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Wednesday | 28

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WILL KIMBROUGH & BRIGITTE DEMEYER
Boasting skillful guitar chops, poetic lyrical sense, and a rich voice that instantly reveals his Southern heritage, Will Kimbrough is a songwriter’s songwriter whose tunes have been covered by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Todd Snider and more. His gift for layering complex guitar playing with intricate wordplay is so impressive that fans started printing T-shirts suggesting he might be an alien. Kimbrough is joined by celebrated singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Brigitte DeMeyer—all in a day’s fun for an other-worldly artist, I suppose. CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Thursday | 29 

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JUNIOR REID
Diversification is the name of the game for some artists these days, and Junior Reid knows this as well as anyone. Over the course of three-plus decades, Reid has been a mainstay in the reggae world for his solo work, and was the vocalist for reggae group Black Uhuru for three albums, including their Grammy-nominated 1986 record, Brutal. Since the turn of the millennium, however, his presence has become more noticeable in the hip-hop community, thanks to various collaborations he has done with everyone from Alicia Keys to the Game to the Wu-Tang Clan. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

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ADRIAN LEGG
Named Guitarist of the Decade by Guitarist Magazine, Adrian Legg is an absolute wizard. A masterful fingerstyle player, the British-born Legg is an innovator who takes the guitar to previously unexplored realms using customized instruments, pedals and head-shaking technical proficiency. Impossible to pin down to one particular style, Legg transverses the guitar’s range, encompassing classical, jazz, rock, and anything else that suits his fancy into his music. An avid performer, his love of sharing his music is at the heart of what he does. “Playing live is the whole point,” he has said. “This is where music lives.” CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $15. 603-2294.

Friday | 30

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BLONDE REDHEAD
The ’80s were a time of harsh and extreme underground music. Blonde Redhead emerged in 1993 (two jazz students and one art student) and put a new, gentler, more melodic and lush spin on the no-wave, avant-rock and noise-core subgenres that came before them. Their approach to songwriting has always been to build eerie and moody music, but their latest album, Barragán, which came out in 2014, is even quieter and more minimalistic. Their single, “The One I Love,” might even seem sappy by Blonde Redhead standards, but it certainly still falls in the realm of offbeat, sparkling art-pop. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $21. 423-8209.

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BLAME SALLY
An all-woman four-piece from the Bay Area, Blame Sally throws conventional band wisdom to the wind. With revolving front-woman duties, collaborative album production, and a late-blooming lineup of previously solo artists Pam Delgado, Renee Harcourt, Jeri Jones, and Monica Pasqual, the band blends pop-rock with harmony-rich Americana and a distinctly Bay Area vibe. A word-of-mouth favorite, Blame Sally is perfectly unconventional in all the right ways. CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $22/gen, $35/gold. 427-2227.

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MAD CADDIES
Dirty Rice, the new record by Mad Caddies, is their first in seven years, and the ska-punk ensemble are still doing great. Having formed in 1995, they came into their own at the tail end of the ska-punk boom in the ’90s. They mesh the ’90s-style hyper catchy pop-punk sound with soulful vocals and ska rhythms, but also sprinkle in styles like hardcore, jazz, reggae, Latin, country, rockabilly. AC
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 429-4135.

Saturday | 31

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ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD
God knows that if your lineup includes members of both the Allman and Neville families, people are going to stop and pay attention, so it comes as no surprise that the Royal Southern Brotherhood is a band people are crowing about. Grammy Award-winning Cyril Neville bowls you over with soulful vocals, and Devon Allman takes you on a groovy ride with his guitar licks. BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

 

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DEEP ELLUM
As big as Americana has gotten locally, you don’t often see groups taking big leaps with their style the way local foursome Deep Ellum does. They take a bit of boogie woogie, country, soul, western swing, and a hint of classic rock ’n’ roll and mix it up into some great tunes, throwing around descriptions like “cosmic country” and “roadhouse rock ’n’ roll.” Those all fit, as does the less flashy title of “country-rock.” AC
INFO: Crepe Place, 9 p.m. 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

Tuesday | 3

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TODD SNIDER
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider has had an interesting career since debuting in 1994 with his first record, Songs for the Daily Planet. He has released over 15 studio, live and “Best Of” albums, scored minor radio hits like “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” and had albums land on multiple Best Albums of the Year lists from Rolling Stone. Snider’s most recent solo work, 2012’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, finds him exploring darker emotional territory than most of his previous work. BP
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $25/gen, $40/gold. 427-2227.
 

IN THE QUEUE

MOO

Local alt-rockers. Friday at Crepe Place

UPON A BURNING BODY

Blistering metalcore out of San Antonio. Friday at Catalyst

PAWN SHOP SOUL

Horn-driven, Santa Cruz soul. Saturday at Crow’s Nest

NATE CURRIN

Road-tested singer-songwriter from Atlanta. Saturday at the Abbey

TOASTERS

Long-running, third-wave ska band. Tuesday at Catalyst

 

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