New World Charts-mid April

Will April showers bring us May flowers? Well in the meantime lets check out this shower of new world music here at KZSC!

In out top 10 this week we have Salt Petal’s Sea Monster. This tropicál group from L.A graced our station a few weeks ago as they stopped in Santa Cruz on their tour. Painted caves have also come out with their debut album (check out the review of the album by David Anton Savage on our website). We also have new music by Taraf de Haïdouks who are celebrating 25 years with Romanian ballads and dance tunes!

1    SALT PETAL    Sea Monster
2    PAINTED CAVES    Painted Caves
3    SHTETL SUPERSTARS    A Day In The Life
4    TARAF DE HAIDOUKS    Of Lovers, Gamblers And Parachute Skirts
6    DOM LA NENA    Soyo
7    VERY BEST    Makes A King
8    NIYAZ    The Fourth Light
9    ALEX CUBA    Healer
10    OPA    Russian Festive

KZSC adds this week feature Québecois folk group Têtu, who’ll be at Don Quixote’s next Tuesday, April 28th and also New Kingston, who comes to The Catalyst May 28th.

1    LE VENT DU NORD    Tetu    Borealis
2   ALTAN    The Widening Gyre    Compass
3  NEW KINGSTON    Kingston University


Stephen Stills May 8th

It’s the second name in “Crosby, STILLS, Nash & Young”; he’s a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and supreme solo artist. Stephen Stills is part of rock & roll history. He makes a rare appearance at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz to perform both acoustic and electric music. Stephen Stills plays Thursday, May 8th at 8 pm.

American Idol Finalists Party

James Durbin Feb. 15th

Local boy makes good…always a great storyline. But when good things happen to good people, it’s even better. After attending Musicschool in Santa Cruz and plenty of wood shedding, James Durbin shot to nationwide fame during “American Idol” and has now released the CD “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster”.  Always a great show on his home turf, James Durbin plays The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday, February 15th. Showtime is 9 pm.


The War and Peace Tour

warpeace September 6th I had the great pleasure to attend the War and Peace Tour at the Catalyst here in Santa Cruz, Ca.  The tour had all-star underground headliners Immortal Technique and Brother Ali speaking their mind about the injustice and corruption brought forth by the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, and the corporate takeover of the media and U.S. government. They brought attention to the hypocrisies in our government’s current reasoning for war with the Syrian government, asked the audience to stop being programmed by the television, and as always, spoke of revolution. These messages were delivered all the while they entertained the pumped up crowd with refined beats, raps, and the essence of true Hip Hop culture. The soft-spoken delivery of Brother Ali made for the perfect balance to the always angry Immortal Technique. After the show they remained loyal to their crowd and stuck around to meet all in attendance and signed whatever anyone had to bring. The tour continues on across the nation until October 4th and I highly recommend you catch one of the dates because it is a show not worth missing.