Artbound 2012: Best of Music

Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

Serj Tankian: Where I'm From

For Artbound's "Where I'm From" series, we talk with Los Angeles musician Serj Tankian about how the city has shaped him as an artist.

L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers

(L) Photo by Michael Lawton, 1973. (R) Photo by Oliver Wang, 2012.

Oliver Wang explores the different locations and time eras that are captured in the LP art of L.A.

Hear and Now: Cut Chemist

For this session of Artbound's Hear and Now series, DJ Cut Chemist makes a mix for Los Angeles, performing five songs in five locations from downtown to the beach. All in one day.

Contested Ground: Razabilly Boogie and the Latino Rockabilly Scene

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas F.Centino.

A brief history of rockabilly in Los Angeles, a full-fledged regional phenomenon with thousands of aficionados ranging from casual observers to diehard fanatics -- and many are Latinos.

Riot Grrrl Lives! Meet the Cool Moms and Ladyfest

Cool Moms. | Photo: Courtesy of Allison Wolfe.

The feminist, self-empowerment, punk rock arts scene of riot grrrl lives on, now symbolically grafted onto the mother-heart and soul of the onetime desert region of Riverside, California.

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section header: disciplines
icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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