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9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $7. 429-6994.


POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES Getting possessed doesn’t have to mean puking children, rotating heads and walking on ceilings; it can be wild roots music so raw it must come from where unembodied souls dwell. So it is with Possessed By Paul James, a one-man folk force playing fiddle, banjo and

foot-stomping percussion with a fiery, gut-wrenching compulsion. As otherworldly and chaotic as the Possessed By Paul James visage may be, the contents within his cyclone of gritty Americana music often deals with the corporeal world, the utter banality, the all-too-human miseries and wonderments plaguing and haunting every one of us. AB

known for the harder-edged, more intense Americana tunes of his band the Civil Wars, will quickly find themselves endeared by the tenderness of White’s latest offering. AC

8:30 p.m. Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main St., Santa Cruz. $15 adv/$20 door. 479-9777.



JOHN PAUL WHITE AND HIS BAND John Paul White’s first new single this year, “The Long Way Home,” is an emotional tune that every touring musician that moonlights as a family man will immediately burst into tears over. It’s all about how much he misses his family while on the road. It’s an easygoing, country-infused indie-folk tune. Much of his latest solo album The Hurting Kind digs deep into his emotional well. Fans of the singer, who’s

8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $20. 423-8209.

9 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25 adv/$30 door. Information: WANT TO GO? Go to before 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.

METAL Fresno might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of heavy metal. But give oldschool, headbangin’ metal quartet Haunt a listen. Featuring Trevor William Church and John Tucker (doomheads will know them from Beastmaker), Haunt carries the big hair era of Ozzy and Rhoads, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden into the digital age with their clean vocals, heavy rhythms and fast fingering on guitar. After a night of partying with these heshers, along with L.A. Rippers, Void Vator, and Australian skinheads-turned-metalheads Fortress, you might even say “Hail Fresno.” MW 6:30 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $10 adv/$12 door. 423-1338.


Local queer party band! Thursday at Michael’s on Main SWEET PLOT

Funky psychedelic madness. Saturday at Crepe Place ROY ROGERS & THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS

Legendary blues slide guitar maestro. Sunday at Moe’s Alley RAUL MIDON & LIONEL LOUEKE

Jazz duo wizardry. Monday at Kuumbwa Jazz Center CHRIS WEBBY

Crazy boy rapper. Tuesday at Catalyst


pop-rock may have started as an homage to Elvis Presley, and maybe an easy excuse to wear pompadours, but nowadays velvet suits take a backseat to a modern mixed-genre lineup, including metal and punk. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of rockabilly and doo-wop to keep things boss, but Get Married keeps the nostalgia on the respectable side and opt for emotional depth over syrupy clichés. Pop references abound, and so do catchy hooks and power riffs, all held together by the sultry smooth baritone of frontman Elvis … I mean, Jaake Margo. AMY BEE

Omara “Bombino” Moctar was born in Niger, where he played Turag music, a sublime, driving Middle Eastern sound. Today he’s one of the international leaders of fusing Turag with rock and the blues. He started releasing records a decade ago. The songs are hypnotic, and seem as much in the school of Jimi Hendrix as they are influenced by the Saharan Desert. His music is fiercely political, and often sung in Tamasheq. Last year, he released Deran, one of his hardest-driving albums to date.


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Good Times Santa Cruz June 12-18, 2019  

Good Times Santa Cruz June 12-18, 2019