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I.V. Bands Left With No Practice Space

18 May, 2023

blog / conversation / life / music

words by Marion Suchowiecky (KCSB External Music Director 22-23′)   On any given weekday, students biking into campus through the Pardall tunnel might hear bands running through tunes atop what has become a beloved and invaluable practice space for Isla Vista (I.V.) musicians—UCSB’s Lot 22 parking lot. On Wednesday, May […]

Wednesday & Toner At The Teragram Ballroom 

18 May, 2023

blog / music / music reviews

Words by: Marion Suchowiecky and Justin Africawala On Friday May 5th, KCSBfm’s External Music Director, Marion Suchowiecky, and Music Librarian, Justin Africawala, made their way down into the heart of Los Angeles to attend the Wednesday and Toner concert at the Teragram Ballroom. Read on to hear the pair of […]

AAPI Month Artist Spotlight + Playlist

16 May, 2023

blog / Lists / playlists

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our Music Department, along with some of our friends involved in different AAPI serving orgs, put together a playlist to highlight our favorite musicians who identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander! We have also included a list of newly […]

KCSB News – Music Submission Contest!

02 May, 2023

blog / news

KCSB’s News Department is looking for new music for their twice-a-week newscast! Their current theme music has been around for a while and they’re ready for a change. We’re hosting a Music Submission contest! If your audio gets chosen, you will win a shirt, hoodie/sweatpants, AND a KCSBear! The Department […]

Spring Playlist

17 Apr, 2023

blog / music / playlists

  Spring has sprung, and Excomm is bringing you the best tunes to frolic in a flowery meadow to! Enjoy the songs that remind us of the season of blooming flowers, renewal, and growth! <3   JUSTIN’S RECS “Snowy!” by Your Arms Are My Cocoon This year spring break seemed […]

Women’s History Month Playlist

28 Mar, 2023

blog / playlists

This Women’s History Month, us here in the music department at KCSB wanted to highlight some of the amazing female talent that exists across all genres. Whether it be soulful vocals, belting ballads, or screaming feelings, women put together some pretty amazing music. That’s why we gotta celebrate that and […]

Spotlight on the Scene: Duende

24 Mar, 2023

blog / interviews / music

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 […]

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 […]