DO THE PIGEON: So, you couldn’t make it to Pigeon John‘s Summertime Pool Party? Well, you need to check out the underground rap veteran himself when he appears at SOhO (1221 State St.) on Saturday, December 29. After making a name for himself in the mid ’90s at the Good Life Cafe-rapping alongside such venerable underground legends as Kurupt and Jurassic 5-John has amassed quite a following of fellow “street geeks” enamored of his affable, self-deprecating style and flows as snug-fit as his trademark fedora.
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DIRTY REGGAE PARTY: Reggae bands in Los Angeles are as common as sushi bars in West Hollywood, but L.A.-based ska-reggae outfit the Aggrolites has distinguished itself from the pack by merging the exuberance of old-school reggae beats with the guttural, passionate funk of James Brown.
DOING METAL RIGHT: Tired of trekking to L.A. for a good metal show? Weary travelers, look no further, because Santa Barbara’s own StompRocket will be playing at Velvet Jones on Saturday, December 8, and promise to put on a show that will shake up the local music scene just a little bit more.
BORDER CROSSING: Rock en Espa±ol might not be the most well-known musical genre here in the States, but there is no doubt that its influence has certainly begun to cross the border in meaningful ways. One of the preeminent bands of the genre is Cafe Tacvba, based out of Mexico City.
GOLDEN STATE: The Muddy Waters Cafe (508 E. Haley St.) will host three different sets of traveling troubadours on Saturday, November 24: The Northern Two, The Mutineers, and Fast Heart Mart. While it would be easy to shove each one of these groups under the vague label heading of “indie rock,” that sort of description unfairly narrows the range of their quirky but poignant styles.
ROCK LOBSTERS: You have to admire any group of musicians that call themselves “the world’s greatest party band.” With their quirky combination of contemporary dance beats and catchy harmonies, it’s no surprise that the B-52s‘ self-titled debut album went platinum when it was released in 1979.
FAST-FINGERED JAKE: The ukulele isn’t just for luaus anymore. At least that’s what Jake Shimabukuro thinks, and he proves his point very well by playing the instrument with a unique, wunderkind mastery.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: If your idea of sitting through a fundraiser in support of a public media outlet involves images of stuffy, tuxedo-clad fiftysomethings pleading with you to call the number at the bottom of your screen and dole out some cash to some B-list celebrity phone operator eagerly standing by, then you obviously haven’t seen the tradition done in true Gaucho fashion.
MEDICINAL MELODIES: The soul-soothing, mind-altering, and emotionally positive benefits to music are an overly effective medicine capable of providing some good, should its awe-inspiring power be harnessed the right way. It’s no wonder, then, that the Glendon Association-an S.B. nonprofit whose mission it is to empower the community by addressing the social problems of suicide, child abuse, violence, and troubled interpersonal relationships-will host its third annual Singers in the Round Benefit Concert.
TENACIOUS RIFFS: If you just can’t get enough of Tenacious D and its hard-rocking shenanigans, then you are going to love the show going down at the Velvet Jones this week. Up-and-comers Trainwreck will be filling the stage with some serious talent and, if you’re at all acquainted with the silver screen, some quite familiar faces as well. Led by Jack Black’s trusty wingman, Kyle Gass, and backed by an equally talented and high-spirited crew, Trainwreck will knock the socks right off your feet; that is, if they haven’t made your sides split from laughter first.