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No Doubt Searches for Its Musenew

It was over dinner sometime last November that the seeds for No Doubt’s current comeback tour were first planted.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  08-03-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jens Lekman Says Goodbye Sweden, Hello Sunshinenew

Made up of baroque pop arrangements, deeply personal first-hand tales, and obscure samples aplenty, Night Falls Over Kortedala acts as both a near-perfect glimpse into Jens Lekman's world and a far cry from the life he's currently leading.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  06-01-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Comeback Kids: 2009 in Santa Barbara Musicnew

A new year brings with it plenty of artists ripe and ready to crawl out of the woodwork and back onto the stage. So far, it seems like 2009 is no different than those years that came before it, with a boatload of old favorites preparing themselves for another round of musical takeover.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  02-02-2009  |  Music

Eric Johnson is Happy to Join the Shins, but He Won't Give Up His Musical Babynew

"There was kind of this idea that people were like, 'Well now you don't have to do that Fruit Bats thing anymore. Good for you! You're off the hook!,'" Johnson says.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  02-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Katy Perry on Kissing Girls, Dissing Boys and Making it Bignew

Between her hit single and her gossip-fueling relationship, it seems Perry has already reached full-blown pop star status. But the Santa Barbara-raised youngster asserts that her road to fame has not been easy. Prior to recording and releasing One of the Boys, Perry was just another pretty girl struggling to make it in the industry.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  06-30-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Ani DiFranco: Welcome to Babevillenew

Few would argue that DiFranco is not one of the hardest working women in music today.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  04-07-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Songstress Jesca Hoop's Unconventional Risenew

In conversation, the singer/songwriter comes across as decidedly nymph-like, speaking with an accent that sounds much like Elvish despite being raised by a strict Mormon family in Northern California. And from there, her backstory only gets weirder.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  02-04-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Them Terribles Compete in MTV2's Battle of the Bandsnew

Since signing the band up for the online battle over the summer, the band's gone from one in 4,000 to one in six now vying for the prize, which includes a professionally shot video, a televised live concert, and a good deal of free, MTV-approved PR.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Aly Comingore  |  11-19-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

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