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Win Concert Tix in September!

As good as it sounds on the radio, there’s nothing like seeing live music…especially for FREE! KZSC will be giving away tickets to some great September concerts in Santa Cruz and beyond such as Ty Segall in Big Sur September 4th, Blonde Redhead at the Rio Theatre September 6th and the 2-day electronic music festival called Beyond Wonderland Bay Area September 28th & 29th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. It pays to listen to KZSC; stay tuned during September for a chance to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming show.

 

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Flamenco Fest Begins Sept. 22

Flamenco is Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. With its colorful costumes, high energy and rhythmic combination of singing, playing, dancing and hand clapping, it’s an amazing experience to witness in person. The 8th annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival comes to Santa Cruz for three weekends of exciting shows featuring world-class performers including icon of Gypsy flamenco dance (and student of the legendary Pepe Rios) Concha Vargas September 22nd and the internationally renowned guitarist known as “The Godfather of Bay Area Flamenco Guitar”  David Serva September 27th. All performances will take place at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center at 8 pm.

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BLUES With Bleu Aug. 31st

Collectively they call themselves Bleu. Individually it’s Virgil Thrasher and Gil Cadilli and they’ll be performing live at the KZSC/Verve Coffee Summer Music Sale. Check out the blues with Bleu at Verve Coffee’s Seabright Avenue area location (104 Bronson Street) while you’re checking out the blues, soul, rock, jazz, and all kinds of LPs and CDs for sale. Bleu will be playing Saturday, August 31st from 11 AM until 1 PM. Admission to the Music Sale and their live performance is free. You can find out more about Bleu on Facebook.

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Keeping Tabs on Ty Segall

2013 has already been an extremely exciting year for fans of the Bay-Area rock god Ty Segall. Not only have we been given the Sabbath-inspired powerhouse trio that is FUZZ, but we have also been gifted with a brand new solo album that shines the spotlight on a whole new Ty that we haven’t seen in previous releases. Sleeper is out now via Drag City and it showcases a more melancholic and mostly acoustic Segall, a first for fuzzed-out rocker. Sleeper was written shortly after Ty’s adopted father’s death and the event has a strong and obvious influence on the album. Songs are sadder and deal with mostly acoustic, minor chords layered with heart-wrenching strings which can be heard on the first track, “Sleeper”. Even the less despondent songs seem to have something off about them, a certain unsettling tone that hasn’t been heard in his other albums. The seemingly playful “Crazy” with it’s major chord melody has a darkness surrounding it that comes out through Segall’s new personal lyricism. We hear these improvements in songs like “The Keepers” where Segall paints a portrait of a distant land where The Sleepers, Keepers, and Dreamers all coexist in a alternate deserted reality. While there are many changes in Ty’s songwriting and instrumentation, we are still given a lick or two of the raw distorted power that we are accustomed to with him in the end of “The Man Man”. NPR interviewed Segall and asked him about touring in support of his new album and the mostly acoustic set up that is the exact opposite of his new band FUZZ who seem to have been touring for most of 2o13. In his answer, Segall gives a shout out to the fans that came out to see him on August 1st at the Catalyst:

“I’ve always had a good time, not necessarily messing with people but doing stuff different each time and its fun to push it. And if people would want to listen this way then that’s really great and I’m honored that they could be that thoughtful to not need the giant amplifiers, you know? Those shows went so great. We were really freaked out and it was really cool. In Santa Cruz people were stage diving to an acoustic set. It was ridiculous and super fun.”

No surprise there. Santa Cruz can’t get enough of Ty and that remains the same with the release of Sleeper. From the beautiful strings and heartfelt lyrics of “She Don’t Care” to the slide-guitar powered jam “6th Street”, Segall has yet again made another prolific album start to finish.

Hear a track from Sleeper below, along with a cut from Ty’s new band FUZZ’s self titled out October 1st:

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Hear these songs and more on the Great 88 for the rest of the summer quarter and on into fall.

 

-Brandon of the PRC

 

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Valley of the Moon Annual Concert, Fri Aug 30th

Scottish fiddling master Alasdair Fraser hosts a week-long Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School every year, culminating with an annual concert which this year falls on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Performances showcase the exceptional instructors, along with over a hundred of their students on the stage, who occasionally add an accompanying wall of sound. Traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Quebec will be featured by Alasdair (Scottish), along with Andre Brunet and Eric Beaudry (Quebec), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Irish, from the group Altan), singer and fiddler Laura Cortese (Boston), amazing step dancer Nic Gareiss, cellist Natalie Haas plus another 11 all-star fiddlers.

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NIRVANA – IN UTERO reissue, Sept. 24

Nirvana’s seminal masterwork and final studio album In Utero, originally released via Sub Pop in 1993, will be born again next month thanks to Universal Music. The album’s 20th anniversary edition will arrive in a delectable collectible format, featuring the remastered album, B-sides, unheard demos, compilation tracks, live recordings, show footage, et cetera. The 70+ track collection includes the “Live and Loud” concert from Pier 48 in Seattle, which took place December 13, 1993 with Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear.

Sub Pop has been having a field day revealing little tidbits about the band on their Tumblr, the latest being the original contract Kurt Cobain and the guys signed back in 1989.

“Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Steve Albini’s cut of “Heart Shaped Box” below (side note: the forthcoming reissue contains a four-page note from Albini to the band before they worked together on the record), and prepare yourself for the rebirth of a timeless classic into the airwaves, next month here at the Great 88.