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Aoki, Electronica and the Live I.V. Music Scene

There isn’t any particular strain of electronica that is unique to Isla Vista — walking down the street on a Friday night, you’ll encounter dubstep, house and all of the other niche sounds in be...
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Jay-Z and the Direction of Product Packaging in Hip Hop

That’s not to say that Jay doesn’t return to his default of braggadocious bars about wealth and success, but this record is different. It extends a bridge of insight to his listeners in a way that...
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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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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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ScHoolboy Q Says UCSB ‘Not the Worst’ UC Show at Extravaganza 2017

TDE rapper ScHoolboy Q made an appearance headlining UCSB’s annual Extravaganza late Sunday afternoon. Though highly anticipated, the artist’s set provoked polarizing responses from attendees.
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The Role of Art in Restoring a Community

Singer and alumnus Jack Johnson got his start by playing shows in Isla Vista backyards. So, post-May 23, he decided to give a visit to his old stomping grounds and make sure UCSB and Isla Vista were n...
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Tracks of the Month: April 2017

Following a controversial Fox News sample invalidating his lyrical effectiveness, Kendrick's "DNA." is a fierce declaration of war that rattles the musical and political world to its very core.
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Phantogram Performs Haunting Indie-Pop at Arlington

Phantogram brought an impressive set to the Arlington, incorporating a plethora of sounds from their various influences and inspirations.
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BADBADNOTGOOD Bring a Spectacular Show

Although BBNG may be characterized as a jazz band, the boundaries of their sound do not by any means fall within the traditional confines of jazz as a genre.
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Tracks of the Month: February 2017

Grown up Fairy Tales dates back to Acid Rap, originally for big brother Chance the Rapper himself, but Taylor Bennett takes it and features his brother as well as Jeremih.
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Tracks of the Month: January 2017

At the end of each calendar month, Artsweek takes a look at new tracks that stood out and made a place in our playlists.
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Favianna Rodgriguez Illuminates the MultiCultural Center

In present times, artists and activists like Rodriguez are as important and integral to social justice as ever. The rights of many are lost in a state of vulnerability.
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Poet Paul Tran Enlivens Santa Barbara

“This war is not over, America. This war is not over, America,” Tran repeated as they elaborated on the adversity their mother faced in her efforts to establish a new home.
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Camp Flog Gnaw Festival Returns to L.A.

Ultimately, Tyler, The Creator exceeded the expectations of many music-lovers and critics and established his illustrious carnival as a staple of the West Coast festival scene.
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