Downtown Sound Heats Up

Rock the Vote in Our Annual Battle of the Bands Contest

Jake Jeanson (center) is lifted by friends and fans following his win at the 2012 Downtown Sound Battle of the Bands.
Paul Wellman

DOWNTOWN SOUND HEATS UP: Whether you’re a music lover, an aspiring tastemaker, or just a friend of someone in a band, now’s your time to shine. Starting Thursday, September 19, The Independent will be hosting an online voting contest to determine our readers’ favorite Santa Barbara band as part of our 2013 Downtown Sound Battle of the Bands. From September 19-26, you can log on to and cast your vote for whoever you think is making the best music in the 805. The winning band or artist will join our five hand-selected acts onstage at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club on Friday, October 4, for a live showcase for a team of esteemed industry judges (and fans!) to determine the Downtown Sound grand champ.

Up for grabs for the winner is a smorgasbord of prizes, including professional recording time, a slot at this year’s New Noise Music Conference and Festival, and a feature in our annual Santa Barbara Music Issue, as well as restaurant gift certificates, professional photos, gasoline (for your tour van, of course), clothes, accessories, and web and marketing services. In short, we’re giving you the tools to get your music project off the ground.

Want to check out the bands competing? Visit to peruse profiles, bios, videos, streaming audio, and more. And don’t forget to tune in and rock the vote on the 19th! The competition is stiff, and they need your help.

INDIAN SUMMER: It may be a little late in the season, but we’re betting it was worth the wait. This Wednesday, September 18, KJEE 92.9FM brings its annual Summer Round-Up back to the Santa Barbara Bowl for a multi-act show that’s guaranteed to get a little sweaty. This year’s lineup includes a couple of necessary performances by up-and-coming radio hit makers New Politics and Atlas Genius, but the anchor of the show is undoubtedly the headlining act. As San Diego’s reigning punk-pop export, Blink-182 successfully hijacked the three-chord riffs and in-your-face lyrics of SoCal punkers The Descendents and ran them through the major-label filter. In the process, the trio helped pave the way for the next wave of bratty, guitar-heavy pop-rock. (Wavves, Fall Out Boy, Best Coast — we’re looking at you.)

Despite all the silly lyrics and music video tomfoolery, singer/bassist Mark Hoppus, singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, and drummer Travis Barker got serious on occasion, and even took a hiatus in 2009 to focus on their separate, more adult side projects, including DeLonge’s Angels and Airwaves and Barker and Hoppus’s +44. In the years since, though, they’ve regrouped, reunited, and released both 2011’s Neighborhoods full-length and 2012’s Dogs Eating Dogs EP. What’s next, says Hoppus, is another Blink record, slated for mass consumption sometime next year, and a new tour, which will find the band experimenting with new songs and playing the hits. Fingers crossed for some Dude Ranch deep cuts.

Blink-182 headlines the KJEE Summer Round-Up at the Santa Barbara Bowl (1122 N. Milpas St.) on Wednesday, September 18, at 4:30 p.m. Call (805) 962-7411 or visit for tickets.

TOO MUCH STUFF: Also this week, Portland instrumentalists Horders swing by Warbler Records & Goods (131 E. De la Guerra St.) on Thursday, September 19, for an in-store set. Formally known as Future This, the quartet dabble in short, epic, post-rock-inspired experimentation. See for yourself when they plug in at 5:30 p.m. For info, call (805) 845-5862 or visit


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