PHOTO: COLOR, Jellyfish, with [Andy Sturmer], left, [Roger Manning], Eric Dover, Tim Smith, plays two shows today at Magic Mountain.; PHOTO: (Orange County Edition) Jellyfish members say exaggerated, 70s-era clothes that started as their tradmark got out of hand. / GARY FRIEDMAN / Los Angeles Times
Fashion restraint isn't the only change for Jellyfish, which plays two shows today at Magic Mountain's Golden Bear Theatre and headlines the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday. Sturmer and Manning's original two bandmates are gone, and the duo has brought in one new full member, bassist Tim Smith. Guitarist Eric Dover is aboard for the current tour. Sturmer, 27, and Manning, 26, who first bonded through a common love of jazz in high school in the East Bay community of Pleasanton, have expanded Jellyfish's tradition of classic musical values and stylistic diversity on their second album, "Spilt Milk." The group's frequent pigeonholing as "alternative rock" is more a matter of convenience than accuracy: There's really nowhere else to put them. As a result, they're not exactly storming the charts.