Punk scene is a surprisingly good match for jazz-pop Diners
Why this quartet, which plays DIO Fest this weekend, is taking things slowly
Veteran drummer explains the ‘ghost note’ after which his band is named
Former Crooked Still frontwoman has established herself as one of the most innovative artists in roots music
What would the members of Las Cafeteras do if they were president?
How Santa Cruz hip-hop artist Ra.be is using artistic collaboration to support clean water for everyone
After 35 years as lead singer of Descendents, punk’s resident nerd Milo Aukerman is finally ready to commit to this music thing
Homeshake’s indie update of ’90s R&B gets weirder and spacier on ‘Fresh Air’
The Carolyn Sills Combo breathes new life into the Western swing genre
After a shocking tour accident, La Luz returns to bring noir back to surf
The Kills celebrate 15 years of unlikely success turning lo-fi blasts of minimalist rock into indie anthems
Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on her theater project
We’re not saying the secret to Russ Liquid Test’s music is aliens, but it’s aliens
Why Lyrics Born’s fans funded a greatest-hits album of songs they already had
Monthly ArtSmart concerts bring world beats to kids and adults
NorCal weather inspires Moon Duo’s new concept albums
Pianist Yuja Wang arrives for the biggest show in SC Symphony history
This year’s upcoming SCMF spans multiple music genres, plus comedy, speakers and a bike party
The Legendary Shack Shakers are keeping Americana dangerous
UCSC grad says writing a good love song isn’t easy
Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty’s solo career is a wild blend of genre-bending, tell-alls and stage gestures.
Former Kenny Loggins partner helped invent the ‘California sound’ that ‘SNL’ alums now lovingly parody.
Rivvrs’ Brandon Zahursky still doesn’t know how his music got on television—but it’s changed his life
Lucinda Williams’ new ‘Ghosts of Highway 20’ takes her back to familiar territory—from a different perspective
Mother Hips frontman Greg Loiacono brings his solo project to the Crepe Place.
On their latest album, the Bad Plus gives the jazz treatment to Prince, Johnny Cash and Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Talking Dreads transforms Talking Heads songs into reggae classics
After moving away and finding success, they still feel like a Santa Cruz band
Local soul group releases debut album of original songs
How Jimmy LaValle got from punk rock to the ambient electronica of the Album Leaf