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Exploring Asian American Artists with EASTBOUND

20 May, 2022

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Words by Justin Huang   boylife boylife is the solo project of Ryan Yoo of mmmonika, a Los Angeles-based indie band. The boylife sound was first introduced with the song peas, a song more reminiscent of a slow R&B song with upscaled production and poetic lyricism. While the song itself […]

KCSB X Ventura Music Hall: Summer Concerts

14 May, 2022

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The Ventura Music Hall and KCSB-FM are partnering on an exciting slate of shows to kick off this summer season! From psychedelic rock to alternative R&B, there’s something for everyone! 🏝️ With an intimate setting, fresh craft food, and drinks served in-house, the Ventura Music Hall brings an unrivaled venue […]

ZelooperZ x KCSB Interview

03 May, 2022

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KCSB’s Music Director Yousef Srour sat down with ZelooperZ on April 10th, 2022 in support of his performance at the Hub. Srour inquired on Z’s Detroit roots, his latest release Get WeT.Radio, recent collaborations, and Z’s signature vocal style. Video by Dorien Medina Interview by Yousef Srour


29 Apr, 2022

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To celebrate KCSBfm’s 60th anniversary, the music department, with the help of DJ Darla Bea, created a playlist showcasing our favorite tunes from each decade since KCSB’s inception.    1960s – MARION I’ll preface this by saying that KCSB did play classical music for the first few years of our […]

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 […]

6 Hip Hop Songs to Soundtrack Your 420 High

20 Apr, 2022

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Happy 420 to all the KCSBong rippers and KCSBlunt smokers out there supporting community powered radio. Hip Hop has a long history of producing music about marijuana and, over the years, some truly fire joints about firing joints have made their way into the world. During last Thursday’s episode of […]

KCSB Presents: ZelooperZ

05 Apr, 2022

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KCSB INVITES YOU TO ATTEND OUR FREE SPRING CONCERT!!!!!   KCSB invites all hip-hop heads to our free Spring Insight concert featuring Detroit emcee ZelooperZ.  The show will be at The Hub at University Center on Sunday, April 10th at 7 PM. This event is open to all, with green […]

Femmes in Clubs Playlist✩

31 Mar, 2022

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What better way to end Women’s History Month than on the dance floor? I curated this Femmes In Clubs playlist with inclusivity and bass in mind, so throw these songs on the CDJ and embrace this eclectic mix of hard techno, jersey club, drum ‘n’ bass, deep house, and electro! […]


17 Mar, 2022

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Enjoy this playlist featuring songs that KCSB’s music department has been listening to this March!   MARION’S RECS  “Waters Of March” – Marisa Monte, David Byrne – This track perfectly utilizes musical tension to emulate that funny little game the seasons play with us each year around this time- is […]

Spotlight Programming: Woman’s History Month

08 Mar, 2022

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Happy International Women’s Month from your friends at KCSB-FM!! To celebrate, we’ve created a specialty curated spotlight of female-fronted content for the entirety of Women’s History Month. Join us every Friday from 5-6pm during the month of March to celebrate the impactful voices of women in media on 91.9 FM […]

☆1962 IN MUSIC☆

10 Feb, 2022


KCSBfm was founded in 1962, which means that this year is the station’s 60th anniversary! To celebrate this very special milestone, the music department has come together to look back at what music was playing on the airwaves in 1962! Enjoy this playlist where Marion and Derian dive into what […]

February’s Add of the Month: Chief Keef’s 4NEM

07 Feb, 2022

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Drill music has proven to be one of the most controversial subgenres of hip-hop to emerge in the 2010s. Largely developed by artists such as Fredo Santana, Waka Flocka Flame, and Lil Reese, there’s an astute level of nihilism that goes into each aspect of every song, from the scratchy […]

Erika de Casier x KCSB Interview

30 Dec, 2021


Erika de Casier has certainly been an artist to keep an eye on. Her two albums, ‘Essentials’ and ‘Sensational,’ showcase her distinct blend of R&B and electronic music, intimate songwriting, and clean production style. Read on for a conversation between Erika and KCSB’s 2020-2021 DMC, Emma Greenberg, as they discuss […]

By the Time I Get to Phoenix: Injury Reserve at the 1720

23 Dec, 2021

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Written by Yousef Srour // Photos by Yousef Srour  The metal doors of the 1720 clanked down as the lights dimmed. A human eye revealed itself onstage atop a wire monitor.  A bulb of light behind their set’s backdrop emanated red, seeping the colors of Injury Reserve’s most recent album […]

Add of the Month

22 Dec, 2021

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Make Drunk Cool Again – RXK Nephew This review is not for the faint of heart. I foreword my review with this statement because RXK Nephew makes music that is egregiously alternative – it’s music that sounds so anti-music that it wavers into its own subgenre. At the young age […]

Top 25 Albums of 2021

22 Dec, 2021

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Yousef and Marion, KCSB’s music directors, have compiled their picks for the 25 best albums of 2021.   Yousef: For me, this year has been as hard as can be. Dealing with my mental health and constant turmoil within my relationships, I’ve had to take steps back from the world […]

November’s Add of the Month: JPEGMAFIA’s LP!

16 Nov, 2021

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KCSB’s music department is sitting down each month to write to you about one album added to our music library that left a strong enough impression on them to be crowned Add of the Month. For November 2021, KCSB’s Internal Music Director Yousef Srour goes in depth on JPEGMAFIA’s “LP!” […]

Update (11/10/21): Important KCSB-FM 91.9 Signal Reception Survey

05 Nov, 2021

life / music

To All Ventura County Friends of KCSB-FM: KCSB, the college & community radio station based at UC Santa Barbara, is reaching out today to ask if you are experiencing any trouble, of late, receiving KCSB’s signal at 91.9 FM in the Ventura / Oxnard / Camarillo area? If so, we would like to […]