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Milk Drunk Crowned Winner of Battle of the Bands

Following those two bands came Milk Drunk, who dedicated their performance to another local I.V. band, RabbitFoot. Jumping right into their first song, this trio set the crowd on fire not only with th...
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5 Acts Who Could Have Delivered More Than JT on Super Bowl Sunday

The choice of Timberlake as singular ringleader of the biggest entertainment event of the year has left many baffled, as his only memorable track in recent years, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is fr...
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Indie Act Wallows Ignites Velvet Jones

In what turned out to be a surprisingly delightful artistic decision, the group experimented with trumpet and tambourine throughout the performance. In an impressive display, Minnette showed off his u...
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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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Tracks of the Month: January 2018

Every month, Artsweek’s staff collects a handful of newly released tracks that highlight the best musical moments of the past 30 days. January was chock-full of hits from a variety of genres.
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Composer Souren Baronian Dazes MCC Armenian Jazz

From the very first notes, Taksim captured the attention of the entire audience. Feet tapped softly in the aisles to the percussion, and heads rocked steadily to the strong sax solos.
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KCSB Showcases Local DIY Bands in Weekday Jam Session

On the heels of Espresso’s lively set, Washington-based Arrington de Dionyso astonished the audience with his ability to emphasize the minimal instrumentation flowing from the drums and the saxophon...
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Smino to Bring Soulful Sounds to the Hub

The rapper’s words rebound off the bouncing melodies of each track in a way that keeps the album’s sonic momentum moving at a steady yet nonchalant pace.
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Watch: Tyler, The Creator’s Conversation About Flower Boy

Throughout the conversation, the rapper opens up about his third studio album and provides insight into his creative process.
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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 Friday Review: Saturation III by Brockhampton

Brockhampton just doesn’t stop. Their first three albums sound like no one else’s, and all of them are among the best rap albums of 2017, so Brockhampton may not remain on the periphery of mainstr...
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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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This Year In Music: Artsweek’s Favorite Albums

Saturation is quite possibly my favorite release of the year and proved the group to be a simultaneously experimental and accessible force in today’s music scene. Tracks like “Gold,” “Heat” ...
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Meet SALES: The Minimalist Pop Duo That Crafts Bedroom Beats

SALES creates an amalgamation of indie, dream pop, hip hop and rock to produce something that is otherworldly to the ear. Their hip hop-influenced production backs electric guitar to create a sound th...
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Tropicalia Fest Opens in Long Beach with a Splash

The musical acts, along with the assortment of Mexican cuisine, created a festival culture that resonated among the evolving Latinx culture of Southern California.
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