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Love Your Local Band

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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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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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BEGGAR KINGS

BEGGAR KINGS

Don’t call local ensemble the Beggar Kings a Rolling Stones tribute band; they do something completely different. Rather than recreate the Rolling Stones on stage, they bring to life two of the group’s best albums: Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, both from the early ’70s—a fertile time for the band.

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GETAWAY DOGS

GETAWAY DOGS

When Kai Killion recorded his solo album Mermaid Legs & Getaway Dogs, he played all the instruments on it himself. Last year, he wanted to perform the tunes in a live setting properly, with a band, and had to come up with a group name.

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Arrows

Arrows

“I haven’t heard a Santa Cruz band that has the sound we’re putting out,” says Isaac Romero, front man for the postpunk, dance rock band Arrows. “But it doesn’t matter. We’ve played a few shows with all metal bands and had a great reception.”

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Cheraki

Cheraki

Heather Christie sings in local duo the Feral Fauna, which combines organic acoustic instrumentation with danceable electronics. Christie also has a solo project titled Cheraki, but though it shares some influences, she sees it as a very different kind of outlet.

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Deathless

Deathless

With such a diverse range of people and cultures confined to one area, it’s only natural for seemingly opposing ideas to find balance in a city like Santa Cruz. Along with CrossFit and Netflix, the city can now boast the birthplace of the world’s first Buddhist hardcore punk band, the Deathless.

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Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers come armed with a banjo, trumpet, washboard, clarinet, and everything else a prohibition-era jazz band needs. The nine members are all full of grins, a ton of fun to watch, and aware that, to a lot of modern audiences, the music may unfairly seem just like novelty.

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Young and Lowe

Young and Lowe

S.T. Young, who plays guitar and sings for the Naked Bootleggers, and Joshua Lowe, frontman for Joshua Lowe and the Juncos, found something in each other they didn’t expect: an easygoing side project that really stretches their creative muscles. They call it, appropriately enough, Young and Lowe.

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Scott Cooper and the Barrelmakers

Scott Cooper and the Barrelmakers

Many locals know local musician Scott Cooper as the rhythm guitarist for Grateful Dead tribute act China Cats. But Cooper also plays in a bunch of other bands—and even writes his own music. In fact, it was the success of China Cats that gave him the push to put together his own group, Scott Cooper and the Barrelmakers. He had already recorded a solo record, but started rounding up musicians for gigs.

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

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