Chromeo and Glitch Mob Funk-ify the SB Bowl

Chromeo and The Glitch Mob share a penchant for retro-futurism. Yet the manifestation of this is so vastly different between the groups it’s almost jarring to see them on the same bill. The Glitch Mob is all aggressive machinery — a visual aesthetic borrowed from the film Blade Runner and the Fallout series of games, […]

KCSB Hosts Rodrigo Amarante at the Goodland

With summer quickly approaching, what better way to welcome in the month of June than with a poolside concert? Well, that is exactly what went down on Friday, May 29 at the Goodland Hotel in Santa Barbara, where KCSB held its final live music event of the year. The concert presented Brazilian artist Rodrigo Amarante […]

Rodrigo Amarante, Rodrigo Amarante Poolside Concert, The Goodland, May 29th, 2015.
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Branchez Headlines Last Hub Show of Year

Plenty of dirty Vans and high-top Converse stomped into The Hub the night of Thursday May 28, prepared to jam to Trippy Turtle and Branchez. When the doors opened, UCSB student Zack played “Flick of the Wrist” as the crowd bobbed to the beat. Determined to warm them up for a night of electronic dance […]

A Graduating Editor’s Final Words

Let me tell you a story about a 19-year-old who came to UC Santa Barbara with a dream of being an anchorwoman. She wanted to take over for Katie Couric one day, she told her friends, who were disappointed that the girl didn’t want to be a female Stephen Colbert instead. She went to the […]

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Music in Memory | UCSB Remembers Isla Vista 2014 in Concert

Two musicians performed silhouetted against the blank cyclorama at the back of Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Projected upon them as the music started were two halves of a rectangle, one side white and one side black. Following the music perfectly, images of a rose, leaves and other organic matter began to appear in each half. […]

Senior Dancers Close Out 2015

Thursday night was the last time UCSB’s senior dance majors performed as students of the Theater and Dance Department. Sophomore B.F.A. dance major Rachel Epling arrived fully prepared for the momentous day, with arms full of flowers and a purse containing ribbons, scissors and heartfelt handwritten notes. Though she should have been home writing a […]

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The Talented Ones

Yussef El Guindi’s “The Talented Ones” premiered Thursday night. This show was brought to the Hatlen stage by LAUNCH PAD, a program through which playwrights come to UCSB to create new works. This year was LAUNCH PAD’s 10th Anniversary, and a great milestone in LAUNCH PAD history: Two plays developed through LAUNCH PAD had their […]

In Loving Memory of Lita Stone

This year, our campus and the Nexus suffered a tragic loss with the passing of Artsweek writer and CCS literature student Lalita Stone. I did not know Lita well outside of working together. She wrote often about burgeoning EDM bands and the downtown Santa Barbara music scene, and even though electronic music is not my […]

"Someday" lyrics are by The Strokes, a band Lita loved. Natalie O'Brien/Daily Nexus
Music video director Wayne Isham was awarded with the Inspirational Alumni Award at this year's Reel Loud film festival. Photo courtesy of

Reel Loud 2015 Suffers from Poor Planning

Any student-coordinated event that exists outside the realm of the two hour SRB multipurpose room shindig is something that deserves applause. When a group of college kids get together and learn the business of planning, budgeting, scheduling and reaching out to talent, magic happens. But at this year’s Reel Loud, the 24th anniversary of the […]

‘Catalyst’ Art Fest Draws 900 to Food Co-op

The Catalyst Contemporary  Literary Arts Magazine curated yet another beautiful music and art fest this Tuesday at the I.V. Food Co-op. Becoming increasingly popular for their joyful celebration of I.V. creativity, past iterations of the event have served to kick off distribution of new Catalyst issues. This time, however, the magazine was promoting a kickstarter […]

The Catalyst event coordinator Audrey Bachelder and editor-in-chief Natalie O'Brien hold up the tapestry that features art from the magazine's fifth issue. Lorenzo Basilio/Daily Nexus
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MCC Hosts Open Mic Night to Honor the Victims of May 23rd

If you didn’t stop by Crushcakes on Thursday evening, you definitely missed out on some sweet treats, and I’m not just talking about cupcakes. The MultiCultural Center hosted its quarterly “An Evening of Self-Expression” at the café. It was the second event in the MCC’s “Come Together” series, which focuses on I.V. Remembrance related to […]

Chromeo and The Glitch Mob to Infest SB Bowl with Electro-Funk

Funk lords Chromeo are taking last year’s successful “Funk on the Rocks” show on tour — this time, in addition to Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, they’ll hit several of the West Coast’s most iconic venues omitted the first time around. Of course, that includes our very own Santa Barbara Bowl. Glitch-hop idols, The Glitch Mob, […]

INDIO, CA - APRIL 18:  Musician Dave 1 and P-Thugg of Chromeo perform onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 18, 2014 in Indio, California  (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Robert Plant & The Santa Barbara Bowl Shifters

Bring us that low-strumming guitar, the solid percussive drum beat, the humming bass and the electric switches and mixes. This upcoming weekend, on May 31, Robert Plant, legendary rock icon, and his band the Sensational Space Shifters will swing through the Santa Barbara Bowl in new-age classic rock fashion. Celebrating his first original work in […]

Ecological Storytelling Screens Miyazaki Classic: “Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind”

Graduate student Jeremy Chow from UCSB’s English department hosted the screening of the animated film “Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind” on Friday in South Hall room 2635. This spectacular film, written, animated and directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, depicts the life of a young Princess Nausicaä in a dystopian future set 1000 […]

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Cambodian Rock n’ Roll

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” tells the story of rockers fighting to be heard amidst revolution