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The Significance of “Industry Plants” in the Music Community

Coined by the hip-hop community, "industry plant" is most often used to undermine an artist as being nothing more than a pawn in a record label’s quest for industry domination.
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In Photos | Welcome Back Concert with YBN Nahmir and Vincent

Trap star YBN Nahmir electrified Storke Plaza last weekend, welcoming Gauchos back to campus with an evening of flashing lights, rap and opportunities for students to dance on stage.
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Gary Clark Jr. Brings Blues and Rock to Santa Barbara Bowl

On tour for his most recent album “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr. electrified, mesmerized and satisfied passionate fans last Friday night at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
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Tracks of the Month: September 2019

As we welcome the month of October with open arms, it’s time for Artsweek to highlight the new tracks that stood out in September.
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A Trap Music Guide to Love and Heartbreak

Here are some of the best songs to listen to with your new boo when you feel love is in the air or when the person you thought was your “whole world” is no longer that.
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Queen of Summertime Sadness Strikes Again with ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’

Lana Del Rey's style remains festooned with glamor, tranquility and an air of disenchanted stardom. 
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In Review: ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift

“Lover” tackles not only love, but also topics of politics, sexism and individualism that vary from the typical subjects of Swift's music.
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In Review: ‘The Lost Boy’ by YBN Cordae

YBN Cordae somehow embodies many older legendary rappers while still remaining characteristically similar to newer mumble rappers.
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In Review: ‘The Big Day’ by Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper delivered another uplifting and soulful album that will please fans and critics alike. 
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Great Outdoors, Greater Music — 9 Songs for Your Next Trip to the Mountains

So grab your gear and a 30-rack because the mountains won’t be the only thing that’s rockin’.
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The Friday Review: ‘Oasis’ by Bad Bunny and J Balvin

As far as feel-good summer releases go, the album is perfection. 
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In Review: ‘She is Coming’ by Miley Cyrus

Instead of releasing an album that appeals to industry standards, Cyrus released a work of art that is honest and raw.
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Save the Velvet Jones

If you haven’t yet had an experience at the Velvet Jones, there’s a chance you might never.
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A Brief Guide to British Rap

Despite the initial peculiarity of a posh-voice rap about dark subjects with vernacular that clashed with my American ear, I have now subscribed to the British rap scene.
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Electronic Artist Flying Lotus Continues to Evolve His Sound

Five years after the critically-acclaimed album You’re Dead!, Flying Lotus (FlyLo) returns once again with one of the most ambitious albums in recent memory.
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