December 6, 2023

Ramblin’ Jack at 92

If you ever have the opportunity to speak with folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, you quickly learn how he earned the sobriquet “Ramblin’.” Ask him a question and you’ll get more than you bargained for.


November 15, 2023

The Inciters Bring Back the Weekend Dance Party

A low murmur fills the room as people find their seats. The lights dim and the stage becomes illuminated. Eleven members dressed in matching...
November 8, 2023

Acid Mothers Temple

Musical prophets without honor in their home country, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. have been making mind-melting psychedelic music for nearly...
October 25, 2023

De-evolution Is Real

DEVO, the band that brought the world “Whip It” and “Freedom of Choice” brings their farewell tour to the Santa Cruz Civic on November 2. John Malkin has an interview
October 25, 2023

Bonny-ween, Spooktacle, Monster Song

Local musicians Bonny June and Ken Kraft answered my phone call in the voices of their alter-egos, Countess June and Count Kraftula. Vampire-vaudeville is not a genre currently on any Billboard charts, but as they told me about the creepy, hilarious songs they’re working on lately, I started to think it could be.
October 18, 2023

Overtures to Opera

At the upcoming Santa Cruz Symphony program Operas of Seville, audiences will be transported by five of the best-known and best-loved operatic overtures. The selected...
October 4, 2023

It’s a Mads, Mads, Mads World

Our excellent and evolving Santa Cruz Symphony is offering some appetizing extras this season, and you won't want to miss a chance to catch the Mads Tolling show this coming Sunday, Oct. 8, the opening concert of the expanded 2023-24 Recital Series
October 4, 2023

Blasted Again

Scott Hill clearly recalls the first time he saw the legendary Santa Cruz Bl’ast! and how the event changed the course of his life. The guitarist and singer for long running stoner rock band Fu Manchu witnessed the power of the boundary pushing punk meets metal act at the now defunct Balboa Theater in Los Angeles on a night in November 1985.
September 28, 2023

Thunder from Down Under

video, rocketed the raucous Australian punk trio The Chats to international fame and made fans of music legends including Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, and Dave Grohl. With close to 20 million views on YouTube, the video has helped the band secure opening slots for some of the world’s best known rock acts including Guns N’ Roses, The Strokes, and Queens of the Stone Age.
September 20, 2023

Music For Abolition

Terri Lyne Carrington is a jazz drummer, educator and author who grounds her projects in feminism, spiritual liberation and the movement to abolish prisons and police. Carrington will be performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival Sunday at 1:50pm with her band New Standards. Later Sunday she’ll be at the Pacific Jazz Café in a panel discussion with Angela Davis and Gina Dent.
September 13, 2023

Space is Still the Place

It was a half-century ago, but 70-year old trumpeter Michael Ray still vividly recalls his first encounter with the Sun Ra  Arkestra, as a teenager attending an outdoor music festival in suburban Philadelphia. “The first thing I noticed was all the musicians had suitcases filled with sheet music.”
September 12, 2023

Mountain Music

Promoter Michael Horne has put on 4,000 concerts in 40 years around Santa Cruz, but you probably don’t know his name. His company, Pulse Productions...
August 30, 2023

You’re Precious

Alabaster DePlume moves through the world with a sense of compassionate curiosity. The poet/singer/saxophonist, whose given name is Gus Fairbairn says, “Curiosity is one antidote to fear.”
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