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Black and I.V.: How I Live in Isla Vista

Artsweek Editor Zoë Jones discusses her experiences as a Black woman who has lived in Isla Vista for four years.
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Black Girls Like Guitars Too

Music belongs to everyone, not only in parts deemed to be fit for certain groups.
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‘Dissect’ Is the Music Podcast We All Needed

Artsweek interviewed the host of the Spotify Original Podcast, Cole Cuchna, on passion projects, white discourse around black music and his own creative process when writing episodes for the show.
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Yes, You Should Go See ‘A Star Is Born’

Bradley Cooper, who also directed and produced the film, plays disenchanted country singer Jackson Maine in earnest, performing all of the songs and even earning a few writing credits on the soundtrac...
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Artsweek’s 7 Favorite Local Places to Catch a Show

From amphitheater concerts at the SB Bowl to backyard shows in I.V., Santa Barbara has a lot to offer when it comes to live music.
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UCSB Swoons Over Smino

His charisma and aesthetic are reminiscent of André 3000, down to his natural, grown-out hair and onstage gyrations. Like many soulful black artists, his relationship with the stage started in church...
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New Talent: Isla Vista Bands to Watch in 2018

Everyone watching the Isla Vista music scene, myself included, can’t wait to see what these bands are going to do.
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The Year of the Album: a Look Into the Future of Media Consumption

The advent of music editing technology has made the process of recording easier, slicker and faster — which makes a Beatles-esque creative yield even more achievable. This year, we saw a return to t...
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When Icons, Stars and Idols Go

Perhaps the most comforting thing of all is this thought: An artist never truly dies, as long as there are people who are enabling their art to live on.
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The Flaming Lips and Mac Demarco Ignite SB Bowl

The Flaming Lips and Mac Demarco put on a weird, wonderful show — one that lit up the Santa Barbara Bowl with bright lights, beautiful colors and smiles alike.
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Father John Misty Set to Enchant Arlington Theatre

With the release of his latest album, Pure Comedy, Father John Misty took on a new role in the indie world. He has never been one to censor himself, but a shift in his focus is clear: He is looking ou...
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Aoki, Electronica and the Live I.V. Music Scene

When Aoki was merely 19, he was throwing roughly 20 shows a month out of his living room, recording tapes of every single one.
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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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Homeshake Brings Silky Sounds to Storke

Homeshake does not boast a sound that is daytime-ready, but nonetheless, the soulful melodies were pleasantly warm.
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