Spin of the Day

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.

Mad Hearts

Take Cover

Ken Urbina’s covers EP breathes new life into an eclectic mix of indie, pop, and electronic favorites. Read story.

Andrew Bird

I Want to See Pulaski at Night

Bird’s new EP is based off a single song, but packs the punch of much more. Read story.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

The Speed of Things

Michigan indie-pop quartet gets groovy on its sophomore full-length. Read story.

Diane Coffee

My Friend Fish

Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming channels ’60s and ’70s pop, rock, and gospel on his debut LP as Diane Coffee. Read story.

Arcade Fire


Even post-Grammy, the world’s biggest rock band isn’t interested in resting on its laurels. Read story.

Katy Perry


The princess of pop — and Santa Barbara native — scores big with the follow-up to last year’s Teenage Dream. Read story.

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