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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 […]

Santa Cruz Latin Collective: Keeping the Music Alive

While the Santa Cruz Latin Collective came together in 2017, its roots extend back to the early 1970s. The Bay Area has a proud history of Latin and Afro-Cuban music, […]

Santa Cruz’s Kaleidoscope Music Festival

California has a long tradition of music festivals. From Monterey Pop to Coachella, festivalgoers have had many opportunities to enjoy the best that popular music has to offer, all in […]

Marnie Stern: Tapping Back Into a Solo Career

The string-tapping method employed by adventurous musicians isn’t new, and it wasn’t devised by Eddie Van Halen. Some 200 years ago, composer Niccolò Paganini used the technique on his violin. […]

Take 5: Big Star

Across the landscape of pop music, there have been certain artists whose influence far outpaced their popularity. There’s an old saying that while, for example, the Velvet Underground didn’t sell […]

Album Review: Wally Waller — Kitchen Rock

Wally Waller first found fame as a member of the Pretty Things; not long after joining, he was instrumental in the creation of the band’s landmark conceptual work SF Sorrow […]

Album Review: Allen Ginsberg – Material Wealth

I will admit right up front that I approached this album with some trepidation. Strictly speaking, Allen Ginsberg was a poet, not a musician. And where his work did cross […]

Album Review: Mushroom – Messages from the Spliff Bunker

A kind of indie-underground supergroup, Mushroom is at its core the brainchild of Pat Thomas. Combining avant-garde, free jazz and krautrock influences and textures might – to the causal listener, […]