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In Review: Lorde Trades the Spotlight for Sunlight on “Solar Power”

"Solar Power” is a largely enjoyable project due to Lorde’s fantastic songwriting abilities and Antonoff’s perfectly matched production.
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In Review: Angus & Julia Stone Move Forward While Looking Back on “Life Is Strange”

“Life Is Strange” is an instant standout in the duo's discography as they incorporate some of the best ideas of their entire careers seamlessly together.
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Local Arts Scene Cautiously Reopens After Months in the Dark

As vaccination efforts continue to forge ahead in Santa Barbara County, the local arts and music scene is gearing up to welcome back members of the community. 
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Artsweek on Spotify: Sounds of Summer Past

Here’s Artsweek’s selection of nostalgic tracks from the summers of 2016-2018!
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In Review: “The White Lotus” Turns Paradise Problems Into Hit HBO Drama

The show is a slice of life during a week at a beach resort in Hawaii, where a gaggle of rich guests arrive and immediately cause trouble.
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On This Day: “Grace” by Jeff Buckley

Buckley should have been a superstar, but listeners can still appreciate his little body of work for the creative genius it is.
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On This Day: Shades of Sentimentality in Frank Ocean’s “Blonde”

With his genre-blending on “Blonde,” Ocean once again pioneered a new style of R&B.
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In Review: Tinashe Sees the Past, Present and Future of Music on “333”

“333” ultimately sees Tinashe expanding her reach, experimenting even more with her sound.
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In Review: Shyamalan Delivers Silly Thrills in “Old”

Shyamalan’s fans, as well as moviegoers simply looking for a fun way to spend a fully engrossing 108 minutes, will be pleased.
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Announcement of “Deltopia” Film Is Met With Community Backlash

The opinions of actual UC Santa Barbara students and I.V. community members have undermined the directors’ “as honest as possible” approach.
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On This Day: Frank Ocean’s First Masterpiece, “channel ORANGE”

His 2012 debut album “channel ORANGE” showcases Ocean making a splash with a lush and intimate collection of songs about the awkwardness of navigating maturation and relationships.
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In Review: Tyler, The Creator Has No Problem Finding Himself on “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST”

On his sixth studio album, Tyler manages to strike a balance and does so with self-assurance.
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On this Day: Bon Iver’s Breakthrough

Perhaps no artist has had a bigger impact on modern indie folk music than Bon Iver.
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In Review: MARINA’s “Ancient Dreams” Come True

After a bland tumble like “Love + Fear” this album presents complexity, strong hooks and some of MARINA’s best songs.
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In Review: Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR” Rejects the Sweetness of Teenagehood

The album’s youthful sporadicness, raw honesty and emotional vulnerability certify Rodrigo’s status as one of Gen Z’s musical forerunners. 
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