Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Seasons Greetings, NYE Show and more!

Hey all,

As I type this, I'm sitting comfortably at home in San Diego enjoying my two or three weeks off from school while being sick as a goddamn tuberculosis sinus infection-ridden mule. Don't ask me how that makes any sense at all, just roll with it.

Anyway, there won't be a typical Rising Tide programme for the next two weeks; the collective's shoes will be filled in by various KZSC DJs programming whatever the hell they want to. This is rather unfortunate, but given the amount of work we have put into the show this past quarter, I'd say that it's only fair to give us a break to spend with our families.

Pictured: Christmas Morning at DJ PassiveTheory's household

That being said, it's my pleasure to let you know that The Rising Tide will be programming on New Years' Eve, and it will be a jam-packed special edition that will be THREE HOURS LONG. That's right! From 7pm until 10pm on New Years Eve, you can tune in to KZSC (88.1fm or to hear a very special edition of The Rising Tide. Will DJ PassiveTheory re-broadcast some of his favorite interviews over the past year? Will there be a super-special guest coming to the station to perform live in the studio? Who knows! (Wrong, I know... Maybe.) You'll just have to tune in to find out!

Also, stay tuned because there will be a blog post in a few days detailing the very first ever Rising Tideys! The Tideys are a series of awards with no actual trophies that I will bestow on some local artists, records, venues and what-not that will only be displayed on this website! This means that they have little-to-no validation outside of this blog! (i.e. Don't read too much into my choices, goddamnit)

Stay tuned for these and much more on The Rising Tide!

- DJ PassiveTheory

P.S. Have a happy holiday, folks!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wooster and Nick Bane!

Hey all,

Quick post because I've been catching up on everything this last week, that being said here goes nothing!

Tonight's primary musical entertainment is Wooster.

What can be said about Wooster that hasn't already been said? They are a highly acclaimed soulful rock act that has graced local institutions like The Catalyst while also taking their talents both up and down the coast numerous times over the past few years. And while the year 2010 may be winding down, the band is planning to end the year with a bang, performing a special New Year's Eve show at Moe's Alley. But before that, the band will appear tonight on The Rising Tide to talk about their experiences of being in a band, and what it's like to be one of Santa Cruz's most talked-about bands!

Also gracing the studio with his presence is my friend and fellow blogger, Nick Bane of Bane Shows.

Nick has been putting on events at the 418 Project in downtown Santa Cruz, as well as The Mill Gallery (R.I.P.) and now 150 Pioneer St. He's a testament to one man ability to bring artists including Maps & Atlases, Baths, Memoryhouse, members of Vivian Girls, Blackbird Blackbird and the like. He'll be coming on the show to talk about the shows he's got coming up, and to discuss what it's like to be a DIY promoter in a town like Santa Cruz.

Tune in to KZSC at 8:30 to hear from these and many more on tonight's Rising Tide! 88.1fm or

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Recent Photos and Thanks

Hey all,

I've been meaning to post up these photos that our friend, Brian Baumgartner, took of Grizzel Toe and the guys of FolkYeah! a few weeks ago. Enjoy!

Grizzel Toe:


You can check out all of Brian's photography on the show here. If you do, make sure to check out the rest of Brian's photos. He's been taking photos for us since this summer and is about to embark on a voyage which will take him to Australia, so unfortunately we won't have his handy lens and eye for lighting handy for a few months and we're gonna miss him.

That being said, if you or anyone you know would be interested in taking photography of artists performing inside the studio for The Rising Tide, please email us at and let us know! We even want people to come film performances (because that would be some rad shit).

- DJ PassiveTheory

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Friday of G's: The Groggs and Getaway Girl live on The Rising Tide!

Hey all,

It's just about the end of the scholastic quarter at UCSC, and as the leaves turn to brown and eventually hit the ground, most of our collective members are hard at work catching up on the academic travail that they happened to neglect up to this point. Oh well, everybody loves a procrastinator!

That being said, we here at the Rising Tide, as always, are working to provide you the best in local music programming, as well as the focal point of spotlighting a different independent artist live in the studio each and every week. This week we have two such artists.

First off, let me introduce you to The Groggs.

This local garage rock three-piece is slowly becoming an institution in the city of Santa Cruz. If you want to listen to a band whose music feels like a five o'clock shadow repeatedly punching you in the face until you keel ovel, and then makes out with your girl while standing over you... Then this is your band. Echoing recent garage rock revivalists like The Black Lips and Mark Sultan, The Groggs are a band that have made a name for themselves amid a scene as vast and colorful as Santa Cruz's by playing loud and playing fast. They'll join us on The Rising Tide tonight to talk about their recently released EP 3D, to talk about their upcoming shows this month, and play some previously unheard new songs!

Our second guest tonight is a local artist by the name of Getaway Girl.

As Getaway Girl, local singer-songwriter Courtney Jones displays her virtuosity with the piano, crafting gorgeous and captivating songs in the vein of fellow piano-based singer-songwriters like Regina Spektor. Getaway Girl imbues a familiar style of music with a fresh new perspective, using her experiences in the world to break away from the pack and set herself apart from everyone else. Tune in Friday night at 8:30 to hear Getaway Girl perform songs from her new EP, Say It Through The Flowers, and to hear about her upcoming performance next Friday night at the Asana Tea House in downtown Santa Cruz.

These and more if you tune in to 88.1fm or go online to tonight around 8:30 and listen to The Rising Tide on KZSC Santa Cruz!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Rising Tide 11/19/10: sea birds + more!

Hey all,

This has been an insanely busy week, but we here at the Rising Tide are working to provide you the best in local music programming, as well as the focal point of spotlighting a different independent artist live in the studio each and every week.

For tonight's Artist Spotlight, we'll be hosting SLO's very own Morgan Enos, a solo artist who performs under the monicker sea birds.

Morgan's take on slow-burning electric folk music exemplifies his talents as a promising singer-songwriter, one whose songs have a depth to them that is impossible to write off as deliberately minimalist or simplistic. We're very fortunate to have sea birds grace our studio, and you should tune in this Friday night to hear from the SLO native, as well as hear him play a couple of tune on-air.

Also, there will be plenty more in store on tonight's episode of The Rising Tide! 8:30 to 1030pm tonight on KZSC, 88.1fm or!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Rising Tide Concert Calender + More

Hey all,

I have a message for all of you, but first, I want to let you all know about some awesome local shows happening in town this week.

HERMIT CONVENTION (sc) + THE BROADS (sc) + HEAVEN (C.P. Wilsea) (sc)
@ MetaVinyl Records - Tomorrow night! (11/12)
Show starts at 7pm. FREE

TIME MACHINE MODULUS (sc) + A bunch of bands that I don't really care for
@ The Paul Sweet House - Tomorrow night! (11/12)
Show starts at 8pm. FREE

BIRDHAND (aka Brown Irish) (sc) + THE LUXURY SWEETS (sf) + Some dude from TSOL
@ The Blue Lagoon - Tomorrow night! (11/12)
Show starts at 9pm. 10$?... Might be less at the door? (21+)

@ The Crepe Place - Saturday night! (11/13)
Show starts at 9pm. 8$

TETHERHORSE (sc) + Some singer-songwriters that I don't know
@ The Poet and the Patriot - Saturday night! (11/13)
Show starts at 9pm. FREE (21+)

THE BROADS (sc) + High Places + Some other band
@ The Crepe Place - Monday night! (11/15)
Show starts at 9pm. 10$

@ The Crepe Place - Wednesday night! (11/17)
Show starts at 9pm. 10$

@ The Poet and the Patriot - next Thursday night! (11/18)
Show starts at 9pm. FREE (21+)

GRAND LAKE (oak/sf) + MATADOR (sc) + JEREMY LYON + A jam band
@ The Crepe Place - next Friday night! (11/19)
Show starts at 9pm. 10$

I'm seriously not going to list all the myspace pages for these bands unless you ask.

Now, down to business.

We at The Rising Tide are trying to bring you guys the best in local music and music that happens to be coming through this town. It takes a considerable amount of effort to put on this program, and it seems like every single week we're scrambling together to put a show on for everyone.

I really want this to change. I want to be able to set up guests in advance so that we can promote the goings-on of The Rising Tide before the day of the show. If you are a local band and would like to get on the radio for an intimate performance and interview, or if you know a local band that would love to be on the radio, please for the love of fucking god let us know.

Email us at Please. We want to profile local musicians, but it is really fucking hard to spend the time contacting every single band in (and around) Santa Cruz about appearing on the show. I just think this system is broken; this is a resource that people should be taking advantage of, not something that should be haphazardly thrown together every single week.

I know none of this is going to change no matter how hard I try to get people to cooperate with me, and that sucks. That being said, keep an eye out because at some point this weekend we'll be putting up some of the photos taken at last week's episode of The Rising Tide with the members of FolkYeah! and Grizzle Toe.

- DJ PassiveTheory

Friday, November 5, 2010

TRT 11/5/10 - Toes n' Folk

Hey all,

Sorry for keeping quiet this week. We've been working up to the last minute in trying to put together an awesome show to kick-start the month of November, and I think we've assembled an impressive lineup for tonight!

First off, we'll be hearing from Britt Govea, the man behind FolkYeah! productions. Britt has, in recent years, established his organization as a linchpin in Nor Cal's indie rock, psychedelic rock and (naturally) folk circles.

He's brought the likes of Animal Collective, The Arcade Fire, Beach House, Conor Oberst, The XX, Dirty Projectors and Cat Power to our neck of the woods, and has also featured local artists such as Mountain Animal Hospital and Sleepy Sun. His booking of the Brookdale Lodge has made it a local music hotspot.

Tune in to hear Britt talk about FolkYeah, it's recent run of successful shows in and around the Santa Cruz area, and perhaps some interesting news concerning the Dean Wareheim (Galaxie 500) show at Don Quixote's next Friday night...

Not only that, but The Rising Tide will play host this week to Santa Cruz's very own Grizzel Toe. Born from the ashes of one of SC's most exciting bands, Grizzel Toe re-emerged this summer and garnered enough attention to open for Wavves at the Crepe Place without having any songs made public! (or... at least none on myspace).

Believe the hype.

These Sonic Youth disciples will be coming in to the studio tonight at 8:30 to talk about their new project, where they think their music will take them, and when (if?) we might be able to get any of their recorded material.

Tune in tonight at 8:30 for these and much more on The Rising Tide! You can tune in at 88.1fm if you're in the Central Coast or if you're outside of that range.

- DJ PassiveTheory

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pledge Drive Happenings This Friday Night!!!

Hey all,

As you may or may not know, this week is KZSC's fall pledge drive. This is the one time of the year where the little radio station in the forest asks folks like you to give what you can to our radio station and, in return, we'll send you guys some cool gifts ranging from KZSC t-shirts to CDs of your favorite artists and even some tickets to shows in and around the Santa Cruz area.

Also, we at the Rising Tide have been busy at work preparing a show befitting such an important event for this Friday night.

Behold, the fruits of our labor!

Fucking delicious.

First off, we managed to get an interview with one of the most promising Bay Area bands of the year, The Morning Benders, whose newest release Big Echo has earned the praise of critics both near and far.


DJ Rigmarole caught lead singer Chris Chu before the Morning Benders took the stage at the Rio Theatre last Friday night, and you'll be able to listen to hear what the indie rock frontman had to say about life, music, and whatever else was on his mind this Friday night at 8:30pm.

Also, last but certainly not least, this week's live local music spotlight will shine brightly on Santa Cruz's very own San Narciso.

Fine, upstanding citizens or criminal masterminds? YOU DECIDE.

The post-punk trio is in the midst of gearing up for the long-anticipated release of their debut EP, Friend Prices, which you can check out here at their BandCamp. The aforementioned release will take place this upcoming Sunday, October 24th at the Crepe Place where the bay area's own French Miami and XOXO will join San Narciso for some good jams with good people. But before then, San Narciso will come into KZSC's on-air studio to talk about Friend Prices and why you should be as excited as I am for it.

Tune in this Friday night for these and more on The Rising Tide. Tune in at 8:30pm and remember to pledge!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ghost Puppet on The Rising Tide

I'm back with exciting news!

This week on the Rising Tide we'll be playing host to a group of Santa Cruz musicians who are emerging out of hibernation to bring you their unique voice and, more importantly, to help bring the rock back to 215 Storey.

We're talking about Ghost Puppet.

They will be joined by the awesome Gay Genius project (featuring the leaders of past Rising Tide guests James Rabbit and Nessie and Her Beard) and a couple of other bands that I'm not exactly that all familiar with at 215 Storey on Saturday night, but before that they'll grace our studio with their presence.

Tune in for this and more on tomorrow night's broadcast of The Rising Tide on KZSC Santa Cruz

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Quarter!!! New Stuff!!!

Hey all,

It's been a while since we've updated this here blog. To be honest... We've neglected it. Neglected it like a redheaded stepchild.

Some things SHOULD be neglected...

But we're back and better than ever! We've regained our ability to host live musical guests on the show and have also configured the show's format away from it's new indie rock/lo-fi rock theme towards one that is more keyed in on playing local music and bay area music on top of playing music of artists who are passing through town.

That's right folks, the likes of Matador, Mountain Animal Hospital and Sleepy Sun played alongside The Fresh & Onlys, Beulah, Deerhoof and whatever else under the sun happens to fit in with that week's vibe.

Last week, we did not have a live local guest (something we'll rectify this week, hopefully), but we did air a pair of interviews conducted with touring artsts as they passed through Santa Cruz. The first was with Baths, an upcoming electronic dance artist from the LA area who is playing the Crepe Place TONIGHT with El Ten Eleven and Sister Crayon. The second interview was with Tokyo Police Club, who played at the Rio Theatre this past Thursday and whose keyboardist, Graham Wright, graciously gave us a bit of his time before taking the stage. We should have both interviews up sometime soon for your own listening pleasure!

We also have a pair of new DJs who have joined the collective: Juan and Aaron! They'll be posting on the blog sometime soon (hopefully) and, until then, keep an eye out on the blog for further updates concerning The Rising Tide on KZSC (every Friday night from 8:30pm until 10:30pm on 88.1fm or!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FYF Recap

Hey there, it's Rigmarole. I spent my Labor Day weekend in L.A. a few weeks ago, experiencing the sights and sounds of FYF Fest (or "Fuck Yeah Fest" Fest, for you purists). We expected to have a blog post on the KZSC website, but unfortunately, that wasn't possible. Anyhow, here's my rundown of the day, with some input and photos by DJ Passive Theory:

1:10p.m.- We get in after waiting over an hour for our passes, watching hipsters melt. The Fest is in it's seventh year, but this is only the second time it's taken place at Los Angeles State Historic Park, so some of it is still badly organized. The first bands play before any of the press gets in. (Sorry, Let's Wrestle, Magic Kids, and The Goat, better luck next year!)

1:25p.m.- At the Redwood Stage, The Growlers perform with white stuff all over their faces, (Paint? Flour? Zinc? That would have been a good idea, the sun was brutal.) Their fuzzy, surf lo-fi gets the crowd moving. Meanwhile, Passive Theory catches Abe Vigoda (Passive Theory: "Nothing special beyond a couple of new songs, and that they seemed to play things a lot longer live than on record."), and the Blow ("She played the one song I knew ("Parenthesis") so I can't complain. The fact she kept a running theme through her set (a story about the famous lesbian she wrote an album's worth of music for) was pretty cool, but it would have been nice to see some instrumentation.")

2:11p.m.- Bay area band Vetiver follows the Growlers, opening with the dreamy "Strictly Rule," and bringing a few breezes our way with their relaxed freak folk. The band plays some new stuff, and closes with with the infectious "More Of This".

3:00p.m.- Mmm, little $8 pizza...

3:34p.m.- I know L.A. band Best Coast has pretty much provided the soundtrack for many of you this summer (we've also been playing it non-stop at the station) When Bethany Cosentino took the Oak stage and launched into "Boyfriend," there was more than one squeal of "She's so cute!" within the doting crowd. I glance over to the side of the stage, where her own boyfriend, Nathan Williams of Wavves is laughing, smiling at crowd members, and not making his usual "Wavves face" for once. Bethany prompts the crowd to use sunscreen, advice no one follows, but they do sing along. The sun was high, indeed. Of course, she closes with the lovely "When I'm With You," to an enamored crowd of lobster people.

4:20p.m.- Passive Theory sees Titus Andronicus, but I wander off a little bit for some Southern folk by A.A. Bondy.
Passive Theory: "Being stage left, I pretty much avoided the insane moshpit going on around the area Kroqken was at, but you could feel the energy and intensity of the whole crowd wherever you happened to be during that set. Everyone on stage seemed to be having the time of their lives, even though everything other than bass and Patrick Stickles' vocals seemed to be completely buried in the mix. One of many sets that day that seemed to be mismanaged by the sound engineers.

5:22p.m.- Wavves attempt to banter through technical difficulties, and play while dust and beach balls fly though the air. The band walks off early, their sound problems were getting pretty bad.

5:47p.m.- I leave early, myself, for Local Natives, and their performance was easily one of my favorites. The energetic L.A. band power through their Talking Heads cover, "Warning Sign," with their distinctive harmonies and echoing drums, as well as the popular "Airplanes". By their closer, "Sun Hands", the crowd is screaming along with them. If you get a chance to see this band, do it. They are amazing.

6:30p.m. I make my way over to Ariel Pink, just as "Round and Round" is playing.
Passive Theory: "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti are uh... I don't think they're especially suited to music festivals, or something. Everything seemed really out of key, and they were arguing with the sound engineers throughout the entire set (to the engineer's credit, I'll say that they we're asking for everything to basically be in the red, and when you're sharing that much equipment between artists there's only so much you can push before you break it and ruin it for everyone). However, 'Round and Round' is undeniable and by the end of the set the crowd was begging for more music but unfortunately they had to get things set up for the next artist."

7:11p.m. The sun goes down as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists get on stage and fire through "The Mighty Sparrow," followed by more fast songs, one right after the other. The crowd bounces along to "Me and Mia," but it looks like I was the biggest Ted Leo fan there. That said, Ted Leo is awesome, and I apologize to the guy next to me for screaming the lyrics to "Biomusicology" into his ear.

8:20p.m. The Mountain Goats come out in suits and blazers, "always so spiffy,'" as one girl calls them. Their set is one big singalong, from "Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod" to their closer, "California Song." John Darnielle wears a wide grin as he waxes about L.A. I don't mind that there is a fine layer of dirt coating me, as well as my lungs.

9:45p.m. We watch School of Seven Bells, and wait for Delorean at the Sequoia Stage, which seems about 30 minutes late. The other stages' performances actually had perfect timing for most of the day. I'm impressed.

11:04p.m. I stop making jokes about the "coming of the Rapture" when they finally get onstage to end the night. I'm surprised to see some people standing still, as most of us are under the spell of the Bay Area band, and their use of cowbell. When the Rapture wants you to dance, you dance.

By midnight, I have achieved my goal of not getting heatstroke. And the bands were nice, too.

Do you have any good FYF Fest stories, or favorite performers?

Monday, August 30, 2010

No Guests Until Fall

Sorry folks, we're going to have to postpone all guest appearances live on the show until October. We're going to figure out a way to bring you featured local artists each week, but not in the studio.

More to come later.

Blame not the people who assumed that it's okay to bring alcohol up to KZSC, instead blame me for not explicitly telling them this.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

We're taking the week off!!

See you guys in September! I'll probably update the blog sometime next week too!

- Lee B.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

JAM PACKED FRIDAY (not the Phish-kind of jam, the good kind)

Hey all,

This week has been hectic for both Rigmarole and myself so I'm going to keep this brief.

And keep these briefs!... And that there's the sound of laughter dying.

First off, you can read ALL about this week's main music guests, MIDNITE SNACK, over here at the Good Times! It's going to be fun having Denny and company on the show. As for our other musical guest, YOUNG SCIENCE, well... Check out his facebook page!

Also, I might have my just-recorded-last-night-at-the-Catalyst interview with BATHS up in time for tomorrow night's show!

Tune in this Friday night for these and more!

- DJ ShouldBeWorkingOnHisFinal Theory



Saturday, August 21, 2010

We're going to FYF Fest!... And so should you.

Hey all,

I know that this blog and this radio show tends to put itself out there for local musicians and local music, but we also tend to cover a (fairly decreasing, admittedly) decent amount of new and lo-fi indie rock from around the country.

Although this portion of the show might end up constituting even less of the show in the fall (once we re-write our program manifesto), myself and DJ Rigmarole do have a vested interest in upcoming and, dare I say, RISING indie rock.

That brings us to an event taking place in Los Angeles in just a few short weeks: FYF Fest


Once known as the not-safe-for-radio Fuck Yeah Fest, the FYF Fest has played host to numerous Rising Tide-friendly artists over it's 3+ year existence. Aside from bookings the likes of which seen above for this year's festival, they have featured the late JAY REATARD, NO AGE, DEERHUNTER, CRYSTAL ANTLERS, TIMES NEW VIKING, THE STRANGE BOYS, BLACK LIPS, FUCKED UP, and many, many more. Their festival in 2009 was actually construed as a means to help accrue funding to help save California's State Parks, and the organizers of this yearly event have also booked a variety of individual gigs for FYF Fest-related artists, as well as having helped put together the Matador at 21 festival taking place in Vegas later on this year.

We will be covering the event this year on behalf of KZSC, so make sure to check out the blog later on next month for a full write-up of our festival experience (with photos!) until then, here are my most anticipated acts to see at FYF Fest:

1. The Rapture (house offfff JEALOUS LOVERS SHAKE DOWNNNN)
2. Best Coast
3. Washed Out
4. The Mountain Goats
5. Delorean
6. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
7. Titus Andronicus
Abe Vigoda
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
The Growlers

And maybe Rigmarole'll post hers too... Mebbe.

Peace out, see you in LA, and stay tuned for another blog sometime next week about Friday's guests!

- Lee B.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Terrible on The Rising Tide

Hey all,

I'd just like to say that I saw Wavves at the Crepe Place last night, with local Sonic Youth-disciples GRIZZLE TOE who opened the show. It was a great show, with a moshpit that lasted all night, so if you missed out make sure to catch Wavves with Rising Tide-approved bay area artists YOUNG PRISMS and THE TET HOLIDAY tonight at 7:30pm at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco.

This shit is MUUUUUUCH better than that dick bag Nathan Williams ever will be.

But onto the main course!

I'd like to introduce you all to this week's guest on The Rising Tide, THE TERRIBLE.
This local space-rock instrumental outfit has kept a low profile over the year, only emerging to play a couple of shows around town each year. However, with a brand new vinyl single (seen above) to promote, The Terrible have returned to lay waste to the city of Santa Cruz, and the first stop on their destructive path will be KZSC Santa Cruz this Friday night when the Terrible will be our guests on The Rising Tide. We'll be talking about their newest recording, what their views on Santa Cruz are, and whatever else happens under the sun.

ALSO, we have some FYF Fest-related news that I'm REALLY excited about! Yours truly, and my co-host DJ Rigmarole, will be taking the week of Sept. 3rd off in order to go and cover FYF Fest for KZSC Santa Cruz! It's going to be awesome, and we hope to see you all there!

- DJ PassiveTheory

Monday, August 16, 2010

Photos, etc.

Hey all,

Just writing in to let you all see a number of the photos Brian took of last Friday night's show. Also, some time this week I should be finishing up splitting all of the 7 months-worth of recordings from our broadcasts. I'm really excited about the steps we'll be taking in the near future, so stay tuned!

Keith Petrocelli (Carry Yrself Home) - 8/13/10

Mouse Heaven - 8/13/10

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Double Whammy! No, wait, TRIPLE WHAMMY.

Hellooooooo everybody!

Hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday. I am, because we have some great news, but first, let's get down to business and talk about this week's guests!

Santa Cruz is home to a number of venues, but one venue in particular has played host to more incredible shows during my time living in this town, and that is the Crepe Place. There are many figures who help run the show at The Crepe, but none are more prominent than Keith Petrocelli of Carry Yrself Home.

Having produced several local festivals over the year, and bookings shows running the gamut from Abe Vigoda to Judgment Day to Deer Tick to Wavves, Keith will be our first guest this upcoming Friday night, where he'll sit down in our little treehouse in the mountains to discuss several upcoming CYH shows, talk about his history in the Santa Cruz local music scene, and just generally chill out.

After that, we'll be featuring an interview with LA's own HoneyHoney.
This folk-rock duo is getting set to tackle The Catalyst on Monday, August 16th, as they open for Xavier Rudd. As a hard-working touring band, be sure to tune in and listen to hear what this So. Cal. act has to say about Santa Cruz, their experiences on the road, and what challenges await them.


For it's my pleasure to inform you all that Oakland's own Mouse Heaven will be our musical guests of the evening.

This bay area quartet's take on folk music is at times haunting, but always engaging. They aren't afraid to openly shift styles, going from slow-paced ballads to driving lo-fi fuzz rock in a matter of 2 to 3 songs. Also, Mouse Heaven were voted in to play at the Free For All festival in Los Angeles (on August 15th) where they'll be playing alongside such talent as Akron/Family, Active Child and Langhorn Slim.

Man, we're going to have like... 30 minutes for lo-fi indie rock this week. Goddamn.

- Lee B.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Monsters in KZSC! / Upcoming shows

Hey all,

Just wanted to let you all know about those upcoming shows that were mentioned on air on Friday night (so for the full list of shows, feel free to scroll down to the bottom of this page), but first I wanted to say that last Friday's show was fantastic. Sure, Britt being unable to make the show at the last second was unfortunate, but thanks to local photographer Brian Baumgartner (no, NOT Kevin from The Office... I'm talking about this guy) we managed to capture the magic of having Monsters Are Not Myths play in the studio!

Monsters Are Not Myths - 8/6/10

And yes... I am stupidly holding their newest record (2009's Corporate Grown) backwards like a dumbass. Oh well!

Upcoming Shows:

8/8/10 - Of Melting Moons @ The Catalyst (21+)
8/8/10 - Hey Charles, Red Coyote, etc. @ SubRosa
8/9/10 - Wolf Crystal @ The Blue Lagoon (21+)
8/12/10 - Emily Jane White @ The Crepe Place
8/14/10 - James Rabbit @ SubRosa
8/15/10 - Koalacaust, Team Sport & more @ 314 Ocean st.
8/15/10 - The Groggs @ The Crepe Place
8/19/10 - Joanna Lefever @ The Crepe Place

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A double dose of local goodness

Hey there,

The Rising Tide usually features one local artist interview-and-performance-smorgasbord-type-thing each and every week, and with the exception of a few off weeks (due to illness, time mismanagement, etc.) we've stuck to that script.

Last week we decided to tamper with the show format a little bit and air an off-site interview with a group in Spirits of the Red City who visited our town and played a lovely show at SubRosa just over a week ago. In my opinion, it was a great success, so if I were you, I'd count on hearing more off-site interviews with artists playing Santa Cruz in the future!

Which brings me to this upcoming Friday night, where the show will play host to two special live studio interviews.

First off, Folk Yeah!'s Britt Govea has, in recent years, established his organization as a linchpin in Nor Cal's indie rock, psychedelic rock and (naturally) folk circles.
In addition to bringing artists as far-reaching and diverse as Animal Collective, Beach House, The Black Angels, The XX, Earth and Bert Jansch to our neck of the woods, Britt has also featured local artists such as Mountain Animal Hospital and Sleepy Sun, and helped make the Brookdale Lodge a local music hotspot.

A DJ in his own right (with a penchant for digging deep into his music library for psychedelia-tinged records from the 60s and 70s), Britt Govea will be coming on the show to talk about upcoming FolkYeah! shows, his own perspective and experiences on being a concert promoter, and to help give away tickets to the upcoming Akron/Family show at the Brookdale Lodge on Saturday, August 14th!

Our second guests this upcoming Friday night will be a band playing at The Crepe Place the following night, opening for Cannons & Clouds and Summer Darling; their name is Monsters Are Not Myths.

This local quartet has existed in different incarnations since 2004, and they are in the midst of riding the praise of their 2nd and most recent LP (2009's Corporate Growth).

At times recalling Son Volt, Spoon and Ryan Adams, Monsters Are Not Myths are going to take their lighthearted-at-times tunes and strip them down for this Friday's show. Tune in to catch them play live in the KZSC studio and answer some questions about their project!

See ya later,
- Lee B.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Go See Pet Dander, You Know You Want To

Pet Dander played a lovely live set on the show last night, and if you enjoyed it as much as we did, go see a live performance. She's playing at the Crystal Palace (107 Blackburn Ave.) this Wednesday, August 4th, 7 p.m., with James Rabbit and Billy Mack Collector. You will be in for a great performance!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Spirits of the Red City

Hello all, Rigamarole here. I guess this is my first blog post. Cool.

Anyways, you're in for a treat tonight. At the Rising Tide, we're working on not only bringing you the best new music from Santa Cruz, but also great music that passes through our lovely little city.

Last weekend I caught a great performance by Minneapolis folk band, Spirits of the Red City, at Subrosa, with local acts, Pet Dander, which is our live guest tonight, as well as Madrona and Hermit Convention. They managed to pack 8 members, a cello, mandolin, guitars, drum set, viola, banjo, accordion, upright bass and a bunch of fans, or soon-to-be fans into the room, and made it seem like a huge, echoing space.

I caught up with the band the next night, before a fantastic show at Sunny Cove Beach, where they played right on the sand, along with another great band from Austin, Some Say Leland. You can hear the interview on the Rising Tide tonight, at 9 p.m.! Check out their Myspace, and if you can, see them tomorrow at Anno Domini art gallery in San Jose.