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Wednesday | 22

cal blandCHRISTIAN BLAND
As lead guitarist for drone rockers the Black Angels, Christian Bland helps create a driving, dense wave of sound that has made the group a darling of the neo-psych craze. With his longtime side project the Revelators, Bland explores territory that is markedly less drone-y, but still plenty out-there, with swirling layers, repeating themes, unexpected melodies and trippy flourishes. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

cal robwaltROBERT WALTER’S 20TH CONGRESS
Does he play funk or does he play jazz? The answer, of course, is “yes.” Robert Walter, who’s known for his ripping some impressive Hammond organ chops, was one of the founders of the Greyboy Allstars, who were a major part of the funk-jazz revival in the ‘90s. Walters took a break from the band at the end of the decade to start up his own group, the 20th Congress. These days, both are active touring and recording, and ripping through James Browns grooves mixed with a strong jazz vibe. Walters has stated that he’s been on a hot writing streak lately, too. When he something loose comes out, he sets it aside for the Greyboy Allstars, but when he comes up with something fully flushed out, that goes right in the 20th Congress repertoire. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

cal hotclubpacHOT CLUB PACIFIC
In 1924, jazz guitar pioneer Django Reinhardt formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France, a group that played a key role in introducing gypsy jazz to audiences around the world. Since then, the title "hot club" has been used to connote a sound that encompasses styles including gypsy jazz and acoustic swing. Hot Club Pacific is a Monterey Bay-based outfit that has taken up Reinhardt's cause to popularize the style, drawing from Benny Goodman, Count Basie, the Great American Songbook and, of course, Reinhardt himself. CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. $5. 476-4560.

Friday | 24

cal grievesGRIEVES
Benjamin Laub—a.k.a. rapper and producer Grieves—isn’t afraid to dip his creative pen into a variety of inkwells. Influenced by everything from classic jazz and blues to punk rock, Grieves makes a habit of combining genres as easily as breathing. His tracks represent a style of hip-hop that is refreshingly free of samples, and which includes guitars, keyboards and horns. Adding to the fun is the fact that Grieves is not tethered to the idea of simply rapping or singing on his songs—he does both, and all with the style and precision of someone who has been doing this all his life. He is touring in support of his latest project, Winter & the Wolves. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 423-1338.

cal hotbutteredHOT BUTTERED RUM
Though it might seem like a minor change, the fact that San Francisco’s Hot Buttered Rum String Band dropped the “String Band” from their name several years back is major—and explains a lot about the band now. When they started plucking strings in 2002, bluegrass flowed through their veins. While they are still technically a string band, their influences have broadened to include the Beatles, Hank Williams and the Grateful Dead. They write hummable pop tunes that radiate joy and camaraderie. The group was conceived many years ago while the guys were on a High Sierra backpacking trip, and that same intimacy and harmony still shines through their music. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 479-1854.

Saturday | 25

cal requiemREQUIEM
A few weeks ago, GT chatted with Requiem frontman Steven Juliano about the band's recent signing to Cleopatra Records. Juliano expressed hope that wider distribution could help the band build more of a local scene for Warped Tour-style metal and rock bands. On Saturday, Requiem, which was voted this year’s “Best Local Band” by GT readers, is celebrating the release of its debut album, The Unexplainable Truth, with a CD release party and concert at the Catalyst. If you'd like to see more of a scene for melodic hardcore music here in town, put on your black duds and head down to the Catalyst. Stellar Corpses open. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $7. 423-1338.

cal danielcastrobandDANIEL CASTRO BAND
The blues isn’t a particularly technical music, but not everyone can actually play it right. Daniel Castro, who is originally from SoCal, then relocated to the SF bay in 1995, plays the music as though he’d spent his life in the dark, swampy, rural south. He swings, shuffles, and rips emotive solos in the same vein as B.B. King. Plus his singing, while often understated, has a profound rawness to it. He’s played West Coast clubs and festivals for years, making a name of himself with blues fans wherever he goes. He released his first album as the Daniel Castro Band in 1999. He remade the group in 2011 as a trio with bassist Johnny Yu and drummer David Perper. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $10/adv, $12/door. 335-2800.

Monday | 27

cal odeathO’DEATH
With this month’s release of their fourth studio album, Out of Hands We Go, o’death is back in fine form. A raw experience, the songs draw in a variety of unexpected sounds and vocal expressions to express the thoughts that are on singer-songwriter Greg Jamie’s mind. “Roam” has a wild, almost unhinged rock sensibility that is appropriate given the song’s title, while “Wrong Time” is a drowsy, dreamy, yet Tom-Waits-like kooky bit of Appalachian folk that will give you shivers. Less an exercise in production than their last release, 2011’s Outside, Hands produces an uncomfortable response from the listener, and that seems to be the point. BP
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

 

 

IN THE QUEUE

G-EAZY
Oakland based, mixtape-savvy rapper. Wednesday at the Catalyst

DRUHA TRAVA
Everyone's favorite Czechgrass ensemble. Thursday at Don Quixote’s

ROBERT FONESCA

Cuban keyboardist who replaced the late-Rubén González in the Buena Vista Social Club. Thursday at Kuumbwa

I-WAYNE

Conscious reggae out of Jamaica. Friday at Moe’s Alley

SHAWN MULLINS

Americana singer-songwriter behind the hit song "Lullaby." Saturday at Rio Theatre

 

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