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Wednesday | 2

Five albums in, and the Massachusetts indie group is starting to broach something resembling convention. They had already dropped the lo-fi aesthetic on 2013’s The Flower Lane. But the latest record, St. Catherine, which was released this past July, takes their psychedelic/dream-pop sound in a much more palatable direction. Starting as a side project for Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile, the group was originally a collection of sound collages and free-form psychedelic jams. The new sound, which may not be as adventurous as prior records, suits them well. They’ve focused on fine-tuning their layering of gorgeous, melancholy, hazy psych-pop guitars that is close to—but not quite—ready for radio. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $15. 429-6994.

Thursday | 3

cal claudia villelaJAZZ
Claudia Villela seizes your ears with her extraordinary voice, a voluptuous instrument that can caress vowels with a velvet purr or deliver consonants with the percussive snap and rattle of a pandeiro. But the Rio de Janeiro-born singer is also a capaciously inventive composer who has created a vast and soaring body of songs that serve as ideal vehicles for her vocal flights. The longtime Bay Area resident keeps superlative musical company, and this show is no exception, with guitarist Jeff Buenz, bassist Gary Brown, drummer Celso Alberti, and Vitor Goncalves on piano and accordion. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

Friday | 4

cal catpowerALTERNATIVE
It’s been 20 years since Cat Power’s debut record, Dear Sir, and in those past two decades, she’s been an artist difficult to categorize. That’s mostly because of how willing she is to just totally move on from her past and chart new territory. She’s written in punk, folk, blues, soul, and on her most recent record, 2012’s Sun, electronica. What’s tied all of her work together is her dry, husky voice, a sort of deadpan that packs a massive, unexpected emotional punch. The new album, her ninth, is a heavy affair, reflecting recent break-ups, issues with substance abuse and other personal demons, with synths, drum machines and all. AC
INFO: 7 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $31/gen, $47/gold. 423-8209.


If a true artist bears many titles, then Eligh is definitely in the mix. The Living Legend from Los Angeles has had a stunning career, with 16 releases with his former crew, an uncanny 18 solo releases, 16 collaboration albums and a long list of production credits. He flows with a mission: spitting fast and clear rhymes that walk the fine line between spiritually uplifting and crushingly introverted. He’s the type of artist who slays his demons on the page, not just for the benefit of his audience, but for his own sanity. The last time Eligh played the Catalyst it was on the main stage, so this Friday hip-hop heads will receive a rare, close-up glimpse of the artist at work as he performs with Rhymesayers’ deM atlaS and Rey Resurreccion, in the Atrium. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 429-4135.

Blending swing, guitar-driven bebop, Latin, blues, and soul-jazz with surf, rock, and more, the BR Jazz Band is a cool breeze on the local jazz scene. Hailed as fresh, danceable, sophisticated and fun, the group performs original tunes and audience favorites. Typically a four-piece comprising Billy Rogers on drums, Diana Rogers on vocals, Dan Robbins on bass, and Rick Vandivier on guitar, the BR Jazz Band grows into a nine-piece on Friday with the inclusion of Bill C. Ireton on guitar, and the Elements of Surf Singers. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Saturday | 5

In their heyday, Duran Duran was seen as the ultimate commercialization of the punk and post-punk movements of the late ’70s—a boy band version of counterculture rock, if you will. But the thing is, they wrote really good songs, and people continued to love them even after they lost their good looks and boyish charms. SF’s Duran Duran Duran are a spot-on tribute to the group, and will blow minds with their nail-on-the-head renditions of such popular favorites as “Hungry Like A Wolf,” “Rio” and “The Reflex,” but they also dig a little deeper into the group’s discography. Duran Duran even had some killer album cuts, it turns out. How many boy bands can make that claim? AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $12/adv, $15/door. 603-2294.

The Funkanauts come all the way from Planet Funk—via Oakland—ready to party. Boasting six members (plus their horn section, dubbed the “Men in Black”), the band claims that its origins date back to leader JStone’s abduction by aliens as a child. His quest to find out why it happened led him to the funk, where the band has been preaching the gospel of the Mothership Connection ever since. The Funkanauts are for anyone who can get down with Parliament, boogie with Funkadelic, or rip it up to Living Colour. MW
INFO: 9 p.m. The Pocket, 3102 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz. $5. 475-9819. 

Monday | 7

The last name Allman comes with some heavy expectations. With the late Duane Allman considered one of the greatest guitarists that ever lived, and his brother Gregg being a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, there’s a musical legacy in place here that is beloved and revered by fans around the world. So what is the next generation to do? If you’re Devon Allman, you go with it. The son of Gregg, Devon has the musical heart of his father and uncle, but is quietly carving his own groove in the family tree, most recently as a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood. Raised by his mother outside all the Allman Brothers hoopla, Devon has earned his place as a rising star of the blues-rock scene with his fiery vocals and shredding guitar work. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

Tuesday | 8

Linda Tillery has been a force on the Bay Area folk music scene for decades. As a producer and artist for Olivia Records, she helped further the women’s music movement, and as leader of the Cultural Heritage Choir, she preserves and shares the rich history of African American folk and roots music. Known for engaging audiences with layered rhythms, dance, storytelling, and soulful, mighty vocals, the Cultural Heritage Choir moves with ease and a contagious, roof-raising energy, through gospel, jazz, spiritual, blues, and work songs from West Africa, the American South, the Caribbean and more. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227. 



Psychedelic folk rockers from Magnolia, Texas. Thursday at Don Quixote’s


Dub/reggae pioneer. Friday at Moe’s Alley


Lively string celebration led by fiddler Alasdair Fraser. Friday at Civic Auditorium


Island-style roots reggae. Sunday at Moe’s Alley


Dark, spacious, desert-inspired music out of Sedona, Arizona. Sunday at the Pocket


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As Burning Man (nine days, Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in the sign of Virgo) burns in the hot white desert sands, a petal of the rose created by retrograde Venus and the twelve-petaled Sun in Virgo’s petals unfold. All of us are on the burning ground (Leo) in the womb (cave of the heart) of the mother (Virgo), gestating for humanity once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, feminine (receptive energies) signs, are from our last solar system (Pleiades). When humanity first appeared on Earth we were nurtured by the mother, a matriarchy of energies (on islands in the Pacific). Eve, Isis and Mary are part of the lineages of our ancient Mother. Overseen by the Pleiades, the Earth (matter, mater, the mother) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence (Ray 3). As we move toward autumn, another mother, Ceres realizes she has mere weeks left with her beloved daughter, Persephone. Persimmon and pomegranate trees prepare for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day continues to dim. Sunday, Venus in Leo turns stationary direct, yet continues in her shadow until Oct. 9 (when retrograde Mercury turns direct). Slowly our newly assessed values emerge from the Venus retrograde. We thought in Venus retro how to use our resources more effectively. Mercury retrogrades Sept. 17. Monday is Labor Day. Let us honor the labor of everyone, all life a “labor.” Let us honor Labor Day and all those who have “served” (labored for) us this past year. We honor their labors. We honor the labor of our parents, those who have loved us. We honor our own labors, too. We are all in service, we are all laboring. We are all valuable.


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