Bakersfield bands, rappers and assorted talents, should take advantage of not one but two competing radio stations offering opportunities for local airplay.

Energy 95.3 radio personality Jogo has been putting the word out for music submissions for his popular Bakersfield Battle segment that airs nightly at 6 p.m. All you have to do is submit your music via his Facebook page

If your act and song is picked for the big showdown, you’ll get a live play before the phone lines open up for fan voting. The act that attracts the most votes goes onto the next round and so on. The winning act will get its song placed into rotation.

The Beat 103.9’s B-Town Mixdown mixes in-studio artist interviews with local music airplay and more every Saturday at 6 p.m. Hosted by Danny Morrison — a contributing Californian columnist — the show also features DJ Ogre in the mix. Tune in to find out how you can get involved, or visit the show’s website at Bravo.

Stereo Citizen

Big ups to Bakersfield indie rock quartet Stereo Citizen for doing some good to help our four-legged friends during last weekend’s KRAB Free 4 All held at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

After announcing they would be printing up a limited batch of specially designed band T-shirts to raise money for the Kern County Animal Services, the fans snatched most of them up before and after they hit the stage.

According to the drummer Josiah Frazier, the band has already sold 40 shirts and, at press time, might have a few left. Each shirt costs $20 and all funds will go toward waiving pet adoption fees for a handful of lucky future pet owners. If you’d like to check on availability, hit the band up at Good job fellas.

Nu Metal Returns to B Ryder’s

B Ryder’s is offering a pair of all-ages shows harkening back to the nu metal homie heydays at KRAB radio.

First up is a June 25 cavalcade of noise headlined by SoCal tattooed rap rock bros Crazy Town. Most widely known for their 2000 hit “Butterfly,” they hit the top of the charts before parting ways to enjoy the sun, living off royalties, while some quietly went to jail and rehab.

But thanks to reality TV and sobriety, lead vocalist Seth Brooks Binzer — who goes by the name Shifty Shellshock — is back with mostly new members and rockin’ again. Also on hand to warm up the audience will be Bakersfield bands Devon Ford, Heavy Vinyl, The Withdrawals, Missing Autumn, The Secret Sauce, Wet Robot. Tickets are $13 and available at B Ryder’s.

If that doesn’t wanna make you bust out your Interstate jeans and jump around, you can also make plans to catch a MySpace-style throwback triple bill featuring Christian crossover metal heads P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm, and Powerflo (with members of Cypress Hill & Biohazard) on July 11. Tickets are $30; all ages admitted. For information, call 397-7304 or visit

With rap rock rumored to be back on the rise, maybe Ozzfest will return next? A bro can dream.

Matt’s picks

The Get Down Art Show 5, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at No Image Photography, 4040 Easton Drive, free.

The team at Project Oh! know how to throw an art show, always assembling an amazing group of area artists, each with his or her own unique vision. Showing their works this go round will be Sammy Moncada, Kevin Gardner, Shae Nunez, Deja Nunez, Tania Diaz, Kenneth Williams, Angeal Ahumada, Gabrielle Steiger, Omar Jacinto, Rusty Hatfield, Daniel Fonseca, Moses Fernandez, Jason Gabriel, Alexandra Ortiz. There’s also live music by Crimson Skye, Ghost Dance.

M.D.C. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave. All ages, $8, 633-1000.

Old-school hardcore punk fans, this one is for you. Headlined by '80s punk heroes M.D.C., featuring original lead vocalist Dave Dictor, the show should deliver all the hits you know, including "Corporate Death Burger," "I Remember" and other titles that can’t be printed here. Also appearing is Naked Aggression, Malicious Intentions, Life//Fail and Elephant Skin. The Jerry’s basement should smell like old times. Don’t forget your mosh pit etiquette and pick up your buddy if he falls down.

Wendy Lina Loren 7 p.m. Tuesday, The Mark Restaurant, 1623 19th st., free, 322-7665.

Performing the greatest hits of composer Burt Bacharach, singer Wendy Lina Loren will be accompanied by an all-star group of backing musicians led by Bakersfield keyboardist Tony Rinaldi. The hourlong performance will be part of the weekly Bakersfield Jazz Workshop held on the outdoor park stage at The Mark. Highly recommended.

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