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.
Irish Music in America: Shamrockabilly in the Inland Empire
Irish Music in America: Shamrockabilly in the Inland Empire
Craic Haus is an Irish/Hillbilly band from the Inland Empire led by songwriter, singer, drummer and guitarist Danny Oberbeck. Together they have developed Craic Haus' signature sound: Shamrockabilly.
Hear and Now: Quetzal
Hear and Now: Quetzal
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. In this installment, the multicultural Angeleno band Quetzal performs in a downtown bus station where migrant workers and international travelers first experience the sprawling city.
Postcards from Tijuana: Birth of Ruidosón, Mariá y José's Chillwave Cumbia
Postcards from Tijuana: Birth of Ruidosón, Mariá y José's Chillwave Cumbia
Amidst bodies dissolving in acid, beheadings, and mid-day shootouts, Tony Gallardo's orchestrations that meld tropical inflections, pop hooks and treble-heavy techno, rumble above the violence in Tijuana.
Festival Mozaic Brings Class Acts To the Central Coast
Festival Mozaic Brings Class Acts To the Central Coast
This month, classical music artists and aficionados will flock to California's Central Coast for Festival Mozaic.
MURS, Dumbfoundead, & Medusa Discuss Freestyling Mecca Project Blowed and Why Hip Hop Lacks Female MC's
MURS, Dumbfoundead, & Medusa Discuss Freestyling Mecca Project Blowed and Why Hip Hop Lacks Female MC's
Three generations of L.A. hip hop stars discuss the state of rap today.
Jeans Wilder's Hazy Beach Bummery + 'Totally' Album Preview
Jeans Wilder's Hazy Beach Bummery + 'Totally' Album Preview
Jeans Wilder makes hazy, swaying rock, soaked in shadows and sunshine. Listen to his warped "Wall of Sound" style on his new album "Totally," streaming in its entirety on Artbound.
Summer Twins: Riverside's Dreampop Girls
Summer Twins: Riverside's Dreampop Girls
Meet Chelsea and Justine Brown aka the Summer Twins who are creating harmonizing, dreamy tunes out of Riverside.
Fishbone Bassist Norwood on Being South L.A.'s Only Funk-Punk-Ska Band
Fishbone Bassist Norwood on Being South L.A.'s Only Funk-Punk-Ska Band
Fishbone was the South L.A.'s, and quite possibly the world's, only ska-punk-metal-funk freakazoids. Bassist John "Norwood" Fisher tells the story behind the spazzy band.
Iraqi Jewish Angeleno Folk Songs
Iraqi Jewish Angeleno Folk Songs
Regine Basha examines the role of dissonance in Iraqi Jewish folk songs and its validation of her otherness in a culture where she is often misunderstood.
Beyond 'Whole Foods Parking Lot,' DJ Dave Makes Viral Video Gold
Beyond 'Whole Foods Parking Lot,' DJ Dave Makes Viral Video Gold
The Berkeley-born David Wittman aka DJ Dave is a musical virtuoso skilled in composing, drumming, DJing, rhyming and producing. Following the success of the YouTube hit "Whole Foods Parking Lot," he's looking to expand his craft.
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