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KCSB-FM Presents: Eyedress, Satchy, and Apollo Soul

04 Nov, 2019

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KCSB-FM Presents: Eyedress, Satchy, and Apollo Soul at the KCSB Courtyard! Apollo Soul (Los Angeles) After recently completing a tour as the supporting band for Bane’s World, Apollo Soul returns again toSanta Barbara! Apollo Soul consists of members: Jack Bastian (keyboards), Matt Saunders (guitar), Cole Brossus (bass), and Ellington Peet […]


04 Nov, 2019

blog / events / music

KCSB-FM and the IV Food Co-Op are throwing an open mic night! Join us for a night of some sweet local talent. Music, stand-up, or literally any other kind of performance is welcome (seriously, it gets weird). Snacks & Drinks will be provided by the Isla Vista Food Co-op. Special […]

PLAYLIST: Nicoletta of HSA Talks 2019 Faves (So Far)

17 Oct, 2019

DJ Posts / music / playlists

Written by Nicoletta Browne of Hardly Strictly Americana, SATURDAYS 12-4pm  It’s time for our last new programming schedule of 2019. How’s the Americana (and Hardly Strictly Americana) of 2019 been so far? It’s been pretty great, and here’s some songs to get started with if you’ve been a bit behind […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Lumpy Records

10 Oct, 2019

music / music reviews

Written by Matt McPherson, External Music Director Music Director policy has us on an active hunt for music, from the mere curios to the glaring omission. Sonically, there’s much the station can benefit from. Case in point: recently, a programmer tipped me off to a little label called Lumpy Records. […]


05 Aug, 2019

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  KCSB 91.9 FM is your campus and community radio station and we want to meet you at our next recruitment meeting for new programmers, news and sports reporters, and behind-the-scenes volunteers! Our Summer Orientation for Session B will be held on Tuesday, August 6thh at 6pm at the MCC […]

Littlest Sister, Held, Dolores Coy

01 Aug, 2019

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On August 8th Biko Garage presents: Littlest Sister, Held, and Dolores Coy. The event will take place at 8pm and will be $5 (notaflof). Littlest Sister (Los Angeles) Held (Thousand Oaks) Dolores Coy (Santa Barbara)

Biko Garage Benefit Show

31 Jul, 2019

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On August 11th, @theywept is holding a benefit for Biko Garage in Los Angeles! The event starts at 9pm and includes performances by Zah, Kohinoorgasm, Münki, and Hoddy, the Young Jedi. DJ sets will be by: Grotessk, Jellybebe & KCSB’s very own DJ, Zero*. The event is $10, although nobody […]

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

interviews / music

[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

interviews / music

[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


[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


[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


[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


[April 1, 2016] by Justin Taing // Photos courtesy of and 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


[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


[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


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


[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 […]