KZSC Reviews: Painted Caves reviewed by David Anton Savage

The self-titled debut album by the Milwaukee-based band, Painted Caves is a true genre bending gem; a pleasure from start to finish. In an unlikely mix of Arab music dosed with 60s psychedelic folk surf rock, Painted Caves ventures into new musical territory.

The lead vocals were so lovely, I had to double check the CD case to see if Rufus Wainwright had made a special guest appearance! Besides traditional Middle Eastern instruments combined with drums, guitars, trumpet and piano, the band even sneaks in a bit of didgeridoo and conch shells. I am already spinning this new disc on my show, Unfiltered Camels, Monday afternoons from 2-4pm, and have been busy, here at KZSC, telling my fellow DJs about this unique album.
Lady Day. Someone enjoyed lots of her tunes this week.

Charts & Adds – 1st week of April

Hello everyone!

Here are the charts & adds for the 1st week of April!

Top Ten:

1 COMPILATION The Great Billie Holiday     Goldies
2 BILLIE HOLIDAY Lady Day: The Best Of Billie Holiday      Columbia Jazz8768-Billie-Holiday1
3 BILLIE HOLIDAY Stormy Blues      Polydor
4 LISA PARROTT Round Tripper
5 BILLIE HOLIDAY Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles      Columbia
6 COMPILATION The Golden Years Of Revival Jazz Vol. 10      Storyville
7 CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE Number Two Express      Verve
8 JOSE JAMES Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday     Blue Note
9 BEBO AND CIGALA Lagrimas Negras      RCA
10 BENNY GREEN TRIO Testifyin’! Live At The Village Vanguard     Blue Note


1 MARIO CRUZ A View From the Mind’s Eye Armored Records
3 HENRY KAISER AND RAY RUSSELL The Celestial Squid Cuneiform
4 MIKE OSBORNE Dawn Cuneiform
5 KURT RIBAK I Got One More! Rodia Records

Loud Rock Charts 4/7

Hey metal fans! Here’s the top ten and newly added music for the week.


1 ALL THAT REMAINS The Order Of Things Razor And Tie
2 MOONSPELL Extinct Napalm
3 ENSIFERUM One Man Army Metal Blade
4 AGONIST Eyes Of Providence Century
5 NIGHTWISH Endless Forms Most Beautiful Nuclear Blast
6 SANITY DAYS Evil Beyond Belief Candlelight
7 BYZANTINE To Release Is To Resolve Snakepit
8 FULL DEVIL JACKET The Valley Of Bones eOne
10 DODHEIMSGARD A Umbra Omega Peaceville


1 APOPHYS Prime Incursion Metal Blade
2 AGNOSTIC FRONT The American Dream Died Nuclear Blast
3 CRACKED ALICE Soul Debris [EP]
5 HEIDEVOLK Velua Napalm


DakhaBrakha playing Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th

Ukranian quartet, DakhaBrakha will be playing at Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th as part of their United States tour

This Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. The name “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, and they certainly take from many world influences while giving the influence of Ukrainian culture!

You can follow their music and support the artists on bandcamp: https://dakhabrakha.bandcamp.com/



You can check out here the music video for their song “Please don’t cry” from their 2010 album, Light.  I highly recommend it.


KZSC Show Reviews: Whirr/Nothing

Alternative punk, shoegaze band Whirr joined their friends, Nothing to put on a show at Bottom of The Hill February 3rd, 2015. Bands Whirr and Nothing put out a split via Run For Cover Records late of last year, as well as their album Sway through Graveface Records, leaving much to be anticipated for this show.

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KZSC Show Reviews: A Place to Bury Strangers

At the beginning of every quarter at UCSC, I always create a list. On this list are all the shows that are coming up during that quarter that I know I just have to see. On March 13th as I took the overcrowded 16 bus down from Crown College to the forsaken depths of the Santa Cruz Metro Center and crossed the streets to the Catalyst, there was one last concert I had to cross of my list. It was a concert to perfectly wrap up the Winter quarter at UCSC. That concert was A Place to Bury Strangers.

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