The spookiest season of the year is here! Perfect time for some charts of the best Loud Rock albums that have come out recently or are coming out soon! Blow out your eardrums and headbang along to these tasty new jams…

  1. Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
  2. 40 Watt Sun – Wider Than The Sky
  3. Subrosa – For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages
  4. Negura Bunget – Zi
  5. Truckfighters – V
  6. Pallbearer – Fear and Fury EP
  7. Blood Incantation – Starspawn
  8. Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
  9. Brujeria – Pocho Aztlan
  10. Beelzefuzz – The Righteous Bloom

For doom metal fans, definitely check out Neurosis’ new album, especially the first track, “Bending Light.” SUPER heavy without using riffs as a crutch. Honestly up there with some of their best releases.

For those that like their metal faster, I would definitely recommend “Chaoplasm” off of Blood Incantation’s new album Starspawn. Death metal that immaculately balances raw aggression and atmosphere.


Catch DJ Catfish along with Firey Nairi Mondays 10 – Midnight on Cries & Whispers!



BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Outside Lands 2016

In San Francisco, the foggy summer is host to the annual Outside Lands concert, held every August in Golden Gate park. The event takes place over one weekend, starting on Friday and ending on Sunday and draws crowds who enjoy an eclectic mix of music. This year’s headliners included artists from Duran Duran to Chance the Rapper to Lionel Richie to LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, and Radiohead. But one great thing about the festival is that they also feature a good mix of lesser known artists, many of which are from the surrounding areas. Not only does Outside Lands feature musical artists, but ever since the 2012 festival they have featured a full comedy lineup as well. This year’s guests included Sasheer Zamata, Fred Armisen and many more.

I got the opportunity to attend Outside Lands this year and was blown away by the incredible talent that could be found happening all at once. One thing I noticed was the vast variety of styles and atmospheres gathered by each performer. At the festival there were young groups of friends, probably high school aged, there were older couples, and there were also middle aged couples with their kids. This diverse mix shows just how wide-ranging the artists featured were and how really, Outside Lands has something for each person who attends. This also affected the atmosphere of the crowd at different shows, and created a somewhat stratified and distinct attitude at each performance. Each show garnered a specific crowd mentality, which is usually seen at single artist or group concerts but it was interesting to see the differences walking from stage to stage. I think a lot of this had to do with the attitude of the performer, and the music people came to the festival for, since as I mentioned the lineup was incredibly eclectic. To give a glimpse into this, following is a shortened list of some of the artists who performed each day.

On Friday the lineup featured artists such as Whitney, Marian Hill, Ra Ra Riot, Vulfpeck, Foals, Miike Snow, Låplsey, Duran Duran, Grimes, and J. Cole but my day ended with LCD Soundsystem, playing at the Lands End stage located in Polo Field at the West end of the festival. Saturday’s lineup included Years & Years, Vince Staples, Big Grams (a collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram), Con Brio, Air, Sufjan Stevens, Halsey, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Zedd, and Radiohead. On Saturday there was even a show by Bay Area hip hop legends E-40 and Warren G which was added a few days before the festival. Sunday’s lineup highlighted artists including The Oh Hellos, Snakehips, Third Eye Blind, Kehlani, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Miguel, Lana Del Rey and Lionel Richie.One of my favorite performances was that of the band Con Brio, who played on Saturday, the second day of the festival. The energy felt by the performers was mirrored by the crowd as those listening took a ride from funky to serious to sexy and bold. Every member of the band was having fun and you could tell. The performance ended with a bang as the lead singer, Ziek McCarter did backflips for the crowd, each one fueled by more cheers and applause.

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Another great performance was by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals. While the atmosphere was a lot different at this performance, it was just as intense and felt by every person in the crowd. The atmosphere here was a lot louder and intense, which fit the music just as the other performances. I could feel the high energy of the crowd as Anderson .Paak started off his set solo with some fast paced beats. After the first few songs, his band the Free Nationals came out, and after another few he started to play the drums. The crowd was singing along and cheering throughout each song.

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Overall the experience was incredible and I can’t wait to see some of these artists in solo concerts or upcoming festivals. Outside Lands was a great opportunity to see the wide variety of music and how such a diverse lineup can bring people who might never otherwise be at the same show together. One of the huge takeaways from Outside Lands is that no matter what kind of music floats your boat, you can enjoy it with many others and maybe even find something new and out of your normal set to appreciate. I’m sure my feelings represent many others when I say I left the long weekend happy, tired, and excited for what’s to come next in the bustling world of music.

DJ vivs will be hosting That’s Fresh, Thursdays 10pm – Midnight, starting October 6th, 2016! Make sure to check out our new Fall 2016 schedule here!


Truly “old skool” college radio.

On September 8th, Harvard University turns 380! So it is rather fitting that such a venerable institution would also have 8 decades of broadcasting under its belt. In 1940, the Harvard Crimson Network, WHCN, was one of America’s first college radio stations. In 1943 there was a change of call letters to, WHRV (Harvard Radio Voice). Then, on February 1st of 1951, WHRB was born. But it was not until 1957 that the Harvard Radio Broadcasting Company Incorporated acquired a commercial FM license at 107.1 (which was moved over to 95.3 a few years later).

With such a long history, it is no surprise that WHRB has some historic programs. Hillbilly at Harvard is a country music show that started all the way back in 1948!


Then there is, Sunday Night at the Opera, which has been on the airwaves for over 50 years now. And it sure shows when you see the size of the station’s classical music collection; truly extensive and probably one of the largest of its kind among college radio stations.

Since 1994 WHRB has been in the basement of Pennypacker Hall, just a minute walk from the heart of Harvard Square. The hall was built in 1927 and Harvard acquired it in 1958. My guess is that the station has one of the most unusual lay outs in all of college radio. There is a small maze of corners to turn and short hallways to walk down, leading to unlabeled doorways. Behind most of these doors are rooms containing the separate parts of WHRB’s music library.


WHRB publishes its schedule three times a year, and it has to be the most densely packed and well detailed program guide of any college radio station in the nation. We are talking the really fine print. Plus, each Winter and Spring feature “orgies” in which concentrated blocks of air time are devoted to a whole host of composers, artists, genres, subjects, concepts etc. It’s a tradition that is the stuff of legend. Back in 1943, as the story goes, an undergrad was so happy to have passed some rather difficult exams, he went ahead and played all 9 of Beethoven’s symphonies in a row. So, as a nod to this legend, the “orgy periods” are timed to coincide with major exams because the station actually gets short staffed with all the students out taking tests. Because, I have to guess, that graduating from Harvard is even harder than getting into Harvard.

Many thanks to Robby Erikson for showing me around the station.



12th Annual Cesar Chavez

May 13 Special Broadcast: Nane Alejándrez

KZSC is excited to broadcast the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Convocation at UCSC, featuring local community activist Daniel “Nane” Alejándrez. Tune in to KZSC on Wednesday May 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm to catch the talk.

Alejándrez founded Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos to address the root causes of crime and to offer concrete alternatives to young people surrounded by violence, crime and social breakdown in their own neighborhoods. A Viet Nam vet and former Chicano gang member, Alejándrez has since emerged as an international leader–described by writer Luis J. Rodríguez, the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, as “one of the most self-sacrificing, dedicated, consistent, and humble peacemakers we have ever seen in the United States, if not the world.”

This year’s Cesar Chavez Convocation, which will be held Tuesday May 12 in the UCSC College 9/10 multipurpose room,  honors the memory of Cesar Chavez–his achievements, commitment to social justice/civil rights, unrelenting efforts to cultivate grassroots leadership, and his organizing of the United Farm Workers Union.


Dag Weiser Painting For KZSC’s Top Donor

Local artist Dag Weiser has donated this amazing painting for KZSC to give to its top donor in the Spring Pledge Drive! The drive wraps up on Thursday April 30th.

Your generous donation during the drive bring you live, local radio all year long. But if you can beat $1000 (thanks Steve!), then you can have this one-of-a-kind Thank You Gift. We can even deliver it–in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay area.

The “Two Henrys” painting is designed in such a way that–depending on your viewing angle–you see either local literary legend Henry Miller, or you see punk rock legend and TV host Henry Rollins. The piece hung at The Rio Theatre and is signed by Henry Rollins! The dimensions are 45 inches tall by 32 inches wide.

You can view more of Dag’s art at cardboardart.org


Vote KZSC!

In case you missed it, we’d like to point out that it’s time to vote for the Best of Santa Cruz awards, run by the Good Times Weekly.

We’ve been grateful to all of our fans that named us the Best Radio Station in Santa Cruz again and again. We hope we can count on your vote in this year’s poll. Be sure to spread the word!

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