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Wild Child Bringing Southern Charm to SOhO Friday

Through sweet ukulele strums and rich trumpet licks, Wild Child captivates audiences like a moth to a flame. The band has seven members, each of which are masters at their respective instruments. The versatility of their instrumentation creates music that sounds simple and yet feels so full. Each instrument, from the guitar to the keyboard, […]

Neil Young to Perform at Santa Barbara Bowl This Saturday

Timeless purveyor of folk wisdom and noted environmental champion Neil Young has launched another world tour following the June release of his latest studio album, The Monsanto Years. As part of this tour, the wind-burnt Canadian singer-songwriter will take the stage at SB’s Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 10, along with newly formed backing […]

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Eddie Pez – Oedipus – Rex in the Park

An excited and chattery crowd collected in Anisq’Oyo’ Park Saturday night for the opening show of Shakespeare in the Park’s version of Oedipus — Commedia dell’Arte style. Junior BFA actress, Maddie Martin, performed as Dr. Torre and the Dentist in this performance. Along with her fellow cast members, Martin spent the past several weeks mastering […]

Remy Boy Fetty Releases Explosive Pop Trap Album

The rapid rise to prominence of the Internet as a music discovery platform has revolutionized the genre of hip-hop for good. With this relatively new luxury, music fans around the world have flocked to the liking of 2015 sensation Willie Maxwell II, better known as “Fetty Wap.” His stage name may sound like a joke, […]

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Death Cab and Best Coast Kick-Off Santa Barbara Bowl Fall Season

With the 2015 release of Death Cab For Cutie’s Kintsugi came the departure of guitarist Chris Walla. Many feared the group’s sound and stage presence would suffer on tour, myself included. After a life-changing show at the Santa Barbara Bowl last Saturday, however, my worries were quelled. Kintsugi itself is a Japanese art form involving […]

Vic Mensa Sets Wild Tone For UCSB Schoolyear

A full moon adorned the sky above Storke Tower Saturday as UCSB students lined up to witness Vic Mensa take the stage. As all full moons foreshadow, the night began a tad weird as Community Service Officers (CSOs) allowed eager students to sprint to the unoccupied stage before being forced back into the line for […]

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Engineering a Poetry Club

What does a poet look like — the beret-topped face half-hidden behind an obscure novel at Starbucks? Or the stuffy, thick-bearded professor in his book-lined study? Frankie Cunningham eludes both of these archetypes. Few would suspect the fourth-year chemical engineering student, in his sweatshirt and khakis, to be a self-proclaimed “Mad Scientist Poet.” As the […]

Ratatat were ‘Magnifique’ at the Majestic

Just shy of an hour south of campus, along a relatively quiet downtown Ventura street lies the Majestic Ventura Theater, a 1920’s-style hall that may deserve its self-styling as “the best venue between Los Angeles and San Francisco.” The space is relatively expansive while maintaining a worn-carpet, up-close intimacy. Its gold-moulded proscenium and oversized chandeliers […]

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Glass Animals Was Better Than Your Senior Prom

Lyft drops me off at Earl Warren Showgrounds. The line is moving slower than the Six Flags’ Batman ride and twice as long. I resist the urge to cut and take my place at the back. It’s 8:15. We’re still waiting to get in. I realize why the line isn’t moving. The security guards could […]

‘Black Mass’ Shows Depp Can Do More Than Make Faces

Over the past decade-plus, we’ve watched Johnny Depp play sauntering, maniacal weirdos in so many films that I wonder if he goes to bed flailing his hands in the air like he’s trying to bat away flies. After “Pirates of the Caribbean,” it seemed as though he exclusively availed himself to Jack Sparrow-like characters, like […]

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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 […]

Death Cab is Sure to Kill

Death Cab for Cutie, savior of the indie-rock world, has done it yet again with 2015 release Kintsugi, and has been celebrating with a world tour. On Sept. 26, the band famous for “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” will grace our own Santa Barbara Bowl along with beach-rock duo […]

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Fear for the Future of this Spinoff

  About two and a half years ago, I couldn’t sleep one night, so at three in the morning, I went on Netflix and popped on the first episode of “The Walking Dead.” The first 20 minutes absolutely dripped with atmosphere; Rick’s few minutes in that hospital was probably the most frightening sequence in the […]

Tom Misch’s Beat Tape 2 : Putting the London Chillwave on the Map

The Information Age has provided musicians with a music sharing platform more powerful than ever before — the Internet. Sites such as SoundCloud and The Hype Machine have fostered the birth of location-based genres, from Australia’s industry-leading ethereal take on electronic music to Toronto’s recently proliferated brand of R&B. A captivating blend of nu-soul, hip-hop […]

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FMLYBND to Play Welcome to Paradise Carnival

Each year, Isla Vista sees a wave of new bands in all genres — and as quick as they come, they’re gone. Very few bands survive the first year here in I.V., let alone escape the bubble to achieve any sort of actual fame. But, somehow, FMLYBND has not only survived almost three years together, but they’ve already played an international tour with Milky Chance, gotten a song onto the FIFA 15 soundtrack, performed at both the X Games and U.S. Surf Open and thereby achieved a level of celebrity that few I.V. bands will ever attain.