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You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a cover of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” played by Cuban musicians and sung by a vocalist who critics have described as “the Latin Tina Turner.” But so it goes in the world of Cecilia Noël, a Peruvian-born artist who was “discovered” by jazz saxophonist Stan Getz. A lightning rod of energy and passion, Noël combines various Latin styles into what she calls “salsoul.” Her forthcoming album, Havana Rocks, was recorded in Cuba, with an all-Cuban lineup and, along with the AC/DC hit, features covers of Devo’s “Whip It,” Gary Numan’s “Cars,” and songs by David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen and Noël’s husband Colin Hay's band Men At Work. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.


In the ‘90s, a lot of indie-rock was pretty much just rock, with a left-of-center twist that set it apart from what was being played on the radio. Like Idaho’s Built to Spill, who became one of the biggest names in the ’90s underground. They used swelling, dense guitars and emotive vocals to create a sound that was both low-key and epic; simple and punk rock, yet masterfully textured and in tune with a wide range of ’70s and ’80s alternative music. Their best albums, 1997’s Perfect From Now On and 1999’s Keep It Like A Secret, still hold up, and they haven’t deviated much from the sound of those records in the last decade and a half, with the exception of some higher production value and the occasional use of horns or some keys. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $27.25. 423-8209.

Thursday | 21

No matter how many times I hear the word “flugelhorn,” it still makes me smile. I know, it’s juvenile, but it just sounds like a character out of a Dr. Seuss book. But the instrument, which resembles a trumpet, has been played by some of the best-known jazz artists, including Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Lee Morgan. Dmitri Matheny, who’s been praised as the first breakout flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione, has a reputation for intriguing compositions and an engaging melodic style. On Thursday, the award-winning Matheny, who has called the Bay Area home since 1989, celebrates the release of his 10th album, Sagebrush Rebellion. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $18/adv, $23/door. 427-2227.

Once described as the “Emmylou of Seattle,” singer-songwriter Zoe Muth has an understated and cozy voice that makes you want to turn off the phone, find a spot to curl up, and give your full attention to every lyric. But unlike Emmylou Harris, who considers herself primarily a song interpreter, Muth is a standout songwriter who weaves hard luck stories of heartbreak and isolation with delicate threads of hope and humanness. Now based in Austin, and already a sensation in underground country and folk circles, Muth is poised for great things. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $15. 429-6994.

Friday | 22

Highly skilled guitarist and all around music master John Jorgenson brings together a band of musicians the same way he joins several music genres: smoothly and effortlessly. Having gained widespread recognition as a skilled musician over a career spanning more than three decades, performing with such music legends as Elton John and Bob Dylan, John Jorgenson uses the quintet as an opportunity to create the unique sound of "gypsy jazz." The music speaks for itself, as each musician moves in and out of expertly crafted and performed solos, merging into a jazz sound inspired by Greek, Latin, Classical, and Rock music. Aside from the quintet, Jorgenson is also touring with the John Jorgenson Electric Band and the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band. Because with such talent and expertise for multiple genres, why not try and spread the wealth. SYDNEY MOORHEAD
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/gen, $40/gold. 427-2227.

Saturday | 23

Starting in the late ‘90s, as a member of the seminal group Mob Figaz, Husalah made a name for himself in the rap and hip-hop scenes with his effortless delivery, then went solo in 2006 with his socially conscious debut Guns, Dope and Religion. Since then, he’s released four albums, including the new The Tortoise and the Hare, with fellow rapper Blanco, on which Tortoise proves that his lyrical prowess and smooth rapping are as strong as ever. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $18/adv, $22/door. 423-1338.

In 1971, around the time the Allman Brothers were starting to see some commercial success, band leader Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash. A year later, bassist Berry Oakley died in a motorcycle crash, as well—just three blocks away from the site of Allman’s crash. The band continued on, but a lot of fans consider those early years to be the band’s golden era. Bay Area group Freestone Peaches pays tribute to the Duane/Berry years, playing only material from 1969-1971. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $10. 335-2800.

Sunday | 24

The word “legend” gets tossed around so cavalierly these days that it has lost most of its meaning, but when you talk about Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, the word is completely appropriate. How else do you describe the man viewed by some as the creator of dub, DJ scratch effects and reggae itself? And when your career stretches back to the ‘50s, includes scores of albums—including his most recent, Back on the Controls, which was released earlier this year—and has led to you being included on a Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, clearly you are doing things on a whole other level.  BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.


San Mateo-born, New Orleans-based singer-songwriter serves up a lively musical gumbo of blues, rock and funk. Wednesday at Moe’s Alley

An experimental metal trio out of Tokyo, Boris is one of the pioneering bands of doomy, psychedelic, stoner rock. Thursday at Catalyst

Two Bay Area standouts, Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles and zydeco accordion master Andre Thierry join forces for an afternoon of musical fusion. Sunday at Don Quixote’s

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter bends the genre's boundaries through collaborations with soul and rap artists like Macy Gray and Common. Monday at Kuumbwa

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