The Cricket’s big ticket this week is blues-pop player John Mayer. The Berklee grad and Grammy winner has another Billboard smash with his latest, Battle Studies. The heartthrob’s life in music hasn’t suffered from his media image as an actress killer and kiss-and-tell misogynist. We like that in our rock stars.... For those who don’t, Soda Bar sets up indie experimentalists Oh Air Night and Space Nature...Humphrey’s has rootsy crooner Chris Isaak (“Wicked Game”)...there’s a locals-only rock-roll show at Belly Up with the Howls, Little Hurricane, and Taming the Fox...and North County pop punks the Getdown play a CD-release at Ruby Room with cute-as-a-button boy-girl band the Bombpops! Exclamation mark theirs.
— Barnaby Monk