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Ghost of a Smile

Ghost of a Smile

Even toddlers like OK Go now. So why is ‘Hungry Ghosts’ their most melancholy record?

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Be Our Guest: Santa Cruz County Symphony

Be Our Guest: Santa Cruz County Symphony

Win tickets to see the Santa Cruz County Symphony - Pacific Perspectives at the Santa Cruz Civic on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

Rayburn Brothers

Rayburn Brothers

Local rockers Rayburn Brothers are all about brotherly love and harmony, but the whole thing actually started out as a Craig Rayburn solo project.

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Mustache Ride

Mustache Ride

Ethan Miller steps up really, really close to the mic on his surprisingly intimate new Howlin’ Rain record

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Be Our Guest: Forrest Day

Be Our Guest: Forrest Day

Win tickets to see Forrest Day at the Catalyst on SantaCruz.com

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Love Your Local Band

CHAPTER 11 RECORDS

CHAPTER 11 RECORDS

Birthed in Santa Rosa, Chapter 11 Records now resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains, run by Ian Clark (from the Randumbs), Ben Coleman (ex-Feelers, current Roadside Bombs), Dusty Sheehan (Stellar Corpses, Black Tigers), Al Marks (of the Asti “Café”), and Noah Olmstead (Randumbs). While any chump can argue about what “punk” is or isn’t, the real punks are in the streets doing what they do best: taking control of their environment.

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The Other Harper

The Other Harper

Why Peter Harper spent most of his life trying not to follow brother Ben’s musical path

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Be Our Guest: Colin Hay

Be Our Guest: Colin Hay

Win tickets to see Colin Hay at the Rio Theatre on SantaCruz.com

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Haunted By Herself

Haunted By Herself

Jessica Pratt’s second album seeks to rectify the wrong impressions left by her surprise-hit debut

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Love Your Local Band

Echo Street

Echo Street

It was in the ’80s that reggae started to gain a wider, more international audience.

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Best Slaid Plans

Best Slaid Plans

Give Slaid Cleaves a decade, and he’ll tell you how you feel

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Love Your Local Band

Grampa's Chili

Grampa's Chili

Grampa’s Chili is certainly an odd name for a band, and the members of said local psychedelic jam outfit have multiple explanations for it.

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Body of Secrets

Five things you didn’t know about health and the human body

 

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

He’s what we need, more hardcore Democrats. Old-school, ’70s-style Democrats. Tony Dolan, Santa Cruz, Freelancer

 

Hunter Hill Vineyards & Winery

Calling all Merlot lovers—Hunter Hill has released its 2013 estate Merlot ($25)—and a superb one it is, too.

 

AJ’s Market

Local cult fave keeps getting bigger and better

 

Have you gone gluten-free?

I am not gluten-free. However, I focus on a vegan raw diet so that really limits my intake. Bill Gibson, Santa Cruz, Sales