Spin of the Day

CD Review: Mbongwana Star, From Knishasa

Congolese Seven-Piece Encapsulates a Spirit of Fusion and Reinvention

The Congolese seven-piece encapsulates a spirit of fusion and reinvention on its debut album Read story.

Music: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

The Hip-Hop Artist’s New Album Turns Anger into Beauty

The hip-hop artist’s new album turns anger into beauty. Read story.

Review: Whoolilicious

John Whoolilurie’s Puts Out New Album Live at 1010

Santa Barbaran John Whoolilurie creates a breezy and lovingly crafted album in the name of Funk. Read story.

Colleen Green

I Want to Grow Up

L.A.’s newest sweetheart plays FUNZONE on April 24. Read story.

Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Australia’s latest export has mastered the art of making the ordinary feel extraordinary. Read story.

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.

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