.Steve Palopoli

Seized Up
Nov 16, 2022

Seized Up Open for Fear at the Ritz

Not long before he’d become frontman for the iconic Santa Cruz hardcore band Bl’ast, Clifford Dinsmore saw legendary punkers Fear play in San Francisco.  This...
Yaa Gyasi
May 11, 2022

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Is Transcending Expectations

After Yaa Gyasi’s first novel, Homegoing, won a number of top awards, the book world might have expected a follow-up that would be similar...
May 28, 2014

Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker Bring California Love to BottleRock

Could there be a better act to play the uniquely Northern California festival BottleRock than Santa Cruz’s own Camper Van Beethoven, with their conjoined...
May 8, 2014

Review: Morrissey Opens Tour in San Jose, Fans Completely Freak Out

Did they just kill Morrissey? That’s what I’m thinking as I watch the craziest end to a concert I’ve ever seen in my life...
Apr 30, 2014

With New Music on the Way, Morrissey Starts Latest Tour in San Jose

“I NEVER liked Morrissey,” sang John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats once, “and I don’t like you.” That was on “Anti-Music Song,” one of Darnielle’s...
Feb 18, 2014

Morrissey to Open U.S. Tour in San Jose

Despite releasing his autobiography last year, Morrissey is more of mystery than ever. After climbing to rock icon status after only five years with...
Oct 30, 2013

All Time Lou: A Look at Four Classic Lou Reed Live Releases

Probably the only person who would think that Lou Reed dying is funny would be Lou Reed himself. Best known for fairly humorless songs...
Sep 25, 2013

The Lemonheads’ Evan Dando Weighs in on the Band’s Sweet-Sour Sound, Rumors of New...

“HEL-LLLLO?” says Evan Dando, his unmistakable husky voice filling my receiver. Then he calls to someone in the same room: “Am I talking into...

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