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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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Billie Eilish Kicks Off I.V. First Fridays With Mellow Sounds

Eilish, though only 15, has already made waves in the music world.
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The xx Transcends Expectations at Santa Barbara Bowl

The xx truly grabbed and held onto the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd the whole time.
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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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Five Summer Albums You May Have Missed

Tyler, The Creator, the controversial co-founder of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, has lately been known more for his no-fucks-given attitude and his trendy style than anything else.
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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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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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Netflix’s Newest Fantasy Series ‘Castlevania’ Has Bite, But Only a Nibble

Netflix's "Castlevania" series has the distinction of being the very first video game adaptation to be just okay.
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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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‘Wonder Woman’ Carries the DC Universe Forward

Seeing the Wonder Woman character kick ass as her incredible theme song builds up around her is more than worth the ticket price, and anyone who isn’t giddy for at least a minute as she charges towa...
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In Photos: Khalid at the Hub

Finally making his way up to Santa Barbara, neo-soul, pop-influenced singer Khalid performed his long-awaited set in the Hub this past Saturday.
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It’s Lit!: Literature in Times of Turmoil

Welcome to Artsweek’s literature crossing!
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The Friday Review: After Laughter by Paramore

After Laughter paints Paramore as a magnetic band that creates charismatic pop anthems while still preserving and maturing their emo-inclined expression.
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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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Actress of ‘Tangerine’ Brings New Perspective to Trans Media

So, should “Tangerine” be only recognized for shooting on an iPhone 5S? Hell no.
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