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Thursday | 25

GORDON LIGHTFOOT
One of Canada’s all-time musical treasures, Gordon Lightfoot has spent more than half a century performing around the world, won over a dozen Juno Awards (Canada’s version of the Grammys), recorded multiple platinum-selling records, been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and had his songs recorded by everyone from Elvis to Dylan, Cash to Streisand. He even received the Companion of the Order of Canada—the highest civilian honor a Canadian can receive—in 2003. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. $65. 423-8209.

Friday | 26

SWEET HAYAH
Hayah, the Arabic word for life, is a fitting descriptor for this band that plays an upbeat fusion of funk, soul and rock. Comprising Nehal Abuelata on lead vocals and keyboard, Devin Moreno on guitar, Josh Gardner on drums, and Aaron Marquez on bass, the San Jose-based Sweet HayaH also has a thread of international flavor running through its music, due in no small part to the Egyptian-born Abuelata's upbringing in France. Drawing comparisons to Adele and Amy Winehouse, the lead vocalist has a clear, powerful voice and great groove sensibilities that, when combined with the rest of the band’s rock and roll stylings, distinguish it from the pack. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. $6. 476-4560.

Saturday | 27

SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB
If you dig deep enough into American roots music, you find yourself at a place where saints and sinners, disciples and demons exist side-by-side; oftentimes in the same song, and sometimes in the same person. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, led by lanky frontman Slim Cessna, is a group that embraces that longstanding juxtaposition, and brings listeners along for the ride. Appropriately labeled country gothic, the band deals with images of hellfire, whiskey, demons and redemption and does so in high-energy, punk rock style. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. $15. 429-6994.

TINY UNIVERSE
Karl Denson has been a professional musician for a good number of years—he was in Slightly Stoopid, Lenny Kravitz’s band, and the Greyboy Allstars—but it’s not till the last decade or so that he’s been a band leader. His group, Tiny Universe—which is based out of San Diego—grooves hard and slow, and they mix in some jazzy horns and distorted guitars. Plus, they’re a lot of fun. Their latest album, New Ammo, has several originals (one featuring alt-country singer Nicki Bluhm on vocals) as well as funked-up covers of White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and the Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot.” AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 423-1338.

KILLER QUEENS
Be honest, you’ve wondered what Queen would sound like if the band members were all women. No? Well, whether you have or not, the Killer Queens are here to show you.This all-female tribute to the legendary rock band is filled to overflowing with the same crackling energy that typified Queen’s shows. The quartet wows with their musical and vocal talent, and their concerts include multiple costume changes, fog machines and a light show—plus, personas such as Frederica Mercury and Briana May. BP
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Sunday | 28

THE ORWELLS
There’s so many up-and-coming young rock bands these days it’s hard to even figure out who’s worth your time. But the Orwells are something truly unique—a guitar sound like the Pixies suddenly became a garage band, a lead vocal like the Cramps’ Lux Interior back from the grave, and more adrenaline than a trucker’s supply of speed. “Southern Comfort,” the opener on their new album, Disgraceland, sounds like the self-obliteration anthem Paul Westerberg always wanted to write: “Drink by drink I think and think/Why won’t you hang with me this weekend/I can’t walk and I can’t dance/Gimme a smile and then take off your pants.” Genius enough for rock ‘n’ roll. STEVE PALOPOLI
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 423-1338.

NEW MASTERSOUNDS
England is not most people’s idea of a funky country. But the UK’s New Mastersounds are a throwback to the ’70s, when soul and funk groups were really amping up the energy, and weaving in jazz influences. They fall somewhere between the Meters, Funkadelic and Herbie Hancock, and always deliver super-tight, high-energy instrumental jams. The past half-decade, they’ve become a bit of an international sensation, and the subject of the documentary Coals to Newcastle. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

Monday | 29

COOKERS
By the ‘60s and ‘70s, jazz had become more of a niche arty music, at least compared to the much more popular rock ‘n’ roll. However, the musicality and creativity of the jazz players of this time was off the charts. Several of the players from these days formed a supergroup of sorts about a decade ago called the Cookers. It’s a seven-piece jazz combo, specializing in bebop and post-bop. They bring tight, composed arrangements and searing improvised solos, just like they were doing it back in the day. AC
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz. $28/adv, $33/door. 427-2227.

CAT POWER
In the nearly two decades since releasing her 1995 debut, Dear Sir, Chan Marshall—better known as Cat Power—has released nine albums, dabbled in everything from classic singer-songwriter folk to blues to rock, and scored her first Billboard Top 10 album with her most recent release, 2012’s electronic-themed curve ball Sun. Marshall has proven time and again that she’s going to do whatever the hell she wants, and the shimmering results speak for themselves. BP
INFO: 8 p.m. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $35/adv, $40/door. 423-1338.

IN THE QUEUE

DAN BERN
Singer-songwriter in the vein of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Wednesday at Crepe Place
BEOGA
Fun-loving, traditional band out of Ireland. Wednesday at Don Quixote's
WHITE BUFFALO
Indie-Americana songwriter with a ribcage-rattling voice and stories to tell. Thursday at Moe's Alley
AMON AMARTH
Long-running death metal band out of Sweden. Friday at Catalyst
BROTHER ALI
Politically minded rapper and producer. Tuesday at Catalyst

 

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