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Shabang 2024: The Framers, No Drout, & The Walters

20 May, 2024

blog / music

words by: Carly Kalunian Shabang, San Luis Obispo’s yearly music festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary this May. The all-ages event attracts many college students from around California, but of course is very popular with those attending Cal Poly SLO and UCSB thanks to its’ close proximity to campus. This year’s […]

Local Bands Take On Shabang Music Festival

17 May, 2024

blog / music

KCSB’s Clarissa Rios reviews Shabang’s locally featured Saturday acts, including Santa Barbara’s own The Framers. Read on for her insight into the performances.  words and photo by Clarissa Rios San Luis Obispo’s Dairy Creek Golf Course was home to dozens of musical acts over the May 3-4 weekend as part […]

April’s Add of the Month – All Heartbeat by Flung

17 Apr, 2024

add of the month / blog / music

Words by: Marion Suchowiecky (Internal Music Director 23′-24′) Kashika Kollaikal’s newest project, All Heartbeat, represents a brimming and glittering cacophony of emotions bound together  by her musical artistry. Kollaikal was inspired by the powerful sense of limbo she felt as she found herself trapped at Seattle airport by an ever-delayed […]

☆Women’s History Month Playlist☆

19 Mar, 2024

blog / music / playlists

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the KCSB music department, with the help of our Assistant MD’s and members of the Executive Committee, have put their heads together to bring you a curated playlist featuring some of our favorite women musicians!  This playlist aims to show that the power and prowess […]

An Interview with Fire Trail

19 Mar, 2024

blog / interviews / music

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 […]


06 Mar, 2024

blog / news

Each year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) brings filmmakers from all over the world to our little town. For 14 days, you can spot Hollywood professionals walking up and down State Street wearing SBIFF badges as they make their way from independent films to panels, and even to […]

Music Committee February Reviews

28 Feb, 2024

blog / Music Review Committee

KCSB’s Music Committee volunteers review so many albums every week. Keep reading for some of their reviews! Florist – Florist Reviewer: Sarah Ndawula Label: Double DoubleWhammy Records Focus Tracks: 4, 11, 14,  19 (clean) The album I picked out to review is titled “Florist.” I found this album to be […]

Factory Nights: Studio 54 Edition

28 Feb, 2024


For one night only, Studio 54 is back en vogue! We’ll be spinning everything from New Wave and Disco, to House and Rave- come revel in the unrestrained debauchery and deca-DANCE of another world! HAPPENING ON: Friday, March 1st from 9pm-12am.  HAPPENING IN: The Isla Vista Community Center (970 Embarcadero […]

Meet the Candidates: CA-24

28 Feb, 2024

central coast / news

California’s primaries will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024. Ahead of the March 5th primaries, KCSB News interviewed each of the three candidates running to represent California’s 24th Congressional District (which covers Santa Barbara County, most of San Luis Obispo County, and some of Ventura County). The two winners […]

Valentine’s Day Playlist

15 Feb, 2024

music / playlists

There are so many types of love – love for a partner, love for a friend, love for a radio station. Here at KCSB we want to celebrate love this February with a curated Valentine’s Day playlist by our lovely Excomm. Check out our picks as you’re shopping for chocolate, […]


14 Feb, 2024

fund drive

How to Donate:  Donating to KCSB is super easy! There are phone and online options available. From 6am to midnight, you can call (805) 893 2424 to donate. One of our amazing programmers will be there to take your pledge and ensure you receive your premium. Don’t want or need a […]


29 Jan, 2024

music / playlists

It is impossible to overstate the profound impact that Black musicians have had on modern music. Almost any contemporary musical genre can be traced back to Black musicians who pioneered it. This Black History Month, KCSB’s staff is putting their heads together to highlight some of our favorite Black musicians […]

Shabang 2023 Festival Review

29 Jan, 2024

blog / music / show reviews

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 […]

Reviewing Vyva Melinkolya’s “Unbecoming”

05 Jan, 2024

blog / music / music reviews

KCSB’s Fall ’23 Assistant Music Director, Amber Cooper, reviews Vyva Melinkolya’s second album Unbecoming. Read on to learn more! Words by Amber Cooper Vyva Melinkolya’s Unbecoming feels like it slowly sucks the air out of your lungs; it carries a lot of weight, and its crawling pace feels like a sinkhole, drawing […]

Down the O’Rourke Rabbit Hole

05 Jan, 2024

blog / music

Our Assistant Music Director, Liam Hogan, takes KCSB on a voyage through American instrumental master Jim O’Rourke’s discography. Keep reading for Liam’s recommendations, reviews, and guidance on how and where to get started.  Words by: Liam Hogan Jim O’Rourke is one of those names I heard a thousand times before […]

Best Albums of 2023!

28 Dec, 2023

blog / music / music reviews

Words by: Bella Genolio (External MD), Marion Suchowiecky (Internal MD), and Ryan Tabib (Music Librarian) The music department at KCSB is constantly looking for the best music from diverse, underrepresented, and independent musicians. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to share our favorite musical gems from 2023. […]


28 Dec, 2023

blog / music / playlists

Fall quarter is over, and winter break is here! KCSB’s Executive Committee assembled a playlist of the chillest songs they know to accompany your winter activities. Whether you’re ice skating, decorating cookies, or walking on the beach (Santa Barbara Winter is very similar to Santa Barbara summer, let’s be honest), […]

Programmer Review: Bésame Mucho 2023

20 Dec, 2023

blog / music

Words by Tere Arenas (AKA Linda) and Angel Lopez (AKA musititlan)  KCSB programmers Angel and Tere hit Los Angeles for the 2023 Bésame Mucho Festival. Keep reading for their review and photos.  Wow, wow, wow. This was the festival of the year! Bésame Mucho Festival took place on December 2nd at Los […]

Music Library Recommendations Vol. 2

27 Nov, 2023

at the station / blog / music

Words by Ryan Tabib (Music Librarian 23’24’) KCSB’s music library is a holy grail for finding forgotten and underground albums but also an archive of some of the best parts of the slowly dying medium of CDs: art and liner notes. So to show some of our collection off, I […]

☆Native American Heritage Month Playlist☆

25 Nov, 2023

blog / music

The KCSB-FM Music Department is celebrating Native American Heritage Month! As students living and learning on occupied Chumash land, it is especially important to celebrate and learn about the traditions and living legacy of Native Americans in the United States. We have put our heads together to bring you some […]

November Add of the Month: “Wallsocket” by Underscores

25 Nov, 2023

blog / music

Words by: Bella Genolio For November’s add of the month, KCSB’s External Music Director, Bella Genolio, highlights the album “Wallsocket” by underscores Wallsocket, MI is a rural midwestern town rich in history and community. Historically, Wallsocket was a highly profitable area for horse breeders and ranchers due to its vast […]