Album Review: The Westbound Sound

Armen Boladian’s Westbound Records was an important force in the funk and r&b scene of the late ‘60s and early 1970s. With Funkadelic as its anchor artist, the label turned […]

Los Straitjackets: Who Are Those Masked Men?

Surf music is often associated with a specific time and place. The rock subgenre featuring instrumental tunes built around sonorous electric lead guitar enjoyed its heyday in the late 1950s […]

Twilley Don’t Stop (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… Now and Always Amidst all the closet-clearing archival sets, the most notable release of new music from Dwight Twilley in the 21st century would be 2014’s […]

Twilley Don’t Stop (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… Looking for the Magic Meanwhile, encouraged by the success of their first single and undaunted by the problems that sank their first album, Twilley and Seymour […]

Twilley Don’t Stop (Part 1 of 3)

Power pop enjoyed its commercial heyday in the early 70s thanks to enduring music from Badfinger, the Raspberries and similar artists. But during and after that brief period, the style […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

Flat Sun Society: We Call it ‘Thresh’

Calling both Santa Cruz and Big Sur home, Flat Sun Society makes psychedelic music inspired by the jam band scene, but incorporates other musical elements. “Something that we’re always working […]

Santa Cruda: Holy Hangover!

Most bands found themselves taking a hiatus when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With venues closing, opportunities for bands to play in front of audiences vanished virtually overnight. But some musicians […]

Floratura: Ready to Say Something

Tatiana Peña and Adrian “Treetop” Marquez initially teamed up as a musical duo in the late 2010s. “We started our musical journey together through protest,” says Peña. “We traveled the […]

The New Horizons: Music of Many Colors

2017 was a busy year for Jimmy Palafox. Not only did he graduate from high school; he launched two new bands: Santa Cruz Latin Collective and The New Horizons. “I […]