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.
Serj Tankian: Where I'm From
Serj Tankian: Where I'm From
For Artbound's new "Where I'm From" series, we talk with Los Angeles musician Serj Tankian.
Hear and Now: Cut Chemist
Hear and Now: Cut Chemist
Artbound's music series Hear and Now, where we explore songs with a sense of place. The idea is simple: put Southern California musicians in the locations that inspired a song, and document a performance of the song in that place. For this session, DJ Cut Chemist makes a mix for Los Angeles, performing five songs in five locations from downtown to the beach. All in one day.
Peter Sprague: An Extraordinaire From the Land of Extraordinary Guitarists
Peter Sprague: An Extraordinaire From the Land of Extraordinary Guitarists
In Southern California, Sprague is a guitarist extraordinaire. He's played on some 200 albums and produced over 100 in his home studio, called SpragueLand, in Encinitas.
In the Pocket with James Gadson: An Essential Mixtape
In the Pocket with James Gadson: An Essential Mixtape
If you've listened to pop music over the last 40 years, you've heard James Gadson. The musician is one of the most successful and prolific session players in history.
Riot Grrrl Lives! Meet the Cool Moms and Ladyfest
Riot Grrrl Lives! Meet the Cool Moms and Ladyfest
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.
Womyn Power: Catherine Opie's Personal SASSAS Playlist
Womyn Power: Catherine Opie's Personal SASSAS Playlist
Artbound and photographer Catherine Opie discuss how photography and music interface with nostalgia and rundown the list of songs on her mixtape for the SASSAS listening party.
Inga Swearingen Explores Swedish Jazz Roots on the Central Coast
Inga Swearingen Explores Swedish Jazz Roots on the Central Coast
Pedro Arroyo and Catherine J. Trujillo interview Swedish-American jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen in two of her most treasured environments.
Contested Ground: Razabilly Boogie and the Latino Rockabilly Scene
Contested Ground: Razabilly Boogie and the Latino Rockabilly Scene
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.
From Lincoln Heights to Los Feliz: Woody Guthrie's Time in Los Angeles
From Lincoln Heights to Los Feliz: Woody Guthrie's Time in Los Angeles
Singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie, who would have been 100 years old last Saturday, found his writing voice in Los Angeles, specifically in Skid Row.
Music Academy of the West: Santa Barbara's Ultimate Band Camp
Music Academy of the West: Santa Barbara's Ultimate Band Camp
Travel to Santa Barbara to experience the world-renowned Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer, offering approximately 150 master classes open to the public and putting talented musicians through their paces.
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California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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

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Music

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

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


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