Spin of the Day

The Fire Department

Underwater EP

Isla Vista’s funkiest exports release four new tracks and a debut music video. Read story.


Morning Phase

L.A.’s ever-evolving musical heir returns with a Sea Change redux. Read story.

Future Islands


Our favorite Baltimore residents deliver their strongest album to date. Read story.

Toad the Wet Sprocket

New Constellation

Nearly two decades after disbanding, Toad’s four original members have reunited to create a stunning album. Read story.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

Following a mighty collaboration with David Byrne, Annie Clark returns dead set on grooving. Read story.

Tom Brosseau

Grass Punks

Musician and storyteller returns to town on March 8 for an intimate show in Lompoc. Read story.

Childish Gambino

Because the Internet

The writer/actor/rapper heads to UCSB for a show at the Thunderdome Read story.

Mr. Carmack

Birth Control/Hopscotch

Trap music’s up-and-comer plays Velvet Jones on Thursday, February 13. Read story.

Tall Tales & the Silver Lining


The L.A. folksters dish up another breezy collection of California sunshine. Read story.

Gardens & Villa


Santa Barbara’s resident synth rockers hook up with Tim Goldsworthy for their sophomore album. Read story.

Damien Jurado

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun

The prolific Seattle singer/songwriter returns with a strong sequel to 2011’s Maraqopa. Read story.

Jay October


Santa Barbara’s rising emcee dishes up a 19-track mixtape filled with chilled-out vibes and smooth flows. Read story.

Watercolor Paintings

When You Move

Santa Barbara’s beloved lo-fi popsters are all grown up and sounding better than ever. Read story.



Queen B makes a surprise, last-minute vie for album-of-the-year glory. Read story.

The Spires

Eternal Yeah

Jason Bays’ long-running Ventura outfit delivers a warm and jangly gem of pop record. Read story.

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