Features & Essays

Slipping into the industry: Emmett Malloy’s journey to music manager

“Straight out of a funny, young comedy movie” is Emmett Malloy’s apt way of describing his dive into the music industry representing soft-rock cult favorite Jack Johnson. 
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Isla Vista: alive with the Dead

Dead Set encapsulates the image of iconic rock band, the Grateful Dead, with their uniquely Americana sound rising out of packed backyards and into the Isla Vista night.
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‘Sad Girl Indie’: the complex women behind the label

The culture that has evolved around 'sad girls' is one that seems to glamorize the sadness these women and femme artists are experiencing.
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Say the name – Seventeen and its worldwide influence

Seventeen made its debut in 2015, and since then, the K-pop group has become a worldwide phenomenon
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“Sounds of Isla Vista”: A look into the I.V. music scene

“Long live the IV music scene” declares the bio of a recently created go-to resource for I.V. concert lovers: the @soundsofiv Instagram page, which has gained over 3,000 followers in less than a y...
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Molly Nilsson on Witchcraft, Anti-fascism and How Her Nostalgic Synth-pop Ties It All Together

The Swedish-born artist has crafted a discography that waltzes between the electronic, minimal synth and hypnagogic pop genres.
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A Look Into Bugeater1101’s Cozy World of Philosophical Thoughts

On a nicer, less stressful corner of the internet, lies Alisha, who on TikTok is known as @bugeater1101
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Student Film “Figment” Explores the Absurd and Surreal

Stay tuned this summer for the release of an all-UC Santa Barbara student-led film called “Figment," an absurdist comedy about someone who realizes they’re living inside someone else’s dream.
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Dancers off the Stage: “Visions of Vibrancy” Spring Dance Concert

The annual UC Santa Barbara Spring Dance Concert, “Visions of Vibrancy,” highlighted the talent of senior dancers as they showcased their dancing and choreography skills.
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Publishing in a Pandemic: How Authors Virtually Write, Publish and Promote

Though the pandemic may have helped writers increase their productivity, everything that comes after completing the first draft of a manuscript has taken a hit.
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In Conversation With Mixed-Media Performance Artist ALOK

ALOK shared their insights on art-making, fashion and personal connections and journey with the Nexus during their visit. 
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UCSB Library Hosts Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance Exhibit

The UC Santa Barbara Library hosted the Gaucho Underground Scholars Program on Jan. 19 for an online opening event and curator discussion of their exhibit, Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance.
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UCSB Dhadkan Gears Up for In-Person Nachle Deewane 2022

After losing two years of an in-person competition, everyone at Dhadkan, a South Asian philanthropic organization at UC Santa Barbara, could not be more excited for this spring’s Nachle Deewane.
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In Conversation With Isla Vista Band The Framers

The Framers are back in action, ready to go wherever they are taken.
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UCSB Alumnus THREEZERO Releases Debut Album

With a newly released album, “SEEING DOUBLE,” Santa Barbara musician THREEZERO is making strides with an ever-evolving sound.
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