Technically, pop-punk darlings Yellowcard are from Jacksonville, Fla. But would anyone mind if Ventura County claimed them for our own? The band moved to Camarillo briefly to record its third album, One for the Kids, in 2000. That record, popular in punk circles, didn’t break them big, but their fourth effort, Ocean Avenue, which yielded the MTV and alt-rock radio hit of the same name, may or may not have been titled after a street in Midtown Ventura. That is more than enough to qualify them as the area’s most successful export. Now staples at the top of the Warped Tour bill, able to sell out mid-sized theaters and make tweenage girls squeal, the group is doing something truly mature: going acoustic. It’s a ballsy move for a band known for its backflipping violinist. But hey, this is the same outfit that thought moving from Florida to Camarillo was a wise career move. And it paid off for them. So guts is something these guys have never lacked. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Yellowcard’s performance at the Ventura Theater on April 8 a homecoming, by conquering heroes, no less.
Todd Hannigan There are a lot of surfer-songwriters around today, many of them extremely popular, especially in this region. But Todd Hannigan brings a level of musical sophistication to the genre unseen from many other artists. Often compared to Nick Drake and Elliott Smith, Hannigan?s acoustic sound has a wafting elegance that seems to come naturally from the Ventura native, and a rhythmic sense inherited from his travels to Australia, Indonesia, Ecuador and Africa. He made his name nationally with his work on Jack Johnson’s Thicker Than Water soundtrack, but on his own debut album, Volume 1, Hannigan displays fully the talent that has made him a fast rising name in the surf-folk world. Hannigan rides into Rookees on April 3.