Pop & Rock

Trip Out with Mystic Braves

L.A. Band Spearheads a Very Psychedelic Christmas

The L.A. psych rockers join The Abigails, Pearl Charles, and Jeffertitti’s Nile at SOhO on December 26. Read story.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rock & Roll Time

A fine follow-up to 2006’s Last Man Standing and 2010’s Mean Old Man, Rock & Roll Time is all Killer, no filler. Read story.

Made in Santa Barbara, Music Edition

Playback Goes Live, High Pilots Hit Reset

Check out an all-new, all-local mixtape from Playback Studios. Read story.

Review: The Robert Cray Band at the Lobero Theatre

Blues Plus Soul Equaled Bliss on Monday, December 8

Robert Cray’s quartet earned a standing ovation from this sold-out Lobero audience. Read story.

Mansions on the Moon: A Creative History

L.A. Electro Rockers Headline SOhO

The Los Angeles electro rockers will headline SOhO on December 11. Read story.

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2

The dynamic duo of El-P and Killer Mike come out swinging on their second LP as Run the Jewels. Read story.

Review: Chrissie Hynde at the Arlington Theatre

The Pretenders Frontwoman Played Santa Barbara on December 5

The Pretenders frontwoman gave us an evening of feisty feminine power on Friday, December 5. Read story.

Meiko’s Love Letters

Singer Brings Dear You to SOhO

The Georgia-born singer/songwriter goes deep on new record, plays SOhO on December 9. Read story.

For Audra McDonald, Singing Is Acting, and Vice Versa

Arts & Lectures Presents the Grammy, Tony Winner on December 7 WT: UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the repeat Grammy

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the repeat Grammy and Tony Award winner at the Granada Theatre on December 7. Read story.

Let’s Hear It for the Girls

Chrissie Hynde, Sallie Ford Hold it Down for the Females

This week’s must-see concerts include Chrissie Hynde, Sally Ford, and Otis. Read story.

Johnny Marr


Playland is only Marr’s second solo outing, but it beautifully showcases good, solid Britpop hooks. Read story.

Avi Buffalo Is Growing Up and Out

L.A. Youngsters Return with At Best Cuckold

The young Sub Pop signees return to the fold and play SOhO in support of their new sophomore album. Read story.

Turkey Day Tunes

Glen Phillips and Velasco Make Us the Ultimate Thanksgiving Playlist

Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips and L.A. songwriter Velasco make us the ultimate Thanksgiving playlist. Read story.

Not Christmas Music

Start the Holidays with KYLE, Chris Robinson

We’re ringing in the start of the holiday season with sunny hip-hop and grooooovy retro rock. Read story.

Pink Floyd

The Endless River

Floyd purists might object to The Endless River, but one can just as easily make the case for a great band revisiting its past and harvesting its relics. Read story.

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