December 31, 2011

Tommy and Then High Pilots Christmas Show @ The Lobero ~ December 23, 2011

Oh, Those Home Town Boys

They really stepped it up for Christmas this year. Tommy & The High Pilots nearly sold out the Lobero for their now annual must see Christmas Show.  And the show they put on not only demonstrated their growing talent, but their growing presence as entertainers.

The opening act was a combo of Dishwalla, The Plain White Ts, and Rock Kills Kid – acoustic. All local grown and chop full of talent. The trio played through a variety of songs, including some covers, and showed genuine affection for each other. Ah, that Christmas spirit…

It started to look a lot like Christmas when the boys took to the stage. Playing a montage of original music and beloved Christmas songs, Tommy & The High Pilots brought the house down.  They even brought out local music icon Kenny Logins to bring in more Christmas cheer.

We laughed, we sung, we danced… A lovely time was had by all.  A Tommy & The High Pilots Christmas Show has definitely become a holiday must for Santa Barbarians.

December 18, 2011

The Naked & Famous @ SOhO ~ December 16, 2011

Where the People Are

The Naked and Famous played to an excited sold out full house at SOhO, where people I’ve never seen in our little town bubble came out in droves.

And you had to fight for a spot to see the band, what with SOhO having a notoriously short stage and it being sold out and all. But once you got one, you held your ground.

And you were thankful you did. Indie rock infused with keyboards and eclectic melodies danced its way around the crowd as the New Zealand indie rock band set to entertain the masses. It was surprising to realize just how many popular songs this relatively new band has in circulation. It seemed that the crowd was able to sing to most and dance to all the songs they threw at us.

This band has the buzz. And they can deliver.

The KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas @ The Gibson Theater ~ December 11, 2011

How to Choose?

The line up:  Grouplove, The Naked and Famous, Foster The People, Cage The Elephant, Noel Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, and Jane’s Addiction.

Who will be the stand out band? Hmmm…

The line up was daunting – so much to see! I definitely went in thinking I knew band would be the best. I mean, duh, I have good taste in music.  But I was not even close.

The show was set up on a revolving stage with 25, 30, and 45 minutes sets, increasing as the night progressed. It made the lag time between sets non-existent and created the perfect music sampler!

It also made it necessary to choose which band would be the “pee break” band (Cage the Elephant of course).

So the three best performances for me were Grouplove, Noel Gallagher, and Florence + The Machine.

Grouplove was a fresh-faced band with an upbeat urban jungle sound that proved to be the new hottest thing. Noel Gallagher got me because I didn’t think he would. I mean Oasis… really? But yeah, really. The man can sing!

But by far, the band of the night was unmistakably Florence + The Machine. With an elegant, TALL presence and a voice that radiated through my body, Florence was not only stunning but also extremely gifted. And I mean gifted as in a voice of an angel. There was a feeling of awe that permeated through the crowd as we all danced while straining to get a glance at the goddess.

The show was an amazing cliff note of what was hot in 2011. Definitely the bands to have seen, making it real hard to choose favorites.  But I stand by my choices.