Spin of the Day

Nic Hessler

Soft Connections

Five years since its inception, the Oxnard songwriter’s debut was totally worth the wait. Read story.

Tom Brosseau

Perfect Abandon

If you’re looking to inject some authenticity into your record collection, go pick up a copy of Perfect Abandon. Read story.


Miximus Maximus

The Santa Barbara band is handing out free CDs at all of their March shows. Read story.

Imagine Dragons

Smoke + Mirrors

Smoke + Mirrors finds the band clumsily fumbling for its own unique sound. Read story.

The American Spirit

Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest, & The Birth of Bishop Killborne

The Austin- and Santa Barbara–based band shines on its first full-length album Read story.

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

Indie rock’s favorite cynic falls in love and gets serious … sorta. Read story.

Cassandra Wilson

Coming Forth by Day

UCSB Arts & Lectures Brings Come Forth by Day to Campbell Hall on February 22. Read story.

Robyn Hitchcock

The Man Upstairs

The Man Upstairs is a half-original, half-cover album by the grand surrealist and former Soft Boys leader. Read story.

Vashti Bunyan


The godmother of freak folk unleashes a sparkling, tranquil swan song. Read story.

Fall Out Boy

American Beauty/American Psycho

The band’s latest LP seeks to evolve rock as a method of preserving it. Read story.


No Cities to Love

The Pacific Northwest’s most righteous riot grrrls return to the fold for their first album in almost a decade. Read story.

Panda Bear

Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Noah Lennox’s latest album is a dreamy kaleidoscope of electronic experimentation. Read story.

Blonde Redhead


The ninth studio album from this N.Y.C. trio is a grower for those with a taste for experimental and sparse arrangements. Read story.

D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Black Messiah

Black Messiah is an impressive return to form and a triumphant musical rebirth all at once. Read story.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rock & Roll Time

A fine follow-up to 2006’s Last Man Standing and 2010’s Mean Old Man, Rock & Roll Time is all Killer, no filler. Read story.

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