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KUNG FU VAMPIRE

KUNG FU VAMPIRE

Over a decade ago San Jose/Santa Cruz rapper Kung Fu Vampire started fusing straightforward hip-hop with a live band and dark theatrical elements of vampires and kung fu. It took several years, but when the Insane Clown Posse’s fanbase (known as juggalos), heard him, they embraced him full on.

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Criminal Mind

Criminal Mind

Fascinated by seedy characters on society’s edge, Ray Bonneville has never played blues by the rules

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Be Our Guest: The Nexties

Be Our Guest: The Nexties

Win tickets to THE NEXTIES at The Rio on SantaCruz.com

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Subpar

Subpar

For garage-rockers and surf bands, playing the annual two-day music festival in Southern California known as Burgerama is an important milestone in their career.

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Just What She Needed

Just What She Needed

Kris Delmhorst on folky New Wave covers and coming back to songwriting with a whole new perspective

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Be Our Guest: Earl Sweatshirt

Be Our Guest: Earl Sweatshirt

Win tickets to see Earl Sweatshirt at The Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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Devil Himself

Devil Himself

Local four-piece the Devil Himself describe themselves as the “Rodney Dangerfields of metal” in their band bio. Some bands get no respect.

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Screen Angst

Screen Angst

Shlohmo’s new album is the latest step in the evolution of emotional electronic music

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Be Our Guest: Santa Cruz Symphony

Be Our Guest: Santa Cruz Symphony

Win tickets to see the Santa Cruz Symphony at the Santa Cruz Civic on SantaCruz.com

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My Stupid Brother

My Stupid Brother

Sibling rivalry is an age-old rock ’n’ roll trope; just ask the Beach Boys, the Kinks or Oasis. Ben Lomond alt-rockers and brothers George and Henry Chadwick went so far as to reference it in their band name, My Stupid Brother—a name they came up with after a fight.

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Days of Yorn

Days of Yorn

Pete Yorn goes back to where it all started on solo acoustic tour

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Loveless in Love

Loveless in Love

Lydia Loveless’ latest album is a mature approach to heartache, longing and romance

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Health Screening

Santa Cruz wellness expert releases app to improve workplace well-being

 

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 31

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Bargetto Winery

A much-anticipated annual event at Bargetto Winery is the release of their very special La Vita red wine. June 7 was the day to be heralded this year, and I happily squeezed my car into their overloaded car park in eager anticipation of tasting the new La Vita nectar.

 

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