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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching PBS with the sound off ("The Dust Bowl") and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

The Tearaways

OK, tonight - Friday - it's cool power revitalized after an eight year break - that would be Lit at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura. It's a dance party up a few stairs but close to home - that would be the Legalizers playing some reggae at the Watermark in Ventura and a few steps north it's Emilbus playing some Sublime songs at Amigo's. Down California Street toward the once blue Pacific to the Bombay, there's a whole bunch of bands playing including the Pullmen and Space Panther, while down at Yolie's Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps will play some tunes off their latest, "Come On Home," while up the coast, power pop kings of long experience, the Tearaways, will be at Red's in Santa Barbara tonight and Saturday as well.

Rubberneck Lions

On Saturday, in Hell-A where we love the Dodgers, Kings and Lakers and not much else, the Counting Crows will be at the Wiltern Theatre and No Doubt will get all bouncy all over the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Corsican Brothers will be at the Keynote Lounge in East Ventura and Jodi Farrell & TreCoustics will be at Amigo's and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay. Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy will rock the Tavern down on Santa Clara Street in Ventura with Rubberneck Lions opening, and next door at Zoey's, it's the finals of the Ones To Watch Emerging Singer/Songwriter Competition, giving you the opportunity to say, "I knew them when..."

On Sunday, there's a bunch of bands at Billy O's in Ventura - among them, Cholos On Acid and No Cops For Miles - gotta love that, or what? It's guitar shredder Alastair Greene at Amigo's and it's the Shoemakers one more time at the Bombay and Frank Barajas will do some solo acoustic pop rock at Tutti's, also in Ventura.

On Tuesday, Henry Rollins will get in everybody's face at the Largo in Hell-A from Tuesday through the weekend - once upon a time, the frontman for Black Flag as well as his own band, Rollins is a world traveler with stories to tell - hey, he should be Secretary of State.

Agent Orange

On Wednesday, it's an old school punk rock flashback show with Fear, D.I., Agent Orange and a few more bands at House of Blues in Hollyweird. Once again, the Middle East has taken "Let's Have A War" to heart. And up here in the 805 where we like it, 50 Sticks of Dynamite will dress better than you will when they rock this week's Green Art People wingding.

And finally on a Thursday, Little Big Town will play some potent country rock at the Wiltern in Hell-A and famous skinny golfer Alice Cooper will pretend it's Halloween one more time - this time at the Orpheum in L.A. while up here in farmland-loving Oxnard - and not a moment too soon - it's Teresa Russell and Stephen Geyer at the Lookout. Under the Streetlamp will feature singers that can actually sing at the Granada Theatre on State Street in Santa Barbara...and that's it for another week.

What to know about where to go this week

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Tame Impala

Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off ("Call of the Wild" from 1935) and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Walk the Moon

OK, tonight - Friday - it's corporate rock heroes Walk the Moon taking a stroll closer to home - this time at the Fonda down on Sunset in Hollyweird and Seth Pettersen's new favorite band, Tame Impala will be at the El Rey Theatre in Hell-A, while up here in the 805 where we like it, Bev Barnett and Greg Newlon will be at the Camarillo Cafe - for a family-friendly gig and I don't mean the Manson Family or the Borgias, either. In Ventura, Jodi Farrell and TreCoustics will be at Peirano's across from Father Serra's ancestral abode, the San Buenaventura Mission, while a few blocks north, the Forty Fours will be playing some rockin' blues at Yolie's and guitar shredder Alastair Greene will be at the Hub in Ojai.



Orlando Napier

On Saturday, it's indie rock good stuff from Grouplove - they'll be at the Wiltern in Hell-A, and La Santa Cecilia will play some Latino rock at the Thousand Oaks Library while up here in the 805 where we'll always love it precisely because it's not the 213 or the 818, there's a good one at a great place - the Wagon Wheel Bowl featuring La Vonettes, Strand Quentin and how can you miss Fist Fight On Ecstasy? In Ventura, those Misfits, for whom it's always Halloween, will play some psychobilly rock at the venerable Ventura Theatre, while a few steps up to Main Street, it's singer/songwriter Orlando Napier at the Watermark. Spencer the Gardener, who used to pack 'em in at Charlie's and everywhere else as well, will seek to recapture some of that magic with a CD release party at Amigo's down on Main Street. Over at the Bombay, it's another CD release party - this one for the Army of Freshmen doing an 8 p.m. early show of pure power pop smartly done. At Zoey's, it's the pride of Chico, the Mother Hips with Brian Wright opening - a dude clearly worth showing up for. Up the coast to Santa Barbara - all those McEuens - John, Jonathan and Nathan - will have a family outing at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always perfect. And the Phantom Blues Band will provide the soundtrack for the dance party that will be happening at the Carrillo Rec Center.

Everclear

On Sunday, it's the best show of the week - a great show any week - that would be power pop punk with Everclear and Eve 6 at the El Rey in Hell-A and there's more pop with the Faint at the Fonda in Hollywood, while up here in the 805, it's Frank Barajas doing his solo pop thing at Tutti's in Ventura.

Rachel Yamagata will sing up a storm at the El Rey on Wednesday - remember her duet with Rhett Miller on "Firefly"? All the original Wailers will play some of that one beat, one song, one week reggae music at the Key Club in Hollywood, while up here in the 805 where we rule, it's Guy Martin doing Hendrix at Yolie's while about two blocks away - it's almost his birthday - Hippie Mark will be at the Green Art People weekly wingding. And finally on a Thursday, Teresa Russell will be at the Lookout in finally farmland loving Oxnard, a city that has finally awakened from that too long cement slumber by electing Tim Flynn as the mayor. The tears of the Chamber of Concrete can water all the crops that will now be allowed to live long and prosper. Along with Steve Bennett, a huge win for the 805 and our quality of life.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off ("Call of the Wild" from 1935) and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Rob Rio

OK, tonight - Friday - Even in November, "In the Heat of the Moment" one more time, it's Asia with all the original guys at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura and for something completely different, boogie woogie piano guru Rob Rio will be at the Borchard Community Center in Newbury Park. Down the Conejo Grade to Ventura, it's all those Shoemaker Brothers at the Bombay Bar & Grill and Big Jugs and Iron Outlaws will be at the Tavern down on Santa Clara and next door at Zoey's, it's Shane Alexander while down the road to Yolie's, it's country rock guitar player Dave Gleason and his band. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai - it's the Preachers playing some rockin' blues at the Jester and Love and Rockets dude Daniel Ash will do something cool at the Hub. Up the coast to Santa Barbara where the New Noise Conference is raging, Mike Watt & the Missing Men will play some punk rock at the Velvet Jones, and three of the original Monkees will be at the Arlington Theatre, and that singing bovine, the White Buffalo will be at SOhO. Keep going to San Luis and you can see one of the great reggae bands of all time, Black Uhuru, who will be at the SLO Brewing Company. You need their "Chill Out" album.



Dawes

On Saturday, down in Hell-A, it's Mumford & Sons and Dawes at the Hollyweird Bowl, while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Red Ball Jets will play the same old song at the Keynote Lounge in Ventura and sad Dodger fans, Fish Fry will be at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor. There's a benefit at the Bombay in Ventura with a bunch of band, including the Tijuana Hound Dogs, J. Peter Boles and Bob Jones, Lone Wolf and the 2012 debut of Ventura's legendary soundtrack for beer, Raging Arb & the Redheads. At Zoey's, it's one of my interview victims this week, Seth Pettersen & the Undertow, who will be ably supported by the Spires at Zoey's. While up the coast to Santa Barbara, the New Noise Festival concludes with one of the funniest bands of all time, Nerf Herder - they wrote the them for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," while up State Street a few blocks to SOhO, it's world beat masters of what the heck do you call it but it's great, that would be Ozomatli.



Spittin' Cobras

On Sunday, it's a bunch of punk veterans playing as the Spittin' Cobras at Billy O's in Ventura with a several other bands, and Hot Roux will play some dance music at the Bombay, while up the coast to SOhO once again, it's singer/songwriter Martin Sexton. I'm gonna be shooting rednecks in Moorpark both days at the last Civil War re-enactment off the year.

Skip a few until Wednesday when the Petty Fest West kicks off in Hell-A at the El Rey Theatre with a bunch of bands playing, well, you can guess; while up here in the 805 where we like it, Dan Grimm will be at the Green Art People gig in Ventura and Frank Barajas will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View.



Finally on a Thursday, Ben Gibbard will sing a few of his many tunes at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. while up here in the 805 where we like it - Teresa Russell will be at the Lookout in finally farmland loving Oxnard, who have finally awakened from that too long cement slumber by electing Tim Flynn as the mayor. The tears of the Chamber of Concrete can water all the crops that will now be allowed to live long and prosper. Along with Steve Bennett, a huge win for the 805 and our quality of life - and one more: Tom Freund will be at Zoey's.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Alanis Morrissette

OK, tonight - Friday - the old days are still gone and the Devil Makes Three are still too big for Ventura - so you'll have to go to the House of Blues in Hollyweird to check out some raucous and rollus smartly done. Grace Potter and her long legs and hot band, the Nocturnals, will play some indie rock at the Wiltern Theatre and Alanis Morrissette will sing up a storm, and perhaps a few people won't be texting at phonehead nirvana which is Club Nokia, while up here in the 805 where we like it, funny guy Mike Birbiglia will share his take on love and missteps thereof with his one man show, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," which will be happening at the big cement thing by the freeway, the Civic Arts Plaza. How cool is Birbiglia? He's been all over the stage, on Comedy Central, on albums, in books and best of all - he was in "Girls" on HBO, which I love, despite the fact they charge me an arm and a leg. HBO better get the Pac-12 Network damn quick or before 9 November and the first Bruin basketball game or else they're gonna hear some real break-up noise. OK, still tonight - Friday night - it's a terrific pop rock double bill with the All American Rejects and Boys Like Girls at the venerable (that means old) Ventura Theatre. The Caravan of Thieves will play some raucous drinking music at Zoey's and Dona Oxford will be at Yolie's and bluegrass legend, Peter Feldman, will be at the Lobero Theatre in SB, where the sound is always perfect and Mac's is just about a mile south.

Boys Like Girls

On Saturday - if you're weird and you want to drive to Hell-A on purpose - the All American Rejects and Boys Like Girls will do it again - this time at the Wiltern. Three Bad Jacks will tear it up at the Slitherin's favorite dive, the Viper Room in Hollywood - OK, here's three bad ones - the Ripper, Nicholson in "The Shining, and Daniels on Cheerios. And not far away, Yellowcard will be at House of Try To Find A Place To Park in Hollywood. Joan Osborne will sing some songs at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts in Northridge and Ventura local and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, Chris Hillman, will fire up the Desert Rose Band one more time for an acoustic show at the Civic Arts Plaza - a fundraiser for the Greek Orthodox Church. You remember the Greeks right? Before they were getting played by international big money loan sharks, once upon a time, they invented democracy - you should vote. While up here in the 805 where we like it, it's Steve White & The Barstool Pigeons at Blackbeard's BBQ down at the Ventura Harbor and the Brian Faith Band will be playing some classic rock at Amigo's down on Main Street in Ventura, while across the street, it's jam band nirvana with Shaky Feelin' at the Good Bar, while up the coast to Santa Barbara, it's a homegame CD release party for Spencer the Gardener at SOhO.



Nerf Herder

On Sunday - here's a cool indie rock double bill - Divine Fits and Cold Cave at the Fonda in Hollyweird - Electric Guest will be at the El Rey Theatre and the funniest band from Santa Barbara - Nerf Herder - will be at the Viper Room - it's worth the drive just to hear them play "Sorry" plus they do the theme for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," so their fame is assured. While up here in the 805 where we still love it - and will continue to if Steve Bennett wins again and prevents the cement lovers from taking over the VC Board of Supervisors - anyway, it's Frank Barajas doing his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura.

On Monday, it's one of the geezers of rock - Leonard Cohen - he's got a few songs to share at the Nokia Theatre in El Lay.



OK, now let's skip a few to the best Thursday of the year - too bad they're all in L.A. - but check this out; Cat Power will be at the Hollywood Palladium and there's never enough cats. Titus Andronicus has a new one, which totally rocks (if you can believe the review below) - they'll be at the El Rey and there's great garage band rock from the Japandroids at the Fonda and one of the great LA bands of the '90s, not to mention ever - that would be Dramarama at the Key Club - might have to go down there to see this one - it would be worth the drive to get "Stuck in WonderamaLand" one more time. And finally on a Thursday, up here in farmland-hating Oxnard, where the cement heads on the city council need a new day job - it's guitar goddess Teresa Russell at the Lookout.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Tiger Army

OK, tonight - Friday - beginning a light week - it's Tiger Army playing tattoo-friendly, pogo army action in what seems like an oddball bill - Exene from X is opening at the Fonda in Hollyweird. Let me this about all that: Tigers are the coolest cats of all, if not the coolest critters in the whole world. Any person that kills one should be immediately killed and skinned on YouTube. Any person or group of people who raises tigers to be killed for their skin should also be obliterated - in fact, their whole village and maybe their whole stupid country outta enter the past tense. I like cats and Tiger Army is OK, too. Bob Himself along with Mark Knopfler will be at the Hollyweird Bowl, and Neil Halstead will do his thoughtful singer/songwriter thing at McCabe's in Santa Monica and - it's as close as you're gonna get to one of the best live bands of all time, Oingo Boingo - so check out Dead Man's Party at the Canyon Club in Agoura. While up here in the 805 where we like it, the Red Ball Jets will provide the dance-friendly soundtrack at Judge Roy Bean's in Simi Valley (also Saturday). It helps that the band knows just about every song ever written.



Los Dudes.

Still Friday nite but up in Ventura, the Richie Ray-free Los Dudes, who will have some fun at Amigo's on Main Street, while around the corner and down "C" Street to the Bombay Bar & Grill - it's a bunch of bands including Alexandra & the Starlite Band, the doo wop gals of La Vonettes and also Space Panther, while over at Zoey's, it's singer/songwriter Ernie Halter playing relationship songs from his vast repertoire, and Sugar Ray Rayford will play some blues at Yolie's.

On Saturday, it's great indie rock from Band of Horses - no doubt Mr. Ed, Trigger, Traveler, Fury and Black Beauty's favorite band - they'll be at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro - go early and check out the Battleship Iowa, permanently kicking it in San Pedro. Jane's Addiction will be at the Wiltern in Hell-A while up here in the 805 where we like it, Acadiana will tear it up at the Underwood Farms in Moorpark while Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy and a bunch of other bands will play a Halloween party Saturday at a hangar at the Camarillo Airport - once upon a time, the Oxnard Air Force Base. Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog will be at Amigo's and the Sidewalk Preachers will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful Oak View.

Band of Horses

On Sunday it's that Sunshine Superman, Donovan - he'll be at the El Rey in Los Angeles. Wow - check it out - Donovan and Bob Dylan playing in the same week - what year is it? On Sunday, but up here in the 805 where we'll always love it - all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at Bombay in Ventura and Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's, also in Ventura, also Sunday. The biggie this weekend, however, has to be the Monster Jam at the Majestic Ventura Theater where you can check out bands like P.O.D., Hellyeah and Static-X.

There's a great one in Hell-a on Tuesday - Miike Snow will play some electronic pop at the Hollywood Palladium and former Husker Dude, Bob Mould will play some raggedy, melodic and wonderful pop punk at the El Rey, also in L.A., a metropolis in mourning. What could be worse? The StinkinGiants in the World Serious. While up here in the 805, it's Punk Rock Tuesday at Billy O's in Ventura, so expect zero soulful ballads. And finally, on a positive note, Italian DJ Benny Benassi will have 'em dancing all over the Earl Warren Showgrounds in SB.

On Halloween, don't have much to tell you - All Time Low will be at the House of Blues in Hollyweird and the 805's Brainspoon will be at the Satellite in L.A. Wow, I used to write whole columns about where to go on Halloween - evidently, not this year. OK, that's enough for now...

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Maroon 5

Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

OK, tonight - Friday - Maroon 5 will play some pogo-powered pop rock at the Orpheum Theatre in Hell-A while Eddie Money will swagger all over the cavernous Canyon Club, churning out all those hits - paradise inexplicably being relocated to Agoura, who knew? While up here in the 805 where we like it - what year is it? Adam Ant, an MTV legend from the '80s will dress up and rock out at the Ventura Theatre and a bunch of bands will be at the Bombay, including a couple of good ones to drink beer to - Big Dictator and Bloody Mary Morning. The Corsican Brothers will play some power pop at the El Rey across from where the Top Hat should still be - at least, it's still somewhere - it's across the street from my old school, Ventura High who is playing crosstown rival Buena tonight - that's where I'm going first. Still Friday, it's alt country rock smartly done by I See Hawks in L.A. - they'll be at Yolie's in Ventura, while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy will rock out outside in the parking lot of Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant and Alastair Greene will shred on that guitar across the street at the Hub. If you're there, do both. And finally on a Friday, up the coast to S.B. - check out ZZ Ward at SOhO.



Crystal Castles

On Saturday, put on those dancin' shoes - it's Crystal Castles at the Hollyweird Palladium, or, same menu, different venue - dance along with Tiesto at the Staples Center, while up here in the 805 where we like it, Mouse Grey will rock out at Outlaws in Camarillo, while all the way up to Carpinteria - "the World's Safest Beach," Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog will play some blues at the Palms and up in Santa Barbara, it's Beth Orton, out and about for the first time in a long time - not crazy about her new one, but I'm thinking she'll be cool live at SOhO in Santa Barbara, a perfect excuse to score some burritos from Mac's on the way home, but here's where I'll be - checking out Snow Patrol at the Santa Barbara County Bowl - frontman Gary Lightbody sings better than everybody and local songbird, Lissie will open - that gal has connections + she can really sing as well.



On Sunday, it's another ward, not ZZ or Ward Cleaver, but M. Ward playing at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, while up here in the 805 where we like it - they're as close as you're gonna get to Raging Arb & the Redheads - that would be the Privateers - with four Redheads at the Watermark in downtown Ventura playing a Sunday afternoon gig. And up in Santa Barbara, a great triple bill - there's Jane's Addiction, the wonderful Airborne Toxic Event and opening is George Harrison's kid's band The NewNo2, which makes a lot of sense if you were a fan of maybe the greatest TV show of all time, "The Prisoner."

Bob Dylan

On Monday at Zoey's in Ventura - it's Lee Koch and Dan Grimm while up at the Bowl again - this time, it's Bob - yup, Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler opening.

On Tuesday, it's a great band but pretty far on a work night - still the Toadies know to rock and their new one is a keeper - they'll be at the House of Blues in Hollywood. On Wednesday, still Down South - it's Joss Stone at the Wiltern Theatre and blues legend John Mayall with a new cast of Bluesbreakers will be at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura.

On Thursday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band - Urban Dread - playing some reggae music at Zin Bistro in Westlake Village, while up here in the 805 where we like it or until the Republicans pave it under the guise of creating jobs by taking out that boring farmland - it's all those Shoemaker Brothers at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura. Dirty Rice will play some Oxnard flavored reggae at the Bombay and finally up in SB, it's smooth singer songwriter Neil Halstead at SOhO.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:



Less Than Jake

OK, tonight - Friday - it's cool indie rock from Gossip - here's the uncool part - you have to drive to Hell-A to see them at the Fonda in Hollyweird down on Sunset, while rock 'n' roll poet Patti Smith will do something cool at the Wiltern Theatre. Up here in the 805 where we like it - vote for Steve Bennett for Supervisor to make sure we'll continue to love it by not paving all that boring farmland - anyway, great ska show at the Ventura Theatre with Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish - both have new albums. Through the alley and down California Street to the Bombay, it's '90s flashback rock with Lion I's - local heroes from back in the Charlie's days playing their rockin' reggae dance music, still fronted by happy Giants fan, Bobby Galyan - go Reds. Over at Yolie's - it's world class boogie woogie piano music from Rob Rio, while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's all 29 Mules playing some raucous beer drinkin' music at the Hub. And finally on a Friday, the Preachers will play some rockin' blues at the Brewhouse in Santa Barbara - just as their brewskis will rock your world.

The Kill Junkies

On Saturday it's sad singer/songwriter Aimee Mann at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. while up here in the 805 where we'll always love it - the Mighty Cash Cats will channel the Man in Black at the Pacific View Mall, probably freaking out and then hopefully enlightening the ubiquitous mall mice. Down past my old school - the mighty, mighty Cougars of Ventura High - to my favorite dive bar, the Red Cove - ut-oh - it's sizing up to be another new low - it's Van the Man's birthday party with a bunch of bands including Preachers & Pornstars, Mantra and the Kill Junkies - it's cheap drinks for cheap dates and lots of cheap thrills. Downtown, it's all those Shoemaker Brothers doing their original rock thing at the Bombay and up the coast to Santa Barbara, it's the Harbor Festival with Mr. SB local himself, Spencer the Gardener livening up the proceedings considerably with his "spy movie music at the beach," and Mr. Barnitz has a new album.

Shawn Jones

On Sunday, it's bluesy rock with Shawn Jones up all those stairs at the Watermark in Ventura, while a few blocks north, Frank Barajas will do his one-man pop rock thing at Tutti's while it's a happening hippie fest at SOhO in Santa Barbara with Tea Leaf Green and Shaky Feelin' and up at the Cold Springs - it's Teresa Russell & Cocobilli doing the honors at SB's always lively Sunday afternoon party.

On Monday, it's Star-bleeper at SOhO and Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama will be at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always just so perfect.

On Tuesday - it's in Hell-A on a work night but the Freelance Whales were most excellent at this year's Coachella, especially if you like bands with singers that can sing.

On Wednesday, stoner-no-more Neil Young will pack the Hollywood Bowl to play tunes from his vast repertoire, while all the way to beautiful downtown Oak View up here in the 805 - it's Frank Barajas, one more time - this time at the Big Buddha Lounge and Jeff the Brotherhood will rock out at the Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara.



And finally on a Thursday, Teresa Russell will shred on that guitar in farmland hating Oxnard and all 50 Sticks of Dynamite will dress better than you - and definitely me - at Zoey's in Ventura and saving the best for last - it's the best show of the week - Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears will play some extremely rockin' blues at Campbell Hall on the campus of UCSB. Don't miss this dude.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:



Neon Trees

October, already? OK, then, tons of stuff this week - really, tons, so let's roll: OK tonight, Friday night - it's in Hell-A - but it's old school punk rock from the Offspring with Neon Trees opening - all happening at the Hollywood Palladium, while over at the Wiltern - maybe the best band at this year's Coachella - that would be the Head & the Heart along with Blitzen Trapper, making a delightful double bill worth the drive. Indie rock heroes on the rise, Helio Sequence will be at the legendary Troubadour and Robyn Hitchcock will dip into his vast repertoire at McCabe's in Santa Monica. While up here in the 805 where we like it or until Oxnard paves everything, which is why you should vote for Tim Flynn for mayor of Oxnard. Anyway, there's more old school punk - this time from D.R.I, at the Ventura Theatre, 8Stop7 and a bunch of other bands will be at the Bombay down on C Street and Lainey Taylor will do her singer/songwriter thing at Zoey's and the bombastic and bitchen Candye Kane will belt out some blues at Yolie's in west Ventura across from Avenue Vons.



The Lumineers

Still Friday - lots more stuff - it's the annual Avocado Festival in Carpinteria, "the world's safest beach," and not so much unlike Ventura in the '50s (so I'm told) - every cool Santa Barbara band and a lot more will be playing over the three days - guitar god Alastair Greene, the pop power pop kings, the Tearaways and Deja Blu are a few of the bands Friday night. While up the road a piece to Santa Barbara, it's my second favorite lefty lesbian, the uncommonly mild mannered and out of this world brainiac Rachel Maddow - she'll be at the Arlington - she wasn't doing press this time around - believe me, I tried. If you don't go, you should watch he every evening at 6 on MSNBC - she never lies and she's always right. A few steps north, it's !!! at the SOhO and a new and very cool Americana band, the Lumineers, will be at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always perfect.



On Saturday, it just might be the best band in the world - one of them anyway - that would be the English Beat - they'll be at the cavernous Canyon Club in Agoura playing songs off one of thee best albums ever - "Just Can't Stop It." And they started everything back in the '50s that we like today - the wonderful Kingston Trio will play some memorable folk music at the Civic Arts Plaza in T.O. And since it's the first Saturday of the month, that means it's time for Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons at Blacdkbeard's BBQ, down at the Ventura Harbor. Irie Army will play some reggae at Golden China who has the ultimate Sunday buffet down on Seaward in Ventura, while downtown, it's Jody Farrell and the Trecoustics at Amigo's, while across the street at the Good Bar, it's jam band nirvana with Shaky Feelin'.

Shaky Feelin'

Still Saturday and back to the Avocado Festival, it's the greatest band of all time from Carpinteria, the Upbeat - you need their debut album. Up the road to Santa Barbara, indie rockers, the Wombats, will be at Velvet Jones, and former J. Geils Band frontman, Peter Wolf will be at SOhO. If you don't have it, you need "The Morning After," a killer J. Geils album - they were one of the loudest bands I've ever seen - my liver quivers at the mere mention of their name.

On Sunday, it's mopey techno pop from New Order - they'll be at the Greek Theatre in Hell-A - I like "Age of Consent." It guitar shredding time at the Canyon Club with Teresa Russell opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and quieting things down considerably, Tom Corbett, Phil Salazar and some of their pals will

Tom Corbett

be at Underwood Farms in Moorpark. It's still Sunday so that means Frank Barajas will be doing his one-man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura. There's another benefit - this time Sunday at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai - David Crosby, Jack Johnson and Todd Hannigan are just a few of the big name performers. The Avocado Festival is ending on Sunday - Rick Reeves will shred on guitar and Spencer the Gardener will have everyone dancing and he has a new album. And where have all the Deadheads gone? Who knows? Who cares - but all the local Jerry's Kids will be at the Bowl for Furthur - the important remaining members of the Dead.

On Monday - he's about as good as it gets for the blues and definitely worth the drive to Hell-A, even on a work nite - that would be Seasick Steve who will be at the Troubadour.

Deftones

On Tuesday, usually the worst night of the week - not this week. Those retro rockin' Swedes, the Raveonettes will be at the El Rey Theatre in Hell-A and Jeff the Brotherhood will be at the Troubadour, while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Deftones will rock the Ventura Theatre and Rufus Wainwright will be at UCSB.

On Wednesday, Madonna will throw a dance party at the Staples Center and Grizzly Bear will be at the Greek, while up here in the 805 where we'll always love it, and the Hives play

David Byrne and St. Vincent

some pop punk at the Ventura Theatre and Starvation Camp will do the honors at this week's Green Art People get together.

On Thursday, welcome back John Sebastian to the Canyon Club and Urban Dread will play some reggae music at the Zin Bistro in WLV. Shawn Jones will be at the Pierpont Inn and David Byrne and St. Vincent will play some quirky funk music at the Arlington Theatre in S.B. That should be enough for one week, or as the Chambers Brothers so astutely noted, "There are things to realize..."

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Citizen Cope

OK, tons of stuff this week, so let's roll: OK, tonight, Friday night, it's Citizen Cope being cool at the Wiltern Theatre in Hell-A and Matt the Electrician will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica and the Gin Blossoms will play some pop rock at the Canyon Club in Agoura. The band happens to be the cool Gin Blossoms - the other ones are red splotches often found on the mugs of experienced drunks due to excessive elbow bending. At the Malibu Inn, the Man in Black lives again in the music of the Mighty Cash Cats while up here in the 805 where we like it, Aaron Orbit will work on his birthday - playing a few tunes at the Bombay Bar & Grill in Ventura. The Corsican Brothers will play some swell pop rock at the El Rey

Aaron Orbit

Cantina in downtown Ventura across from where the Top Hat used to be - while around the corner at Zoey's, Coco Peru will do some drag queen comedy and Wendy DeWitt will play some boogie woogie at Yolie's, also in Ventura. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, guitar god Alastair Greene will shred all over the Hub, while up the coast to S.B., Stomprocket is the best of a bunch of bands playing at the Velvet Jones and finally on a Friday, heavenly harmonies will be happening with Crosby, Stills & Nash at the SB County Bowl.

On Saturday, it's Train - great band - they'll be at phonehead nirvana - Nokia Theatre in Hell-A; and it's '80s flashback time with bands such as the Go-Go's and the Psychedelic Furs at the Hollywood Bowl. And up here in the 805 where we like it or until Oxnard paves everything - Teresa Russell will play her guitar, blowing many minds at the Banana Festival in Hueneme. No bananas in Hueneme? Sure there is - tons and tons of them come to us through the port - high in potassium and yummy. Still Saturday: Great name - Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons - they'll play some bluesy rock at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor, which, once upon a time, was the city dump. Zachary James & the All-Seeing Eyes along with Char-Man will be at

Go-Go's

Billy O's in Ventura and Rey Fresco and Shaky Feelin' will be at the Bombay. Todd Hannigan and Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy will be at the Tavern in Ventura and Ruby Jane and Nathan McEuen will be next door at Zoey's. Up Hwy. 33 to the Ojai Valley School - it's Dan Grimm, B. Willing James, Shaky Feelin', Britney Christian Band, Matt Zeltzer Band all playing a Rock This County gig in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation - it's a benefit for our veterans, too many of whom are killing themselves. Meanwhile, at our longest war, the Taliban want to return Afghan society to the 7th century - or when the Prophet was actually alive - have a nice trip, dumbasses. We need to steal Pakistan's nukes, kidnap their nuclear scientists and let all those uneducated fools enjoy Moronistan.



Told ya there was lots of stuff - guitar wiz Dave Gleason will be at the Echo in Hell-A on Sunday and Wilco will play some cool Americana stuff at the Hollywood Bowl. And up here in the 805 where we like precisely because it is not Hell-A, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Watermark in Ventura and all those R&B Bombers will be at the Bombay, playing some smooth, bluesy dance music. Frank Barajas will do his one-man pop rock thing at Tutti's, while up the coast to Santa Barbara, Strung Out will play some punk rock at the Velvet Jones and Elvis Costello will some tunes from his vast repertoire at the Granada Theatre on State Street.



Skip one to access the damage until Tuesday when Deerhoof will play some indie rock at the Echoplex in Los Angeles and Shirley Manson will front her band Garbage at the Hollywood Palladium - if they're not cool enough already, they appeared on "Buffy." Same night - the Shins will play a bunch of fabulous art rock tunes at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and the Lumineers will play some groove rock at the Fonda in Hollyweird while up in Santa Barbara - it's a great one - the Black Keys with Tegan & Sara opening, and Mac's right on the way back on Anacapa.



On Wednesday - he's been around and he used to be in Rockpile - that would be Nick Lowe, who once upon a time, invented Elvis Costello in his spare time - he'll be at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. And why not? It might be fun - noisy for sure - that would be Justin Bieber at Staples Center and finally on a Wednesday up here - it's flower power gal, Camille Bloom - she'll be at the Wine Rack in Ventura - check out my story on her in Time Out - proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up.



OK, almost done - on Thursday, it's propulsive techno rock with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at the El Rey in Hell-A and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura. I don't wanna hear anyone whining about how there's never anything to do around here...ya get me?

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Rubberneck Lions

OK, tonight, Friday night, it's our own pop and folk rock kings, the Corsican Brothers out and about - they'll be at the Keynote Lounge in East Ventura, while downtown, it's 13 at the Sans Souci and Los Dudes will have some fun around the corner at Amigo's down on Main Street. A bunch of bands will be at the Bombay Bar & Grill, including Rubberneck Lions and Alexandra & the Starlite Band, while a few blocks away at Zoey's it's the remarkable Todd Hannigan and his all-star band along with the Emy Reynolds Band. A few blocks north to Yolie's, it's Terry Hanck playing that sax.

On Saturday, it's in Hell-A, but indie rock heroes, Earlimart - named for that small farming

Blues Traveler

community slash off ramp on the 99 in the Central Valley - they'll be groovy at the Satellite. Up here in the 805 where we love it and helping to keep it that way, it's the Hillside Conservancy's annual wing-ding - this year featuring Blues Traveler, Dr. John and blues dude Elvin Bishop. This why the hillsides above Ventura remain unpaved. This is also why you should vote for Steve Bennett for county supervisor, along with Richard Francis, they crafted the SOAR Initiative - those two have done more for Ventura County than anyone. There should be a Steve Bennett statue alongside Father Serra in front of Ventura City Hall. Still Saturday, the Mighty Cash Cats will play on an Island Packers party boat - how much fun is that gonna be? Joe Wilson of the Bombers will be at Amigo's and Jade Hendrix will be at Zoey's and Teresa Russell will shred on that guitar one more time - this time at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. While up the coast to Santa Barbara, Jennifer Terran will do something trippy at the Barn and Grateful Dead cover band Cubensis will be at SOhO and local jam band heroes, Shaky Feelin', will open.

On Sunday, Urban Dread will play some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we still like it, Forbidden Fruit will play some reggae at the Watermark, Shawn Jones will be at Amigo's and Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura.



On Tuesday and Wednesday, college radio heroes, Beach House will be at the Wiltern in Hell-A, while on Wednesday up here in the 805 where we still like it or until Oxnard paves everything, Teresa Russell will do it one more time on guitar - this time at Seaside Seafood in Hueneme and again on Thursday at the Lookout, also in Oxnard and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura on Thursday.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

OK, tonight, Friday night, We Govern We will play some Greek/American rock all over the Sans Souci in Ventura while just steps away, the Legalizers will play some reggae up all those stairs at the Watermark at the corner of Chestnut and Main. Two blocks north, Teresa Russell will do her guitar goddess thing at the Savory Cafe, and Grant Langston & the Super Models will play some rockin' blues at Yolie's, across from Avenue Von's. And finally on a Friday, it's the Preachers playing some rockin' blues at the Jester and all 29 Mules will be playing some raucous country rock at the Hub - both a block apart in Ojai.



On Saturday, Brother Sal will get real as he rocks Zoey's in Ventura and He's My Brother She's My Sister will play some nepotism rules, indie rock at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Jennifer Terran will do something trippy at the Barn and still without any spelling skills but lots of hits - Def Leppard will be at the Santa Barbara County Bowl.

He's My Brother She's My Sister

On Sunday, it's Urban Dread playing some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we like or until Oxnard paves it all - the Privateers will be at the Watermark - that's about as close as it gets to those who miss Raging Arb and Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura.

On Tuesday - they're great but they're far away - it's the Airborne Toxic Event at the legendary Troubadour in Hell-A.

On Wednesday, harmonica player Lee Koch will be at Zoey's - Frank Barajas will at the Big Buddha Lounge in beautiful downtown Oak View and Blame Sally will tear it up acoustically at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Short week, or what?

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

OK, tonight, Friday night, it's one of Ventura's legendary groups - the R&B Bombers - they'll inspire some yupscale dancing tonight at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas and one of my favorite '80s bands - that would be the Fixx who will be at the Canyon Club in Agoura - for me, it'd be worth the drive just to here, "Secret Separation," the soundtrack for the secret boyfriend scenario. "Beautiful Friction" may sound like a porno, but rather, it's the tenth album by the Fixx - just out. Check out my interview with Fixx frontman Cy Curnan in this week's Time Out, proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up. Still Friday but up here in the 805 where we like it, you can enter jam band nirvana when Shaky Feelin' hosts a CD party at their favorite venue, the Good Bar in Main Street in Ventura. Not so far away,

Sweet Talk Radio

guitar goddess Teresa Russell will shred all over the Savory Cafe, while over at Zoey's, it's Sweet Talk Radio - definitely not Mark Levin, Hannity or Limbaugh - however sweet they may be and whoever they are, they will be ably supported by the delightful Sally Jaye. Veteran blues dude, James Harman, will be at Yolie's in Ventura and finally on a Friday, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason and his many friends will be at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai.

Raymond Michael

On Saturday, it's reggae with Steel Pulse at the Canyon Club, still probably in Agoura and Elvis has not left the building - he'll be at Constitution Park in Camarillo, ably portrayed by Raymond Michael and all those Shoemaker Brothers will make their debut at the Cantara Cellars, also in Camarillo. Lisa Haley & her Zydecats will play some ragin' Cajun music at the Olivas Adobe down by the golf course on Olivas Parkway in Ventura where Mark Twain's observation is always relevant: "Golf is a good walk ruined." Orlando Napier will be up all those stairs at the Watermark in downtown Ventura and Rachel Sedacca will play some folk rock at the Sandbox Coffee House down on Thompson - once upon a time, the Fiesta; and Pegi Young, Neil's squeeze, will be at Zoey's. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's the last go 'round in 2012 for Bob Jones and Randy Rich, playing some blues outside at Los Caporales. And finally on a Saturday, it's top notch electro pop from Gotye at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. He wouldn't talk to me but I still love his stuff.



On Sunday, it's in Hell-A but worth the drive to see JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound who will be at the Satellite - this guy is channeling Bobby "Blue" Bland and "Black Joe" Lewis & the Honeybears - thus obviously, Brooks' horn section rages. Urban Dread will play some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura while up here in the 805 where we like it, Raw Silk will be at the Watermark and the Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay. The election is coming and if you enjoy your quality of life, don't vote for any candidate backed by the

TreCoustics

Chamber of Concrete - they like L.A. much more than we do. OK, still Sunday, Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura and a bunch of bands will be at Zoey's, including the Rubberneck Lions, The TreCoustics and Aaron Orbit. And up the coast, Acadiana will be playing some cajun dance music at the Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Barbara.

On Monday, they want to take the skinheads bowling - that would be Camper Van Beethoven, who will be at Zoey's. I saw them back in the '80s at a place in Ventura called Mogz - that place went away and became Nicholby's, a place still missed by many, including me. One of my weirdest gigs was at Nicholby's when Nick Himself came as me on Halloween. Way weird.



On Tuesday, My Morning Jacket will begin a three-night run at the Wiltern Theatre in Hell-A, while Devo and Blondie will play some '80s flashback tunz at the Greek Theatre, also Tuesday - and by the way, the latest Devo album from last year, is their best.

Pinback

On Wednesday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band, Urban Dread - they will be playing some reggae at Bogie's in WLV, while down the Grade to Ventura, it's nervous Dodger fans (ain't we all?) Fish Fry providing the soundtrack at this week's Green Art People gig down on the Ventura Avenue, and Mary Gauthier will do the honors at this week's Tales of the Tavern gig in Santa Ynez - Dave Alvin will be there on the 19th.

On Thursday, Pinback will play some tunes off their new one at the Ventura Theatre and a few steps away, it's Dirty Rice at the Watermark. It's singer/songwriter action with Delaney Gibson and B. Willing James at Zoey's and finally on a Thursday, Headless Household will play some oddball jazz at Muddy Waters in S.B. - what a cool place. OK, that's it for a fairly average week.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week, sort of a slow week but with some good stuff - see what you think:

Carl Sonny Leland

OK, tonight, Friday night - it's one of the greatest live bands you'll ever see - that would be my heroes, the Old '97s - they'll be at the El Rey Theatre in Hell-A Friday and Saturday nights. They are worth the drive and once you hear all those great Rhett Miller songs all in a row until the party ending "Time Bomb," you'll be on a music high and then it gets even better - leaving Hell-A. Also Friday, it's reggae with the very busy Urban Dread at Padri's Martini Bar in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we like it, the Corsican Brothers will play some great pop rock at Margarita Villa down in the Ventura Harbor. And over at the Keynote Lounge in East Ventura, it's about as close as it's gonna get to seeing Raging Arb & the Redheads - most of 'em are in the Privateers, they'll play some bluesy cowpunk and generally make you drink more beer than you should and Teresa Russell will do her guitar goddess thing at Andy's Savory Cafe in downtown Ventura, and Electricity will get electrical all over the Star Lounge. And finally on a Friday, Carl Sonny Leyland will do his boogie woogie piano thing at Yolie's in West Ventura across from Avenue Von's.

Fish Fry

On Saturday, it's those disappointed yet hopeful Dodger fans in Fish Fry at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor. The legendary R&B Bombers will be up all those stairs at the Watermark in Ventura and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay Bar & Grill. There's gonna be a bunch of bands at the Tavern down on Santa Clara - 50 Sticks of Dynamite, the Phantom Pomps and La Vonettes, while next door, it's that singing bovine, the White Buffalo at Zoey's; while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's outdoor blues with Bob Jones and Randy Rich at Los Caporales and up the coast to Santa Barbara to SOhO, it's indie rock faves, Two Gallants.



John Hiatt

On Sunday, there's a community supported benefit at the Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura with a carnival and music all day, highlighted by performances by a pair on the rise - Dominic Galli and Britney Christian - it's all to raise money for 8-year-old cancer patient Daisy Love Merrick. Frank Barajas will do his usual one man pop rock gig at Tutti's in Ventura, also on Sunday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Rachel Sedacca will provide the soundtrack for this week's Green Art People wingding on the Ventura Avenue.

And finally on a Thursday, they've got the groove - it's a great party band from Washington, state of - that would be Yogoman Burning Band - they'll be in Hell-A at the Five Star Bar - it's worth the drive just to hear "Dragon Bus." John Hiatt will be way cool at the Canyon Club in Agoura and Teresa Russell will be at the Lookout in farmland-hating Oxnard and the wonderful Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros will play a benefit at Libbey Bowl in Ojai thus concluding a fairly slow week.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching TCM with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week, sort of a slow week but with some good stuff - see what you think:

Alejandro Escovedo

OK, tonight, Friday night - he's in Hell-A but worth the drive - it's Americana hero, Alejandro Escovedo - he'll be at the Mint - I was gonna go last Sunday nite to see him in Santa Barbara but I got enthralled by "True Blood" and never made it out the door. It's '80s flashback night at the House of Try to Find a Place to Park with A Flock Of Seagulls and Gene Loves Jezebel while over at the Key Club - it's gnarly punk rock with a couple of veteran bands - the Angry Samoans and the Dickies, who provided the soundtrack for the greatest clown flick ever made, "Killer Klowns From Outer Space." Over in Simi Valley, it's the ubiquitous Preston Smith - he's everywhere and this time, at the Elephant Bar, while up here in western Ventura County, it's pure power pop with those Corsican Brothers at Margarita Villa. Teresa Russell will do her guitar goddess thing at Andy's NY Deli in Ventura and her male counterpart, Alastair Greene, will be at Amigo's and Dona Oxford will be at Yolie's, also in Ventura.



Chris Pierce

On Saturday, it's a Cajun dance party in Peninsula Park in farmland-hating Oxnard with Acadiana and soul man Chris Pierce will make his debut (I think) at the Four Brix Winery and that two-day Spencer MacKenzie wing ding kicks off in Ventura with just about every local band. I love their carne asada tacos even though I'm a Corrales man and a long time ago, a Johnny's man, but they got too expensive - in any case, there's plenty of business for both Spencer Mackenzie and Corrales but the Mac rocks more. There's a good triple bill at the Bombay with Dr. M, Big Dictator and up from Hell-A, Flavia & the Red. Garrison Star and Jay Nash will do the singer/songwriter thing at Zoey's and Jody Farrell will be at Yolie's, while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's rockin' blues outside at Los Caporales with Bob Jones & Randy Rich, And finally on a Saturday, up in SB, it's Jim Kweskin and Dodger fans, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always just perfect.

On Sunday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band - that would be Urban Dread - and they'll be playing some reggae music at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we like it, Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's, which used to be Cafe Voltaire and now is not and up in Oak View, it's acoustic music with the Perry Brothers at the Big Buddha Lounge.

On Tuesday, it's the Preachers playing some rockin' blues at Amigo's in Ventura. On Wednesday - she rages - that would be the Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. Urban Dread will try it again, this time at Bogie's in Westlake and Dan Grimm and Happens Again will entertain at this week's Green Art People show down on the Ventura Avenue - check out my Grimm wit in this week's Time Out - proof positive that I'm hardly making any of this up.

Finally on a Thursday, it's Forbidden Fruit at Amigo's and Los Lobos will be at a benefit show at the Lobero in S.B. - that'd be a good one. OK, that's all that for this week - choose wisely.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Bee Eaters

OK, tonight, Friday night, it's rockin' reggae from Urban Dread at Padri's Martini Bar in Agoura - the Reverend Horton Heat will play loud and fast at the Canyon Club - also in Agoura. (When I'm feeling reverential, I turn on the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz - the funniest living redneck). While up here in the 805 where we like it, the Bee Eaters will do some cool acoustic stuff at the Center for Spiritual Living down on Laurel Street and Santa Clara in Ventura and guitar goddess Teresa Russell will do her amazing thing all over Andy's New York Deli in Ventura and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at Amigo's on Main Street while directly across the street, it's Mouse Grey and those Rubberneck Lions at the Good Bar, while down C Street, it's Le Meu Le Purr - Pepe Le Pew's favorite band - they'll be at the Bombay and drummer Jerry McWhorter and the Big Beats will be at Yolie's. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai - Lissie - yup, just Lissie - she'll headline a benefit for Haitian children at the Libbey Bowl in downtown Ojai. And finally on a Friday, it's Colbie Caillet and Gavin DeGraw - they'll be at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. Wow - that's a lot of stuff - but that's why it's Friday night.

OK, on Saturday, Rachel Sedacca will play some folk rock at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura and the Grandmothers of Invention - I'm guessing these are the survivors of Frank - they'll be at the cavernous Cavern Club in Agoura, while the amazing Preston Smith will improve the quality of life at Cisco's in Westlake Village. While down the hill to the 805 where we like it or until Oxnard paves everything - heard about their plan to build two new high schools on the farmland in the green belt? Several people need to start voting in that town - I can say that - I was born there. Anyway, one of the hardest working bands anywhere and my heroes - the Cadillac Angels will be at Peninsula Park in Oxnard and a mile or two up Harbor Boulevard - the #1 DUI street in the county - it's Divine Crime at Margarita Villa in the Ventura Harbor. Ron Rio, a master of boogie woogie piano will be at the Four Brix Winery in Ventura and the Cult will play some '80s style guitar rock at the Ventura Theatre. Across the street at the Sans Souci, it's Mouse Grey fueled by beers and booze from Lauren the bartender and through the alley to the Bombay, all those Shoemaker Brothers will play some original rock. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's Rey Fresco ably assisted by the Ojai Junior Symphony at the Libbey Bowl and just steps away, it's Bob Jones and Randy Rich playing some blues at Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant. And up the coast to SB - a thinly-veiled excuse to go to Mac's - it's the Dunwells playing stellar Celtic folk rock at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always just perfect.



On Sunday - lots more stuff - good thing we don't have an NFL team - I haven't watched a pro game since the Rams left. The Wayward Sons will rock all the yupscale rich folk as well as the doctors on Harley's - all happening Sunday at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. Up here in the 805 where we still like it, Immortal Technique - a rapper who definitely does not suck - will be at the Ventura Theatre, probably late but worth the wait. The legendary R&B Bombers will play some dance music at the Bombay - Frank Barajas will do his one-man pop rock thing at Tutti's and not far away at Zoey's, there will be a Remembering Kenny Edwards gig, featuring the great guitar player's many friends. Up the coast to Santa Barbara - after all this, it's the best show of the week and one of the best this year - Alejandro Escovedo and super singer/songwriter Jesse Malin on the same bill at Velvet Jones; and finally on a Sunday, guitar god Alastair Greene will shred at Whiskey Richards.

On Monday - slow night - just one - Ha Ha Tonka will play some cool indie rock at the El Rey Theatre in Hell-A. A review of their new one is just below all this exposition.

Groove Session

On Tuesday - one more, but closer - Spencer the Gardener will be at the Stow House in Goleta playing his "spy movie music at the beach."

On Wednesday - one more time with Urban Dread - they'll be playing some reggae at Bogie's in WLV, while down the hill to the 805, Teresa Russell will shred anew - this time at Seaside Seafood in Port Hueneme. And Groove Session will provide the soundtrack for this week's Green Art People wingding down on the Ventura Avenue.

On Thursday - she never rests - Teresa Russell will be in farmland-hating Oxnard at the Lookout - as in - lookout - where'd all that traffic come from? All those Shoemaker Brothers - one more time - will be at the scenic Pierpont Inn in Ventura and Jah Mon Soul will be at Amigo's. I don't wanna hear you say, "There's never anything to do around here," ya get me?

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Jack White

OK, tonight, Friday night it's in LA but it's worth it to check out the great singer-songwriter Paul Thorn will be at the Mint, and what a great name - they could be the house band on Wall Street - Me First & The Gimme Gimmes along with Old Man Markley will be at the House of Blues in Hollywood. Jack White will begin a two-day run at the Shrine Auditorium - his new album is a gem while up here in the 805 where we like it, Teresa Russell will do her girl and a guitar thing at Andy's New York Deli in Ventura. The Sticks Randall All-Star band will have some fun at Amigo's on Main Street and Gypsy Death Star will be one of a couple bands to play at the Bombay.

On Saturday and Sunday it's those rich punk rockers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will be at the Staples Center. She's one of the greatest chick singer songwriters of all time that you probably never heard of - she's usually an actress but - wow - she sure can sing - that would

Red Hot Chili Peppers

be Kathleen Wilhoite - she'll be at Vitello's in Studio City - avoid the Robert Blake Special and check out Kathleen's "Pitch Like A Girl" album. The amazing Preston Smith will be at Cisco's in Westlake Village, where no one can spell recession and up here in the 805 where we like it, Santa Barbara legend, Spencer the Gardener will have people dancing funny at Amigo's on Main Street in Ventura with his "spy movie music at the beach." It's Fair time and on Saturday, you could check out Boyz II Men, En Vogue and local country rockers, Big Tweed. Rooster Ra, who have the best song ever about Oxnard, will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View and Bob Jones and Randy Rich will play some blues outside at Los Caporales in Ojai and Rain Perry is having a house concert with Alan Thornhill and Martin Young. And the Jimmy Adams Memorial Concert is happening at the Plaza Playhouse Theatre in Carpinteria.

On Sunday, it's country-flavored singer/songwriter Kelly Hogan at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica and Urban Dread will play some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura, while up here in the 805 where we'll always like it, Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura and Rachel Sedacca will play some folk rock at the Big Buddha Lounge. And finally on a Sunday, Avi Buffalo will be at the cool little Muddy Waters venue down on Haley in Santa Barbara.

In Monday - it's Down South but it's a good double bill of indie rock at the Music Box in Hollyweird with Earlimart and Grandaddy.

What a rockin' week - there's even a ton of shows on Tuesday - the Kills will be at the Mayan Theatre, also in Hell-A and the Alabama Shakes, who I think, will probably be great - are gonna be at the Music Box and Dead Can Dance will be at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, while up the coast in Santa Barbara, indie rockers on the rise, Peaking Lights, will be at the Velvet Jones on State Street.



When they're on - they can be the greatest rock band in the world - Phish on Wednesday at the Long Beach Arena - I saw Ten Years After there once when they were one of the best bands in the world - and up here in the 805 at the Green Art People thing in Ventura, it's Wons Frealey and Tara Patterson.

On Thursday, the Legalizers will play some reggae at the historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura, and Forbidden Fruit will play some reggae at Amigo's. And they remind me of the Bottle Rockets - that would be Drunken Prayer playing some country rock at the Brewhouse in S.B.

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Cracker

OK, tonight - Friday night, in Hell-A, it's a good one - two Sub Pop bands, King Tiff and Jaill with two l's, will be at the Echo and there's a bunch of good bands at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City - Cracker, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Barenaked Ladies and Blues Traveler. While up here in the 805 where we like it, the Preachers will play some rockin' blues at the historic Glenn Tavern Inn in Santa Paula and - check it out - two gigs in Santa Paula tonight, Friday night. The 5th Annual Citrus Balloon Festival kicks off with country music night - go check out Caught Red Handed while over in Ventura, the Indie West Fest kicks off tonight and rolls through Sunday at the venerable Ventura Theatre - you should go - check out my story in this week's Time Out.

The R&B Bombers will be up all those stairs at the Watermark and the Maudlin Strangers - whatta great name - and three other bands will be at the Bombay down on California Street and the Outta Sites will play some flashback tunes at Yolie's, also in Ventura. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai - it's all 29 Mules playing some beer swilling inspirational country rock at the Hub.


Long Way Down by Maudlin Strangers


On Saturday, she's my dream date every morning and one of my favorite lesbians either on the radio when I'm driving to work or on current TV every weekday morning - it's the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Show - find out what Fox won't tell you and laugh about it as

Zachary James

well - they'll do it live at the Pantages, and the Dirty Projectors will be at the Wiltern in Hell-A. And up here in the 805, mucho really good local bands will be at the Citrus Balloon Fest thing in Santa Paula, including the reunion gig of Durango 95, who have served their 25-year waiting period but also Kyle Hunt, Jeff Hershey and Zachary James, the Shoemakers and more, Enjoy small town quality of life or before the Chamber of Concrete buys the city council and removes all those boring trees for some really bitchen condos so more jerks from Hell-A can move up here and assure us that the traffic is not really that bad. The Brian Faith Band will be at Blackbeard's BBQ, down at the Ventura Harbor and the Indie West Fest kicks in seriously with the Muffs, the Smithereens and a bunch of local bands at the Ventura Theatre, still Saturday. Jonathan McEuen and his many friends will be at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. The Noble Creatures will be at the Jester and Bob Jones and Randy Rich will play some blues outside at Los Caporales in Ojai and the Fish Tank Ensemble will be at the Dancing Oak Ranch. And up the coast, he's the soundtrack for his hometown playing that "spy movie music at the beach," that would Spencer the Gardener celebrating Fiesta with his annual gig at De La Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara.

On Sunday, the Indie West Fest goes out in style with X, Jackass and my heroes, Old Man Markley, and much more at the Ventura Theatre and Frank Barajas will do his Sunday afternoon thing at Tutti's in Ventura.

Skip one until Tuesday, when happy Giants fan Chris Isaak will be at the Ventura Theatre. Giants in first - what can be worse?

On Wednesday, the legendary Neville Brothers will rock it one more time at the Hollywood Bowl and Urban Dread will play some reggae music at Bogie's in Westlake Village and up here in the 805 where we'll always like it, Julie Christensen will do the honors at this week's Green Art People thing down on the Ventura Avenue. That's enough for one week....

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Sonny & the Sunsets

OK, tonight - Friday night, it's Sonny & the Sunsets at the Echo in Hell-A - loved the album before last - the new one? Not so much, but these pop rockers live will probably be good. Leftover Deadheads will be swirling with abandon along with String Cheese Incident at the Greek Theatre - sure to be a mindbender to future archaeologists, much like the Assyrian tire factory on Hwy. 5. Meanwhile, Fish Fry will play some bluesy rock at the Lab Brewing Company, compliments of those Dodger fans in the Fishell family, and not far away, Nu Wave techno wiz with 30 years experience, Howard Jones will be at the cavernous Canyon Club, also in Agoura.

While up here in the 805 where we like it, it's reggae night at the Bombay, all for the VC Music Awards - the bands are Jahmon Soul, Elevator Ska and - they might remember the way - the Ska Daddyz, setters of countless new lows at this venue. I myself, was kicked out during a Ska Daddyz gig and when Zorba kicks off into "She Likes To Party," you'll be glad you came. Lee Koch and Naia Kete both veteran of "The Voice," will be at Zoey's. I never watch network TV; and Lynwood Slim - a veteran blues dude - will be at Yolie's in west Ventura across from Avenue Von's and finally on a Friday, it's New Liberty at the Deer Lodge - sounds like some Republican BS as they continue stealing everything, but it's not - they rock. But remember, "privatization" is just another word for stealing public money. That's your history lesson for this week. What do the Republicans want to steal next? Social Security and the dough tied up in the Postal Service, not to mention, your pension. Cut through the lies and find out what's really going on and read the new one from Robert Scheer, "The Great American Stick-up." Oh, and New Liberty still at the Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks.

On Saturday, it's boogie woogie piano wiz Rob Rio - he'll be rocking out under the fog at the Olivas Adobe in Ventura next to the golf course which reminds me of Marrk Twain's timeless

Dr. M

observation that "golf is a good walk ruined." In downtown Ventura, Dr. M will play some dance music at the Watermark and a bunch of DJs will spin for the sprung, finding that dance groove at the Ventura Frequency Festival on the Promenade. Don't know about this one, but how could anyone resist Electric Liberace at Zoey's? And just as there is no Liberace Jr., Hot Roux will be at the Jester in Ojai.

On Sunday, it's the Queers and Screeching Weasel at the Fonda in Hollyweird - the Queers released one of the greatest pop punk albums of all time, "Don't Back Down," and yes, the do improve (or at least equal) the original. The Association - 45 years later - evidently still at it, will be at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and up here in the 805 where we still love it, it's all those Shoemaker Brothers at the Bombay and Emy Reynolds will be at Zoey's.

Skip a few to Wednesday when you can check out some reggae from Urban Dread at Bogie's in Westlake. Down in Ventura - it's all blues all over with the All Star Blues Jam at Bombay and the VCBS Blues Jam at the Tavern, while up in Oak View, it's Frank Barajas doing his one-man pop rock thing at the Big Buddha Lounge.

And finally for this week, on Thursday - one more time for Urban Dread again in Westlake but this time at the Zin Bistro, while down the hill to Ventura where my mom worked for 30 years - it's the Legalizers at the Pierpont Inn and up Hwy. 33, it's Jonathan McEuen doing something cool at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. OK, that's that for a slow week. Stay tuned...

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Bass Drum of Death

OK, tonight - Friday night, they're pretty cool, especially if you're having garage band withdrawals - it's raucous redneck rock all the way from the dumbest state in these here United Snakes, that would be Mississippi and the band is the Bass Drum of Death. I bought a shirt last time I saw them. This time, they'll be at the Echo in Hell-A and not Santa Barbara. World class guitar player Albert Lee will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica and Urban Dread, the most popular band in the Conejo Valley, will play some reggae at Padri's Martini Bar in Agoura. And up here in the 805 where we like it or until the Chamber of Concrete-controlled city councils pave everything, guitar goddess Teresa Russell will do her thing at the Savory Cafe in Ventura, while a few blocks away at Zoey's, it's Bloodshot Recording artist Cory Branan, trying to sell a few copies of his latest, "Mutt." The blues gig this week at Yolie's will be the Hi-Lo Playboys. And finally on a Friday up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's rockin' blues with those Preachers at the Jester.

On Saturday, one more time in Hell-A, it's the entertaining Mates of State at the Echo and the Mighty Cash Cats will play some Johnny Cash songs at the Lab Brewing Company in

Mouse Grey

Agoura, and up here in the 805 where we still love it, it's Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons doing some bluesy rock at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor. Mouse Grey will play some original rock down at the Pangea on Thompson and over at the Bombay Bar & Grill, it's their annual Beach Party going from Thursday through Sunday - especially Saturday when all your favorite local bands will play such as Kyle Hunt, Rubberneck Lions, Zachary James, Bloody Mary Morning and many more. Los Fabulocos will be at Yolie's also on Saturday and one more - Tina Sicre and Orlando Napier will be at SOhO in S.B.



On Sunday, you don't hear this often - Moorpark and music - but there's a cool blues gig at the old theatre on High Street - the main drag before Moorpark got too big - anyway, it's Chris Cain, Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog with Kelly's Lot opening - hope it goes off. One more time for Mouse Grey - they'll be at the Sans Souci in Ventura and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay.

Shoemaker Brothers

On Monday, it's a great Southern Rock-style party rock band - that would be Lucero at the Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara.

Skip one until Wednesday when it's the All-Star Blues Jam at the Bombay and it's the VCBS Blues Jam a few blocks away at the Tavern and Howlin' Woods will be at the Green Art People gig on the Ventura Avenue; and I was only off by a month, but Tangerine Dream will definitely be at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara while a block or so away, he's as good as any of them and he's never gonna get a day job - that would be Michael On Fire at SOhO and finally, it's the latest Santa Barbara Blues Society gig with the Lionel Young Band at the Butler Events Center.

And finally, on Thursday, there's a good one in Hell-A at the Mayan - the Bouncing Souls and the Menzingers, while up here in the 805 where we will always love it - the Story So Far will be at Rock City Studios, probably for a smaller crowd than at the Warped Tour in Ventura recently. And finally for this week, it's Jonathan McEuen doing something cool at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. OK, that's that - for now...

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Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least for the next hour or two, kicking at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where I'll be lurking in the back this week:

Chris Smither

OK, tonight - Friday night, he's great but he's in Hell-A, well, Santa Monica, actually - that would be Chris Smither at McCabe's, while up PCH a bit to the Malibu Inn, it's the happiest living man, Pato Banton, who will play some uplifting reggae. Over the Santa Monica Mountains to the Thousand Oaks Library - which presumably will be shush free when Jimmy LaFave plays a few, while down the grade to Ventura, it's the Brian Faith Band at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor. There's a bunch of punk bands at Billy O's in Ventura, including the Grim. We Govern We will play some original rock at the Sans Souci and a few steps away, it's the band and what will follow, Bloody Mary Morning - they'll be at the Watermark. There's a big gearhead rockabilly show at the Bombay with the Shaymes, Dirty Filthy Mugs and Public Nuisance and blues belter supreme, Janiva Magness will be at Yolie's; and way, way up Hwy 33 - it's the annual Camp Schiedeck wing-ding at the Reyes Cantina in Maricopa with just about every cool local band, including Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy, Todd Hannigan, playing for a bunch of people getting too wasted to drive home.



On Saturday, it's Foster the People at the Universal Amphitheatre, and that gorgeous blond piano player who had it going before, after and especially during - Ally McBeal - that would be Vonda Shepherd. Check out my story in this week's Time Out, proof positive I'm hard making any of this up. In Ventura, all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Golden China - their Sunday brunch can't be beat - and finally on a Saturday, it's L.A. soul band, Fitz & the Tantrums opening for Ben Harper at the SB County Bowl.



Shaky Feelin'

On Sunday, it's the Bombers at the Bombay - and why not? They're providing the soundtrack for Kenny the Doorman's 55th Birthday party. Frank Barajas will do his one-man pop rock thing at Tutti's, also in Ventura and Rain Perry will do a homegame gig at the Ojai Art Center.

Skip a few until Wednesday - it's Lyle Lovett at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, while up here in the 805 where we like it, it's the All-Star Blues Jam at the Bombay and it's the VCBS Blues Jam a few blocks away at the Tavern and Shaky Feelin' will do their jam band thing at the Green Art People gig on the Ventura Avenue.

And finally, it's Jonathan McEuen doing something cool at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. OK, that's that as to all that, a very slow week - for now...

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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.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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