The Transhumans

Justin Cassidy and Patrick Rodriguez earned a reputation among more daring local music fans as the noise maestros behind Send My Regards, Ventura County’s most cacophonous free-electronica duo. Bob Sterling is known in the avant-garde community as a drummer of considerable skill and even more considerable adventurousness. Put all three together and you get the Transhumans, a three-piece aural assault committed to expanding the boundaries of music and sound even further than their individual components have done alone. Describing the band in conventional terms would be a futile activity. It’s best to just experience them for yourself, and their show at Grady’s Record Refuge on Oct. 29 is the perfect opportunity to do so: It’s in the middle of a Sunday afternoon and it’s free. Having your mind blown doesn’t get any more convenient than that.

Halloween at Billy O’s

Billy O’s annual Halloween celebration is quickly becoming as much of a local Oct. 31 tradition as gathering candy in a pillowcase, throwing eggs at neighborhood houses and drinking yourself into a stupor. This year, the show is packed to the breaking point with famous faces — or, at least, a reasonable facsimile of said faces. In the headlining slot, as usual, is crowd-pleasing Misfits tribute Hybrid Moments. Sure, Danzig and Co. may have written songs so simple an armless fifth grader could play them. But the Moments, featuring ex-members of No Motiv and 8Stops7, breathe powerful new life into the old tunes while remaining true to the band’s classic sound — which is certainly more than the Danzig-less group that still tours under the Misfits moniker can say. Same goes for Road To Ruin, the makeshift Ramones tribute comprised of musicians from the Army of Freshmen, the Return and more No Motiv guys. But the coup de grace of the entire night is Dressed To Kill, a tribute to the band that was created solely for the purpose of spawning cover bands, KISS. For Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and those other dudes, Halloween was every night they stepped onstage. But for these faithful impostors, though, Halloween is Hallo-friggin’-ween, and that’s when it all goes down. It’s sure to be a party for the record books.

The Phantom Riders

Venerable instrumental surf outfit the Phantom Riders have been tripping around Ventura for years now, preserving the indelible pop sounds of mid-century coastal California for current and future generations to enjoy. Word has it, however, that the group may be transitioning from the beach to the desert, aiming for a spacier, big-sky-type sound. Either way, the Riders are one of the county’s best trios, and every show they put on is worthy of mention. However, the one at Good on Oct. 27 is especially worthy, considering that the show is divided into two sets: one for the Riders, and one for the debut of a new Johnny Cash tribute act (featuring the Riders on support), Big River. Coming on the heels of the local early Cash tribute band the Cash Prophets, this group spans the Man In Black’s entire career, from the Sun Records days up through the Rick Rubin recordings. It’s going to be a celebration of American roots music that should not be missed.



Lucinda Williams

Alt-country-folk crooner Lucinda Williams got her first taste of rebellion around the same time much of the rest of the country did, in 1969. She got booted from school after refusing to give the Pledge of Allegiance, spurred on by her discovery of musical mavericks such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. And so began her journey to becoming a songwriter. She tripped around New Orleans and Austin, Texas, for a while before finally making her way out to New York, where a demo tape fell into the hands of the Smithsonian’s Folkways label, which released her first album, Ramblin’ on My Mind, a collection of old blues, country and Cajun tunes. And so began her ascent into cultdom. She would remain there for much of her career, recording a string of genre-hopping albums throughout the 1980s and ’90s and even putting a record out on British indie punk label Rough Trade. Gradually, she chipped her way into the mainstream, scoring a major label deal, winning a Grammy and earning a widened fan base. She likes to take a while between albums, which way account for her difficulty in escaping cult status, but for roots rock aficionados, she is always worth waiting for. Ventura need wait no longer, though: She performs at the Theatre on Oct. 21.

Confessions of a Monster

Armed with rollicking drums, blitzkrieg standup bass and “a voice to wake the dead,” Confessions of a Monster don’t fit into any particular category too comfortably. Some may call it psychobilly — that mutant mash-up of punk and ’50s rockabilly — but, in practice, this local female-fronted trio (two women, one guy) incorporates a spirit and a fervor entirely of its own design. Categorize them however you want, but there’s one thing for sure: They’re quickly making headway on becoming the best band in the county. See for yourself at the Drink along with the Demonikats on Oct. 21.

Los Paranoiaz

Anyone who regularly peruses the entertainment listings in this or any other local publication has probably seen the name “Los Paranoiaz” dominating the bar scene in and around Ventura lately. Well, it’s not your imagination. This band of brothers (literally) is injecting a bit of youth, energy and original songwriting into the wilting late-night music community. The group, born in an Oxnard garage years and years ago, has been gradually climbing up the ranks with a sound that fuses a classic sense of melody over some furious guitar and drum work. Move over old timers — a new generation of Ventura County bands are on the way, and Los Paranoiaz is leading the charge. The future comes to the Red Cove on Oct. 21.




In English, the word “Orixa” translates to “forces of nature,” which is exactly the kind of intense energy the group bearing the name brings to the stage. Formed with the intent of rupturing musical stereotypes, the San Francisco-based quartet mash hip-hop, rock, reggae, funk, Brazilian and Afro-Latin influences into a potent potpourri of sound that simultaneously recalls Led Zeppelin, Ruben Blades, Jorge Ben and Rage Against the Machine. And, at the same time, it’s like none of the above. That’s because Orixa run their influences through their own filter, obliterating genres and creating a style all their own. The group’s 1996 debut introduced them to the #rock en español# scene; their self-released followup, #2012e.d.#, established them as one of the brightest talents of any independent music scene in the country. But simply listing their accomplishments does not do them full justice. To experience what Orixa is truly about, one must see them live, where the band brings a self-described “Latin ruckus” appropriate for an unstoppable force of nature. Catch them in Ventura on Oct. 12 at Sans Souci.

Velvet Revolver

You read that right: Velvet Revolver — as in Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and that other guitarist who isn’t an ex-member of Guns’n’Roses or Stone Temple Pilots — is coming to the Canyon. And they’re not coming alone. The show on Oct. 14 is a benefit for Jim Mulay, an LA County Sheriff Deputy who was critically injured while attempting to apprehend a suspect in a bank robbery in August, and joining the superstar hard rock act on the bill is an impressive lineup of headbangers, perhaps none more noteworthy than Poison guitarist and #Surreal Life# cast member CC DeVille. Why did it take so long for those two to hook up? Another reality TV star, Dilana, who some couch potatoes may recognize from the recently completed #Rock Star: Supernove, will also be performing, along with Terri Nunn of Berlin, Rhino Bucket, Rue, Rage The Machine Again, the Michael Lyn Band, Carmelo and, to top it all off, StarBangers, an all-star house band featuring side players from Billy Idol and Gilby Clarke’s bands, among others. The fundraiser is sponsored by Ted Nugent and Eddie Van Halen, who will be raffling autographed guitars as well as memorabilia signed by various sports and music stars. It’s going to be a hell of a night.



Glass & Ashes, the Fucking Wrath

Two bands, one mission: To bring the Ventura music scene to the rest of the country. It sounds like the tagline for a VH1 reality show, but this is the story that awaits the seven musicians preparing to trek across the United States together this month. Beginning Oct. 7, local punk scorchers Glass & Ashes and the Fucking Wrath will load up the vans and charge across this great nation in what might be the first national tour ever by two groups born and raised in Ventura. These guys didn’t team up by accident: They all live on the same block in the Montalvo neighborhood. And their respective sounds — the former larynx-scraping post-hardcore, the latter brain-beating stoner metal and scorching, blitzkrieg thrash — compliment each other quite well. The tour takes the collective to Las Vegas, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines and Rochester, among other cities, culminating in an appearance at the massive Fest V in Gainesville, Florida, before rewinding back home in November. Say goodbye at the Red Cove on October 6 when both bands throw one last farewell bash before jumping on the highways of America.

Quincy Coleman

Alluring singer-songwriter Quincy Coleman is one of those performers whose voice is so mystical it inspires a wealth of journalistic ingenuity. She has alternately been compared to Maria Muldaur, Van Dyke Parks, Shelby Lynne and Tom Waits; her bio describes her style as a mix of Elvis, Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt and, strangely, a triple-headed David Lynch-Quentin Tarantino-Federico Fellini monster. All of those comments are meant to be complimentary, but, of course, they cannot come close to truly capturing Coleman’s talent. Born into a family of entertainers (her dad is actor Dabney “Drexell’s Class” Coleman), Quincy began singing while doing the post-college European travel thing and brought her abilities back with her when she returned to Los Angeles. Her self-released debut album caught the attention of influential KCRW program director Nic Harcourt, and the subsequent radio play has made her one of the most popular acts to grace such classy L.A. nightspots as the Temple Bar and Hotel Café. Now, she’s looking to expand her fan base beyond Southern California. But first thing’s first: An appearance at Zoey’s Café on Oct. 6.








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