An Interview with Fire Trail

19 Mar, 2024

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KCSB-FM’s Assistant Music Director Maya Widom sits down with Berkeley band Fire Trail to discuss their album “One of the Two” and their upcoming projects. Fire Trail is a four piece band made up of current and former students of UC Berkeley with a rock backbone.“One of the Two” was […]

An Interview with Shannon Lay

09 Oct, 2023

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words by Bella Genolio KCSB’s External Music Director, Bella Genolio, had the chance to sit down with Shannon Lay and discuss her recent shows in SoCal as well as her new covers album. Read on to hear Shannon’s insights on touring, making music, ceramics, and more! Photo by Kai MacKnight […]

An Interview With Guppy

22 Sep, 2023

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KCSB’s own DJ Steely Friedan had the immense pleasure of hosting Los Angeles based band Guppy on his show Welcome to Xanadu where they shared some of their favorite music and tour van song choices. Guppy’s tour kicks off in Los Angeles on September 25th; check out some interview highlights […]

An Interview With Elliott Fullam

22 Sep, 2023

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KCSB’s External Music Director, Bella Genolio, got the chance to interview Elliott Fullam about his new album, End of Ways. Read on to learn about Fullam’s creative process, inspiration, and future plans. Trigger Warning: Mental, Physical, and Sexual Abuse  Bella Genolio: Can you introduce yourself with your name, pronouns and […]

Spotlight on the Scene: Duende

24 Mar, 2023

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words by: Clarissa Rios Spotlight on the Scene is an interview blog series aimed at showcasing the lively local band scene of Isla Vista. Each blog in the series will provide an immersive experience, guiding you through visual and auditory elements that truly make each band come to life through […]

Acid Dad Interview

30 Nov, 2022

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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 […]

ZelooperZ x KCSB Interview

03 May, 2022

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KCSB’s Music Director Yousef Srour sat down with ZelooperZ on April 10th, 2022 in support of his performance at the Hub. Srour inquired on Z’s Detroit roots, his latest release Get WeT.Radio, recent collaborations, and Z’s signature vocal style. Video by Dorien Medina Interview by Yousef Srour

Meet KCSB’s Founder Bill Harrison

30 Apr, 2022

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Bill Harrison founded KCSB (Navajo Radio) in his dorm room in 1962 when he was a student at UC Santa Barbara. Now, as KCSB FM celebrates 60 years on the air, KCSB’s archives coordinator Lekha Sapers speaks with Harrison, to find out how he did it – and what he […]

Spotlight Programming: Ukraine in Context

09 Mar, 2022

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Tune in to No Alibis tomorrow at 9am – 11am for special programming about what is happening in Ukraine in a wider EU/Eastern European context, as well as international solidarity. In the first hour, No Alibis will interview Liz Fekete and Rafal Pankowski to talk about what is happening in […]


03 Jul, 2021

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KCSB’s Finnegan Smith sat down with the genre-bending trio known as Kero Kero Bonito to discuss the band’s musical influences, exciting creative visions, and more. Read the interview below!   Finnegan: The past year and a half has been a roller coaster for everyone. How did the pandemic and the […]

Tanyradzwa Tawengwa Interview

24 Jun, 2021


In February 2020, right before the pandemic, a Zimbabwean-born opera singer visited the University of California, Santa Barbara. She collaborated with Dr. Mhoze Chikowero, an associate professor of African history here at UCSB. Together, they adapted Ms. Tawengwa’s senior thesis from Princeton, ‘Dawn of the Rooster,’ into an abridged one-hour performance […]


21 Jun, 2021

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KCSB’S External Music Director Finnegan Smith sat down with emerging English experimental rock band Black Country, New Road. Read and/or watch on to hear about Black Country, New Road’s artistic journey thus far and where they’re headed from here on out. Finnegan: Most members of Black Country, New Road attended […]


18 May, 2021

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KCSB’s Internal Music Director Yousef Srour sat down with innovative multidisciplinary artist and house producer Dirty Bird to discuss his artistic journey, important vision, and more. Catch a live DJ performance with Dirty Bird hosted by KCSB & KZSC on Saturday, May 22nd at 8 PM streaming live via Zoom and […]


30 Mar, 2021

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Eclectic singer/songwriter Indigo De Souza sat down with KCSB’s General Manager Emma Mesches, and Internal Music Director Yousef Srour, to discuss her music and artistic journey as a creative human being. Stay tuned for her upcoming livestream performance, where she will be performing live on KCSB’s YouTube channel this Thursday, April […]


20 Mar, 2021

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Open Mike Eagle’s new project is quite literally about Anime, Trauma and Divorce. It’s a nonchalant trip down the rabbit hole of Michael W. Eagle II’s spiraling imagination as he works through a divorce, the trauma that proceeds & ensues, and it’s all told through comical lyrics and his signature […]

Candy Mountain Mixtape Presents: Max and the Martians!

04 Mar, 2021

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This week, get ready for a very special episode of Candy Mountain Mixtape with Hattie Belle & the Candy Mountain Rambler, featuring a very special guest: Max and the Martians! This show will be sharing an interview with Max and the Martians, some music from his recent album, as well […]

Last Refuge of the Incompetent Presents: Nick Hubble

23 Jan, 2021

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Your favorite local sci-fi radio show Last Refuge of the Incompetent presents you with a special guest this week: Nick Hubble! This episode will air on Saturday, January 23rd at 6 PM. Nick Hubble is a professor of modern and contemporary English at Brunel University. Their latest work, “Growing Old […]

Checking in With Aural Canyon

16 Nov, 2020

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The private press labels on Bandcamp continue to surprise me at every turn. One reddit comment about my Indonesian tape haul turned into a quick recommendation for Aural Canyon. Now, I’m a fiend for new age ambience and various transient noise bursts. If you are as well, Aural Canyon has […]

KCSB vs Crash Symbols

20 Aug, 2020

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Over the course of a decade, Crash Symbols has been on the ground floor of bringing otherworldly cassette goodness to tape decks around the globe. Just this year alone, the label is boasting releases like the dadaist ambient of Ylangylang, the collaborative psychedelic jams of Spiritczualic Enhancement Center, and even […]