ART AND MUSIC
SUPER SEARCHERS WITH PEOPLE “You’ve heard our name, you’ve seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers,” says Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti. “We’re probably someone you know’s favorite band, and yet we might still be a mystery to you. Well, my friend, that’s fine; You’re in the right place to get to know the biggest rock n roll band in the world. Just remember to wear clean underwear because we’ll rock your pants down!” The Tucson, Arizona cowpunk rockers have been around for 35 years, and bassist/vocalist Spaghetti remains the one constant — the current line-up includes, too guitarist Marty Chandler and drummer Christopher von Streicher. From Willie Nelson to Eddie Vedder, the Supersuckers have worked with pretty much everyone in the rock ‘n’ roll galaxy. Thrash and twang duo Volk open with an innovative mashup of glam rock and cowpunk. $18/$23 plus fees. Sunday, November 27, 8 p.m. Moes Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. moesalley.com.
MOTHER’S HIPS “It’s one of the magical parts of music,” Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm said before a Big Sur show a few years ago. “When people can all play well together and create a unique sound from multiple sources, it’s organic and the result of so many thousands of shows together.” After almost three decades, the Hips maintain that “unique sound” as it was announced on their 11th album , Platte, 2021 Glowing Lantern. While some tunes wrestle with the angst of the times, the album as a whole has a calming vibe. “The songs are weighty, abstract musings wrapped in unrelenting optimism, bittersweet streams of consciousness delivered with a palpable sense of brotherhood,” the band continues in the liner notes. This camaraderie runs deep in the hips and is present everywhere Glowing Lantern. The Bay Area group has already recorded a follow-up, when we disappear, which will be released on January 27, 2023. Co-founders Bluhm and guitarist Greg Loiacono wrote and produced the nine-track LP together at the Kitchen Sink in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I think both Greg’s and my own subconscious worlds have revealed themselves,” Bluhm said Relax of the title track, which sounds like a Traveling Wilburys gig in Bakersfield. “The music is simple and easy and adds to the carefree attitude of the vocals.” The Hips will play two full sets at Moe’s. $28/$32 plus fees. Saturday, November 26, 9 p.m. Moes Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. folkyeah.com.
CEREMONY WITH SPY A few years ago, Ceremony opened in the Catalyst Atrium for New Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus. The Rohnert Park Band brought some noise, and they made it loud enough to strip the paint off the walls. Frontman Ross Farrar unleashed hardcore-tinged Cookie Monster snarls, growls and barks – Farrar is why Ceremony’s cover of Nirvana’s “Tourette’s” works so well. The band could make eardrums bleed at a volume that hurts so much. The intensity, theatricality and even the catchiness of songs like “The Pathos” are undoubtedly bastard inspirations from Black Flag. But Ceremony’s simple fuzz riffs were punk rock to the max. Long story short, this band was hard to define. The group is 2022 Now in the spirit world it’s not hardcore or punk. It’s an abstract mix of glam, post-punk (whatever that means) and beach house-esque dream-pop, with a meandering synth running through the middle of the record. The 2022 ceremony is blatantly influenced by Ian Curtis in the same way; Just a few years ago they were obviously motivated by Keith Morris and Greg Ginn – it’s a complete musical makeover! $17. Saturday, November 26, 8 p.m. Urbani Cellar, 140 Encinal St., Santa Cruz. urbanicellar.com.
THE MURLOCS WITH SHANNON LIE If you’re a fan of the infectious psychedelic Australian collective King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, you’ll like the Murlocs. It makes sense; two members also play with Gizzard. The 12 tracks on their new album are peppered with slurred guitar riffs, intense basslines and you-know-it-if-you-hear-it-hallucinogenic sunshine rape callion create another dimension, inspired in part by frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s younger years as a roving skate kid. The outrageous cast of the wildly derelict odyssey of junkyard residents and roadhouse travelers is repulsive and yet captivating. The self-produced album was recorded at Kenny-Smith’s home studio during the pandemic with Callum Shortal (guitar), Matt Blach (drums), Cook Craig (bass) and Tim Karmouche (keyboards). $20/$25 plus fees. Tuesday, November 29, 8 p.m. Moes Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. folkyeah.com.
DUMA WITH MASMA DREAM WORLD AND ONLY NOW Yes, there is an East African metal scene, and Duma is at the forefront of the Kenyan-Uganda industrial grindcore and noise scene. Singer Martin Khanja (Lord Spike Heart) and guitarist/producer Sam Karugu experiment with “sonic aggression” and ignore musical styles. “The Kenyan noise band’s debut is imaginative and aggressive, a contemporary distillation of global mayhem and techno-dystopian horror.” pitchfork wrote about the two’s self-titled debut in 2020. Meanwhile, Masma Dream World’s debut in 2020 play at night is the brainchild of artist and Reiki practitioner Devi Mambouka. The Brooklyn-based musician mixes vocals and electronics with elements of butoh – a Japanese performance art used to train mambouka – and theta frequency, which is said to induce a trance in listeners. Mambouka’s non-profit organization, America Mambouka, provides art supplies for an after-school program in Harlem that connects artists, musicians and DJs with underprivileged children. Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon were some of the first artists to join the organization. $18. Tuesday, November 29 at 8:30 p.m. Indexical, 1050 River St., #119, Santa Cruz. indexical.org.
SANTA CRUZ COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET The downtown market showcases the “best in locally sourced organic produce, grass-fed meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably harvested seafood and artisanal goods.” You’ll stock your fridge with the best quality items, support local jobs, spend your money locally, and promote the region’s strong farming tradition. As they say, “What’s good for you is good for your community.” Free. Wednesday, November 23, 1-5 p.m. Downtown Santa Cruz. cityofsantacruz.com.
WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE BOARDWALK Santa Cruz County’s largest holiday celebration offers plenty of fun for the whole family. In addition to the usual rides, arcade games, miniature golf, sweet treats and boardwalk fun, Winter Wonderland also means it’s time for the beloved three-story Christmas tree to come out of hibernation. Of course, Santa Claus will also be there for photos! In addition to a series of classic Christmas films being screened December 3rd and 4th at 5pm, the Santa Cruz City Ballet will perform a mini-Nutcracker on the colonnade stage of the Boardwalk. Free (check website for special event days and times and to get tickets). Thursday 24th November to 1st January. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. beachboardwalk.com/Winter-Wonderland.
WESTCLIFF OUTDOOR HOLIDAY MARKET There may not be a better way to do your Christmas shopping; Food trucks, stunning sea views overlooking Steamer Land and some of the most unique gifts you will find anywhere! The market also offers an opportunity to win free tokens every hour that can be used on any provider. Free. Friday 25th November and Saturday 26th November, 10am-4pm. Lighthouse Point and surfer parking lot, 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. bruderpromotions.com.