Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Mon Feb 29th

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be playing top quality traditional style bluegrass at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Monday, February 29th, 2016. From Charlestown, Indiana, Mike has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award as Best Fiddle Performer of the Year an unsurpassed ten times. All the band members sing, and grew up in musical families. The Flamekeepers include Nathan Livers on mandolin, Tyler Griffith on upright bass, Joshua Richards on guitar, and the newest member, Cody Looper on banjo. Local Monterey Bay area bluegrass band Bean Creek opens the show. Tune in to hear bluegrass and acoustic country music on KZSC on Backroads (Sundays, 2-4pm), Ramblin’ Round (Wednesdays, 1-2pm), and Bushwackers Breakfast Club (Fridays, 6-9am).

Irish Band Téada Fri Feb 26th

Award-winning Irish traditional band Téada (Gaelic for “strings”) kicks off its “reAwakening” tour in the U.S. with an appearance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Friday, February 26, 2016. Their performance will provide a glimpse into the 100-year period of Irish musical renaissance from 1916 to the present. Led by fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada, the band also includes Sean Gavin on pipes and flute, Patrick Doocey on guitar, legendary singer Séamus Begley on accordion, plus dancer Brian Cunningham. They’ll be performing to a backdrop of archival video and slide shows for a unique cultural experience. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.


Local Artist of the Week: Solar Glory

We are officially kicking off the “Local Artist of the Week” blog series here on the world-famous KZSC Website! To start off strong, we will be showcasing Solar Glory, a Santa Cruz-based space rock/experimental/drone/post-prog/psychedelic group! Check out their Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/Solar-Glory-754435481366692/?fref=ts

Out of all the local artists, why does Solar Glory take this week’s prize? The three best reasons are:

  1. They just released an out of this planet new album called Pilot on Bandcamp this past Thursday, Feb. 18th! Check it out here: https://solarglory.bandcamp.com/releases
  2. They’re the dark, spacey, psychedelic rock band that Santa Cruz has been missing!
  3. They will be playing a set at West Fest (a free music festival at UCSC’s College Eight) this Friday, February 26th from 4-7:30p.m. Check out the Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1966661106892721/

You might be wondering how Solar Glory got their fascinating name or maybe you’re left with deep questions like, “I wonder what music means to the members of Solar Glory?”. You can find out the answers to this questions and beyond: check out Solar Glory’s interview with one of our newest members of KZSC!



Feb 24: KZSC, College 8 & Oakes Present: West Fest 2016 Music Festival!

KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1FM  in part with College Eight and Oakes College have collaborated to put on a free music festival, West Fest 2016 on the College Eight Upper Lawn, on the date of Friday, February 26th from 4-7p.m!

After receiving 60+ applications from local acts, KZSC DJs decided on a diverse line-up, incorporating music from psychedelic space rock and gameboy tunes to Grammy-nominated cellist Rushad Eggleston. The line-up also ranges from acts who have years of experience of performing to other acts that have gotten their start in recent months. Check out the long-awaited release of the line-up below!  Also, see the Facebook Event link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1966661106892721/


RUSHAD EGGLESTON (philosophical cello-Rock goblin) http://rushad.bandcamp.com/album/7-ways-to-be-weird 


His & Her Anatomy (West Coast hip-hop/soulful rap) https://soundcloud.com/hisandheranatomy + Mesha L+SPC-CDT (hip-hop & mixed beats)  https://soundcloud.com/spc-cdt 


SOLAR GLORY (psych space rock) http://solarglory.bandcamp.com/releases  


 me pretty (Theatrical PUNK)  (WE’LL LEAVE THEIR MUSIC A MYSTERY)

SKY COUNTRY (hazy n’ harmonic rock n’ roll) https://skycountry.bandcamp.com/  

sky country


OLRIGHT (ridiculous, sample-phonic beat rapper)   

Guttersnipe (sonidos mexicanos)


DJ Compost (ROCK N’ ROLL)

Blast Process (gameboy tunes)


March 9: KZSC alum Julie Snyder speaking in Carmel

Julie Snyder, KZSC’s former news director (1990s) and the co-creator of the world’s most popular podcast, Serial, is the cover star of Feb 17th’s Good Times weekly!  Don’t miss the Q&A with Good Times Editor-in-Chief Steve Palopoli, where she talks about being a Senior Producer at This American Life and how that led to the birth and explosive growth of Serial–a Peabody-award winning true crime podcast series.  And see if you can make it out to see Julie Snyder and Serial co-creator Sarah Koenig talk at The Sunset Center‘s ‘Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage With the Creators of Serial’ on Wednesday, March 9th.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Fox Theater: KZSC Show Reviews

There’s not really any sort of cohesive way to discuss a band like Godspeed You! Black Emperor that doesn’t begin to sound either extremely pretentious or like an academic paper. As I sat on the base of a pillar in Oakland’s massive Fox Theater, I could only boggle at how on earth I was to describe any of what I was seeing.  Logically, the best place is probably the beginning.

The show started inauspiciously enough. My back was turned as I ordered from the bar, and I did not see the two men who took the stage. They were grey and beardy, dressed as if they were about to perform a sonata, and almost no fanfare accompanied their settling behind their instruments. The two men, as I would later learn from the t-shirts in the lobby, were none other than Xylouris White, composed of lute master George Xylouris of Crete and Jim White, drum maniac of underground rock. What ensued can only be explained by years of classical training and dedication, as White kept switching stick styles mid-song (sticks and timpani) and Xylouris did things I didn’t even know people could do with lutes (shred them).

It was about halfway through their set that DJ BrandX finally had to accept that his press pass couldn’t over-ride GY!BE’s no camera policy.

(Note from BrandX. People were able to get in with their camera, there were just some miscommunication between the press agent and tour manager. It was resolved later in the night around 10 PM, but by that time I was already in the venue and my phone was on silent so I didn’t get the memo in time.)

The squad I’d arrived with was again whole, us being me, Salamanders, Geckos, Catface Meowmers, and now BrandX. We took the time in between sets to discuss what genre Godspeed is. Post-Rock? Experimental Ambient? Audible Anarchy? Is this what a group of (insert genre) fans look like? And lo, the crowd we found ourselves easily made out to be the most diverse I’ve probably ever seen.

Anarchos and crusties? Check. Black metallers? Check. Neatly dressed jazz dudes? Check. Leftists that are just into the bands’ politics? You betcha (quote of the evening: “…vegans have higher IQs, but vegetarians actually have the lowest IQs…”). I even spotted a metalcore kid! Fancy that.

And then, the show just sort of happened. Members began wandering out onto the darkened stage, coming on only as necessary. A lone violin soon joined by a double bass. And then an electric bass. And then the textured thump of drums. Piece by piece, all eight members of the current line-up poured out, and flash photography began to fill the massive screen. Without a degree in film, I frankly feel underqualified to comment on the visuals.

(Brand X here to confirm the visuals were amazing and bring new meaning to the term “Music for Films”)

Suffice to say that they consisted of intense loops of something, say a trestle or some film strips or a skyscraper, which would then be overlayed and blended with other loops. So I can’t really say how or when the word HOPE scratched directly onto the film became a deer became a cell tower. It just did.

There wasn’t really anything that could be called a definite stop until about forty minutes in. Fans would clap at slowdowns or dynamic downshifts, but really they could have been applauding at random as far as the entire experience was concerned. More than anything throughout the night, I found myself impressed by Godspeed’s endurance. I think a lot of people misconstrue droning, atmospheric music as easy. Just hit a note and run it through a pedal and you’re the next big hipster thing. This is not so. The timbres and textures I saw being created required a constant and concentrated playing style, thick with tremolo strums, beats that sounded more like endless drum fills than anything, and the lightning-fast whining of bow on violin. It created not just a listening but an entire body experience, which paired with the images on the screen left me truly speechless.