Author: Chris O'Neal

SPACE HEADS | Phenomenauts talk science and rock ‘n’ roll ahead of two Ventura County shows

PICTURED: Catch the Phenomenauts at Rock City Studios on Nov. 22 and Harley’s Valley Bowl on Nov. 23.  Commander Angel Nova and Leftenent AR7, vocalists and guitarists for the Oakland-based punk band The Phenomenauts, live, breathe and thrive on science and the wild world it inspires. From humble beginnings in a decked-out $60 beat-up car decorated to resemble a space ship to drawing the attention of famed astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the Phenomenauts have carved out a unique niche for themselves in this space we all share. Angel and AR7, along with fellow space travelers Major Jimmy Boom (drums),...

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THE SOUND OF PEACE | Yuval Ron breaks down barriers with his ensemble

PICTURED: Yuval Ron brings music of the Middle East to California Lutheran University next week. Photo by Jorge Vismara Yuval Ron knows that the world is going through turbulent times. With his ensemble, Ron is attempting to build a bridge between cultures that appear worlds apart but are, in fact, torn from the same cloth. The Yuval Ron Ensemble will bring its Concert for Unity to California Lutheran University on Tuesday, Oct. 15, featuring an eclectic, diverse cast of musicians from multiple faiths that have performed worldwide. The performance includes sacred music pulled from Judaism, Sufism and early Christianity...

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SOUL CONNECTION | Eclectic number Atmasandhi brings Indian fusion to Ventura

PICTURED: Atmasandhi, from left: Sam Ortolano, Kamini Natarajan and Manohar Gurung by Chris O’Neal From a young age, Kamini Natarajan wanted to bring her love for classical Indian music to the world. With an idea floating in her mind, Natarajan founded Atmasandhi, a collective of like-minded musicians making a unique, diverse sound pulling from many influences and backgrounds. Along with her vocals, Natarajan also plays the Harmonium, a small organ-like instrument. Guitarist Sam Ortolano and percussionist Manohar Gurung join her in Atmasandhi. The group will perform on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Namba Performing Arts Space in Ventura. Natarajan...

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE | Sight + Sound Film Festival promises multi-sensory experience in Oxnard

PICTURED: Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Cuba A film festival in Oxnard next weekend will feature more than just films, as organizers promise a feast for all senses. The inaugural Sight + Sound Film Festival, dubbed “a cinematic experience for the senses,” will feature dozens of films from around the world alongside workshops, activities and curated events with food and music. The festival begins on Friday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (the PACC). Dozens of films, both locally produced and international, will be screened, but what makes...

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HOMESPUN | Oxnard electro-rock group Astreyas reaches for the stars

In an empty room formerly occupied by patients of the Camarillo State Hospital in Camarillo, Christopher Yanez and Lizett Evangelista gaze through closed windows, pace and twirl around the empty floor, and fade in and out of existence. The pair make up Astreyas, an electronic-infused rock outfit from Oxnard, and this is the video for their debut single, “Anomaly.” Long Live Analog Yanez and Evangelista created Astreyas in 2018 when the pair’s interests crossed paths. Yanez, who had previously appeared in various shoegaze-tinged bands ala My Bloody Valentine, met Evangelista when she approached him about helping her find a...

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