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I Saw You: Paint the Town


I saw you, pedaling through the neighborhood—my neighborhood—in your light blue denim jacket, the basket of your bicycle filled with various colors of Rust-Oleum. You circled back to spray the side of a light pole, which I found strange, but as I continued my walk to the office it all came into… » Read More

Duster at the Catalyst

CULT CLASSIC: Duster come to Santa Cruz behind their new self-titled release.

Back in the late ’90s, a trio of San Jose indie rockers released two full-length records and a handful of EPs, to little attention. Duster played dingy basement shows and never drove their tour van beyond the West Coast. Instead of recruiting a bass player, they dragged an old organ to shows… » Read More

Particle Kid at The Ritz

WINDOW ROCK: Micah Nelson's grungey indie-rock project Particle Kid comes to the Ritz.  (Photo credit: Joey Martinez)

When he’s not with his brother Lukas backing up Neil Young as part of The Promise of the Real, Micah Nelson—son of the inimitable Willie Nelson—spends much of his time composing dusty, lo-fi rock & roll in his own band, Particle Kid. It would seem his father passed on the songwriting bug… » Read More

‘Brunch Blues Benefit’ at Poor House Bistro

SOUL REVIVED: Electrifying gospel trio The Sons of the Soul Revivers rescusitate the spirit at Poor House Bistro.

Enjoy a Big Easy brunch and music from The Sons of The Soul Revivers—all while helping support the upcoming Fountain Blues & Brews Festival, scheduled for June 20 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The Morgan brothers—the three-part vocal center of this traditional gospel quintet—have been singing together their entire lives. The group… » Read More

ZZ Tribute at Club Fox

SHARP DRESSED: In addition to drinking beer and raising hell, The Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers cover ZZ Top songs.

The Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers take their cues from the immortal Texas power trio ZZ Top. And, in case you’re wondering, the answer is yes—they are rockin’ those famous ZZ beards. The Drinkers (named for an unforgettable song on ZZ Top’s 1973 album, Tres Hombres) headline this big Bay Area tribute-band… » Read More

‘Mardi Gras Carnival’ in Redwood City

WHO DAT: Oakland-based second line band MJ's Brass Boppers bring the beat to Redwood City's 'Mardi Gras Carnival.' (photo credit: Gary Cullen Pictures)

Brass, beads and beignets are all on the menu as downtown Redwood City is transformed into a fairweather French Quarter. Featuring a marching band procession, a grand marshall and a second line, along with authentic New Orleans drinks and cuisine, the event runs from the early evening until 10pm. Also on the… » Read More

The Choral Project at Mission Santa Clara de Asis

THE VOICE: Eclectic vocal group The Choral Project bring oceanic new program to Santa Clara.

For the past 24 years, The Choral Project has wowed audiences with its mix of classical repertoire and boundary-bending modern choral works. This weekend, TCP returns to Santa Clara for a performance of Art of Sound :: Oceans of Song—a program spanning styles, cultures and featuring the Northern California premiere of  “The… » Read More