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Tracks of the Month: October 2017

Intimate and sleek, “It’s Okay to Cry” is a can’t-miss pop song. The singer/songwriter/producer’s first solo venture in two years is accompanied by a stunning video in which she uncharacteri...
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SWMRS Deliver Exhilarating Sounds at Velvet Jones

The adrenaline of a garage rock show is comparable to drinking 10 Vietnamese iced coffees in one sitting. Bay-area band SWMRS rose to prominence after releasing their album Drive North, which featured...
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WebsterX and Milwaukee’s Hip Hop Renaissance

Injury Reserve and WebsterX share a dynamic of creating spaces to craft seamlessly gravitative rap songs that are entirely divergent from their contemporaries. They are the embodiments of unapologetic...
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The Friday Review: After Laughter by Paramore

After Laughter paints Paramore as a magnetic band that creates charismatic pop anthems while still preserving and maturing their emo-inclined expression.
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Tracks of the Month: June 2017

With the release of “Big Fish,” Vince Staples is leading up to his forthcoming album, Big Fish Theory.
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The Friday Review: Playboi Carti by Playboi Carti

If Frank Ocean can indulge in Carti’s sound guilt-free, anyone can be driven to the pleasure-filled land of production excellency, designer brands and jewelry pieces found on Carti’s tape.
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Two Door Cinema Club Brings Spring to Santa Barbara

Jack Garratt, Grouplove and Two Door Cinema Club used their enthusiastic presences to entertain an amphitheater of dancing wine moms, and college kids who wanted to re-live their Tumblr indie years.
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Evan Tan: In Living Color

Rather than hiding in the darkness, Tan has a penchant for illuminating the world with saturated color.
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Two Door Cinema Club Arriving Next Friday

The band’s legendary idols, Prince and Bowie, undoubtedly inspired the band to pay homage to the past generations of music that solidified their grandeur with enticing dancefloor anthems.
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Shy Girls and Culver Provide Warmth for Perfect Park

With a Lorde-like hand motion, Vidmar from Shy Girls truly immersed himself in the essence of atmospheric music.
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SBIFF’s Virtuosos Awards Celebrate Diversity

This year’s Virtuosos Awards ensemble dared to defy the divisions that are often employed within Hollywood and created compelling performances that enticed audiences across countless screens.
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The Garden Rocks Velvet Jones

In The Garden’s world, there is no focus on wanting to fit in with what is deemed to be cool in the punk scene. They dare to defy gender roles, genre molds and the tangents of normality.
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BØRNS Talks New Album, Influences

The Daily Nexus gets the scoop on the artist's inspirations and background.
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HUNNY Rocks Velvet Jones

A night full of spitting antics by lead singers, dramatic guitar-tosses on stage and a dance frenzy ensued last Thursday as HUNNY shared the Velvet Jones stage with tour mates Kid Cadaver and Armors. ...
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