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Thinking Local and Acting Global

After an assuredly much-needed summer break, Santa Barbara songstress, promoter, and music fan Christina Grimm is back to her old tricks and haunts this upcoming Thursday, September 18, when she presents her 18th Santa Barbara Songwriter Showcase at Jensen Guitar’s Mainstage.

The Secret of NYM

While I can happily smirk that I, as an S.B. transplant still in her early twenties, I would never go so far as to call myself a Santa Barbara music history buff.

Positively State Street

By the time this here column makes it’s way out of my word processor, the fine folks behind this year’s Independent Road to West Beach competition will have officially launched 2008’s online Indy Band Guide.

Positively State Street

Following last year’s Fiesta debacle in front of Tonic-and the recent waterfront melee that occurred during this year’s Fourth of July festivities-I will be the first to say that I look forward to this weekend with about as much excitement as I do trepidation.

Positively State Street

It rarely happens that I-by no intense searching or snooping of my own-catch wind of a name or face that has seemed to have mysteriously (and abruptly) dropped off my musical radar.

Positively State Street

With a smoky and ash-filled July 4th now behind us-and the Gap Fire waning just enough to keep my short-but-sweet mental mash up of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Franz Ferdinand’s “This Fire,” and Cut Copy’s “Hearts on Fire” out of my head for the time being-it seems that there’s no better moment to start looking toward future shows, fresh starts, and new musical beginnings.


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