Music

Artsweek on Spotify: Ed Staff Picks to Welcome You Back to UCSB

Here’s some of the Nexus Editorial Staff’s selection of songs that tap into memorable moments at UC Santa Barbara!
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In Review: Kacey Musgraves’ “star-crossed” Tragedy Ends in Hope

Through her processing of a universal hardship, “star-crossed” cements Musgraves as one of the smartest and emotive writers of our time.
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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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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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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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On This Day: The Beatles’ Escapism Through “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Prior to their 1970 disbandment, The Beatles refreshed their creative drive via the escapism central to their historical concept album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
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Record Recap: The Best and Worst of Music in the Pandemic (So Far)

While this year may be one everyone wants to forget, these are some of the moments that will be remembered. 
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A Conversation with Santa Barbara Musician Conner Cherland

With his new LP, “Love Songs by Conner Cherland,” set to release in June, Cherland shared some backstory about the project and about his career as a singer-songwriter.
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