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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Warped Blues

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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  the Kings get smoked 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.

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In the Recurring Theme/Shameless Plug Department: The Local Rock 'n' Roll Picnic is June 8 at Plaza Park in Ventura, right across from the post office down on Santa Clara Street. One of the best writers in rock, Rhett Miller, will do a solo gig at Muddy Waters in Santa Barbara on 16 June - it's way smaller than Largo used to be and smaller than Zoey's is now. It would be even better if he played at the Johnny Cash thing at the Ventura County Fairgrounds the day before. His band - the Old '97s - was named for a Man in Black song. 

Also, the Warped Tour returns to the Commotion by the Ocean on 23 June and the Scheideck Music Festival - sort of an 805 Coachella - that one will be happening the last weekend in June - great music, excessive drinking and a campground to pass out in - clearly a cultural landslide up on Hwy. 33 in Maricopa.

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


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Coachella starts the fires

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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 "The Rifleman" and those Dodgers and "River Monsters" 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.

Casual observation: "The Rifleman" and "River Monsters" are strangely similar - in the last five minutes, Lucas McCain blasts the bad guys with his rifle and same goes for extreme fisherman, Jeremy Wade - he always catches the mean fish in the last five minutes. Wade lets the fish go - McCain is filling up Boot Hill.

OK, 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:


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Be aware this weekend

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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 "The Rifleman" and "The Eagle" and now the Kings 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:


Lot's to do if you're into seeing red

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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 "Sixteen Candles" on HBO and then "Battleground" on TCM, both 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, providing the Mayans weren't so good at math after all - Friday, down in Hell-A, it's Xmas with X at the Fonda in Hollyweird - how appropriate is that? There's old school punk rock with the Vandals and the Gears at the House of Try to Find a Place to Park and for those with a nicer wardrobe, check out Ventura's finest, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, also in Los Angeles. Singer/songwriter Judy Collins will be at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge - check out "Jewel-Eyed Judy" by Fleetwood Mac off their "Kiln House" album or back when they were good. Up here in the 805 where we love it, check out some original rock from We Govern We at the Sans Souci across from the Ventura Theatre, still damp from all those panting cowgirls who turned out in force to drool over Dwight Yoakam last weekend. Through the alley to California and the Bombay Bar & Grill, it's Buena High School rock a few years removed with Bloody Mary Morning and the Corsican Brothers will play some pop rock at Pierano's, once upon a time, a market across the street from Father Serra's 230-year-old ancestral abode, still elaborate in its simplicity, the San Buenaventura Mission - in place since 1782. Down the wino stroll to Santa Clara Street - or Promenade, maybe - to Zoey's, it's B. Willing James & Friends having some fun and punk rock legends, Youth Brigade - still closer to youth than the Beach Boys are to boyhood - they'll be screening a movie, "Let Them Know" at the same place. Up the coast to Santa Barbara, it's charged up bluegrass with my favorite band, Old Man Markley.

On Saturday, it's the Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City where it hurts to pay to park but sometimes you gotta suffer for art. While up here in the 805 where we like it, there's old-school punk rock - since the '70s even - with Youth Brigade, playing loud and fast at Billy O's in Ventura. Since a brigade consists of four regiments, this brigade is severely under strength but they'll more than make up for it with decibels. And at the Bombay Bar and Grill, local party band of vast experience and serious sloth, Raging Arb & the Red Heads is playing for Mary Kay's birthday. Her band, La Vonnettes is also playing as is her brother's band, Fish Fry. Raging Arb is approaching their 30-year anniversary, and you can't claim to be a local until you survive a Redhead gig, not so frantic anymore but they should still play at least once a month because they can. While down at Zoey's, it's Brother Sal sending out some good vibes while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai it's Love and Rockets legend Daniel Ash doing something cool at the Hub on the main drag. And finally on a Saturday, up in Santa Barbara, it's Tommy and the High Pilots at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always perfect.

On Sunday, Teresa Russell will be at the Hollywood Beach Wine Bar along with her mom, Pat, while 50 Sticks of Dynamite will be up all those stairs at the Watermark and Los Dudes will do something fun at Amigo's while a few blocks north, Frank Barajas will be at Tutti's and Julie Christiansen will be at Zoey's and finally on a Sunday, the Ventucky String Band will be at the Ojai Library.

Skip a few until Thursday when the Rev. Horton Heat and Jell-O Biafra will be outrageous at the Fonda in Hollywood and up here in the 805 where we always like it, all those Shoemaker brothers will be at the Tavern in Ventura. OK, choose wisely.

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 PBS with the sound off ("The Dust Bowl") and petting my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.

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

The Tearaways

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

Rubberneck Lions

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

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

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

Agent Orange

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

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

What to know about where to go this week

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Tame Impala

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

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

Walk the Moon

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



Orlando Napier

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

Everclear

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

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

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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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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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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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Maroon 5

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

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

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



Crystal Castles

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



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

Bob Dylan

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

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

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

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

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



Less Than Jake

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

The Kill Junkies

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

Shawn Jones

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



Neon Trees

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



The Lumineers

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



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

Shaky Feelin'

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

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

Tom Corbett

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

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

Deftones

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

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

David Byrne and St. Vincent

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

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

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

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

Citizen Cope

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

Aaron Orbit

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

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

Go-Go's

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



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



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



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



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

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

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

Rubberneck Lions

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

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

Blues Traveler

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

He's My Brother She's My Sister

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

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

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

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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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