Burnt Palms backstage

You Oughta Know: Burnt Palms

Burnt Palms is a bay-area surf punk trio hailing from the bay are and they are an artist that you oughta know. Their combination of the classic distorted guitars, fast drums, and perfect female lead vocals make for some of the best surf rock in the underground music scene in Northern California. They currently have two albums out and they both feature their fantastic musical blend with well-written lyrics about daily life and relationships. They currently have two shows coming up in Santa Cruz in January. One of their shows will be at the Crepe Place on the 21st and at Subrosa on the 24th. Check out their latest album, The Girl You Knew, on their bandcamp page and keep an eye out for their third album to be released later this year.

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Cool Ghouls at the Catalyst Atrium

Wednesday January 14th San Francisco’s jangly rockers the Cool Ghouls will be bringing their vintage psychedelic sounds to the Catalyst Atrium. Fresh off the release of their Sonny Smith produced sophomore album “A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye,” the ghouls are carrying the torch for the once thriving SF scene. Cool Ghouls will be joined by the organ driven psychters Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel and Fine Points, which features members of the acclaimed Santa Cruz act Sleepy Sun. Be sure to catch these staff favorites Wednesday night in the Atrium.
Cool Ghouls – The Mile:
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Concert review: Lil B at the Catalyst Atrium

To further put off studying for finals last friday, I attended one of Bay Area rapper Lil B The BasedGod’’s #veryrare concerts at The Catalyst. Well known in the Bay for his work in rap group The Pack (who opened for him), Lil B has reached a distinguished status in the rap game through his extensive online social media presence as well as his prolific free mixtape collection available on the web. Best known for his self invented musical subgenre basedmusic, Lil B continues to expand and innovate within the hiphop genre with his stream of consciousness lyrics and eccentric selection of beats.

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Planet Cruz: Local Comedy at the Rio Theatre

bbbComing to the Rio Theatre this Saturday is Planet Cruz,  a comedy/variety show dedicated to ‘keeping it weird’, will feature the music of “the Goddess of Soul”  Tammi Brown and  Peter Cor and the Planetoid Band; Rhan Wilson, Matt Bohn, and Kevin Di Noto.

The Comedians include:

Teresa Tudury , Don Reed as seen on  HBO, Showtime, and The Tonight Show, Kellen Erskine, Dan St. Paul with “What’s Funny After 50?”, Sven Davis, Alan Heit , Ryan Coonerty , and  Zach Friend .

The event will be hosted by Richard Stockton and there will be plenty of  comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz for all the locals and neo-locals out there! Where else could a professional comedian space-cowboy come from? Only Santa Cruz!

For more information, Check out their promo video and http://planetcruzcomedy.com/ for all that Planet Cruz has to offer you!

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Fonzie Interviews The Grouch

Fonzie caught up with the Grouch to talk about his upcoming show at the Catalyst, his performance in Los Angeles at Camp Flog Gnaw a few weeks ago, and his latest triple-album with Eligh, The Tortoise and The Crow.

Be sure to attend the How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour with the GrouchEligh, Cunninlynguists, DJ Abilities, and DJ Fresh coming to the Catalyst on December 4!

You can listen to The Fonzie Scheme every Monday night, 10PM – 12AM!

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Toni Morrison LIVE on KZSC – Oct 25th 4pm

KZSC invites you to tune in to our live broadcast of Toni Morrison’s sold out talk, “Literature and the Silence of Goodness,” which she will be delivering from the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.

Morrison is a novelist, editor, and professor, best known for her novels Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon. She has garnered acclaim for her epic power, ear for dialogue, and for her poetically-charged, expressive depictions of Black America. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, the Nobel Prize in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Morrison will be introduced by UCSC Professor Angela Y. Davis.

This is a sold-out show, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear Toni Morrison! We’ll have it live on The Great 88 on Saturday October 25th from 4 to 5 pm.