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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 […]

THANK YOU! – Fund Drive 2023

07 Mar, 2023

fund drive

Thank You for Donating <3 Last month KCSB launched our annual fundraiser in celebration of 61 years of people-powered radio—radio from the ground up! Thanks to all of your support, we raised $23,035! Funded entirely through lock-in fees and community support, we are so grateful to continue the privilege of providing educational, […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 2023 Storm Coverage

09 Jan, 2023


Here are links to important real-time resources: Emergency Updates ReadySBC.org – click ‘read more’ in red on the top of the page for the latest emergency information including evacuations and warnings.  You can also sign up to receive emergency text alerts. Weather Information & Warnings National Weather Service Santa Barbara […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fall 2022 Orientation

23 Sep, 2022

Interested in KCSB but don’t know how to start? Attend our orientation! Learn how you can have your own radio show, broadcast for news and sports, write for our blog, or volunteer with music/programming/promotions! Join us Sept. 29th at 6pm in Storke Plaza ‼️ We’ll see you there 🙂

KCSB Goes Way Out West

12 Sep, 2022

blog / show reviews

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. […]

New Music: Peyton – Make Me Say It Again, Girl

26 Aug, 2022

blog / DJ Posts / music / new music

words by: Dorien Medina, Digital Media Coordinator 22-23′ Peyton shows us how we can appreciate something that’s more than just a cover          In her first release since her 2021 Album PSA, Peyton reminds us how much of an engaging artist she is with her vivid reimagining […]

✰ ExComm’s Summer Camp 2022 Playlist ✰

26 Aug, 2022

blog / music / playlists

Need a new playlist for those late summer barbecues? ExComm has got you covered.  Each summer, KCSB gains a new Executive Committee made up of 18 members that together are responsible for the planning and execution of daily station operation and programming. Together, we also curated this summer-camp playlist for […]