Pop & Rock
DIY Noise Pop at Its Finest
What happens when you mix two of the music scene’s brightest young bands? In this case, a throwback to all that was good about ‘90s alt-rock. Read story.
Funk Zone Staples Up the Cover Band Game
From Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd, this young trio is making us rethink the term “cover band.” Read story.
Psych Rock Delivered Low and Slow
Dark, brooding, and eerily appealing, Vamp is making a vie for Tom Waits’ next-of-kin. Read story.
’80s Synth Pop Meets “Sweater Vest Disco”
We fell hard for these synth-toting newcomers and their fluid mix of smooth disco and catchy dance beats. Read story.
S.B.’s Reigning Dreamy Folk Songstress
There’s an ineffable quality to Lucy Langlas’ folky finger-plucked guitars and sweetly timid deliveries. Read story.
SA Martinez and Ryan Siegel Have Soul
SA Martinez’s latest outing is breathing new life into some Cali soul’s deepest cuts. Read story.
Post-Punk Meets Art-Pop
Fuzzy power chords, sunny melodies, and lo-fi production tactics get mixed and mangled by these Santa Barbara shoegazers. Read story.
Meet 14 of Santa Barbara’s Hottest New Acts
Get to know 14 of Santa Barbara's brightest new musical acts. Read story.
Carpinteria Jam Rockers Prepare to Hit the Road
From Jerry Garcia to Gregg Allman, this Carp quintet is worshiping at the altar of the blues rock heroes. Read story.
Bringing Positivity Back to the Rap Game
Positive vibes are the name of the game for this young emcee, whose conscious raps are as feel-good as they are groove-worthy. Read story.
Tones and Textures
Sunny, warm, nostalgic, and catchy are just a few of the words we’re using to describe these Isla Vista surf rockers. Read story.
Thoroughly Emotive Beats
Emotive, naturalistic, and evocative, swordthrume's productions are fully capable of standing alone. Read story.
Isla Vista Exports Unveil New EP
The Isla Vista synth rockers unveil a new four-song EP. Read story.
The former My Chemical Romance frontman comes out swinging with this solo debut. Read story.
Rock Guitars, Side-Splitting Nonsense on Wednesday, October 1
We laughed, we cried, and we watched Ryan Adams make up a new song that’s kind of about voting. Read story.