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.
Dublab's Alejandro Cohen on the Art of the Mix
Dublab's Alejandro Cohen on the Art of the Mix
Alejandro "Ale" Cohen, the current director of Los Angeles's premiere online radio station Dublab, talks with Artbound about growing up in Argentina and finding music.
A Decade of Music: Awesome Tapes from Africa
A Decade of Music: Awesome Tapes from Africa
Awesome Tapes from Africa has been introducing Western audiences to diverse African sounds since 2006.
Deafheaven: The Dark Side of Sunshine
Deafheaven: The Dark Side of Sunshine
Deafheaven's masterful musical eclecticism has given them crossover appeal and made them one of the most highly praised bands of the last decade. The metal band's recent release, "New Bermuda," is a cycle of sonic poems rooted in lead singer George Clarke's move from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Delroy Edwards: Breathing New Life Into House Music
Delroy Edwards: Breathing New Life Into House Music
For Delroy Edwards, Los Angeles-based musician and producer, dance music isn't just a way to get down, it's a way to connect with the past, present, and future.
Wayne Shorter: Jazz For the Sake of Future-Sound
Wayne Shorter: Jazz For the Sake of Future-Sound
Legendary, 82-year-old jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter chats with Artbound about L.A. living, Bill Clinton, and his involvement with the Thelonious Monk Institute.
Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' Arrives at San Diego International
Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' Arrives at San Diego International
Brian Eno's genre-defying, 1978 album "Ambient 1: Music for Airports" is intended to be heard as a calming respite to the bustling environment of a busy airport. Bang on a Can All-Stars recently performed the album live at the San Diego International Airport.
Walter Arlen: Exiled Composer's Personal Works Are Rediscovered
Walter Arlen: Exiled Composer's Personal Works Are Rediscovered
Born Walter Aptowitzer, composer Walter Arlen left Nazi-occupied Austria in 1939 for the United States at age 18. In Los Angeles, Arlen would become a prominent music critic but stash away his original works for many years. In recent times, an effort has been made to make his songs public.
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.
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A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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