribbean sound with
hits like “I Love King Selassie” through the early ’80s. While
Carlos still performs with the band, he’s also branched out into
solo projects, most recently the May release Never Run Away, which
mixes his fine-honed talents with the loose, free rhymes fans have
come to associate with the best of reggae artists. Catch Carlos at
SOhO on Saturday, October 14. — DM

comes to town with a hot new album called Now, a
compelling six-piece jazz band, and an impeccable artistic
pedigree. Speaking from his London home recently, he was a paragon
of non-Hollywood modesty and jazz musician cool. Asked what the
goal was for his current tour, he replied that “keeping a band
together and touring with the newest music I’ve been writing is a
great satisfaction for me.” Eastwood has just finished working with
his dad, Clint, on the music for the upcoming film
Flags of Our Fathers, and he was a part
of the team that put together the genius soundtrack for 2004’s
instant classic, Million Dollar Baby, for
which he wrote three songs, including “Solferino.” Catch him at
SOhO on Wednesday, October 18 and see if he’s really as
good-looking and talented as his dad. You will be pleasantly
surprised. — Charles Donelan


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