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On March 18 and 19, the oaken lakeside grounds in Santa Ynez will be alight with the glow of stars, both celestial and of the indie-rock variety. For the first time, the Starry Nites Festival is set to rock the Live Oak Campground with a colorful pastiche of indie-rock, classic-rock, and psychedelic-rock acts such as Alan Parsons, The Kills, Cat Power, The Dandy Warhols, She Wants Revenge, and many more. The festival, started by Tommy Dietrick and Kerry Brown of Joshua Tree’s Desert Stars Festival, kicks off a festival season that also includes the culmination of Lucidity Festival before its transformation into something as yet unknown (see future issues for deeper coverage on Lucidity). For now, we spoke with Starry Nites’ founders about what makes this festival unique, plus interviews with Alan Parsons, She Wants Revenge, and Kolars.

Trial by Fire

The word “overqualified” never enters the conversation around here, mainly because Indy staffers have to be jacks-of-all-trades to ensure all the readership platforms get fed words and pictures. But we struck gold with Athena Tan. Our new copy editor comes from five years with the journal Camera Obscura, which covers film and media — she holds a PhD in the same — and has self-published since she was a kid. Her first endeavor was a newsletter for her classmates and then a zine about the teenage world in Manila. Her first week here threw her into our Whittier Fire coverage. Athena’s love of music, poetry, and thrift-store finds, combined with a strong feeling for social justice, puts all our copy in the best of hands.

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Tennis Phenom Kayla Day Goes Pro

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Santa Barbara’s Year in Pictures 2016

Our Annual Photographic Trip Down Recent Memory Lane

Our annual photographic trip down recent memory lane. Read story.

Magic Mushrooms for Early Christians?

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Northern Lights Revealed

Santa Barbara Photographer Hunts for the Aurora Borealis

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Majority Want to Hear Various Options

Majority want to hear various options. Read story.

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