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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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What to know about where to go this 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 ("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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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.

Going to the show: Black Joe Lewis / Snow Patrol

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Black Joe LewisHad a few Santa Barbara adventures last week - Black Joe Lewis at UCSB and Snow Patrol at the Bowl - both just thinly-veiled excuses to go to Mac's to score a few days worth of burritos on the way home.

Haven't been to USCB for a few years, so imagine my response to my welcome back souvenir - a 48 dollar parking ticket. In less enlightened times, that's extortion. It's the classic cop behind the billboard speed trap updated. Here's what appears to have happened: So the minimum wage uniform guy at the front gate isn't there at night - and now the school has a double dip income spike by saving this invisible man's pittance of a salary + all the new surprises in the form of outrageous parking fines. I didn't see any signs - no one said anything to me and where I parked - less than a block from Campbell Hall - no one came or went, so I didn't take anyone's spot. For the privilege, that's 48 bucks which translates to me and UCSB (Unconscionable Car Shakedown Bummer) becoming complete strangers for the forseeable future.

How was Black Joe? He raged - channeling Otis Redding, Hound Dog Taylor, Bobby 'Blue' Bland and James Brown - with lots of fuzzed out guitars and a raging horn section for emphasis. Too bad that about the only students there were working. Lewis dropped the f-bomb a few times, other than that, pretty much every word was indecipherable. Good thing he rocked - playing tunes off his two albums. You need his last one, "Scandalous." If more blues was like this, there'd be way more blues fans. And if there were more signage, there would be happier writers - good thing Mac's had a fresh batch of Bean, Rice and Green Chile Burritos on a brief stop to break up the whining on the return trip.

Two days later, Saturday night, it rained a bit on the way north to the Santa Barbara County Bowl to see Snow Patrol. Feeling lazier than usual - after a hard day of watching the Sooners destroy Kansas in football - it was foggy but dry as we took the shuttle to the top of the hill where I quickly realized that I had been misinformed as to the start times.

I was eager to see Lissie - a rock star on the rise out of Ojai, a lady that certainly has connections. She played Coachella, tours all over the world, and now, there she was with a relative home game opening for the Irish/Scottish rock stars in Snow Patrol. We took our seats, just as Lissie belted out "Yeah, yeah, yeah!" and skedaddled, her set complete.

After our brief MBW (Basic Monotonous Wait) Snow Patrol strolled out - all six of them, fronted by dynamite singer Gary Lightbody.

It became obvious quickly that here was a bunch of pros that played impeccably with perfectly happening harmonies - in short, they've done this sort of thing before. Lightbody bantered with the crowd, including some folks in front who didn't seem to mind that they had postponed their trip to Korea for the show. He spent a lot of time, convincing the crowd that needed little convincing to become the boring chorus. Then during the fairly tame acoustic interlude, Lightbody invited Lissie out to join in as those two created some powerhouse harmonies. Always worth the drive for Snow Patrol but not a 35 dollar t-shirt. Hey, I don't live in Santa Barbara.



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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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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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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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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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: 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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What to know about where to go this 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:

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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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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