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Wednesday | 16

cal seanflinnSEAN FLINN & THE ROYAL WE
Spanning the divide between pop and indie rock, Sean Flinn writes accessible, catchy songs that are perfect for a laid-back, sunshiny day—quite a feat for someone who calls Portland his home base. Born “in the shadow of Mount Shasta,” Flinn’s material covers a range of topics that are held together with the band’s simple yet rich arrangements, and delivered with just the right pinch of rock ‘n’ roll flair. A nice feather in Flinn and company’s collective cap came when they were listed among Paste magazine’s “Ten Oregon Bands You Should Listen To Now.” Cat Johnson
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

Thursday | 17

cal pegiPEGI YOUNG
I guess you could call Pegi Young a late bloomer, but that’s not quite right. It’s more accurate to say that Young, who’s the wife of rock legend Neil Young and founder of the Bridge School, decided to try her hand at the singer-songwriter game a little later than most. Though she’s lent her vocal talents to her husband on numerous tracks, it wasn’t until 2007 that Pegi struck out on her own. With a quiet intimacy and familiar melodies, her music taps into the rich vein of ’70s songwriter styles, yet possesses an easy disconnect from mainstream stridings—perhaps that’s what happens when you’ve seen the rock scene from the inside and are now just enjoying the ride. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $15. 603-2294.

Friday | 18

cal wolvesthroneWOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
Wolves in the Throne Room don’t like to associate themselves with black metal music. They have the slow, heavy, ferocious sound of Norwegian black metal bands, with a bit of atmospheric, experimental nuance—but they do it all in their own language. The Washington group stays away from “evil” satanic-type lyrics, and instead channel a spiritual, tree-hugging vibe. Their mission, they claim, is to have their music interpret their gorgeous Northwestern landscape. Their latest album doesn’t even have guitars; it’s purely synth-driven, but has the same eerie, dark, moody quality their prior guitar-driven albums have. AC
INFO: 8:30 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $17/door. 423-1336.


Saturday | 19

cal the-polyphonic-spreePOLYPHONIC SPREE
For almost 15 years, Tim DeLaughter and the rest of Polyphonic Spree have been breaking down musical walls, with a sound that begs you to think outside the box. They have released five full-length albums and three EPs, and their music has been featured on soundtracks ranging from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to The Lorax. And nothing says pop culture relevance like actually appearing as themselves on an episode of Scrubs. The band, which often features somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 members, is touring behind their most recent release, 2013’s Yes, It’s True. Brian Palmer
INFO: 9 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25. 423-1338.

Sunday | 20

cal midniteMIDNITE  
While the sound of this seasoned reggae band is mellow and easy to groove to, Midnite's lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's almost hauntingly authentic reggae voice sings powerful lyrics reaching to something deeper. With drums, guitar and keyboard alongside Vaughn's fast chants and cool sounds, Midnite has been releasing albums since 1997, performing in places like Washington D.C. to Northern California's Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. Using their combination of classic reggae sounds and lyrics that speak to modern-day themes, Midnite brings passion to their performances, which have been known to last up to three hours. Sydney Moorhead
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $35/adv, $38/door. 479-1854.

cal KaceyJonesKACEY JONES
One glance at Kacey Jones’ albums and you realize that she is no ordinary singer-songwriter. With titles including Donald Trump’s Hair, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Box of Music, and Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay or Dead, they scream of irreverence and fun. But Jones is no one-trick pony. In addition to a skewering sense of humor, she also has a lovely voice, an insightful perspective and a clever sense of wordplay. On Sunday, Jones is joined by former Flying Burrito Brothers member Phil Lee and guitar ace Dorian Michael. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $12/adv, $15/door. 603-2294.

Monday | 21

cal omarsosaOMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO
With nearly two dozen studio and live releases to his credit since his debut in 1997, pianist and composer Omar Sosa has certainly proved to be prolific, and with half a dozen Grammy nominations to his credit, it is clear his work has been high quality. Sosa’s latest venture with his group AfroCubano continues his exploration of everything from straight-ahead jazz to world music, with a particular emphasis on music with roots in the African and Cuban traditions. Whether leading the way with melodic, lush keys, or lighting up the night with a lively piece that makes you want to dance, Sosa and his band are not to be missed. BP
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

Tuesday | 22

cal vieuxVIEUX FARKA TOURÉ
You know you have made an impression on the music world when anyone decides to compare you to Jimi Hendrix, let alone call you the “Hendrix of the Sahara.” Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré has earned such a distinction throughout the course of his young career, which spans six albums—including one live album, a remix album, and his most recent release, 2013’s Mon Pays. His soulful fusion of world music, reggae, rock, blues and folk garnered him an invitation to perform at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony, and his 2011 record, The Secret, featured guest appearances by Dave Matthews and Derek Trucks. BP
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25. 427-2227.

IN THE QUEUE

MONKEY
Award-winning Bay Area ska outfit. Thursday at the Crepe Place

HAPA
The long-running duo Hapa blends traditional sounds from the islands with rock, world music and folk. Friday at Kuumbwa

THE FIXX
Singalong time: "One thing … oooh one thing leads to anoooooother." Friday at the Beach Boardwalk

FOREVERLAND
14-piece horn and rhythm-driven tribute to Michael Jackson. Friday at Don Quixote's

ONGOING EVENTS

April 4-July 20
Planet Ord
The newest exhibition at the MAH, “Planet Ord,” explores the contemporary experience and historical echoes of the now-abandoned Fort Ord—once the largest military base in the American West—relating it to the many lost places in contemporary America. This multimedia exhibition is guest-curated by Enid Baxter Ryce, who reveals the artwork and stories within this ever-changing icon of Monterey County. With the help of the students and alumni of California State University Monterey Bay, Enid documents Fort Ord through film, photo, and painted maps of the military base, where more than one million people once lived and worked. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs through July 20. Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. 429-1964.

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A Year of Creative Self-Expression

Wednesday, after a year in Cancer’s nourishing waters, Jupiter enters fiery Leo. Next Tuesday, the sun joins Jupiter in Leo. Leo is the sign of the three fires of life, of seeking our individuality, our gifts and talents. Life for the next year will be quite dramatic, expressive, creative and generous. Jupiter, the heart of Aquarius, is the planet of expansion and truth, distributing Ray 2 of Love and Wisdom.

 

Final Cut

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