El Vive Latino 2024

11 Apr, 2024

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Words by: Angel Lopez Photos courtesy El Vive Latino El Vivo Latino music festival happens once a year, usually on the 3rd weekend of March in Mexico City. This year had 5 stages, 1 surprise stage, a comedy stage and a Lucha Libre ring. 88 bands performed in the span […]

Shabang 2023 Festival Review

29 Jan, 2024

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KCSB’s program director, Naila, visited San Louis Obispo last year to get our audience the scoop on Shabang! As the 2024 lineup begins to make its rounds, we hope this review of last year’s festival gives you an idea of what to expect and look forward to. words and photos […]

Life Is Beautiful 2023 Recap and Review

16 Oct, 2023

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words by Will Bacaj photos courtesy Life Is Beautiful KCSB’s Promotions Director Will Bacaj attended the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada Sept 22-24, 2023. Here’s his report from the scene. Having never been anywhere in Las Vegas beyond the Strip, going to Las Vegas for a […]

Portola 2023 Recap and Review

12 Oct, 2023

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words by Yasmeen Tsipena Photo courtesy of Portola Music Festival Six months ago I let my roommate convince me to buy a 300 dollar ticket to a music festival I had never heard of.  The 21+ electronic music festival took place the weekend of September 30th on the vast lot […]

KCSB Goes Way Out West

12 Sep, 2022

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Words by Yousef Srour, Internal Music Director 21-22′ Welcome to Way Out West. For those of you who aren’t enlightened and haven’t been to the premier festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, this is a three-day festival with five stages, four theaters, and seven independent music venues spread out throughout the city. […]

✷ LOONA: Live at the Wiltern ✷

08 Aug, 2022

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Words by Chloe Kimmel Digital Media Coordinator 21-22′     It’s a Tuesday in Koreatown two hours before the venue doors are scheduled to open and the line for general admission already wraps around the block in a complete loop. Wiltern staff are perplexed at how to manage such an […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2022: Smaller Sets, Bigger Hearts

26 Jul, 2022

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Words by Ryan Miller, Promotions Director 2021-2022 Pitchfork Music Festival is a 3-day festival held in Union Park, Chicago, and organized by the curators behind Pitchfork Media. Whether you love them or not, the website has long been an important platform to highlight left-field, alternative, and independent artists, and the […]

Concert Review: Ty Segall at the Teragram Ballroom

14 Jul, 2022

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Words by: Marión Suchowiecky   The Teragram Ballroom sits between a convenience store called Rosa Mini’s Market and a dry cleaners. Tall buildings with intricate scaffolding designs tower over this modest venue, which is just a 10 minute drive away from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It’s Thursday, July […]

Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Live at the Santa Barbara Bowl

20 Jun, 2022

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Words by: Yousef Srour, Internal Music Director Composed of Ela Melo, Darrick “Bozzy” Keller, Ethan Goodpaster, Jess Haney, and Charlie Holt, the five members together make up Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Everyone in Santa Barbara knew their names and chanted for them when they came on stage. It’s May 27, 2022, […]

Live at The Music Box: Skegss

26 Apr, 2022

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  The crowd roared. The Aussie group needed no introduction as the crowd rippled with mosh pits opening up. The crowd bristled with excitement as their favorite band finally came to their home after two years of being unable to tour due to COVID.   The magic of Skegss could […]


24 Mar, 2020

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Photos and words by Kiyomi Morrison Known for her time playing synth in L.A. rock band Cherry Glazer, and opening for acts like Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Blondie, Snail Mail, and more — Sasami has earned her place in the industry long before her recent foray as a solo artist. Her […]

Show Review: Big Thief at the Fonda Theater on 5/3/19

03 May, 2019

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On May 2nd, four-piece indie-rock band Big Thief headlined The Fonda theater the night before the release of U.F.O.F., their third full-length album. Singer-songwriter Victoria Williams opened the show with a performance that was unarguably quirky, charming, and wholesome. As her band left the stage for her last song – […]

Show Review: Mogwai at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Jan. 18th, 2017

30 Jan, 2017

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Ever-evolving sonically, Scottish band Mogwai have scored three films in addition to releasing eight studio albums. Beginning as a rock-centered band with an atmospheric and enveloping sound, their evolution into soundtrack work is a natural progression for the band. On January 18th, they performed their most recent film collaboration live […]

Show Review: Hinds at Velvet Jones on 10/17/16

16 Jan, 2016

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As the saying goes, girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, right? Now, we all know that women are creatures far exceeding these basic ingredients, but add some cherry-red lipstick, high-tops, an oversized t-shirt, and a cigarette or two, and we might just have something that resembles the […]