July 17, 2024

Contact High

“In the Heights” is a gem of collaboration, from the slick dance moves choreographed by Chris “Boogy” Marcos to the righteous hip hop direction of RJ Wayne.


July 17, 2024

Music as Memoir

David Bazan, aka Pedro the Lion, is not a Santa Cruz local. Yet his recall is formidable. Santa Cruz occupies a monolithic space in his mind...
July 10, 2024

Thanks a Million

“We hear that news all the time, that all forms of art are struggling right now. And so hopefully this will provide a shot in the arm to the Symphony. And we’re so happy to be able to do it.”
July 10, 2024

Alejandro Escovedo Reinterprets Himself

"It seems to be kind of an homage to all the bands I was in and the people I met along the way...They all had that same enthusiasm for rock and roll"
July 3, 2024

Jake Nielsen Setting the Pace

Don’t fret, Santa Cruz, because you can still see this Aromas native known for his scorching guitar and blazing riffs at multiple gigs around town.
July 3, 2024

Diggin’ Trails Weight of Waiting

For Mackessy, bluegrass and the punk rock attitude go hand-in-hand. "Something happened when ‘old-time’ became an offshoot of punk”
June 26, 2024

Instrumental Peace

Shimabukuro had been a star in his home state and Japan for more than a decade before “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” garnered widespread notice
June 19, 2024

A Gringo’s Stage Dive into Rock en Español with Alex Lora’s El Tri

A güero journalist talks about his improbable friendship and collaboration with Mexico’s iconic El Tri frontman, Alex Lora.
June 12, 2024

A Big Return

John Craigie, a KPIG favorite, known for his hilarious stories and sorrowful ballads, is making his return to Santa Cruz for one special night
June 12, 2024

Rachel Feinstein hits Aptos

Comedian Rachel Feinstein just released Big Guy, her new comedy special on Netflix, which focuses on her experiences being married to a Fire Department...
June 5, 2024

Santa Cruz Scene Celebration Festival Showcases New Bands

This Friday the inaugural Santa Cruz Scene Celebration Festival will highlight 14 fresh bands, including Sluttony, Trestles and the Anti-Groupies.
June 4, 2024

Santa Cruz Symphony rocks John Williams

Santa Cruz Symphony concludes its season with a tribute to the orchestral scores John Williams has created for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T...
June 4, 2024

The Damned go ‘Darkadelic’

When the Damned first appeared on the scene...their brash and bratty attitude helped pave the way for punk’s ascendancy.
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