Cast Your Vote: Santa Cruz Music This Week


This week is all about decisions: which political candidates and local issues to support, and which amazing live musical act to see on Friday night. Who is your clear winner? Whatever you decide, just be sure to cast your vote.   Friday, June 10 Louis The Child at The Catalyst Main Stage “Create music that makes…

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Broke but Rich: Santa Cruz Music This Week


Although Santa Cruz is one of the most expensive cities to live in California, this week we are rich with live music,  including one of the most legendary punk bands of all time, grimy pacific northwest ska bands, and dozens of traveling “street performers”—so at least we’ve got that goin’ for us.   Wednesday, June 1 World’s…

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Summer Gateway: Santa Cruz Music This Week


While it’s not quite summer yet, the crowds are starting to creep in which means the shows and streets are getting a little more crowded. Always remember to be mindful of others at a crowded venue, apologize when you bump into someone, replace a spilled drink and tip the bartender. Friday, May 27th The English…

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Fabled: Interview with Aesop Rock


Every once in awhile in the music industry, an artist comes along who can’t really be considered part of the mainstream, but calling them underground doesn’t feel quite right either. Hip hop artist Aesop Rock falls into this gray area. In a genre where tracks and albums are usually churned out as fast and flashy…

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Weekend Lineup: Santa Cruz Weekly Music


You’d better find one of those inconveniently located change machines, because you’re gonna need coins to flip. We have some hard musical decisions for you to make with a pretty stacked weekend, but isn’t that always a good thing?   Friday, May 6 Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at Moe’s Alley Karl Denson got his start…

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Legends of Drum & Base: Interview with Terravita


Before EDM exploded and began to dominate the festival, social media and tour circuit, most of the early artists in the genre toiled in relative obscurity. Sure, there were a few faceless giants like DJ Shadow and Tiesto that had huge (mostly European) followings, but the majority were relegated to grimy warehouses and corn fields.…

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Game of Sounds: Santa Cruz Music This Week

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Flatbush Zombies, The Movement, The Imperialist, and Ensemble Mik Nawooj are the players. The Catalyst, The Blue Lagoon, The Crepe Place, and Moe’s Alley are the kingdoms they call home. Where will your allegiance lie? Monday, April 25 Flatbush Zombies at The Catalyst After storming the digital gates with their overnight viral video “Thug Waffle”…

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Southern Comfort: Interview with The Movement


Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, The Movement started off like any other band: a few friends, some musical equipment and some inspiration. Besides being from somewhere with nearly zero reggae scene, their origin story is pretty cut and dry. They worked hard, grinding and crafting a great live show that eventually earned them touring gigs…

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Out There: Santa Cruz Music This Week


It seems that whenever it gets hot in Santa Cruz the weirder and more interesting aspects of the city thaw out and put on an extra special display. Whether it’s the talented buskers on Pacific Ave, the humans and animals shredding it up in the ocean or our local characters, people wanna come see what’s going on.…

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