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Concert Review: The Frights at the Catalyst Atrium (2.23.2018)

Review by: Lily Nauta

With their first album debuting in 2013 and their second and most recent in 2016, indie-rock band The Frights are a quickly growing group. The band picked up traction quick with lead singer Mikey Carnevale’s captivating vocals, paired with their tight drumming and pristine jangly guitar riffs.

The opening band On Drugs provided a psychedelic experience with the lead singer’s creeping, upper register vocals and metallic guitars. The band also hyped up the audience by unleashing the “Wall of Death”, in which the crowd divided then charged into each other at the height of the song. They’ve definitely inaugurated me into their fan club. The second opening band, Thee Commons, captivated the audience with their groovy Cumbia tunes and psychedelia. Like On Drugs, it was evident that Thee Commons knew how to harness the crowds energy– which they did with their low growling voices and audience engagement.

By the time The Frights entered the stage, the vibe was perfect. And the audience—consisting almost entirely of fellow slugs—was especially hyped after the band entered to a voice recording of them singing “Santa Cruz is bananas b-a-n-a-n-a-s!”. We slugs appreciate a good pun. Throughout the show, Mikey continued to make reference to Santa Cruz stereotypes; at one point even stopping just to gesture at a large group at the center to say, “Aw I love you guys, that is Santa Cruz right there- just a big group of guys jumping around in a circle.”

From the dense air to the towering “used car-sale blow up” decorations, the venue was atmospherically in tune with the entire room; thus creating an almost ethereal connection between the band and the audience.  The cloud of smoke looming over the audience further swallowed everyone into the bluesy haze during  songs like “Haunted” and “Of Age”. On the contrary, Mikey’s cosmic screeches in songs like “Crust Bucket” and “You Are Going to Hate this” caused the audience to lash out into a beautiful moshing frenzy.

Speaking of moshing frenzy, I (as a relatively small gal) made the poor choice of maneuvering my way into the center of the pit, only to find myself on the ground moments later with several large sweaty men on top of me. As they scrambled to get up, I laid there paralyzed like a little carcass or something and was eventually lifted up by the camaraderie of the mosh pit. Once back onto my feet, I was hugged by a very kind (and very sweaty) fella who patted me on the back to make sure I was okay. I never knew almost getting trampled could be such a euphoric experience. For the entirety of the show I jammed sporadically (this time on the sidelines) while engulfed in the visceral screams and intoxicating melodies of The Frights.

At the end of the night, the band concluded by saying, “we’ve traveled all around the US and you guys honestly are my favorite”. I guess these slugs are bananas.

“Somebody’s Valentine” – A KZSC Valentine’s Day Playlist

“It’s pretty cool there’s a designated day promoting people to be overly loving toward a special someone. I mean, ideally, people would act like that every day but that’s difficult; we can only spend so much time in our daily lives trying to make others happy.

Most people aren’t that optimistic anyway, especially on Valentine’s Day. There’s a good amount of people right now feeling glum from all the love around them while they’re destined to spend the day by themselves. That’s just not right, Valentine’s Day should be catered to all dammit! Everyone should have the opportunity to receive kindness today, whether they’re in a relationship or not.

That’s why I decided to make a playlist with something for everyone. From the synth-pop tenderness of New Order to CupcakKe’s hyper-sexual rap game and the Japanese alt-rock loneliness of RADWIMPS, this Valentine’s Day everyone’s gonna feel validated.”

-Dustin Lennin Choto AKA “DJ Maladroit”

New Media Director

KZSC Presents: “Somebody’s Valentine”

Running Time: 1hr 58min

Special Thanks to the following DJs (for recommending songs for the playlist): Firey Nairi, Mu, and DJPK.

Sylvanna Falcon at KZSC, Photo by Melissa De Witte, UCSC

KZSC’s Voces Criticas/Critical Voices

KZSC is pleased to share with you this radio profile of UCSC Professor Sylvanna Falcon, host of Voces Criticas/Critical Voices. Tune in on Thursdays at 5:30 pm and catch archived programs on the show’s website or on Radio Free America.

Sylvanna Falcon profile

 

Jean-Luc Ponty Interview w/ Test of Time’s DJ Carol!

Carol of the Test of Time speaks with legendary violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  A virtuoso violinist, Ponty was the first musician to treat the violin like a guitar, applying the use of distortion boxes, phase shifters and the wah-wah pedal to fuse this classical instrument with jazz and rock! Ponty talks about his vast recording career, his influential work with Frank Zappa, and the freedom allowed by his move to California. Listen to this informative interview here in it’s entirety, and catch DJ Carol every Friday this summer from 12-2pm, bringing you an eclectic mix of rockin, rollin, r&b and soul! Visit Ponty’s website for upcoming tour dates and additional information about the man himself.

@Remedy415 interview w/ riz aka djrsd

On 5.26.17, @rizzystaydizzy got to interview one of the hottest musicians & producers in the Bay Area right now, @remedy415 right before he opened up on day 1 of 3 sold out shows headlined by SOB X RBE at the Social Hall in his hometown of San Francisco. We talked about his recent moves in producing & connecting with other Bay Area artists, as well as his upcoming project titled “Roll Model.” Check out & click on the picture to see the interview & blog post!

Remedy, of Geneva Towers, San Francisco, CA, was previously a standout athlete, working out, eating right and taking care of his health. After being shot in the legs at the age of 14, he translated his hard work ethic in athletics to music as he used that life-changing experience as motivation and continued to pursue his passion. Most recently, Remedy has been rehabbing to regain the control of his legs and has been making excellent progress.

Fresh off opening three consecutive sold out shows in his hometown of San Francisco at the Social Hall Friday (5.26.17) & Saturday (5.27.17), the last show of the weekend was relocated to the larger venue, the Regency Ballroom on Sunday (5.28.17). On Friday, he gave me a heads up and promised me and his video director @BGIGGZ that he had a surprise in store for the show on Sunday. Everyone had their phone out and was in shock and awe as he came out with a walker to perform his Intro song off his upcoming project “Roll Model.” The video will have your emotions running and will probably bring you to tears.

Personally being next to Remedy was truly inspiring. I literally say this all the time because it is a blessing to be with all of these artists I have met and interviewed this year. But anyways, be on the lookout for Remedy’s project “Roll Model!”

Vi Pham & Zennon Cruz, DJs of Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, CA, who were in attendance with me, helped contribute to this blog.

LiKWUiD on Local Brew and Queen Beats

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Saturday, Local Brew hosted LiKWUiD live on 88.1 FM, shortly before this performance at Santa Cruz’s SubRosa Community Space.

Listen for more on Queen Beats, Tuesday at 10 pm. Don’t sleep—Keep it locked on 88.1 FM or streaming.kzsc.org