Music
The music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform. Songs can feel like California. But what is the sound of California? Is it the oceanside music of beach-blanket pop? Is it Laurel Canyon folk or San Diego hardcore punk? California music is all this and more; it is a conversation between cultures, taking place on the dancefloor. As effervescent Norteno rhythms spill over the border and West Coast hip hop takes cues from SoCal jazz and soul, California’s cultural confluence creates music distinct to this place. Here, on the coast where societal norms are written and rewritten, music is a writhing leviathan, a sprawling, multi-faced beast, where the only unifying factor is innovation. Fela Kuti learned funk while living in Los Angeles, Gram Parsons explored cosmic rock in the Palm desert, and Black Flag tore up Orange County stages. California is where musical revolution begins.
The Light and Darkness of The White Buffalo
The Light and Darkness of The White Buffalo
Jake Smith makes music under the name The White Buffalo. The San Fernando Valley-based singer-songwriter's soulful tales star protagonists that seek redemption, solace, and salvation.
Every Ten Feet was a Soldier: Jazz and the Watts Rebellion
Every Ten Feet was a Soldier: Jazz and the Watts Rebellion
Watts has produced generations of jazz talent. For many musicians who witnessed the 1965 riots, their decayed and burning neighborhood revealed to the rest of the world on live TV screens bore no resemblance to the cultural and racial Eden their parents and grandparents had built.
Dwight Yoakam on His Early Cowpunk Years in Los Angeles
Dwight Yoakam on His Early Cowpunk Years in Los Angeles
Country titan Dwight Yoakam chats with Artbound about California country music history and his cowpunk roots.
From Mr. Oizo to 'Reality': The Music and Films of Quentin Dupieux
From Mr. Oizo to 'Reality': The Music and Films of Quentin Dupieux
Quentin Dupieux appears to move back and forth between two worlds seamlessly. As a filmmaker, his projects embrace the absurd. As electronic music producer Mr. Oizo, he has consistently pushed the limits of dance floor beats.
How Ornette Coleman Created the L.A. Underground
How Ornette Coleman Created the L.A. Underground
Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz musician Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman, Jr. has died at age 85. Artbound reflects on Coleman's time in Los Angeles.
Herbie Hancock On Flying Lotus, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Miles Davis Biopic
Herbie Hancock On Flying Lotus, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Miles Davis Biopic
Artbound chats with renowned pianist Herbie Hancock about sharing the stage with Miles Davis, working with Flying Lotus, playing the keytar and more.
The Music Stops for the Original Disneyland Band
The Music Stops for the Original Disneyland Band
The Disneyland Band has been playing since opening day of the amusement park on July 17, 1955. Recently, Disneyland announced the last performance of the original assemble will be on July 16, a day before the 60th anniversary of the park.
Steven Schick: Percussionist Brings the Avant Garde to Ojai Music Festival
Steven Schick: Percussionist Brings the Avant Garde to Ojai Music Festival
Steven Schick is the first percussionist to serve as music director of the Ojai Music Festival in its 69-year history.
The Epicness of Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down
The Epicness of Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down
More than three dozen of the most influential jazz, R&B and soul musicians took over the stage of the sold out Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The show was a pivotal moment in SoCal jazz.
Stravinsky in Los Angeles: Flight of The Firebird
Stravinsky in Los Angeles: Flight of The Firebird
The composition that launched Igor Stravinsky to stardom also allowed him to earn American citizenship and make a home in Los Angeles for 30 years.
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