Features & Essays

In Memoriam of MF DOOM, “Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Rapper”

Being the perfect fictional anti-hero of rap, DOOM consistently maintained a villainous shroud of mystery, while audiences could only stand back and watch him flex his rapping superpowers.
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On This Day: “1984” and Van Halen’s Jump into Superstardom

“1984” is an important body of work for modern listeners as a timestamp in the evolution of rock music — the birth of hedonistic rock with pop appeal.
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What To Expect With Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy”

Given Drake’s success with his stylistic charisma, the naming of his next album hints at the project being symbolic of a victory lap filled with allusions to his previous work.
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Music for the End of the World: The Rise of Hyperpop

As the dystopian society mankind has feared for decades becomes more of a reality, pop music shape-shifts once again to assume the form of hyperpop. 
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“Six Cents” Podcast: Three UCSB Students Give Their Two Cents on Politics, Sports, Music and the World Around Them

For those of you who are looking to add a new podcast to your rotation, allow me to introduce you to UC Santa Barbara’s very own “Six Cents.” 
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In Memoriam of Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen was not only one of the most innovative and unique guitarists of all time, but a musical inventor and a pioneer in guitar construction and technology.
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Highlighting Nature’s Beauty, UCSB Student Alex Funk Shares His Art To Raise Money for Charity

Inspired by the natural beauty of Santa Barbara and saddened by the onslaught of tragedies in recent months, Funk wants to help his community through his art. 
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Streamlining the Social Aspects of Music, College Students Introduce Their Vision for Paddle

Along with his childhood friends and fellow college students Sam Nicholson and Matthew Dull, Cerofeci has been working on developing a music and social media hybrid app called Paddle. 
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Dance in the Age of COVID-19

For UC Santa Barbara’s dance majors, virtual classes are uncharted territory and have left many of them struggling to find their footing.
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Inside the Mind of Jordan Mitchell

If you haven’t heard him on Spotify, watched his music videos on YouTube or seen him spinning decks  in Isla Vista — you should. Jordan Mitchell is a master of his craft.
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Profiling Peter Saraf: The Man Behind Little Miss Sunshine

A producer's reflections on the Oscars, mainstream movies and following his passion for film.
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When Misogyny Masquerades as Entertainment: Looking at Today’s Rap & Hip Hop

What has made it so normalized for rappers, who lead today’s most popular musical genre, to generalize and sexualize women as much as they desire?
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Is Ariana Grande Helping or Hurting the Queer Community?

Grande and all other straight artists can certainly be allies, but they cannot claim to support their queer following while using same-sex attraction as a music video prop.
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Black Girls Like Guitars Too

Music belongs to everyone, not only in parts deemed to be fit for certain groups.
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A Word With Careless Cub on ‘Flophouse Palace’

The release of Flophouse Palace stands out not merely for its musical elements but also for the production and sound quality of the tracks.
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