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.”
July 12, 2023

The Aquabats! Awesome Live Show Time!

Longtime Orange County Superhero Rockers, The Aquabats , return to The Catalyst with new tunes and inspirational attitudes Evil-doers, fashion zombies and over-priced Hot Pockets...
July 4, 2023

Live Slow, Die Old

It’s no secret that most bands have a shelf life.  Between touring, greedy record labels, shady managers and clashing egos mixed with sex, drugs and...
July 4, 2023

Replete with Beats

DJ Monk Earl sets up his mixer on the outdoor stage at Woodhouse Blending & Brewing. It is late afternoon. By nightfall, a tide...
June 27, 2023

Michigan Malcontents

For frontman Joe Casey of Detroit’s Protomartyr, one of the most exhilarating rock bands today, the years between the band’s last release, 2020’s Ultimate...
June 20, 2023

The Boys Are Back in Town

It’s the night before Mother’s Day, and audience members of the near capacity crowd at The Crepe Place jockey for a place to see...
June 13, 2023

Prog-Psych-Stoner Trio

Mammatus clouds are a force of nature not to be reckoned with. The geometric cellular pattern of pouches form through atmospheric turbulence within cumulonimbus...
June 1, 2023

In Blume: Indie-Pop Duo Tegan and Sara Delve Into Graphic Novel Land

I grew up on Judy Blume. From Superfudge to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, I was hooked. Blume spoke to the 7-year-old me...
May 23, 2023

Alto Sax Master Lakecia Benjamin’s Speedy Ascent to Jazz Prominence

Lakecia Benjamin is known as a confident bandleader, thoughtful recording artist and ambitious curator
May 19, 2023

How the Cello Fits in with World Fiddle Day

Santa Cruz-based cello talent, Thomas Dewey, gives us the lowdown
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