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 Thursday | 28

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DIARRHEA PLANET
Arguably the worst band name ever, Diarrhea Planet actually kind of works for the Nashville six-piece, infatuated as they are with aggressive silliness and excess. They have four guitar players, for god’s sake! And don’t be surprised to see more than one of them shredding at the same time. Their lyrics aren’t much better (e.g. “Ghost with a Boner”), but the group is actually made up of pretty solid players, and in between moments of uniform heavy metal riffage, shout-along choruses, and two-minute Ace Frehley guitar solos, they build some nuanced, layered arpeggios. On the surface they seem to worship ’70s metal and ’90s punk, but they are subtle pop enthusiasts at heart, and cite Steely Dan as an influence. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $8/adv, $10/door. 429-4135.

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BECCA STEVENS BAND
Becca Stevens knows her way around jazz. She’s been an essential collaborator for Bay Area-raised piano star Taylor Eigsti for years, contributing some gorgeous vocals on his 2010 album Daylight at Midnight (Concord Jazz). But the 29-year-old New York singer/songwriter and guitarist isn’t wedded to any one genre. Her indie-rock-inflected new album Perfect Animal (Universal Music Classics) reflects her love of Björk as well as Billie Holiday. She’s touring with a stylistically expansive band featuring keyboardist/accordionist Liam Robinson, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer/percussionist Jordan Perlson. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 427-2227.

Friday | 29

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GREAT SPIRIT
Last year, the fledgling SF trio Great Spirit embarked on a mini-tour intended to be five shows, but it turned into a bunch of dates. If that sounds like an easy-going, roll-with-the-punches group of guys, it’s nothing compared to their music, which is rooted in banjo-driven bluegrass, with the trimix elements of jazz, psychedelic background noises, and laid-back funk-infused Phish-style jams, particularly on their song “The Road Less Traveled.” Their tour has been kind of ongoing, and they’ve even managed to release the EP, From Porch To Frontier. Their debut LP, Searching For A Legend, is expected out later this year. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

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MYSTIC BRAVES
The video for Mystic Braves’ tune “Desert Island” shows the band, shaggy hair and all, performing in an open desert, surrounded by bizarre Jodorowsky imagery. Their music is pure organ-driven 1966 L.A. psychedelic rock a la the Seeds. They play it so spot on they’re borderline a tribute band. It’s the kind of band that would have been formed two decades ago as a joke, but now in 2015 is done seriously, and has a legitimate audience in the current musical landscape. The only thing keeping them from being a 1960s time capsule is how precise their musicianship is. They keep the whacked-out psychedelic sounds to a minimum, focusing on pop-structures, and don’t have an ounce of that Nuggets-era teenage garage-rock sloppiness. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $16/door. 429-4135.

Saturday | 30

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EILEN JEWELL
There’s something timeless about noir country singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell. She’s firmly planted as one of today’s most engaging roots acts, but if you told me she was around when country, rockabilly, blues and folk were all mingling in the ’50s, I’d believe it. A Boise, Idaho native who has steadily reeled in a loyal international following, Jewell creates music that swings, with a voice that floats easily through decades and styles and an ace band to bring the whole thing home. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/gen, $35/gold. 427-2227.

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WHITEY MORGAN & THE 78s
Anyone worth their weight in whiskey knows there’s a difference between country music and honky-tonk, and it doesn’t get much more honky-tonk than Whitey Morgan & the 78s. Despite coming from Flint, Michigan, Morgan and company capture the spirit of Waylon, the fight of Merle and some mojo from all the Hanks. They’re touring on the heels of their second Bloodshot Records release, Sonic Ranch, so be prepared for a fun night of drinking, hollering and causing a ruckus. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/door, $75/VIP package. 479-1854.

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TUMBLEWEED WANDERERS
Take four guys from Oakland, throw in a banjo and a few strings, then kick it up a notch with some electric guitars and throw in a little soul and you’re in Tumbleweed Wanderers territory. Their musical influences are all over the board, adding enough ’60s fuzz-psych to their bluegrass set to make you wonder if you’ve been listening to the same band. One thing’s for sure, the Tumbleweed Wanderers’ infectiously positive songs will chase any blues away. MW
INFO: 9 p.m., Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel, Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

Sunday | 31

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CORINNE WEST
Singer-songwriter Corinne West is an Americana artist, but she regularly elicits reviews that are a bit more flowery than those typically bestowed on the genre, with words like “angelic” and “eloquent” being tossed around to describe her. But with a honey-sweet voice and earthy disposition, the flowery stuff fits—though it betrays the depth of West’s songwriting and her ability to turn a sharp phrase. On her new album, Starlight Highway, West goes deep into her own experiences to create what she considers her most intimate collection of songs yet. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Monday | 1

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NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
An indie band whose two full-length albums—especially the outstanding 1998 release In the Aeroplane Over the Sea—have handily withstood the test of time, Neutral Milk Hotel remains a pillar of ’90s underground rock. But sad news, kiddies, this will be the band’s last tour for the foreseeable future as they’ve announced that it’s “time to say goodbye for the never ending now.” So, if seeing NMH was on your bucket list, get on this one. CJ 
INFO: 8 p.m. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. $40.35. 423-2053.

   

IN THE QUEUE

FRONT COUNTRY

Award-winning Bay Area bluegrass. Thursday at Don Quixote’s

THE SAM CHASE

San Francisco folk-rock outfit. Friday at Moe’s Alley

DIZZY WRIGHT

Las Vegas-based rapper. Saturday at Catalyst

AWOLNATION

Electronic rock band. Tuesday at Catalyst

OZ NOY TRIO

Genre-defying guitarist. Tuesday at Kuumbwa

 

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Gemini Festival of Goodwill, World Invocation Day

This entire week is a preparation by the New Group of World Servers (NGWS) for the June full moon (Tuesday) and to welcome the Forces of Reconstruction, great outer planetary forces streaming into the Earth at the Gemini Solar Festival. The Gemini Festival at the June full moon is called the Festival of Goodwill and World Invocation Day (recitation of the Great Invocation, the mantram of direction for humanity, hourly around the world). During the (12 degrees) Gemini festival, the Wesak blessing of the will-to-good is released and radiated (Gemini distributes) to humanity. When the will-to-good is received, humanity is then able to radiate goodwill to each other and to the kingdoms. The Gemini Festival is the third of the Three Spring Festivals (triangle of Force), setting the spiritual template and resources for Earth for the rest of the year (‘til next spring). This festival recognizes the true spirit of humanity—aspiring toward and seeking the will of God, dedicated to right human relation. At the full moon, the Divine nature of humanity is recognized. Christ stands with humanity, leader of his people, “the Eldest in a great family of brothers” (Romans VIII, 29.) Each year at the Gemini festival, Christ preaches the last sermon of Buddha, His brother, a sermon calling forth human and spiritual unity, represented by an outflow of love (work of the Christ) and wisdom (work of the Buddha). The forces of reconstruction stream in during the Festival, ushering in an era of pronounced creative activity, rebuilding the tangible world on new creative lines. This necessitates the total destruction of the old forms no longer useful for the new world era. Everyone is invited. Join us everyone for this Festival of Goodwill by reciting the Great Invocation.

 

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