ALL AMERICAN REJECTS It’d be easy to pass the All American Rejects off as another group of pretty boys rolled off the TRL assembly line, what with the unfettered look of singer and quintessential Tiger Beat pinup Tyson Ritter. But there’s something else beneath the undeniably infectious pop hooks. It’s the sound of kids beating back the boredom of small town America. Ritter and childhood buddy Nick Wheeler grew up in Stillwater, Ok., absorbing AC/DC and Def Leppard records and whatever MTV beamed into their bedrooms. Eventually, they decided to snag a piece of that for themselves, and in 2000 started the power-pop ensemble that would eventually land them on radio, sales charts and, yes, TRL. Their self-titled debut started the buzz in 2002. Then 2005’s Move Along launched them into the stratosphere. Now, they’re about as far from Stillwater as you can be — but still close enough to play the Ventura Theatre on Dec. 3.

ERIC BURDON Eric Burdon is one of the British blues-rock’s most powerful voices. With the Animals, he carved his niche during the British Invasion with the band’s enduring, fiery cover of the Delta standard “House of the Rising Sun.” After the first incarnation of the group dissolved in 1966, Burdon continued touring and playing with a rotating cast of musicians under the Animals name until the early ’70s, when he recruited the funk-soul collective that would later gain fame on their own as War to back him up. With the Los Angeles-based crew behind him, Burdon created another classic, the hit “Spill the Wine,” then quickly left to pursue other options. For the more than three decades since, Burdon has continued to let his larynx echo through the chambers of history, releasing a string of solo albums. He still performs, too. On Dec. 2, the Canyon provides a rare opportunity to catch this legendary figure in the history of rock’n’roll at an intimate venue that’s right in our backyard.

SPIGGA Declaring their sound “garage funk,” Los Angeles underground duo Spigga formed in 2000 with the idea of creating music without boundaries. Mixing rock, funk, house, soul and industrial influences with multilingual lyrics, the band — which expands to a six-piece live — quickly became a cult favorite in the Latin alternative scene. Their debut album, 06105: The Mixtape — a self-described “symphony of dirt” — finally dropped this year, packing a multi-stylistic sound that can only be described as Spigga. Or, to use their words again, “Maniacodepresivopsychosexual.” To figure out what that means, check the band out at El Tapatio Nightclub in Oxnard on Nov. 30. El Tapatio Nightclub, 663 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, 483-3811.



HELLOGOODBYE Naming your band after a Screech quote isn’t exactly a foolproof plan for success (especially considering the way that guy’s career has gone since the demise of Saved By The Bell) but so far, Huntington Beach’s Hellogoodbye is doing just fine. Check the resumé: Formed in 2002 while its member were still in high school, the band signed to power-pop indie giant Drive Thru Records two years later on the strength of their self-released eponymous debut EP, which proved that the young band’s sound — uptempo, effervescent and danceable pop-punk, spiked with sugar-sharp melodies and clever pop-culture references — came out the womb fully-formed. Heavy touring with the likes of Motion City Soundtrack and All-American Rejects helped them develop their confetti- and water gun-intensive live show, and a stint on the Warped Tour expanded their fan base. They also became featured players on an episode of The Real World: Austin during their appearance at the South By Southwest Music Conference, in which their name was mentioned roughly 800 times. Now, with the summer release of their first full-length Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, the band is suddenly big enough to play mid-size venues such as our own Ventura Theatre, where they’ll perform on Nov. 25 with openers Reggie & the Full Effect and Cute Is What We Aim For. They may not have an embarrassingly pathetic sex video on the ‘net quite yet, but that’s a lot more than Dustin Diamond can say for himself right now.

BIG RAIN Formed 12 years ago, not long after bassist-keyboardist Bruce Guynn and guitarist Peter Alaimo met at a fitness center in Santa Cruz, Big Rain has been falling all over the United States, especially as of late. Filled out by guitarist-pianist James Chatterton, the trio’s single “Sweet Inspiration” is doing good business on the adult-contemporary charts and the band was recently Vocal Group of the Year at the 2006 IndieWorld Awards. Needless to say, the vocal melodies and harmonies are a key element of the group’s sound, which ranges from passionate ballads to energized dance numbers to instrumental improvisation. Don’t let the above accolades fool you: this isn’t just music for your parents. Big Rain, who’ll perform at Zoey’s on Nov. 25, hits everybody.

DEVON ALLMAN’S HONEYTRIBE The Allman legacy is a lot to live up to. Basically, anybody in that family tree trying their hand at music has the entire history of Southern rock standing in front of them. But Devon Allman, singer-guitarist for Honeytribe and son of Gregg, isn’t shying away from the challenge. Combining elements of Santana, BB King, the Black Crowes and, naturally, the Allman Brothers Band, Honeytribe interprets classic Delta blues tracks along with their own original, fiery material. They’ve performed with the likes of Disco Biscuits and Gov’t Mule, but on Nov. 22, Devon shares a bill his dad — and a couple of his dad’s friends — at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.



LOS ABANDONED Taking the infectious pop flash of Blondie and fusing it to the boundless multicultural experimentalism of Café Tacuba, Van Nuys’ Los Abandoned are making the move from regional heroes to national stars. Born in 2001 as a collaboration between guitarist Don Verde and singer-Casio keyboardist-ukeleist Lady P, the duo expanded to a quartet with the addition of bassist Vira Lata and drummer Dulce after a self-produced EP spread like wildfire through the Los Angeles Latin alternative scene. The group’s following exploded over the ensuing five years, landing them gigs on bills alongside the Breeders, Molotov, Aterciopelados, at the South By Southwest Music Conference and on the recent Bridge School Benefit that also featured Neil Young and Paul McCartney. And, just a few weeks ago, the band scored perhaps their biggest career moment yet: an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. With the recent release of their debut long-player, Mix Tape, there’ll likely be many more such moments to come. Catch Los Abandoned at El Tapatio in Oxnard on Nov. 16 with fellow rising LA pop-punk act Go Betty Go and locals Confessions of a Monster and Maria. El Tapatio Nightclub, 663 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, 483-3811.

GWAR Arguably Antarctica’s greatest rock’n’roll export, pre-historic space headbangers GWAR were awakened from their slumber in the late ’80s, after all the Aquanet choking the atmosphere at the height of the Hair Metal Era burned a hole in the ozone big enough to melt the glacier that had entombed them for millions of years. Discovered by their future manager and then on-the-run American fugitive named Sleazy P. Martini (probably an alias), the murderous horde was brought to the United States, taught how to speak English and to play instruments. Naturally, they quickly scored a record contract and, over the course of 18 years and eleven albums, have gradually crawled toward their ultimate goal: killing enough of their fans to summon the World Maggot, which resides in the center of the earth, and ride it back across the universe to extract revenge against the Master. There is an alternative version of this creation story, that the band was started by a bunch of former Virginian art students as a marketing experiment, but that’s boring. What’s not is their live show, famously gruesome and entertaining and messier than the Double Dare obstacle course. Offer yourself up for sacrifice when GWAR slays ‘em at the Ventura Theatre on Nov. 19. Bring a helmet. And a raincoat.

JELLO BIAFRA Hey, kids: Y’all know the Dead Kennedys? That band that played down at the local third-rate nightclub a couple months ago? Well, originally, the singer of that band was not a former child actor or some obscure fan-boy from Massachusetts. It was a guy by the name of Eric Boucher, better known by his nom de punk, Jello Biafra. Spastic, sarcastic and sporting the most cutting bray this side of Johnny Rotten, Biafra basically was the Kennedys up until 2001 — 15 years after the group disbanded — when the other members decided to reform without him, at which point they set out to essentially erase the vocalist/chief songwriter from their history. Which is probably all fine and good from Biafra’s perspective. Since the breakup, Biafra has made a fine career as a spoken word artist, calling out greedy corporations and corrupt politicians with a mix of intelligence, oil-black humor and righteous anger, just like the old days. Only now, he does it alone, and, in a lot of ways, the message is a lot more powerful because of it. Hear Biafra speak, not bray, at UCSB Campbell Hall on Nov. 18.




Exploding out of St. Louis with the 2003 summer jam “Right Thurr,” rapper Chingy staked his claim as the next in line to reign as one of southern hip-hop’s brightest talents. With smooth charisma and a sing-song flow reminiscent of fellow St. Louis native Nelly, the 26-year-old got swooped up by Ludacris’s Disturbing the Peace label not long after hearing him rhyme and dropped his debut, Jackpot, in the wake of “Right Thurr”’s monstrous success. Following up with two more huge singles, “Holidae In” and “One Call Away,” the album was a hit, necessitating a quick capitalization. Powerballin’ hit quickly and established Chingy as a SoundScan force. Now, with Hoodstar heating up record stores and the infectious ballad “Pullin’ Me Back” featuring hook-man Tyrese dominating on the record, Chingy has made sure that neither he nor the city he represents are going anywhere. Make sure to get to Nicholby’s early on Nov. 3 to ensure you see this rising star light up a stage in person.

Delaney Gibson

Delaney Gibson started singing in kindergarten, in a production of Noah & the Ark, and hasn’t stopped since. A longtime lover of all things musical, Gibson’s impressive resume is stacked with accomplishments: singing backup for Barbara Streisand and Barry Manilow; appearing in several stage musicals, films and television shows; winning multiple vocal contests; earning a BA in Music from Cal State Northridge; and, most importantly, recording an “intoxicating” EP, Cruel & Beautiful, earlier this year. But none of these high watermarks can compare to the experience of hearing Gibson sing live. Hear him at Zoey’s Café on Nov. 3.

Full Switch Coma

Camarillo’s Full Switch Coma has come a long way from their humble beginnings – and they just formed a year ago. Playing heavy alternative rock with a punk backbone, the band, who site Thrice and Weezer as principle influences, have already performed at the venerable Roxy and Whisky in Los Angeles, celebrated the release of their first self-produced album with a show at the Ventura Theater attended by 500 plus people and shared stages with Finch, 18 Visions and, on Nov. 7, Story of the Year, who they’ll open for at the Ventura Theater.

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