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When Icons, Stars and Idols Go

Perhaps the most comforting thing of all is this thought: An artist never truly dies, as long as there are people who are enabling their art to live on.
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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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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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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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ScHoolboy Q Says UCSB ‘Not the Worst’ UC Show at Extravaganza 2017

TDE rapper ScHoolboy Q made an appearance headlining UCSB’s annual Extravaganza late Sunday afternoon. Though highly anticipated, the artist’s set provoked polarizing responses from attendees.
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Extravaganza ’17 Rocks the Masses

Despite insistent cries from the audience, Schoolboy left the Extravaganza stage as he had found it, with no want for enthusiasm. The mass of concertgoers slid to the exits with the Santa Barbara suns...
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The Friday Review: This Old Dog by Mac Demarco

Mac’s attitude toward love has evolved as well. Rather than his past approach of charming the listener into a false fantasy of love, here he has been through enough of it to have a better understand...
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Extravaganza ’17 Coming to Harder Stadium Sunday

UCSB’s A.S. Program Board will hold its 38th annual Extravaganza festival this Sunday at Harder Stadium all day, from 1-7 p.m., with headliners Schoolboy Q, Tinashe and GRiZ.
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