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.