Arts Life - Pick it Up

Vampire Weekend

Think you hate Vampire Weekend? Think again. Album number three is proving to be an infectious game changer for indie’s reigning prepsters. Read story.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Daft Punk

Our favorite robots return to the fold with their long-awaited — and disco-steeped — fourth studio album. Read story.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Father John Misty

As the drummer for Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman was a force to be reckoned with, capable of propelling a song even while sustaining all those reverberating low vocals. Read story.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dante Elephante’s German Aquatics

Good records don’t just evoke a time and a place; they embody it. On German Aquatics, Santa Barbara pop rockers Dante Elephante beautifully capture that youthful beach-bound feel with a collection of up-tempo surf rock that’s prime for summertime road-tripping. Read story.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch is one of those force-to-be-reckoned-with–type singers. Read story.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Last year, Wetlands seemed to be everywhere. Read story.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tommy & the High Pilots

There’s no denying the palatability of Santa Barbara’s Tommy & the High Pilots. Read story.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Girl Talk

If you’ve been anywhere near a dance floor in the past two years, chances are you’ve heard Girl Talk. Read story.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dave Gleason's Turn and Fade

Ventura may never be the next Nashville, but don’t tell that to Dave Gleason. Read story.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Howling Rain

Howlin' Rain's Magnificent Fiend belongs in the late '60s and early '70s, no doubt about it. Read story.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tilly and the Wall

This album identifies the band as your model indie rock outfit. Read story.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cansei de Ser Sexy

The highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's self-titled debut, Cansei de ser Sexy's Donkey is an impressive and fun-loving glimpse into the music world according to Brazil. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sunshine Brothers

The Sunshine Brothers are a Santa Barbara-based collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Owen Plant, percussionist/guitarist Christopher Tyng, and bassist Bear Erickson, backed by a full rhythm section and horns. Read story.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Paul Weller

22 Dreams finds Paul Weller at the zenith of his creativity, re-examining the changing man's ever changing moods. Read story.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jim Bianco

Jim Bianco's newest album, Sing, is orange both on the cover and in its tracks. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2008
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