Pop & Rock

Review: Widespread Panic at the Arlington Theatre

Dancing and Incense Permeated the Night on Thursday, April 3

Plenty of folks got their jam last Thursday, April 3. Read story.

The Fire Department

Underwater EP

Isla Vista’s funkiest exports release four new tracks and a debut music video. Read story.

Matt Slocum’s Black Elk’s Blues

Drummer Finds Inspiration in a Native American’s Story

At 32, Matt Slocum has been widely acclaimed as one of the great jazz drummers of his generation. Read story.

The Assad Family Reads from a Brazilian Songbook

World-Class Guitar Duo Heads to UCSB’s Campbell Hall

Sérgio and Odair Assad brings the family to UCSB’s Campell Hall on April 9. Read story.

Baths Brings Obsidian to Life

New Band, Darker Sounds Descend on Velvet Jones April 5

A new band and darker sounds descend on Velvet Jones on April 5. Read story.


Morning Phase

L.A.’s ever-evolving musical heir returns with a Sea Change redux. Read story.

Asif Ali Khan Makes His Santa Barbara Debut

Arts & Lectures Presents the Sufi Singer on April 3

Asif Ali Khan is bringing his ecstatic Sufi singing to UCSB’s Canpbell Hall on Thursday, April 3. Read story.

Sun Daes Makes Its SOhO Debut

S.B. Triple-Header Features Ghost Tiger, Erland

We the Beat presents Ghost Tiger, Erland, and Isla Vista’s Sun Daes on April 3. Read story.

Future Islands


Our favorite Baltimore residents deliver their strongest album to date. Read story.

Review: The Watkins Family Hour at the Lobero Theatre

Sara and Sean Watkins and Friends Present a Night of Music

It was a festive night of laughs, storytelling, and excellent music — the best family gathering anyone could ask for. Read story.

Spring Arts Preview: Pop, Rock & Jazz

Beck Returns to S.B. with Morning Phase

This season’s musical highlights include Australia’s Jagwar Ma, plus The National and Bryan Ferry at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Read story.

Interview: Brett Dennen

The Red-Headed Troubadour Gets Back to His Roots on New Record

The red-headed troubadour returns to the Lobero Theatre in support of his latest record, Smoke and Mirrors. Read story.

Sara Watkins’s Fresh Starts

Nickel Creek Reunites on A Dotted Line

The Watkins Family Hour travels to the Lobero Theatre on March 21. Read story.

Toad the Wet Sprocket

New Constellation

Nearly two decades after disbanding, Toad’s four original members have reunited to create a stunning album. Read story.

Girls Rock Pushes the Limits

S.B.’s Coolest Music Camp Hosts Showcase and Fundraiser

The Santa Barbara-based nonprofit music school hosts a night of fun at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. Read story.

The Waymores

Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris and DonHenry– are three of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters, best known for their compositions (writers for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Linda Ronstadt and dozens of others) and outstanding solo work (over a dozen albums among them). But real magic happens when the three unite on stage. Don Henry’s songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, Kathy Mattea and dozens of other great artists; but they shine brightest when sung by the artist who wrote them. Long appreciated as one of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters, Don is revered by fans, critics and peers alike for being one of the most inspiring, entertaining and funny(!) artists you are ever likely to see and hear. Whether in her own hands or those of hit artists like Martina McBride or Lee Ann Womack, Sally Barris’ music makes an indelible impression. And while her writing credits mightily impress – her songs have been covered by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, John Michael Montgomery, Kathy Mattea and many others – fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and high mountain soprano. Tom Kimmel’s business card facetiously reads “Overnight Success,” but the truth is far from it. After graduating college he worked as a short order cook, bus boy, taxi driver, chef, shipping clerk, lab technician, janitor, waiter, bartender and window washer on his way to establishing himself as an award winning songwriter (Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Randy Travis and a host of others) and critically acclaimed performing artist (seven albums). For more information, visit website or call. May 10, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Live Oak Unitarian

Bob Weir & RatDog

With a touring history that has made him one of the most traveled road musicians of all time and a restless music personality that has kept him occupied for over 50 years, Weir knows a thing or two about staying fresh and living in the moment. Weir obtained a long and affluent music career that has allowed him to do what he loves and share it with others for nearly his entire life. RatDog has undergone many changes, both in personnel and music approach. The band has evolved from a blues revue into a musical fusion of backgrounds and talents; complex, energetic and adventurous. The members are no longer a support cast for frontman Weir but a full force powerhouse, capable of taking music fans to new and mystical places ever night. July 3, 5 p.m., S.B. Bowl

Spring Rising Tour: Through the Roots, New Kingston, The Steppas, Reeform

Through the Roots--Formed in the Summer of 2008, San Diego based band Through the Roots have been covering ground and making waves across the United States. Fusing rock and electronic elements with a strong roots reggae foundation, Through the Roots have developed a unique sound and experience that captivates audiences during their live performances. New Kingston--New Kingston is a young vocalist/instrumentalist group, that consists of three brothers. Tahir a.k.a. SLIM, the youngest member on keyboards/vocals. Courtney on drums/vocals and Stephen a.k.a SUKI, the oldest on guitar/vocals. This group fuses their reggae sound with modern [op, jazz and R&B music, to create their sound, which they term, "Reggae Crossover." The Steppas--One Good Thing About Music Is When It Hits You Feel No Pain, Impressionable Words Chanted By Inspirational Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Reggae Music Has Fed Generations Of Musicians, Singers And Songwriters. One Such Birth From This Is A Pacific Island Band Known As The Steppas, The Name Serves As A Reminder To Step And Move Forward. Comprised Of Rick Star(Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar) Na’ea Kaopua(Vocals/Percussion/Keys) Kekolu Pavao(Bass) Busy Legaspi(Drums) And Makana Rosetti(Keyboards). These Five Muscians Have Recreated The Landscape Of Reggae Music In Hawaii. The Passion To Play Music With The Message Of Peace And Love Through Roots Reggae Music Has Never Been More Evident. Reeform--Reeform is a band that can get you in the mood for summer. Their sweet sound will wrap around you and provide you with warmth regardless of the season. Mixing elements of many genres with a reggae one-drop core, look for this band as they quickly make their way into your summer soundtrack. April 21, 9 p.m., SOhO

The Dirty Knobs

The Dirty Knobs are the side project of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers lead guitarist Mike Campbell. A true rock ‘n’ roll band, Campbell once described their sound as “slightly over-driven, less polished, with lots of ‘60s influence-The Kinks, Zeppelin, The Animals. I always was enamored by the way that Jerry Garcia had his own little bands that he would go on tour with just for the joy of playing,” he explained in a 2002 interview. “I sort of see The Knobs as something like that.” Campbell is a highly skilled player, but he avoids laying it on too thick. “I don’t think people can really top Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton as far as lead guitar goes. I like my playing to bring out the songs,” he explained. The Dirty Knobs seem content to live in relative anonymity. Since Campbell is often on tour with the Heartbreakers, the band doesn’t get to hit the road as often as anyone would like, and even when they do, they try to stick to smaller venues around the perimeters of L.A. In fact, the band is so modest they don’t even have a Facebook page. The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are five young men from the Santa Cruz Mountains and they have been playing around the Bay Area and beyond since 2010. They play a style of music that is rock and roll in the most classic sense. Melodic, rootsy and heartfelt, the songwriting duo of Jamie and Kellen show an obvious love for a bygone era of music and for groups like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young and The Beatles as well as a sense of maturity and experience beyond their years. April 18, 8 p.m., SOhO


There has never been an anomaly in hip-hop quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, New Romantic to polka, they have been musically compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. The progressive Southern duo Cunninlynguists' combination of witty lyrics and edgy production has made them a favorite of underground hip-hop fans. CunninLynguists have been covered in various media outlets including The Source, URB Magazine, Spin, XLR8R, Import Tuner, and The Onion. Their name is a play on the word cunnilingus, but also Cunning and Linguistics. April 26, 9:30 p.m., SOhO

Laser Spectacular

Paramount’s Laser Spectacular is an electrifying show that has been seen by thousands over the past 25 years. Touring over 75 cities, it has been touted as the world’s largest touring laser show. Laser Spectacular is a true rock-style event, like never seen before, incorporating cutting-edge laser light beams, projected animated images and other multi-media effects all synchronized to the psychedelic songs of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Pink Floyd. To add to the excitement, the show utilizes state-of-the-art concert technology including 10,000 watts of quality sound and specialized laser glasses to add a unique visual perspective to the brand’s classic hits such as “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Us and Them.” For more information, call or visit website. April 18, 8 p.m., Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

Beware of Darkness

Due out this May on Bright Antenna Records, Beware of Darkness’ debut full-length album is a musical assault—filled with squealing guitars, barbed hooks, and timeless glam posturing. At first listen, the album is a mindless good time—aimed somewhere between the gut and dirty dive bar. It is not, however, a thoughtless endeavor. Weaned on a heady blend of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, putting thought into music has always come easily to Nicolaides. However it wasn’t until he met bandmate Tony Cupito—the only other white guy at an all African-American R&B show—that Beware of Darkness began to take shape. In a stroke of luck—or perhaps fate—Cupito lead Nicolaides in finding bassist Daniel Curcio, who happened to be in town to meet a half-brother he never knew he had. May 1, 9 p.m., SOhO

Stephen Stills

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Stephen Stills is the only artist ever to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times in one night—in 1997, for Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN). In 2011, Stills performed high-profile dates with both iconic acts, in addition to touring on his own. One of rock music's most enduring figures, Stills is also a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, a BMI Music Icon (with CSN), and has a career now spanning six decades, multiple solo works, and four hugely influential groups—Manassas and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young (CSN&Y), in addition to the two already mentioned. May 24, 8 p.m., Granada Theatre

Danny Click

Danny Click has been called an “unsung guitar hero” with “amazing songs." His guitar playing has been compared to the best of the best: Lowell George, Duane Allman, David Lindley, and of course fellow Austinite Stevie Ray Vaughan. His newest album Life Is A Good Place is a songwriting tour de force in the tradition of the Texas greats. It has been on Country, Pop and Americana radio charts for over 10 consecutive months, with the first single reaching #1 on the Indie World Country chart in Nashville. When not raising the rafters with his electric band, Click plays with an all-acoustic outfit he calls the Americana Orchestra, featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. May 3, 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre

All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon

All We Are Saying has long been in the works – one could say as far back as the first time GRAMMY winning guitarist Bill Frisell heard the Beatles at the age of 13. Says Frisell, “John Lennon’s music has been with me, the band, everybody, the world…seems like forever. The songs are part of us. In our blood. We’ve been preparing our whole lives.” May 16, 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre

David Courtenay, Live and Unplugged

WEEKLY SHOW occurring every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday evening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An acoustic performance of rock, soul, funk and reggae upstairs at the Endless Summer Bar and Cafe (above the Maritime Museum and Chuck's Waterfront Grill). April 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Endless Summer Bar & Cafe

David Courtenay, Live and Unplugged

WEEKLY SHOW occurring every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday evening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An acoustic performance of rock, soul, funk and reggae upstairs at the Endless Summer Bar and Cafe (above the Maritime Museum and Chuck's Waterfront Grill). April 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Endless Summer Bar & Cafe

The Dirty Knobs

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