Lenny Ruckel, lead guitarist for Lenny’s Basement, really does have a basement—at least he did in 2010 when the band formed. But...
Bryan McPherson’s latest album packed with the emotional, personal and political
“Hall Pass” might sound like an ’80s screwball comedy, but really it’s a local cover band—and not even an ’80s cover band....
Ska cult band the Slackers remain true to a much earlier ska sound
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On a stage adorned with plants and giant magic mushrooms, a cowboy lays down a mean drum solo, which is followed by...
Vetiver’s Andy Cabic balances melancholy themes with upbeat sounds
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Singer-songwriter Ben Henderson got his start in Delta Activity, an explosive indie-prog-rock band, and Good Hustle, a spontaneous funk-rock trio that still...
Lyrics Born finally finds the right groove on his latest album, ‘Real People’
James McMurtry’s new album Complicated Game could be one of the best Americana albums of the year
Pianist Benny Green has grown up with the Kuumbwa, but even after 35 years of shows here, he’s still a revelation
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A decade ago, when locals Flor De Caña were just getting started, there were several traditional Latin bands. Nowadays, most Latin bands...
From the Crepe Place’s Tuesday funk night to national touring, guitarist Danny Mayer has made his name
California Swampgrass might seem like a weird name for a Santa Cruz band, as there are no swamps around these parts, but...
Trampled By Turtles just want to rock a banjo without being called a bluegrass band. Is that so wrong?
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From folklorist field recordings to whisper-quiet folk, the man behind Hiss Golden Messenger is anything but conventional
Seven years ago, Angi Lemucchi had a notebook full of lyrics and chords and a desire to turn them into songs.
Local Afro-Brazilian institution SambaDá gives new lineup a baptism by fire on upcoming album
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Over a decade ago San Jose/Santa Cruz rapper Kung Fu Vampire started fusing straightforward hip-hop with a live band and dark theatrical...
Fascinated by seedy characters on society’s edge, Ray Bonneville has never played blues by the rules
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For garage-rockers and surf bands, playing the annual two-day music festival in Southern California known as Burgerama is an important milestone in...
Kris Delmhorst on folky New Wave covers and coming back to songwriting with a whole new perspective
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Local four-piece the Devil Himself describe themselves as the “Rodney Dangerfields of metal” in their band bio. Some bands get no respect.
Shlohmo’s new album is the latest step in the evolution of emotional electronic music