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TimeOut: Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps play Ventura on Nov. 23

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They know the way to Ventura and their fans are always happy when they show up, much like what will happen tonight when Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps rock at Yolie's with a new album, "Come on Home." The gig is more or less a home game because they're cruising in from Santa Clarita, a place that pretty much does not rock.

The band clearly does, pounding out self-described "funky and greasy" music where Texas meets Louisiana, except with better weather and smarter politics. Teresa James has that perfectly gritty rock 'n' roll voice. Her significant other, Terry Wilson, is the bass player and writes the songs. Guitar player Billy Watts is well known to local music fans as a member of the Mojo Monkeys, and local drummer supreme Jim Christie played on two-thirds of the new album's tracks.

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TimeOut: O.C.-based band Lit will play The Canyon Nov. 23

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Trying to rekindle their former "Miserable" mojo, Lit will play tonight at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. It's safe to assume the Fullerton-based band will play a few off their first new album in eight years, "The View From the Bottom." Their bottom and our bottom might be complete strangers, as once upon a time Lit was a platinum-selling band, signed to RCA and touring with the likes of The Offspring, No Doubt and Garbage.

Before their flame-on moment, the band began behind the Orange Curtain as Razzle, which became Stain. They've been Lit since 1996 and homeowners since the new millennium. Their album "A Place in the Sun" went platinum -- a metal beloved by label suits -- fueled in no small part by the success of singles "Miserable" and "My Own Worst Enemy." An appearance by Pamela Anderson in the video for "Miserable" made it memorable.

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TimeOut: Eclectic L.A. band La Santa Cecilia will perform Saturday in Thousand Oaks

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Mix and match is not just a marketing tool; in music, it can be a good thing. La Santa Cecilia is combining all sorts of influences to create something completely different. See how that's working out Saturday night when the Los Angeles band temporarily eradicates the traditional silence associated with the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Marisoul is the powerhouse one-named frontwoman for the band, which mixes cumbia, bossa nova, tango, jazz-rock and other styles.

It's worth the drive just to hear their version of "Tainted Love," once upon a time a hit for Soft Cell but actually written by Ed Cobb, a member of the Four Preps.

La Santa Cecilia is beginning to get noticed. The group landed a song in the hit Showtime series "Weeds," opened for Ozomatli and in 2011 received a Latin Grammy nomination for its song "La Negra."

Marisoul was funny and focused during a recent phoner.

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TimeOut: Eclectic L.A. band La Santa Cecilia will perform Saturday in Thousand Oaks

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Mix and match is not just a marketing tool; in music, it can be a good thing. La Santa Cecilia is combining all sorts of influences to create something completely different. See how that's working out Saturday night when the Los Angeles band temporarily eradicates the traditional silence associated with the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Marisoul is the powerhouse one-named frontwoman for the band, which mixes cumbia, bossa nova, tango, jazz-rock and other styles.

It's worth the drive just to hear their version of "Tainted Love," once upon a time a hit for Soft Cell but actually written by Ed Cobb, a member of the Four Preps.

La Santa Cecilia is beginning to get noticed. The group landed a song in the hit Showtime series "Weeds," opened for Ozomatli and in 2011 received a Latin Grammy nomination for its song "La Negra."

Marisoul was funny and focused during a recent phoner.

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TimeOut: Spencer the Gardener unveils new CD on Nov. 17 in Ventura

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He's been gardening at night since flowers were in black-and-white -- well, for at least the last thirty-something years. That would be Santa Barbara's Spencer the Gardener, who's taking his band on the road Saturday night to Amigo's in Ventura for a CD release party for "Breaking My Own Heart." It's one of those ever-affordable free shows, and CDs can be exchanged for one Alexander Hamilton.

Back in the '90s, STG was one of the few bands that was a hit in both Ventura and Santa Barbara -- in the Poinsettia City at Charlie's and later, Nicholby's, and all over Santa Barbara at a bunch of places that aren't there anymore like Alex's Cantina, Toe's Tavern and the Beach Shack. Once upon a time, STG's sound was "spy movie music at the beach," but it's still totally original and quirky, and chances are very good the ladies will still like dancing to it.

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TimeOut: Seth Pettersen unspools his new cassette-only release Saturday in Ventura

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Seth Pettersen will host a turn-back-the-clock event Saturday night at Zoey's with a release party for his latest, "Natural Machine." It's a cassette. That's a tape, which had its heyday somewhere between vinyl and CDs. And it's a $2 show.

Pettersen is no stranger to the local scene. For the longest time, when he wasn't surfing, Pettersen was in Franklin For Short. His mug also showed up in Tall Tales and Massenger, and now he is his own man, either a solo guy or fronting his band, The Undertow. He's got about 10 albums and the latest is a pop rock classic -- with a singer who can sing and plenty of hooks.

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TimeOut: Raging Arb, Tijuana Hound Dogs band together for benefit

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Americans still seem far away from getting comprehensive health care, so here comes yet another benefit concert to help pay for someone's mounting medical bills.

The person in question is Louise Bailey, the devoted mom of local musician-painter Chris Byrd. All those years ago, when Byrd was really rocking and rolling, good ol' mom was ultra-patient, putting up with the noise and the shenanigans. Byrd's friends back then knew she was cool, and now many of them are coming together to help raise money to offset costs incurred after her recent heart surgery.

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TimeOut: Boys Like Girls perform Nov. 2 in Ventura

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Born in 2005 -- or right in the middle of Gov. Mitt Romney's term -- in Massachusetts, the state where, pretty much, this country began, Boys Like Girls will play some hook-filled pop rock tonight at the venerable Majestic Ventura Theater along with some like-minded souls, The All-American Rejects out of Oklahoma.

Boys Like Girls -- and most of them do -- are out and about trying to hawk a few copies of their third and latest release, the EP "Crazy World," a fact that becomes obvious to anyone who watches the news. The Boys are already achievers of that most coveted metallurgical moment for label suits -- multiplatinum -- and their full-length "Crazy World" album (out in December) is produced by the irresistible force that is lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Martin Johnson, who has a pitch-perfect rock 'n' roll voice. The harmonies from lead guitar player Paul DiGiovanni and bass player Morgan Dorr make it all that much better even as drummer John Keefe keeps his yap shut and hits things.

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TimeOut: A Byrd soars back the to Desert

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Once upon a time, the Byrd was the word and it was good -- even great -- as The Byrds electrified folk music in Los Angeles with their debut in 1965, which created something we now know as folk rock. But by their fourth album, "Sweethearts of the Rodeo," the band flew south and started doing country rock.

These days, Chris Hillman is a Ventura dude, but in those days, he was the bass player for The Byrds after he had made a name for himself in bluegrass circles. When The Byrds scattered in separate directions, Hillman and Gram Parsons led The Flying Burrito Brothers. Hillman was in countless incarnations of bands with and without other Byrds, then formed the Desert Rose Band in 1987, which made a bunch of albums that did just fine on the country charts. They quit in 1994 but still play together every now and again. Like this Saturday night.

TimeOut: Singer-songwriter Ernie Halter will play Zoey's Oct. 28

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That solo acoustic Zoey's favorite, Ernie Halter, returns tonight to his favorite Ventura venue, where he definitely won't run out of mellow, soulful relationship songs. One of the few people from behind the Orange Curtain who did not move to Ventura County -- Halter headed east to Nashville instead -- the prolific singer-songwriter has already released half a dozen albums in the past seven years, a career for the vast majority of musicians, beginning with "Lo-Fidelity" in 2005 through "Franklin & Vermont" in 2010.

Halter started playing piano when he was 8, then picked up a guitar when he was 14 and began writing his own songs two years later. Proof of Halter's success lies in that mailbox-money scenario: Justin Bieber recorded one of his songs this year, "Come Home to Me." Halter's new project promises to be even bigger than an album -- much bigger -- all made possible by a lot of help from his friends.

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TimeOut: Snow Patrol are ready rock the Santa Barbara Bowl on Oct. 20

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Big-time rock stars since they hit it big with the album "Final Straw" nearly a decade ago, the members of Irish band Snow Patrol are now big enough to fill the Santa Barbara Bowl, which they'll do Saturday night. Ojai rock goddess Lissie will open the show.

"Final Straw," released in 2004, was the band's third album and its major-label debut. It went five-times platinum, a level of metallurgy that still has label bean counters salivating.

It's been all blue skies and green lights since, the dreaded creative differences notwithstanding. Snow Patrol tours all over the world, where the fans sing along because they know all the words to all the songs. The group's lead singer, Gary Lightbody, sings better than everybody, so there's that. During the struggling times, he had to sell his vinyl collection to keep the band afloat. These days, he has the time and the cash to go shopping for replacements as the band has chalked up tours with U2 and Coldplay, not to mention the requisite appearance on "Saturday Night Live." The group's growing and glowing résumé boasts a few Grammy nominations, too.

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TimeOut: Adam Ant marches into Ventura on Oct. 13

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This Ant Man has had a better career than the Marvel Comics hero from the '60s and dresses way better than the Woody Allen creepy crawlie in "Antz." MTV rock star and once upon a time Sexiest Man in the World, the seemingly well-rested Adam Ant is returning to foreign shores (ours) for the first time in a long time and will be at the Majestic Ventura Theater Friday night.

He won't get busted on a Stolen Valor rap -- his hussar jacket, face paint and feathers don't qualify as an actual military uniform -- but his look certainly impressed the impressionable Michael Jackson, who liked Ant's jackets.

Sartorial splendor aside, let's catch up with the act in question. First, it was Adam and the Ants, and then Adam Ant. And now, take a breath, it's Adam Ant and the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse. Yes, that's the name of his current band.

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Experience the rock-fueled blues of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

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Just when it seemed like the blues was going away, or at least entering an age of irrelevance, a new generation of musicians has clearly stepped up to take over for all of those old black guys who are disappearing at a furious clip.

Plenty of performers have released plenty of great rockin' blues records over the past year or so. Roy Rogers -- the guitar player, not "the King of the Cowboys" -- and Ray Manzarek (yup, the Doors dude) teamed up to release a knockout CD called "Translucent Blues." JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound put out some good music, as did Seasick Steve.

But probably the best of all of them is Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears out of Austin. The group is coming to UC Santa Barbara's Campbell Hall on Thursday night.

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Ska-punk band Less Than Jake plays Oct. 12 in Ventura

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Collectively, they're old enough to be dead. But individually the five guys in Less Than Jake are very much alive, and the 80 years of cumulative experience they've amassed bringing ska-punk to the masses has served them well. In other words, they learned enough over the past two decades to avoid the dreaded creative differences.

The band formed in Florida in 1992 and the group's debut CD, "Pezcore," followed three years later. They've been making albums and energizing fans ever since. A new CD, "Greetings and Salutations," will come out Jan. 8. It will feature 10 previously released tracks plus a pair of unreleased tunes: "Flag Holders' Union" and "View from the Middle."

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TimeOut: Buzzworthy band The Hives will stop in Ventura on Oct. 10

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Those Swedish meatballs The Hives will bring energy that makes Africanized bees seem like slackers to their gig at the Majestic Ventura Theater on Wednesday. Fronted by Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, a Mick Jagger-meets-Jim Carrey madman with no "off" switch, the group will certainly play some tunes off their fifth and latest album, "Lex Hives."

A nonstop hilarious motormouth, Almqvist spins wildly out of control like a cartoon clock, with scissor kicks and pirouettes. His musical philosophy is simple: We play, you cheer. The band's propulsive power punk with absolutely zero soulful ballads makes for a supercharged live show.

Things are either/or in Hives World -- there are no gray areas. Whenever they play, the quintet are inevitably dressed to the nines in some combination of glorious black-and-white, making them forever camera-ready for '50s TV.

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TimeOut: Folk trio The Lumineers will perform Friday in Santa Barbara

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Once upon a time, it was folk rock, and these days it's Americana, but it's still singers who can sing, often accompanied by acoustic instruments. It's music that someone wearing a Slayer shirt or a 50 Cent shirt probably would not dig, but this stuff has never gone away since its debut in those silly '60s. If you enjoy Mumford & Sons, The Head and The Heart and the Avett Brothers, then the latest folk rockers you've never heard of, The Lumineers, figure to tear it up at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara tonight. A few months later, their self-titled debut figures to end up on many year-end lists.

Just as no one can hide in a trio, cello-playing Lumineer Neyla Pekarek not only fits in but stands out -- cellos do that ever since the days of the New York Rock Ensemble to the Avett Brothers today. When the boys in the band, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, relocated from New Jersey to Denver, they found Neyla and her cello on Craigslist. Fast-forward through the blood, sweat and tears of Rock Star 101 and here they come.

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TimeOut: Teacher-turned-singer Camille Bloom will play Ventura Oct. 3

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A garden is supposed to be the gardener's view of paradise -- flowers and paradise both never going out of style. Singer-songwriter Camille Rose Bloom, bringing considerable flower power some years after it was fashionably groovy, will perform for her Ventura faithful Wednesday night at the Wine Rack. The next night she's in Los Angeles for a singer-songwriter showcase at Genghis Cohen Restaurant.

She sort of looks like Shane the heartbreaker from "The L Word" -- must be the spiky haircut. Bloom, however, is much more focused than that fictional female. For starters, Bloom once was a high school English teacher. The workload -- for a teacher and a touring musician -- is sort of similar. Bloom plays almost every day but hopefully her audience is more on task than high school kids, many of whom have the attention span of a butterfly sneeze.

Driving around for years on end, building her fan base one pair of ears at a time, Bloom has a most necessary characteristic for a musician: persistence. Talent is an obvious plus, but the ability to keep on keeping on may be more important in the long run.

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TimeOut: New Zealand native Kimbra performs Sept. 30 in Ventura

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Along with Cleopatra, Madonna and Godzilla, emerging rock goddess Kimbra is trying to survive in this cruel world mononymously. (For those without a dictionary, that means she's trying to get by with a single name.) "Wow," "ka-ching" or maybe "rock star" also are applicable candidates when it comes to describing this New Zealand-by-way-of-Australia singer who will perform in Ventura on Sunday and Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kimbra's debut album, "Vows," went multiplatinum Down Under. The American version came out in March and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. She can be heard on Gotye's catchy multiplatinum smash "Somebody That I Used to Know" and also on Miami Horror's "I Look to You." She recently finished up a tour with Foster the People.

Kimbra Lee Johnson started writing songs when she was 10. Fast forward to 2011 when she won an international songwriting contest with "Settle Down." Now a veteran globe-trotting performer at the ripe old age of 22, she seems to be making all the right night moves. Kimbra is perhaps the most famous person from Hamilton, New Zealand. Lurkers, assorted geeks a gawkin' and editors who select magazine cover art are all drooling equally over Kimbra, who appears rock-star ready in a Katy Perry sort of way.

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TimeOut: Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival continues through Sept. 30

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Simi Valley, Ventura County's party central? Who knew? Are they having a festival every weekend over there? Seems like, and why not? This weekend's can't miss wingding -- the Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival at Rancho Simi Park -- is actually going on as you read these words.

Head over tonight and you can hear the Grammy-winning Latin jazz sounds of Poncho Sanchez. Saturday's got a rootsier vibe going on, with Cajun rockers Hot Roux and zydeco star Lisa Haley. On Sunday, it's an all-blues lineup, including the Laurie Morvan Band and Ventura legends the R&B Bombers.

TimeOut: Guitar hero Jimmie Vaughan comes to Agoura Hills

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Like most blues guys, Jimmie Vaughan is on that endless, mindless, senseless and darn fun road trip. Yet another great musician out of the Lone Star State, Vaughan will stop by the cavernous Canyon club in Agoura Hills on Thursday night.

In a career that began back in those silly '60s, Vaughan has been places and done stuff. Perhaps best known as a founding member of a band named for a car we can neither afford nor afford to put gas in, Vaughan was the guitar player for the Fabulous Thunderbirds -- one of the most successful blues bands of the '80s, propelled by albums such as "Tuff Enuff."

He's also Stevie Ray Vaughan's older brother, and like a good brother, Jimmie taught his little brother to play. Their album "Family Style" was released just a few days after Stevie was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990.

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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
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