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World Music Wednesday: Child of the Rainbow

07 Jan, 2019

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Few albums of the past decade resist simple categorization as Gurrumul’s 2018 release Djarimirri: Child of the Rainbow does. Gurrumul hailed from Australia’s Elcho Island as a member of the indigenous Yolngu people. Born totally blind, he never learned braille or used a guide dog and was intensely shy. A […]

Interview: Geographer

17 Apr, 2016

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[April 17, 2016] Interview by Amanda Katz and Claire Breen. Edited by Spencer vH. Photos by Emily Sevin. Mike Deni of Geographer is a self-identified fan of pop music, ranging from fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen to Justin Bieber, and many artists in between. He doesn’t shy away from his […]

INTERVIEW: See Through Dresses (Omaha, NE)

15 Apr, 2016

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[April 15, 2016] By Spencer VH Spencer vH: What brought the four of you together? Were their previous bands that members played together in or are you just all just products of similar parts of your local music scene? SEE THROUGH DRESSES: Matt and I had been playing in a […]

Profile on Artist: Samiyam

13 Apr, 2016

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[April 13, 2016] By Kyle Roe // Photo by Theo Jamison courtesy of Stones Throw Records Ann Arbor beatmaker Sam Baker, aka Samiyam, is making significant headway in the far away city of Los Angeles. The storyline of Baker’s career resembles his albums: understated yet to-the-point, progressing with a steady tempo […]

Way Back Then: “Acrobatic Tenement” by At The Drive-In

11 Apr, 2016

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[April 11, 2016] by Spencer vH In 1995, a young band just out of high school from El Paso, Texas played in a Los Angeles, California bar to nine people. They left the show with their first record deal. After forming in 1993, At The Drive-In self-released two records themselves […]

Open Your Ears 04.10.2016

10 Apr, 2016

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[April 10, 2016] Every week, the dedicated KCSB staffers present you their picks for the top new tracks off the week. Click the track to listen or watch. Here’s our picks for the second week of April: Spencer’s Pick: ‘Blades of Grass’ by Sparkle Water. The Canadian indie rockers debut with a sweet […]

Day Wave

01 Apr, 2016

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[April 1, 2016] by Justin Taing // Photos courtesy of http://daywavemusic.tumblr.com and https://www.facebook.com/pg/daywavemusic/photos/ Indie-rocker Jackson Phillips (otherwise known as the hazy Day Wave) is captivating fans while gaining praise from critics and established rock stars alike. Phillips grew up in Oakland, CA and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, […]

“Time EP” by Ella Mai

30 Mar, 2016

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[March 30, 2016] By Jake Feder What do you get when you mix the infectious DJ Mustard sound with an incredibly clean sonic aesthetic from across the pond? Ella Mai and her breakout release, “Time EP.”     The recent 10 Summers imprint signee really struts her stuff on this […]

Way Back Then: “Don’t Tell Me Now” by The Halo Benders

28 Mar, 2016

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[March 28, 2016] By Spencer VH Many side projects of famous or notable musicians are often thought as a lesser divergence of their more recognizable work. Even the concept of a ‘super group’ has often delivered fairly meager results throughout music history. While you could consider The Halo Benders to […]

Allan Kingdom

25 Mar, 2016

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By Chadwyck Moore [March 25, 2016] Born in Winnipeg, Canada but based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Allan Kingdom began recording music as a Christian rapper at a young age. These early recordings with a fellow churchgoer inspired a young Allan Kyariga to pursue music. This passion led to Kingdom’s first […]

Twistin’ and Groovin’: Leon Bridges at the Arlington

24 Mar, 2016

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[March 24, 2016] Written by Shay Mehr // Photos by Stephen Masnyj Leon Bridges filled the Arlington Theater on Friday March 18th after his first visit to SXSW this March.  And he didn’t bring one of those openers you wish you hadn’t had to sit through either.     Son […]

Way Back Then: “Repetition” by Unwound

14 Mar, 2016

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By Spencer VH [March 14, 2016] Some bands never really break out of the underground. Sometimes they don’t want to. When you tour the world five or six times over and release over eight albums worth of material in ten years, I doubt there’s much regret in the minds of […]

The GasLamp Killer Strikes at SOhO

11 Mar, 2016

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By Arlo Bender-Simon [March 11, 2016] HA! HA! HA! One way to tell that you are listening to a set mixed by The Gaslamp Killer….listen for the laugh. It interrupts the bass-heavy flow of noise and adds a dependable, ominous, texture to the beats delivered to you by the artist […]

Fee Fi Foh Festivals

09 Mar, 2016

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Written by Shay Mehr // Edited By Stephen Masnyj [March 9, 2016] Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival announced a fall version of their already hugely successful spring festival on February 21st. After expanding from one weekend to two five years ago, Coachella hosted 198,000 festivalgoers and raked in $84,264,264 […]

Renée Fleming

07 Mar, 2016

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[March 7, 2016] By Alex Siegers / Edited by Shay Mehr     Renée Fleming is often referred to as ‘the people’s diva’, and after watching her perform at Campbell Hall as part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures Series, I understand why. Fleming’s performance was the perfect marriage of […]

Way Back Then: “Hi Scores” by Boards of Canada

05 Mar, 2016

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[March 5, 2016] By Spencer VH With a career spanning over twenty-five years, Edinburgh, Scotland’s Boards of Canada just might be one of the single most influential electronic music artists of all time. That being said, they still might also be one of the most underrated.  With compositions in mainstream […]

Kirk Knight’s “Late Night Special”

03 Mar, 2016

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[March 3, 2016] Written by Jake Feder // Edited by Shay Mehr Kirk Knight, an East Coast lyricist from the Pro Era collective, added his debut album to the almighty iTunes store this past October. The project, cleverly titled “Late Knight Special,” contains 12 tracks, five of which boast guest […]

Interview with Haybaby

24 Feb, 2016

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[February 24, 2016]   By Spencer vH Spencer: Did any events or series of events lead to the formation of Haybaby? Were there other bands with similar members or anything else that influenced bringing the band together? Haybaby: I feel like our origin story is not super interesting. I used […]

Bryson Tiller

24 Feb, 2016

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[February 24, 2016] By Chadwyck Moore   There really is no one triller than Bryson Tiller. Hailing from the same city as Muhammed Ali, the father of one set his eye on being the next legend from Louisville. Being inspired by Omarion at a young age, Tiller began practicing his […]

Way Back Then: “Drunk on the Moon” by No Knife

10 Feb, 2016

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[February 10, 2016] by Spencer vH     Emerging from the fertile grounds of San Diego, CA’s early 1990’s rock ‘n roll explosion, No Knife still stand out in a large group of their remarkable peers. Dubbed by many as “The Next Seattle”, the southern California port served as home […]

KCSB FM Takes Lightning in a Bottle: A Preview

08 Feb, 2016

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[February 8, 2016] Editors: Shay Mehr, Spencer vonHershman, & Kenneth Oravetz Contributors: Alex Siegers, Anne Trinh, Esha Suri, Kyle Roe, & Adriana Aguilar Do you like live music? Do you find sanctuary in yoga and spiritual healing? Do you want to woogie down? After generating sterling word of mouth from […]