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Rolling Loud California 2023 Recap

10 Mar, 2023

blog / music

words by: Yousef Srour (Int. Music Director 21-22′) In the concrete jungle of the Hollywood Park Grounds, Rolling Loud California has emerged as a key festival for hip-hop fans. Especially hip-hop fans of West Coast music. In the age of internet rap superstars, leak/snippet culture, and early rappers not having […]

February’s Add of the Month: Jamila Wood’s HEAVN

23 Feb, 2023

add of the month / blog / music

words by: Jack McKinnon (Internal Music Director 22-23′) With February being Black History Month, it only makes sense to highlight some of the amazing Black talent that exists throughout the music industry today. It exists across all genres and all over the world, but can sometimes be overlooked by other […]

KCSBae Playlist!

14 Feb, 2023

blog / music / playlists

It’s Valentines Day, and whether you’re a lover or a loner, KCSBfm’s Executive Committee’s got the tunes to keep you covered.   MARION’S RECS  “Tender” by Blur This song’s lyrics do a really good job of describing the best part of falling in love with someone, which is that they […]

An Interview With Tim Owens

31 Jan, 2023

blog / from the archives

As a part of various endeavors to grow KCSB’s archival collection, Archives Coordinator Lekha Sapers will be blogging about our collection of audio archives. For the remainder of the school year, you’ll get a chance to explore our collection, highlighting the stories of some of our most formidable alumni.  Mr. […]

Beyond The Burning of the Bank – IV Riots 1, 2 and 3

17 Jan, 2023

blog / from the archives

Words By: Lekha Sapers UCSB lore is illustrious – particularly as it is documented from the KCSB lens. Coming from the archives coordinator herself, no event embodies the station’s core tenet more so than the February 25, 1970 Bank of America Burning. Station lore has documented this anti-establishment, anti-Vietnam act […]

Zan Zendegi Azadi: Iranian Music and Revolution

21 Dec, 2022

blog / conversation / music / playlists

words by: Ava Kuredjian Music is a huge part of Iranian culture. From classical to jazz to pop to hiphop, Persian music covers every base imaginable. Before 1979, Iranian music was a meld of influences from around the world, merging them with a distinct Persian flair. However, after the Islamic […]

Something’s Happening in CDMX

09 Dec, 2022


Words by Marion Suchowiecky, edited by Ava Kuredjian KCSBfm’s External Music Director, Marion Suchowiecky, sits down to reflect on her Thanksgiving weekend, a knee-deep delve into Mexico City’s music scene. This article is a dispatch and scene report from CDMX, from the point of view of a former resident, and […]

Acid Dad Interview

30 Nov, 2022

blog / interviews / music

by Marion Suchowiecky Last month, Marion Suchowiecky, KCSBfm’s External Music Director, sat down with the New York psych-rock band, Acid Dad. They talked about their most recent tour with the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, their approach to music, their recent singles, and (most importantly), putt putt. Read on to get an […]

Native American Heritage Month Resources

23 Nov, 2022


With November being Native American Heritage Month, the music department wanted to do a little something to recognize all of the immensely talented artists with indigenous backgrounds. Of course, the scope of music by Native artists is very broad, and ranges from traditional instrumental sounds, to modern/contemporary music performed by […]

Music Library RIYL Vol. 1

02 Nov, 2022

blog / RIYL

words by: Justin Africawala (22-23′ Music Librarian) KCSB’s music library is a somewhat unsettling place to step inside of. Mostly because it’s pretty dusty and the lighting makes me dissociate but there’s at least a lot of cool music. I took a bunch of vinyl and listened to them and […]

October’s Add of the Month: Homegrown by CARRTOONS

21 Oct, 2022

add of the month / blog / music

Words by: Jack McKinnon (Internal Music Director 2022-23)   When it comes to music, sometimes it isn’t even the singer that draws you towards certain songs and albums. Behind the scenes are the producers, mixers, mastering engineers, and more. It really is a team effort all around, and for all […]

Spooktober Playlist

19 Oct, 2022

blog / playlists

This month, our staff put together an October themed playlist for you to listen during your spooky tomfoolery! Read on to see words from our staff about why they chose the songs they did! MARION’S RECS  “Anemone” – Brian Jonestown Massacre From the outset, the name “Brian Jonestown Massacre,” draws […]

KCSB T-Shirt Design Contest 2022

10 Oct, 2022


  We’re happy to announce the KCSB-FM 2022 T-Shirt Design Contest! If chosen, you will receive a $250 prize and your design will be featured on the KCSB fund drive shirt this year! Your design may undergo minor edits by the publications coordinator prior to printing.  Submit your designs here […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist

28 Sep, 2022

blog / music / playlists

This month, KCSBfm is celebrating the wide-reaching impact of Hispanic culture. For this month’s playlist, members of KCSBfm’s Executive Committee highlight the breadth of Hispanic culture’s contribution to music by choosing their favorite songs from a myriad of culturally-influenced genres. Hispanic punk/emo/skramz – Justin Genre background The history of Latinx […]