Music is, as they say, the universal language — one that, for this issue, we are happy to speak fluently. From homegrown performers to the neuro pathways of one of the world’s biggest rockers, we delve into the different aspects of music beyond our usual competitive roundup.
In the spotlight is The Santa Barbara Independent’s new video series, Side Notes, where we’ve invited acts such as Glen Phillips and Lily & Madeleine to join us at Playback Recording Studio for an intimate recording. Also in this issue, we meet Detention, the band of elementary school educators, and UCSB scientist Scott Grafton, who helped analyze Sting’s brain.
The town is full of music this month, whether it’s a modular synth happening over at SBCAST or it’s with visits from some favorite area touring acts, a few of whom we have asked to share about life on the road. With New Noise just around the corner (stay tuned next week for more coverage) and plenty of great concerts to look forward to in the weeks ahead, it’s a ripe time to sing the praises of music in all its forms.