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Santa Cruz Music Festival at Downtown

  • February 5, 2017
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The Santa Cruz Music Festival returns to downtown February 18th and 19th. Over 250 mostly local artists are playing at venues on and near Pacific Avenue. And this year, KZSC programmers will be broadcasting interviews and some music from the event! Listen in to get a taste of the amazing local music scene that we are blessed with--and come out to the festival to support the hardworking musicians live!
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Protest Signs In DC Today

Reporting Unbiased News in a Divided Country

  • January 20, 2017
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Tune in this Friday and Saturday to KZSC for updates from DJs who will be in our nation's capital, as well as our home of Santa Cruz, CA and the greater Bay Area. No exaggerations, only eye-witness accounts from us to you. KZSC's students are teaming up with Student Media at UCSC to send student reporters to D.C. and create multimedia projects based on these events and more. "Like" Santa Cruz Media Coalition on Facebook for more unbiased media that's to come. And, of course, keep an eye out on KZSC's Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter for more reports and photographs.
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WARM BREW! Tracing their Footsteps…

     Warm Brew is quintessentially West Coast – the two are synonymous. Their lyrics, though, are anonymous. (you’ll never hear ‘em copy! Top Notch Baby! Never coming less, sky’s the limit, you gots to believe up in… the Brew!)…

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New KZSC merch is here!

  • October 12, 2016
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New stuff!! You can donate to Santa Cruz's community radio station and receive our new special edition KZSC shirt printed on a 50/50 blend in navy blue .     And, we're bringing the tote bag back! A canvas bag with our beloved "peel slowly and see" Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground-inspired banana slug shows off both your love of music, and appreciation of the Santa Cruz banana slug. The 11-inch, over-the-shoulder handles and 15.5″ x 14.5″ x 7″ size allows you to haul your LPs, groceries, beach gear, or books! Rep your favorite local, non-commercial, community radio station everywhere you go.
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Hear The Zombies interviewed on KZSC

  • September 7, 2016
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On September 7th, KZSC spoke with 1960s pop legends, The Zombies. It was hours before their show at The Catalyst that they visited our studios. Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone shared the story of the founding and dissolution of the Zombies and traced some of the impact that British jazz and choral music had on their songwriting and performing. Listen to hear that and a lot more!
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Programmer of the Month: Art O’Sullivan

  • September 3, 2016
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The Golden Road's Art O'Sullivan moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC as an alternative academic experience, but the ocean, redwoods and counterculture kept him here. Upon first listening to KZSC, Art was drawn to the alternative music, talk and special format programming. He started programing The Golden Road on June 18, 1997 as a 30th anniversary celebration of the Monterey International Pop Festival.
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The 88 point ones…

  • August 7, 2016
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Recently, it was my great pleasure to visit MIT's, 88.1, WMBR. It has three studios, AND contains, what has to be, one of the largest music libraries in all of college radio, with more than 100,000 LPs and a similar number of CDs in their library! WMBR's show, Pipeline! is celebrating 25 years of live & local rock music programming with a series of 13 shows, featuring 80 acts, Sept. 12th through Oct. 12th, 2016.
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Radio from a parallel universe.

  • July 26, 2016
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Sometimes a hole in your memory banks can really mess with you. It can be an unsettling feeling. Such was the case for yours truly on a long-overdue trip back East to see family. Turns out that, my hometown high…

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Wakin on a Pretty Day with Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is almost a little too "hip" to be extremely outgoing during a performance, but that's why we love him, right? To quote one of my new friends from Alabama whom I met at Bonnaroo Music Festival, "Kurt seemed…

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Bonaroo Arch By Flickr User Shannon McGee

Ready for the Heat at Bonnaroo Music Festival?

I'm getting ready to take on the beating sun in Tennessee. The Bonnaroo Music Festival is held annually at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, at the historic location of "The Farm", about an hour South East of Nashville. I am excited to represent KZSC at a large-scale event such as this one, and I hope you can follow my check-ins during the weekend! Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, J.Cole, The Internet, and many others.
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May 29 KZSC Presents: Sugar Candy Mountain w/ Luke Sweeney and Jackie Zealous

Sunday May 29: KZSC Presents tropical psychedelic pop band, Sugar Candy Mountain from Joshua Tree, California. Playing with Santa Cruz's surf garage rock band, Jackie Zealous and San Francisco's psychedelic soul pop band, Luke Sweeney. "If Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips, it would sound like this— featuring space-age sounds and far-out frequencies from the tripped out tropics," then you would have Sugar Candy Mountain. Hope to see you there!
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Support KZSC and get some great tickets!

KZSC has all kinds of great tickets still available during this Spring's Pledge Drive.  You can get these tickets for less then you would pay at the door. We don't charge service fees! Check out these hot tickets, and click on the ones you want!

May 27: Steven “Ragga” Marley at the Catalyst

May 28: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in SF

June 3: Bad Religion at the Catalyst

June 4: The Budos Band at The Catalyst

June 21: Cherry Glazerr at The Catalyst

July 9: Island Reggae Festival in San Jose

Sept 3: Tame Impala in Berkeley

All you have to do is click on the show you like.  You know you want to! Even more tickets are available during the Spring Pledge Drive are in Pledge Drive Shop.
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