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Thursday | 5

Led by violin-playing brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak, Les Yeux Noirs—or “Black Eyes”—is a Paris-based band that plays a whirling blend of Klezmer, Romani, and gypsy jazz. Formed in 1992, the group originally stuck to traditional styles and instruments. But in 2000, the Slabiaks broke the traditional confines by adding a drum kit, guitar and electric bass. A project rooted in one-world-one-people aesthetics, Les Yeux Noirs captures cross-cultural beauty, sorrow, nostalgia, joy and the unbreakable human will to survive. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

Friday | 6

cal andrenickatinaHIP HOP
Rapper Andre “Dre Dog” Nickatina has no problem spitting rhymes about what he wants, when he wants. The “Ayo For Yayo” artist made his mark on the Bay Area rap scene in the mid-’90s with I Hate You With A Passion and Cocaine Raps, but managed to elude the celebrity status of his contemporaries like E-40. Nickatina will be performing his annual birthday bash at the Catalyst with fresh party tracks off his 2014 EP Cupid Got Bullets 4 Me. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $23/adv, $28/door. 429-4135.

Saturday | 7

cal thegroggsGARAGE ROCK
The first time I heard the Groggs I immediately bought everything they’d released, which wasn’t—and still isn’t—much. With minimal recordings and a guitar player now living out of state, the Groggs have become more elusive than Bigfoot. That’s why this fuzzed-out, pop-spiked garage trio’s shows are never to be missed. Make sure to get there early because they’re playing with fellow psyche-rockers Beach Fuzz, Pyromids and Panther Martin, guaranteeing a packed Crepe Place. MW
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

Sunday | 8

cal marcobeneventoINDIE
Like electro-indie prankster Dan Deacon, Marco Benevento mixes experimental music, pop hooks and a strong sense of playfulness. What’s striking about his tunes is how instantly offbeat and yet familiar they are. There are loops, dance beats, a blissful trance-inducing feeling, and of course catchy melodies, though most of his songs don’t have vocals. Behind the scenes, Benevento is a man constantly tinkering with form. He plays toy instruments, modified electronics, atypical rock instruments like a glockenspiel and a Wurlitzer organ, and runs everything through filters. Benevento has been part of the experimental and jazz scenes in New York over the past decade-and-a-half. He inches closer to pop with every album, but never gives up his weird side. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15. 479-1854.

Monday | 9

cal cahalenmorrisonCOUNTRY
Hailing from Northern New Mexico, Cahalen Morrison is no stranger to dust, ghost towns and loneliness—the kind of stuff that drives a good country song. And, fittingly, Morrison took to country music early, playing in his first band at the age of 13. As a teenager, he ventured off into rock ’n’ roll, but made his way back to classic country where he’s made a name for himself as a creator of sparse, thoughtful songs that, as one reviewer says, “let the listener do the work.” His band Country Hammer is full of top-notch American artists including Country Dave Harmonson of Zoe Muth’s band on pedal steel, and Jim Miller of Donna The Buffalo on guitar and vocals. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

cal kendrick scottJAZZ
On a jazz scene brimming with phenomenal drummers, Kendrick Scott stands out as a poised musician who brings simmering intensity to the bandstand. A product of Houston’s storied High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (think Robert Glasper, Beyoncé, and Jason Moran), he’s spent the past decade touring the world with the likes of trumpeter Terence Blanchard and vocalist Gretchen Parlato. But Scott is rapidly becoming a force in his own right with a stellar cast of collaborators, which for this tour includes pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Joe Sanders, guitarist Mike Moreno and tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III (a fellow Houstonian). ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

Tuesday | 10

cal JackieGreeneBandAMERICANA
Singer-songwriter Jackie Greene cut his teeth playing both the open mic and bar scene while still in his teens. He actually seems like a natural fit for each world—his music is vulnerable and introspective and tough. His 2003 debut was Rusty Nails, and since then he’s released a handful of records and EPs, and even scored an Academy Award for his tune “I Will Never Let You Go” in Brokeback Mountain. His style is a hodgepodge of blues, folk, country and rock ’n’ roll. In 2013, he joined the Black Crowes, a group with a remarkably similar sound. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $18/adv, $22/door. 429-4135.



Future-forward funk, R&B, hip-hop and jazz keyboardist. Thursday at Kuumbwa


Surf-punk out of San Diego. Friday at Crepe Place


2-Tone ska revival legends. Friday and Saturday at Moe’s Alley


Pioneering hardcore punk band. Sunday at Catalyst


World-renowned French-Algerian acoustic guitarist. Sunday at Don Quixote’s


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