A former break-dancing teen turned singer-songwriter from Watsonville, California? Can't wait for the video. Not sure what brings him to the Valley from the Bay Area, but his first album has some likable acoustic rap-rock moments and a particularly angelic female background vocal that makes nearly every number a treat. But Araiza really touches a contact high on the unassuming "Perfect Day," where he finds euphoria in family coming over for a beer-drinking, ball-game-watching summer holiday. Does he know about August here? (www.benaraiza.com)
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.