Rock & Pop

Gardens & Villa

When: Fri., Sept. 16, 12 p.m. 2011

UC Berkeley's free noon concert series in LowerSproulPlaza lines up an impressive string of bands each season. Publicity for these events, however, is not always on par, resulting in seasoned veteran acts or promising up-and-comers playing for small crowds of collegiates, standing there, stone-faced, weighed down by their backpacks. We can't let that happen to the young Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. Touring on the heels of a smashing debut album, the group channels Nineties Brit-pop with an electronic acid-wash and wide-eyed awe of the natural world. And they have a flautist that they use to great effect, which can't be said for just everybody. Bring a significant other or a lunch on Friday, Sept. 16, and groove with the college kids -- if they know what's good for 'em. Noon, free. www.OCF.berkeley.edu/~superb

Will Butler

Price: free

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