Arts & Culture

A new vibe

For the local music scene in Chico to remain vital, there has to be new blood injected from time to time. There also has to be a handful of people who are putting energy into […]

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‘As rocking as possible’

By David James This article was originally published by Scenestr magazine at When Doug Martsch put together a new line-up of Built To Spill toward the end of 2019, he certainly couldn’t have […]

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Roots music

On Sept. 22, Sanjay Dev celebrated 30 years of programming his world-renown reggae show, “Devastation Sounds,” on KZFR, 90.1 FM. After three decades on the air, he’d planned for 2023 to be his last year. […]

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Sounds like a scene

It’s a golden age of sorts in our little burg, with many stages—Naked Lounge, Argus Bar + Patio, Duffy’s Tavern, The Tackle Box, Senator Theatre, Secret Trail Brewing Co., Mulberry Station, Sierra Nevada Big Room, […]

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You gotta hear this band

This feature is part of the CN&R’s Live Music Guide special issue. What’s on? What’s good? Anything new in the scene? Why, yes. We asked some locals who pay attention to these sorts of things, […]

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Book ’em, Chico!

This feature is part of the CN&R’s Live Music Guide special issue. Check out the CN&R’s Arts & Culture calendar online at It takes a village to build a music scene. Venues, performers and […]

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Found on Main

This feature is part of the CN&R’s Live Music Guide special issue. One of the most enduring images of nightlife in downtown Chico has been the section of Main street framed by Third and Fourth […]


‘Songs of peace’

Russian icon Boris Grebenshchikov’s music, like the man himself, is enigmatic. It is sometimes playful, often poignant, and always poetic; rebellious, yet reverential; and rooted in Russian culture, but embracive of global influences. This multiplicity […]

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Tour of duty

Since forming more than 15 years ago, Ukrainian avant-folk group DhakaBrakha has served as cultural ambassadors for that country. The band was born in Kyiv’s Dakh Contemporary Arts Center, a world-renown experimental theater, and its […]

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String awakening

Ryan Davidson is in love. Perhaps obsessively so, he admitted one recent morning as he stood behind his workbench surrounded by the objects of his affection: violins, in all states of construction and repair, from […]