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CRSSD Festival

Since the first radio plays of Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Sprites” in 2008 and the first Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles in the same year, electronic dance music in America has taken on many different forms in its search for identity. In America, the most contentious conversation within the dance music scene seems to […]

FYF Fest 2015 Highlights

  Despite recent backlash from punk-rock communities about the growing Indie music presence, Goldenvoice’s FYF Fest invaded the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park for the second time with the most eclectic selection of alternative musical talent. Here are the highlights everyone is talking about. Kanye West: While controversy resulting from Kanye’s gaffes and […]

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Outside Lands 2015 Highlights

On Friday, August 7th, over 70,000 music fans flooded Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields for the eighth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. Every year, Hawaiian shirts increase in popularity, the food gets more expensive and the music gets better and better. Although there was no shortage of memorable moments, here are just the […]

Mad Decent Saves the Best Block Party Stop for its L.A. Home

Mad Decent Block Party, an outdoor festival-esque music event, will hit the road on a tour that will hopefully redefine people’s ideas of what a “block party” should be like. And just like the previous six, this one won’t be any less timid. What initially started off as a small party held on the block […]

FYF Returns to L.A. Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park with Great Summer Festival Lineup

Over the last decade, large music festivals have risen to stark prominence in America and redefined the live musical performance marketplace. The most successful of festival curators (obvious examples being Golden Voice of Coachella or Another Planet Entertainment of Outside Lands) implicitly brand their respective events as the pinnacle of live alternative music. Although these […]

Outside Lands to Invade Golden Gate Park

While signifying tanning sessions and beach outings in most American locales, the month of August in San Francisco demarcates two happenings unique to the city. First, a perfectly sadistic climate that is cold enough to render T-shirts unsuitable as standalone outerwear, but warm enough to make coat-wearers sweat, settles over the iconic city. The more […]

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Azeem X Underbelly live at the Batcave

On May 16, United Kingdom citizen Damon Poole shared a Facebook event page in jest titled “Azeem’s Senior Flute Recital.” True to the haphazard nature by which viral Internet trends begin, Poole’s “share” involuntarily conscripted UCSB flute-virtuoso Azeem Ward into the ranks of college-students-turned-meme, dominating Facebook newsfeeds and Buzzfeed listicles. Within 10 hours, the recital […]

A Graduating Editor’s Final Words

Let me tell you a story about a 19-year-old who came to UC Santa Barbara with a dream of being an anchorwoman. She wanted to take over for Katie Couric one day, she told her friends, who were disappointed that the girl didn’t want to be a female Stephen Colbert instead. She went to the […]

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Batcave Sessions: Pookie

Pookie, a four-man band from Isla Vista, California, performed “Blowin’ It” at the Daily Nexus Batcave. The group consists of guitarist Chris Miehls, frontman Ryan Mandell, bassist Zach “Staffie” Stafford and drummer Nick Fields. Mandell and Fields are both senior English majors at UCSB. Read the story about Pookie here: dailynexus.com/2015-05-07/live-at-the-batcave-pookie/.

Extravaganza Music Festival Lineup 2015

The 2015 Extravaganza Music Festival lineup was announced earlier today. Details below: Miguel: Madeon: Joey Badass: AlunaGeorge: Bad Rabbits:  

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People Under the Stairs: Vibe-Hop Super Heroes Tackle SOhO Thursday

Welcome to inner-city Los Angeles, Pacific-side capital of gods of rhyme and denizens of beat. It’s sometime mid-’90s (hazy times, ya dig?) and Jesuit Prep schoolboy Christian Portugal and Hamilton Highschooler Michael Turner strike an untrained eye as an unlikely duo. The sun sets. The secret identities shed with the darkening of the streets. The […]

An Evening with Anna Halprin

On Monday, April 27, Campbell Hall filled with students to see the movie “Breath Made Visible.” The 82-minute film covered the career of modern dancer Anna Halprin and showed how dance can be applied to healing. Halprin herself used dance to recover from cancer, and was present at the close of the film to answer […]

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alt-J and Jungle Inspire at SB Bowl

Concerts are not always perfect. Perhaps you went to see a mediocre artist because your friend dragged you along. Perhaps the microscopic venue was having technical difficulties. Or perhaps, ooh, [insert musician’s name here] should really stop doing concerts and stick to auto-tuned tracks instead. Once again, concerts are not always perfect. But if there […]

Interview with CORNERS

Coming from Echo Park, L.A., post-punk band CORNERS talked to me after their Burgerama set last weekend about raunchy show happenings and good energy. Composed of Tracy Bryant, Rick Mabery, Billy Changer and Jeff “Jeffertiti” Ramuno, Corners came to the fest just before embarking on a Euro tour. Their new album, Maxed Out On Distractions, […]

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Gorgon City or (The Unexpected Virtue of Venue)

As John Legend and Common (aka John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn) accepted their Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, I threw on a jacket and headed over to The Hub to catch Gorgon City, a pair of London DJs. I wasn’t very familiar with the duo. My knowledge of them consists of a few listens to […]