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Easy Star All Stars - Dub Side of the Moon 10th anniversary tour - September 13th, The Catalyst in Santa Cruz - 


going through all the photos from this summer

wishing it hadn’t ended // wishing it never happened

but at least real estate was fun



La Dispute (by lnkbandphotos)

<3 thanks for the credit!!

Tycho premieres music video for ‘See’

it’s pretty rad! captivating both sight and sounds, just like their live performance, check out our review!

You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper”. Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs. Chris Witt of Allmusic explains “ Casual produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts, the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay.” From his critically acclaimed major label debut “Fear Itself”, classic crew albums “Full Circle” and “Third Eye Vision” to indie direct to fan projects like “Rapgod” and “Hierophant” Casual has continued to push the envelope building a legendary catalog and cult following.

Catch him open for GZA at the Catalyst this Sunday May 4th

Mansions - Catalyst @ Santa Cruz, CA

Photos by Leslie K.

Baths - Catalyst Atrium @ Santa Cruz, CA


photos by Leslie K.

2014 is Future Island’s year, finally receiving the spotlight which is well deserved, with highlights of NPR during SXSW, and getting the Letterman bump. With Coachella booked for their upcoming weekends they’re touring up and down the coast, and selling out the Atrium very quickly, the show got upgraded to the main Catalyst concert hall, only to sell that one out as well. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat started off the night, rocking hard on a drum and bass, with short songs crashing golf courses, ghosts, and a minute long hard punching Sermon. Solid energy was given and the Santa Cruz crowd responded with high energy for the duo to take back.

Future Island’s went on to throw one of the best sets here on the Central Coast, it’ll have to be one helluva an act at First City to top this show. Heavily playing from their latest release, Singles, the band played, Sun in the Morning, Fall from Grace, A Song of Our Grandfathers, Light House, and of course their latest hits; A Dream of You and Me and Seasons. All while mixing their oldies like Balance, Before the Bridge, and Inch of Dust. Every song was an experience, Sam Herring’s voice was on it’s A game, and equally matched his dance moves. I’ve never seen the Catalyst with such a satisfied crowd, been to plenty of sold out shows, but everyone was on the same page with the band. Sam gave short intros to the songs, and soon became lost in the fog because of the hyper-active fog machine, and I don’t know how he played the set with his shirt drenched in sweat, but he’s one helluva front man.

Two years ago, Future Islands played a small crowd of a little over a hundred people, and now they were playing to a crowd of a thousand, it’s fantastic to see their success, and we’re lucky to have a great local promoter BANE SHOWS making it happen. Once the show ended, everyone was just talking about how great of a concert it was, the whole way out everyone kept repeating it was the best show they’ve seen in a while. I just saw John Legend last week, which eternally will be a classic, and still vibing off of the sonic high, but Future Islands bring a quality along that same vein of showmanship and great discipline.


On Marissa Nadler’s sixth album, the Bostonian singer-songwriter gets darker and more sinister than ever before. Its title must refer to a cold, polarizing kind of July, with the frigid climes that accompany an early-February release.

Stream July from NPR Music’s First Listen

Catch Marissa in Santa Cruz - February 20th


Nick Thorburn at the side chapel at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA, February 2012. Islands plays two Bay Area shows this week; The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on Thursday and Great American Music Hall(!) in San Francisco on Saturday. I don’t recommend missing either show if you have the means. I would sell my soul for this band in a heartbeat.

#deafheaven #sunbather #catalyst #baneshows #vsco twelve hours on the road for some metal that’s very worthy. (at The Catalyst)

seeing deafheaven again on sunday