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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.

Kenny Rogers Heads to Chumash Casino

“The Gambler” Headlines in Santa Ynez on March 20

One of country music’s greatest crossovers comes to Santa Ynez on March 20. Read story.

Little Wings Contemplates the End of the World

Kyle Field Finds Inspiration in Hip-Hop, Magic Numbers

Kyle Field’s Little Wings headlines SOhO Restaurant & Music Club on March 19. Read story.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

Following a mighty collaboration with David Byrne, Annie Clark returns dead set on grooving. Read story.

Purity Ring’s Megan James on Spinning Records

EOS Hosts the Singer for a Deejay Set on Saturday, March 8

Megan James, singing half of electronic duo Purity Ring, is slated to showcase her musical tastes in a deejay set at EOS this Saturday. Read story.

Tom Brosseau

Grass Punks

Musician and storyteller returns to town on March 8 for an intimate show in Lompoc. Read story.

Review: Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Lobero Theatre

Guitarist Leads Old and New Band on Wednesday, February 26

Pat Metheny presented almost three hours of great music with two versions of his Unity Group. Read story.

Getting to Know The Caverns

S.B. Rockers Score Residency at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

These three young Dos Pueblos High School friends are playing the classics. Read story.

Ava Luna Stirs the Melting Pot

New York Sextet Unveils Electric Balloon, Plays Biko Co-op

The New York soul-pop band will play the Biko Co-op Garage on Wednesday, March 5. Read story.

Review: FMLYBND at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

Isla Vista’s Synth Rockers Give Fans a Glimpse of Things to Come

We the Beat presented the Isla Vista synth rockers in a sold-out show on Saturday, February 22. Read story.

Fatoumata Diawara Is Finding Freedom in Music

The Malian Singer Headlines UCSB’s Campbell Hall

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the actress and singer in concert on Thursday, February 27. Read story.

Review: The Spring Quartet at the Lobero Theatre

Drummer Jack DeJohnette Continues to Advance

Drums and bass combine across generations in this jazz supergroup, which played the Lobero on February 18. 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

CunninLynguists

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

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

Corduroy Jim

Born of the musical evolution of numerous collaborations and an insatiable thirst for power, Corduroy Jim burst into being during the renowned Original Music Renaissance of fin de siècle San Jose. Marked by some provincial success with the release of their album 'Hangar' they are systematically parlaying that into a wider provincial success with their current sophomore effort 'Cinco'. Corduroy Jim is a six piece unit featuring Martin Rodriquez and Richard Thomas on guitars, Nick Chargin on keyboards, Michael Palladino on drums, Jon "John" Hassan on saxophone, and Steve Strom on bass. Individually, members of the band have been involved in a myriad of musical conglomerations over the years – sharing the stage with such diverse artists as String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon to Greenday and Train to Johnny Guitar Watson and the Temptations. Together they combine the fluid excitement of live improvisation with the intricacy of innovatively structured originals and the economic shrewdness of atypically low cover charges. Providing an eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, and Americana, Corduroy Jim takes you on a musical safari with every performance - incorporating soaring three and four part harmonies, improvisational acrobatics and driving rhythms. Buckle up, put on your goggles and drink the kool-aid...this ain't your mama's jam band. May 9, 9 p.m., Creek Side Inn, 4444 Hollister Ave., Goleta

The Agreeables

Local indie rockers The Agreeables roll the dice at Seven in an effort to save the world one melody at a time. The band, who are on several national radio stations, mixes it up with quirky originals and classic covers. May 2, 9:30 p.m., Seven Bar and Kitchen

The Lovebirds

Folk/pop duo The Lovebirds are excited to announce their upcoming spring tour dates! The Lovebirds will be releasing their new album, Breakup Shmakeup, on May 2nd, 2014. Falling somewhere on the female duo scale between The Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara, The Lovebirds utilize "unique chord structures, beautiful harmonies that fit like spoons, and soulful, quirky lyrics." Their new album Breakup Shmakeup was recorded at Berkley Sound with producer/musician Jeff Berkley, who worked with the band on their previous albums The Lovebirds consists of award-winning songwriters Lindsay White and Veronica May. Breakup Shmakeup chronicles the experience of ending their romantic partnership in order to preserve their musical partnership. The Lovebirds' live show is quirky and engaging: a tornado of sights and sounds that, at any point, may include short skirts, high heels, bowties, mustaches, percussive guitar, rock ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, kazoos, stand-up drum kits, and harmonies that won't quit. The Lovebirds have shared the stage with many notable musicians. May 7, 8 p.m., Mel’s Lounge

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