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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:

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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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.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Pink - The Truth About Love

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The Truth About Love

The latest from Pink is "The Truth About Love" and it's on RCA Records. Her booming voice commands every song - most are relentlessly upbeat as she flutters between snarky, bitchy, bouncy and funny. That most famous example of lazy red since the black-billed, long necked bird and Homer Simpson's car, Pink is a Grammy winner, and a world famous rock star and judging by this one - her sixth - she's on top of her game. The cool bluesy riff from the potent, "How Come You're Not Here," is dedicated to the herds of male groupies who would be more than happy to drink swamp water and sleep in a hollow log just to hear her whisper, "Beat it sucker." On "Slut Like You," Pink admits that even rock goddesses don't always get lucky as she wakes up hung over and alone - we suspect that's an aberration because despite the GOP's narrow dastardly view of the world, women decide. Pink's great.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Wallflowers - Glad All Over

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Glad All Over

The Wallflowers are much like the Dave Clark 5 used to be - "Glad All Over" and it's on Columbia. This one forces me to use the obvious pun, "I'm glad it's over" but this one really doesn't go anywhere as the band has taken their name for a world view on a series of interchangeable and forgettable examples of lite rock. Only "It's A Dream" shows much of an awareness of a hook.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: No Doubt - Push And Shove

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Push and Shove

They're back for the first time in a while, that would be No Doubt - their sixth and latest is "Push And Shove" and it's on Interscope Records. Wow - 25 years for this band who used to play with the Ska Daddyz and all those Nardcore bands - they're so rich now, they could afford to buy Oxnard and change the name to Locals Only. Since I am not and never have been a 12-year-old girl and thus, never a big fan of this band that used to be a ska band but rather, it's heavily produced bimbonic pop from behind the Orange Curtain capturing perfectly the motivation of those mall mice from sea to whining sea. The title tune is confused and overdone - and in the middle - the core of the album - are half a dozen songs with one word titles with "Gravity" emerging the bouncy best. The obvious focus is the autobiographical, "Looking Hot," during which Gwen Stefani encourages the double-o from her drooling public, asking repeatedly, "Do you think I'm looking hot?" I always sort of thought she looked like a fish. Well, she asked...


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Little Big Town - Tornado

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Tornado

My new favorite band, Little Big Town, has a new one - that would be "Tornado" and it's on Capitol. This is a country rock group with four part harmonies, doing it since '98 - this is their fifth album. You may've heard that country music has gone pop - well, listen no further. I'm not wild about country music but I love this stuff - see what I mean? This is not the Old '97s or the Bottle Rockets - nothing like that - it's twangy, middle of the road folk music. Imagine Mumford & Sons meets the Dixie Chicks and Shovels & Rope.



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:

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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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.



Rock 'n' Roll Call: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Lost Songs

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Lost Songs

They have one of the great band names - And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - and they have a new one, "Lost Songs," just out on Century Media Records. Trail of Dead for short, is one of the great American bands - they're out of Texas - they sound like Brits straight out of Phil Spector's unconscious - back when it mattered. There's a couple of mildly screamy ones but most of this is wall of sound, jam band guitars going off into psychedelic excursions that you'll love right off. There's only four of these guys but they make enough music for twice that number, especially if baroque shoe gazer rock is your thing.

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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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Ssion - Ssion

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The prolific Ssion has a self-titled new one - and it's on Dovecote Records. It's techno pop out of the heartland - Kansas City - I'm guessing this dude - Cody Critcheloe - has moved elsewhere. His music doesn't move far from the typical disco/techno dance music. "High," a tune that will resonate with those that smoked their dinner, but the lyrics on this one as well as all the others are sparse and repetitive, so expect few term papers on the significance of the lyrics. Ssion plays OK dance music but put this one on at a biker party and you should be sure to have your dental insurance current.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Shiny Toy Guns - III

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III

Shiny Toy Guns has returned with a third helping of alternative rock from Hell-A - the album is "III" and it's on Five Seven Music and marks the return of the original star of the show - front gal Carah Faye Charnow - absent from the last effort. Nice looking young lady fronting a rock band? Nah - never work. Anyway, the band has been at it for a decade now and appears to be running out of songs as few of these ditzy techno pop rockers have what it takes for you to want to hear this stuff again. For example, "Waiting Alone," a bummer we've all unhappily endured, is more whiny than angry - as it shouldn't be. This album is competent, if uninspired, so back to Songwriting 101 for this band. And cops don't care about the "Toy" part should be find yourself in such a dangerous situation - there's a word for that (three, actually) Suicide By Police.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Upon This Drowning - To Keep Us Safe

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To Keep Us Safe

The new one by Upon This Drowning is "To Keep Us Safe" and it's on Fearless Records. Remember near the end of "The Avengers" movie when Loki is about to unleash his mindless minions on an unsuspecting world, only to be smashed by the Hulk? This would be their soundtrack - metallic with a low throated growl, providing the answer to an unasked question: What if the Predator had a band and he was really mad? Not even close.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Drake - Take Care

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Take Care

Drake - just Drake - perhaps hoping to join the well known believers in brevity such as Godzilla and Madonna - has a new one - that would be "Take Care" and it's on Universal Republic. The same machines seem to be playing the same old song as Drake does his rap lite thing - as he lets his vulnerable little boy side shine through as he says and does the right thing as his audience - women. To Drake, the fair sex and the b-word remain complete strangers, as it should be. The rhymes are a step above the usual, which admittedly is a low bar, but Drake seems to have the sweet soul man thing figured out even as he remains fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard, but he would appear to have a future at that 3 a.m. hopefully getting lucky moment, if and when you've made it home drunk. And in a totally unrelated subject, that rapper with a hat - Kid Rock - dissed every Capricorn (who generally never lie and are always right) by coming out for Mitt Romney who is a mean rich guy that makes plastic seem authentic. Do you want a boss or a president?


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Alex Clare - The Lateness Of The Hour

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The Lateness of the Hour

"The Lateness Of The Hour" is the debut from Alex Clare and it's on mighty, mighty Universal Republic, and a definite keeper. Most of this is energetic, upbeat BritPop perfectly realized and also that perfect 3 a.m. speed freak soundtrack for scrubbing those long neglected bathroom tiles with a toothbrush. Clare has a strong, high voice - sort of like vintage Steve Winwood from the Traffic daze or a local equivalent would be Jonathan McEuen. Other times, Clare seems to be channeling Sly Stone - also a good thing - and "Too Close" will make you a fan of Mr. C., clearly a rock star to be.



What to know about where to go this week

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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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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Mumford & Sons - Babel

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Babel

The follow-up to Mumford & Sons' 2009 smash, "Sigh No More" is "Babel" and they're still on Glassnote. I read somewhere that this one wasn't as good, but I don't hear that - it sounds like more of the same - they sure as hell don't sound like KISS. It's more English folk rock, performed with real religious fervor and little humor but stalwart playing and soaring vocals as many of the songs start of slow and build into anthem-like rave-ups. And "Country" Winston Marshall tears it up on banjo and people seem to love banjos just as much as they do firemen, Twinkies, Pandas and waterfalls. If you liked the last one, you'll dig this one as well.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

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Sugaring Season

Greg Germann most convincingly played the irritating and greedy lawyer Richard Fish in "Ally McBeal." Fish had a most effective device, a safety precaution in his high dollar penthouse for just that moment when a woman shrugged then breathlessly sighed those four words men never want to hear, "We have to talk." In Fish's apartment, whenever his current date uttered those words, sirens and alarms went off automatically. With the exception of the hauntingly beautiful "Mystery" and the rock lite "Call Me The Breeze," Orton is playing We Have to Talk music on her first new one is a while, "Sugaring Season" on Anti Records.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: King Charles - Loveblood

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Loveblood

King Charles has a new one - "Loveblood" on Universal Republic out a couple of months. This one is all over the place but in good ways - you'll hear some doo wop, some reggae, maybe even some calypso, some spectacle worthy of Queen, some Edward Sharpe vocals - all in a baroque vision of grandiose pop. You might even hear some Jan & Dean on my favorite song, "Bam Bam" by my new favorite band and "Love Lust" is a snappy extrapolation of Harlan Ellison's wry observation that "love ain't nothin' but sex misspelled." And for no apparent reason this King Charles likes polar bears and flamingos and is even joined by Mumford & Sons on one song, a good way to keep his head on straight unlike the other King Charles who was beheaded on 30 January 1649 and is still dead and has no new one.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Tristan Prettyman - Cedar Gold

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Cedar + Gold

Tristan Prettyman, offering even more truth in advertising - she's pretty, man - gorgeous even - and she has a new album, her third, "Cedar Gold" on Capitol. She's at times bubbly and bouncy, or solo, sad and acoustic. Too many of these, however, are indifferent tunes of the folkie persuasion, but "My Oh My" is sort of a bluesy rocker, heavy on the hooks and a definite keeper and Prettyman ain't lying when she reminds us that "...at some point we all have to 'Come Clean."' She's got the voice and the looks but back to Songwriting 101 for some better tunes for Ms. P.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Reel Big Fish - Candy Coated Fury

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Candy Coated Fury

There's a new Reel Big Fish album, "Candy Coated Fury" and it's on Rock Ridge Records. The album title is exactly on target - this is bouncy bile, ska style. Check out some of the tune titles - "Everyone Else Is An A**hole," "Your Girlfriend Sucks," or "I Know You Too Well To Lie Anymore" and "I Love/You Suck" and lots more in a similar not nice (but pretty darn fun) vein. Remember the bouncy Creedence song "Bad Moon Rising"? It was upbeat music with downbeat lyrics - Reel Big Fish does that for an album, but aiding their cause exponentially is the fact that they're one of the best pop/punk/ska bands in the world with perfect vocals by Aaron Barnett and that happening horn section always shreds so perfectly. Many of these songs will be dedicated to Miss Take or Mr. Wrong for years to come. If you read this in time, the band is playing Friday night (12 October) at the venerable Ventura Theatre with Less Than Jake.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: NOFX - Self-Entitled

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Self Entitled

The new NOFX is the best punk rock album in ages - that would be "Self-Entitled" and it's on Fat Wreck Chords. The first song, "72 Hookers" is pretty much, everything you need to know about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and all those idiotic jihadis and their perpetually losing battle with the clock. Ever notice how Mullah Omar has his Taliban toadies focused on destroying schools? Ignorant teenagers who have never been with a woman - for them, dates grow on trees - make the best suicide bombers, especially when promised 72 virgins, on their way to turning back the clock to 675 or when the Prophet was still alive. Anyway, Fat Mike, turns it all around a bit and in the process, reveals to us all how close world peace could really be. I can't say more in a family newspaper and hope to be back next week. The rest is funny pop punk with wise guy lyrics as presented by a bunch of pros.


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:



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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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Sara Bareilles - Once Upon Another Time

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Once Upon Another Time

Sara Bareilles' new one is "Once Upon Another Time" and it's on Epic Records. She a thirtysomething singer/songwriter out of Eureka in NorCal, probably best known for "Love Song," and so far, she's been up for a trio of Grammys. Keeping it pretty basic, it's pretty much a gal and her piano and a powerful voice casting that we-have-to-talk spell but in a most agreeable manner. Tori and Fiona fans may get into the introspective sad girl routine which Sara pulls it off most convincingly.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Vaccines - Come Of Age

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Come Of Age

The Vaccines are back with a second dose of pleasurable power pop - that would be "Come Of Age" and it's on Columbia Records. Last year's debut, I thought, was the best album of 2011 - this one's not that good but it's pretty darn close. It's a series of jumpy, pogo pop three minute chiming guitar songs smartly done with cool vocals by Justin Young on tunes such as "Teenage Icon," while "I Wish I Was A Girl" doesn't make a lot of sense but it sounds good - sort of Mitt Romney's performance in the first debate. This band also kicked ass at this year's Coachella back in the spring, so no sophomore jinx for them as the Vaccines still have the cure for bad music.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Two Gallants - The Bloom And The Blight

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The Bloom and the Blight

Two Gallants have a new one - that would be "The Bloom And The Blight" on Ato Records. It's a screamy - but not in a bad way - maybe they're just earnest. Anyway, it's an intense folk duo out of the Bay Area from Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel who started playing together when they were 12 and this is their sixth album. The more I hear this one, the worse I feel about missing them in Santa Barbara recently. It's big voices, big guitars, big ideas - big deal? Pretty much - this one is a lock to make the year end list and on the testosterone driven anthem, "My Love Won't Wait," the lady in question - if found in a serenade situation - would be left with two options: Call the cops or melt straight away and sigh, "Come on in, you big galoot." Then there's "Broken Eyes," the soulful ballad and "Willie" is an folk rock rave-up. All these cool Americana, folk rock acts such as the Head & the Heart, Shovels & Rope, the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons - and all the rest? Here's another.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Imagine Dragons - Night Visions

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Night Visions

Imagine Dragons second album is "Night Visions" and it's on mighty, mighty Interscope Records. It bombastic, by the numbers arena rock as concocted by a bunch of pros of the big beat persuasion as predictable as it is perfect. Imagine Asia for the new millennium. Dan Reynolds is a most capable frontman and "Demons" is probably gonna be the hit. These Las Vegas Dragons could provide the soundtrack for "Game of Thrones."

Rock 'n' Roll Call: David Byrne and St. Vincent - Love This Giant

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Love This Giant

David Byrne - he's the skinny, elastic former Talking Heads dude - along with St. Vincent, actually Annie Clark of Polyphonic Spree - both are ably assisted by a cool horn section, resulting in an album, "Love This Giant" and it's on 4AD, I think one of Matador's many aliases these days. The two mugs on the album cover clearly look Halloween ready, nearly scary enough to make a freight train take a dirt road, the result is funky, quirky, weird and pretty entertaining - did I say weird - yet somehow alluring. I saw a good one back in '82, the Talking Heads and Black Uhuru at the SB County Bowl - David Byrne will be at the Arlington on Thursday, 11 October, might be fun. All of this reminds me of one of my greatest journalistic foul-ups - I called David Byrne John Byrne, who at the time was the artist on the Fantastic Four or back when I had a serious collection of 73 boxes of Silver Age Marvels. Now I'm sad.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Green Day - Uno

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Uno

The new Green Day - the first of a bunch of threatened albums to be released in the next few months is "Uno" and it's on Reprise. Love Green Day? You still will after this one. Some critics think they're just going through the motions - even it they were (and I don't think they are) even baseline Green Day is still better than most other bands. Billy Joe Armstrong and the boys clearly know how to crank out the three minute pop punk, hook filled rocker, dropping the f-bomb like the 8th Air Force on a busy evening over the Third Reich so long ago. More Green Day? "Dos" is coming out in early November and "Tres" in January maybe.


Going to the show: The Black Keys at the Santa Barbara Bowl

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Atypically, despite the jaw dropping double jeopardy long lines which would enable concert goers the right to drink or just sit, not many were fashionably late to the Santa Barbara County Bowl Tuesday night - in fact, many evidently came to see the mop top twin openers, Tegan & Sara. The Canadian folkies helped pack the place along with the headliners, the Black Keys.

Tegan & Sara, played a number of well received folk rock tunes that were often harmoniously screechy as they were ably backed by four dudes. This was their first tour in a while plus they have a new album - "Heartthrob" due out in January. When Tegan told the crowd just how bitchen Santa Barbara was and how they're glad to be working after a year and a half hiatus, one cannot help but ponder the significance of this statement, particularly how it applies to the 99% or even the 47% of the 99%. If we took 18 months off that would be called unemployment and then, homelessness. Musicians do have screwy hours but they get to do what they love - they're so lucky - at least those who are able to make a living in show biz.

It was a t-shirt balmy evening at the bowl, inspiring the Canadian sisters to comment most favorably about our SoCal weather. Great - we knew that - it's crowded enough here already - don't tell a friend. Anyway, far from being dainty folkies, Tegan & Sara are a rock band.

During the free BMW - offered at no cost at almost every concert - that's Basic Monotonous Wait, some KJEE DJ came out shrieking - Fat Jay maybe? Anyway, all I can say about him is that if his station were half as loud as he was, we'd be able to get it in Ventura. Also, bad timing, Fat Jay - after all the "Howzit goin' Santa Barbara" and related clichés, he proved to be a master of poor timing. His pitch was a full 20 minutes before the band started. I was just hoping the Dodgers were winning, but with the season on the line and an obviously used up Chris Capuano on the mound and stiffs like Jamey Wright in the bullpen - what could go wrong?

Also at halftime, there was another unusual occurrence. I was hoping that the background music would not stop - that's right, not stop. Why? It was not the typical cat fight in the machine worst-music-ever reserved for such captive audiences, but rather it was "Satisfaction" from one of the great albums from those silly '60s, "Otis Redding Live In Europe." Those that were listening - well, lucky us.

The Black Keys came out blazing with some rowdy swamp rock somewhat reminiscent of the Gun Club, the Blasters, Japanese Motors and like that. Right off, it was a stand up show, making me regret not bringing rubber bands which are great for handling exuberant dancers in front of you at shows. The crowd responded enthusiastically to the usual Pavlovian commands of "Howzit goin' Santa Barbara" or "Hello, Santa Barbara!"

But there was much more to a Black Keys show that the usual rock platitudes - there were plenty of raggedy and rockin' bluesy guitar driven tunes that were fun for the feet in the area. There even seemed to be decidedly fewer pinheads texting than usual from the first song, "Howlin' For You." This retro rock stuff was good the first time and it's still good now - the band has three Grammys so far and their seventh and most recent album, "El Camino" is a definite keeper.

They're low budget, too - it's two guys out of Akron, but these days out of Nashville - guitar player and frontman Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney - and on tour, a couple of back-up players. Last time at this venue, they opened for Beck - the Black Keys are their own big thing these days.

And finally - know why I hate auto parts stores? First of all working on cars sucks for me as I break them, not fix them. So when they inevitably break, you end up at the auto parts store - many of which have perfected the mind boggling and completely uncalled for ability to make their customers stand in line twice. You stand in line to get your part, then you stand in line again to pay for it.

For some reason, this unreasoning has been transported to the Santa Barbara County Bowl. One begins by standing in line to get the tickets from Will Call., then stand in line again for a gentle groping from security, and then - and this is the big one - stand in line again - either to drink or to get a wrist band allowing you to sit in the seat you already paid for. The line was about halfway to forever and I politely declined. I was fully prepared to walk back to my vehicle, head to Mac's for some burritos and go bond with the Dodgers one final time in 2012. As it turned out, when I got to my section, the kind ushers gave me a proper wristband. Why do they do this? According to the ushers, a wrist band makes it easier on them to keep people from moving to better seats that they did not pay for as opposed to everyone showing their stubs.

Next good one: Snow Patrol, Lissie, and I believe, the New No. 2, a band all fans of "The Prisoner" now love already.


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:



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Fabulous Knickerbockers - Lies

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Lies

Got some more vinyl from Sundazed - a flashback compilation album, "Lies" from the Fabulous Knickerbockers, a New Jersey band that started in 1962 or back when AM radio was cool. This one has their knockout hit from 1965 as the title would indicate. Everyone thought then and many probably still do think that "Lies" is a Beatles' song - it sure sounds like the Fab Four, but it's not. Most of the other tunes show their age - competent but not particularly inspired, although "I Can Do Better" and "Just One Girl" are fun pop rock near gems. None of this, however, hints that the band has any such "Lies" in them - as this is a definitive one-hit wonder band. But what a hit - "Lies" could be one of the great Beatles rock songs from their early career; instead, we'll always remember the Knickerbockers along with other cool Jersey acts such as Ben Vaughn, the pre-Kelsey Grammar Boss and the Feelies.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Far East Movement - Dirty Bass

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Dirty Bass

Far East Movement has released "Dirty Bass" and it's on Cherry Tree slash Interscope Records. Have you ever seen some twerp mobile so uglied up that it's laughable - the bigger the tires, the shorter the pinhead - anyway, we've all made that ick face when an unwelcome invasion from these disturbers of the peace with all bass all the time blasting out of its speakers to the point livers are quivering within a 12-block radius - at this point, your brain can think of nothing but "Yeah, I hear you, doofus!" Put this on, crank it up and be that guy. But why?


Rockin' Roll Call
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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