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Jagwar Ma is Ready to Pounce

The Sydney-born Band Heads to Coachella, Headlines SOhO

Jono Ma talks Sydney’s flourishing rock scene, recording with Earl Sweatshirt, and trusting your instincts. Read story.

Coachella 2014: Saturday Wrap-Up

Jake Loses His Photographer, Misses Beyoncé, Gains Some Insight

On the second day of Coachella, Jake loses his photographer, has some guitar-based revelations. Read story.

Coachella 2014: Friday Wrap-Up

OutKast is Back and Ice Cream is Pricey, Plus Day One in Pics

Jake and James survived Friday of Coachella, saw OutKast, and shared some pics. Read story.

Coachella 2014: The Set-up

We're Going to the Desert, Not Taking Selfies

Jake Blair is headed to the desert to report on Coachella 2014. Weekend one. Of course. Read story.

Review: Beck at the Arlington Theatre

L.A.’s Resident Musical Chameleon Just Wants to Dance

Beck’s Wednesday-night tour-kick-off show started slow and ended spectacularly on Wednesday, April 9. Read story.

Interview: Chvrches

Glasgow’s Next Big Name Headlines the Ventura Theater

The Glasgow Chvrches trio headlines the Ventura Theater on April 15. Read story.

Interview: Bonobo

U.K. Electronic Artist Comes Stateside with The North Borders

The Ventura Theater hosts the British electronic artist on April 17. Read story.

Talking Trap with A$AP Ferg

A$AP Mob's Trap Lord Teams Up with Flatbush Zombies in Santa Barbara

A$AP Mob’s trap lord talks clothing lines, lifestyle brands, and the resurgence in New York’s hip-hop scene. Read story.

Back to the Desert: Hometown Edition

Coachella Kicks Off, California Concertgoers Rejoice

Beck, Jagwar Ma cool their Coachella-scorched heels in Santa Barbara. Read story.

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.

Beck

Morning Phase

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

Jagwar Ma

"Jagwar Ma is an Australian psychedelic/dance band formed in Sydney in 2011, consisting of members Gabriel Winterfield, Jono Ma, and bass guitarist/vocalist Jack Freeman. " April 16, 3 p.m., SOhO

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

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

The Waymores

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Categories: Live music; concerts; benefits What: Final Concert in The Song Tree Concert Series Web Site: www.songtree.org Why: A concert series co-sponsored by the nonprofit Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Who: The Waymores When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm Where: Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview, Goleta CA Admission price: $15; people under 16 free Call Contact (below) to arrange artist interviews. Artist(s)’ web site(s): http://www.waymores.net/ Contact: Tom Lee, (805) 403-2639 FINAL SHOW in the Song Tree Concert Series: The Waymores 5/10 at Song Tree Concert Series in Goleta On Saturday, May 10 at 7:30, The Waymores will perform as part of the Song Tree Concert Series. 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). This concert will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm at the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview in Goleta. Admission is $15 and people under 16 are free. Tickets are available in advance by mail (see the web site www.SongTree.org for information), and at Folk Mote Music, and Jensen Guitar and Music in Santa Barbara. Tickets will also be sold at the door if not sold out in advance. The Song Tree Concert Series is co-sponsored by and benefits, in part, the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Goleta, California. Information is available on the web at www.SongTree.org; by phone at (805) 403-2639; or by email at Concerts@SongTree.org. -END- May 10, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Live Oak Unitarian

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

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

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