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Caleborate Interview & Concert Review

Wassup radio family,

Last week I caught up with Berkeley rapper, Caleborate for a hefty interview before his headlining show in the Atrium. Rizal Aliga aka Mr. Hella Hyphy himself was also in attendance and wrote a solid concert review which is also below. Peep it!

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SHOW REVIEW

The Bay Area’s hip-hop scene has seen a spike in national attention lately due to the upcoming of artists like Kehlani, Noodles, The HBK Gang, Kamaiyah, and now twenty-three year old Berkeley rapper, Caleborate. His first headlining tour, The 1993 Tour, covers a majority of the west coast,  displaying his growth as a performer. Prior to their stop at the Social Hall in San Francisco, the TBKTR squad made a quick pit stop at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz, where I caught them. Last time Caleborate was at The Catalyst was earlier this summer when he opened up for P-Lo’s Before Anything Tour. Prior to attending this show, I anticipated a virtualized environment with high energy and enthusiasm. Jordan Garrett, Nick James, Beejus, and Caleborate’s brother, Cash Campain — who happens to be an R&B singer. Each opened up the night with smooth performances. When Caleborate finally made his way to the stage; he did not disappoint. DJ OG Kel, DJ Adrian Per and guitarist J Hawk were on stage with him. He began his set with “Mind Piece,” then showcased his dance moves during “El Bandito,” (my favorite song from his Hella Good album) and heart felt song “Good Great” (another personal favorite). Caleborate’s energy was in the air, especially as he interacted with his audience, talking to everyone between songs and feeling out our energy himelf. He ended the night by jumping into the crowd while performing “$aggin’ Par.” It’s no question that TBKTR & Caleborate are here to spread positive vibes, inspire others, and most importantly, just to have a great time. The addition of guitarist Jay Hawk and his skillful solos or a mannequin challenge filmed by house DJ Adrian Per, Caleborate, wants you to enjoy yourself and listen to his project that he spent so much time on. The 1993 tour spread love and positive vibes and his performance was a night of excellence. Keep your eyes and ears open for young and talented Bay Area artist Caleborate because he could be headlining or performing in bigger venues the next time you see him. – Rizal Aliga

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photos by Asid Theekri

KZSC's Odessey and Oracle LP - now autographed!!

Hear The Zombies interviewed on KZSC

On September 7th, Carol from KZSC’s Test of Time and Keith from Moon Majoon spoke with 1960s pop legends, The Zombies. It was hours before their show at The Catalyst with Bruce Sudano opening that they visited our studios. The Zombies regularly get named, alongside The Beatles and The Beach Boys, as the having the best songs and vocal harmonies of the 1960s. In the interview they speak about how those other two bands’ studio innovations directly benefitted the recording of The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle.

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, who together represent more than 100 years of professional musicianship, also share 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. We also learned what it was like to work with the infamously tyrannical director Otto Preminger, and how the Zombies stood up to him.

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Upcoming Shows @ The Catalyst + Ticket Giveaways

Oh. My. God. Becky, look at this summer lineup at the Catalyst. Stay tuned next week for a chance to win tickets to Sir Mix-A-Lot, Opio, Shwayze, and more!

Here are the upcoming shows for the month of July:
7/10 – Through The Roots / Miss Lonely Hearts (Atrium)

7/11 – Bleeding Through

7/12 – Sin Sisters Burlesque

7/13 – Fountain of Bile

7/16 – Craft Spells

7/17  – The Native Sibling

7/18 – Wolves in the Throne Room / Sir Mix-A-Lot (Atrium)

7/19 – Shwayze / The Polyphonic Spree (Atrium)

7/20 – Opio / Free The Robots

7/ 22 – Sapient

7/23 – Rittz / Vultures At Arms Reach (Atrium)

7/24 – Jason Cruz & Howl

7/25 – Taj He Spit

7/26 – The Hold up / Stellar Corpses (Atrium)

7/27 – Castle

7/28 – Kevin Gates

7/31 – Xiu Xiu

 

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Loud Rock Concerts in November

Raise your Satan Horns, because IT’S TIME TO ROCK! There is a Thanksgiving bounty of ridiculously good shows lined up in November, including one in Santa Cruz!

Thee Parkside in San Francisco on November 7th: Doors @ 9:00pm – Scale the Summit, The Reign of Kindo, Jolly

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Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on November 14th: Doors @ 8:00pm – 65daysofstatic, Caspian, The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

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The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on November 21st: Doors @ 6:00pm – Veil of Maya, STRUC/TURES, Northlane, Vildhjarta, Here Comes the Kraken

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Two Door Cinema Club Dec. 5th

Last year I fell head over heels for Two Door Cinema Club’s album, Tourist History. Loaded with the electro-pop dance grooves I was looking for in a band, Tourist History was high energy and infectious, making it impossible to not want to groove along. Needless to say it set the bar pretty high for a followup album. Now available, Beacon expands our expectations of the musical range of TDCC.  Find out for yourself when Two Door Cinema Club plays The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday, December 5th.  Showtime is 8 pm.

They’re also part of “Not So Silent Night” with Jack Black, Metric, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, The Gaslight Anthem Friday, December 7th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.  Bursting with music, this show begins at 6 pm and will sell out soon.

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YelaWolf at the Catalyst

Coming across YelaWolf was a complete coincidence. I like rap as much as the next Justin Bieber tween-fan  but I don’t proactively go out of my way to search for up and coming artists, I usually just stick to the classics. While at a bowling alley, yes bowling alley, a music video featuring a disheveled looking man came up on the big screen. I was so interested in this man that I lost the game (but also because I am really bad at bowling) and had to leave as the sore loser of the group. I came home and was quick to google everything I could about him, I came across his tour schedule and realized that there would be a chance that we could meet at a concert, lock eyes and fall in love or whatever. If you’re as interested in YelaWolf as I am, you would definitely not want to miss him in concert on October 12th at the Catalyst. Why am I letting you know so far in advance you say? This tour is sure to sell out and with a venue as intimate as the Catalyst, it’s going to be impossible to get tickets – I’m still crying about Odd Future. If you can trust my choice in rap music make sure to get your tickets soon. If you don’t trust my taste, listen to this song below and that might change your mind.