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Blue Suns rising slowly but steadily over Santa Barbara

Blue Suns rising slowly but steadily over Santa Barbara

October 24, 2011


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Megan Leckie | Staff | October 24, 2011 Often times, when confronted with a group of teenagers who pick up instruments and start a band, one desires to sit them down and explain that owning an instrument does not necessarily make one a musician. This, to my delight, could not be farther from the truth in the case DP band Blue Suns. Blue Suns consis...

Semi-Finals of the SB Independent/New Noise Battle of the Bands

Semi-Finals of the SB Independent/New Noise Battle of the Bands

October 13, 2011


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Madison Griggs | Entertainment Editor | October 13, 2011 Santa Barbara music-lovers of all ages packed into Velvet Jones on State St. Tuesday night to listen to local bands flaunt their stuff on stage. The competition raised money for a drug and alcohol free club called the Living Room. Four groups took ...

Top 5: Places in Isla Vista that are better than Freebirds

Top 5: Places in Isla Vista that are better than Freebirds

October 12, 2011


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Ben Sutton | Editor in Chief | October 12, 2011  Don't get me wrong, I like Freebirds. Sometimes there's nothing better than a burrito with the works, and the fact that it's located in the heart of Collegetown, USA and is open 24 hours a day doesn't hurt either. Despite that, this mexican food ...

Santa Barbara Battle of the Bands

Santa Barbara Battle of the Bands

October 9, 2011


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  Kaeleigh Morrison | Staff | October 10, 2011 A collection of eight undiscovered, local bands have been selected by the community to play in this year's second annual Santa Barbara Downtown Sound competition. This week, The Independent and Santa-Barbara-based New Noise Music Foundation w...

Movie review: Moneyball

Movie review: Moneyball

October 6, 2011


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Jason Paras | Staff | October 6, 2011 "Moneyball": the classic and very predictable baseball story of an underrated coach and his team rising to the occasion, is interestingly portrayed from the perspective that there are more aspects to America’s national pastime than what happens on the field. Directed by Bannett Miller, the movie present...

Movie Review: The Lion King 3D

Movie Review: The Lion King 3D

October 3, 2011


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Frances Lauten and Vanessa Massel | Staff and Editor| October 3, 2011     By Frances Lauten When I was a child, like many of my peers, I saw "The Lion King" for the very first time. I watched it on my babysitter's television; you know, the ones that weighed three tons and had static running up and down the screen. I thought it was wonderful, and even stole...

Movie review: Drive

Movie review: Drive

September 26, 2011


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Harry Menear | Entertainment Editor | September 27, 2011 A modern cinema audience is used to fast paced, in your face action. People expect the fists to fly and villains to die in droves. And heaven forbid that for a moment or two the pace should slow so the audience can know a little about what makes the characters tick. Drive, directed by Nic...

Three band lineup at SoHo is truly Formidable

Three band lineup at SoHo is truly Formidable

September 19, 2011


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Kaeleigh Morrison | Staff | September 19, 2011 Fleet Foxes weren't the only indie band drawing a large audience in Santa Barbara on the night of Tuesday 13, 2011. Just blocks away, The Joy Formidable and a few special guests (three very different bands) took the stage to form a spontaneous and electric...

Restaurant review: The Sojourner

Restaurant review: The Sojourner

September 16, 2011


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Megan Leckie | Staff | September 16, 2011 It’s no secret that Santa Barbara is the optimal environment for ‘alternative’ restaurants, and The Sojourner Cafe & Restaurant is no exception. Situated in the heart of downtown at 134 E. Canon Perdido, The Sojourner has been serving the community as a loca...

Fleet Foxes blow away SB bowl

Fleet Foxes blow away SB bowl

September 14, 2011


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Harry Menear | Entertainment Editor | September 14, 2011 Seattle-based indie/folk quintet Fleet Foxes delighted the crowd at the Santa Barbara Bowl on the evening of Tuesday 13th of September. The band performed for two hours and covered nearly all of their repertoire, including songs, not only from their self-titled debut album, such as "Blue Ridged M...

Restaurant review: Mac’s Fish n’ Chips.

Restaurant review: Mac’s Fish n’ Chips.

September 13, 2011


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Jamie Chilton | Staff | September 13, 2011 Generally, people expect a fish 'n chip shop to be greasy, smelly, and cheap. But at Mac's, it's a different story. The smell of the fresh fish, sausages, and frying chips wafts nicely through the air without the overpowering scent of oil and grease. The restaurant itself is clean and si...

Movie review: ‘Apollo 18’

Movie review: ‘Apollo 18’

September 9, 2011


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By Brennon Goss | Staff Writer| Sept. 9, 2011 Apollo 17, launched December 7, 1972, was man's final mission to the moon. In the Weinstein Company’s movie "Apollo 18." during December, 1974 NASA dispatches Apollo 18 to the moon on a top secret mission. Upon landing on the moon, astronauts Ben Anderson (Warren Christie),...

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