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Tame Impala

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

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

Walk the Moon

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

Orlando Napier

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


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

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

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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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