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Boiling Point

Boiling Point

Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan speeds up his personal life and slows down his sound

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Be Our Guest: Beats Antique

Be Our Guest: Beats Antique

Win tickets to Beats Antique The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

Shady Groove

Shady Groove

Jerry Brown, the frontman/band leader of Shady Groove, has a business card that says “funky, jazzy rock and space exploration.” This expansive description only just begins to explain the variety of the music his group plays.

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Be Our Guest: Santa Cruz Symphony: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

Be Our Guest: Santa Cruz Symphony: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

Win tickets to Santa Cruz Symphony: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

Pyromids

Pyromids

The debut EP from Pyromids, Out In Time Past, contains the cover image of a trio of water skiers in a triangle formation—all with their heads on fire. The obvious question is: Does this have something to do with the odd spelling of the band’s name?

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So Very Grateful

So Very Grateful

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks go all in for the Dead sound on ‘Country Agenda’

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The Other Reggae

The Other Reggae

Don’t call the Aggrolites’ music ska just because it doesn’t sound like Bob Marley

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Be Our Guest: Nahko & Medicine for the People

Be Our Guest: Nahko & Medicine for the People

Win tickets to see Nahko & Medicine for the People at The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

West Coast Soul

West Coast Soul

When local singer James Murphy was a kid, he got his musical educations from his dad’s backyard barbeques, which featured musician buddies playing blues, jazz and soul.

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PHUTUREPRIMITIVE

PHUTUREPRIMITIVE

Blending the dark and the tranquil, the spacious and the dense, Phutureprimitive, a.k.a. Rain, has made a name for himself as one of the Bay Area’s most enduring electronic producers and DJs with a career that stretches back to the ‘90s.

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The Redlight District

The Redlight District

“In less than six months we more than doubled our catalogue,” says Stephen Sams, in between sips from his ambiguous drink in a nondescript Mason jar. He’s currently explaining the next evolution of his raucous psychedelic quartet, the Redlight District. “Plus we’re halfway done with a new E.P.”

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Joy of Jazz

Joy of Jazz

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O turns beloved holiday songs into improvisational joy rides

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On the Run

Is there hope for California’s salmon?

 

Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

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Wine and Chocolate

West Cliff Wines gets its game on, plus a brand new chocolate cafe on Center Street

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster

 

Dancing Creek Winery

New Zinfandel Port is a ruby beauty

 

Venus Spirits

Changing law could mean new opportunity for local spirits