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.
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.
The Innerspace Music of Anenon
The Innerspace Music of Anenon
The ethereal beats of Artbound's drone art video were made by Anenon, the cerebral music project by Brian Simon.
An Aural History of Krautrock
An Aural History of Krautrock
This Friday, L.A.'s music collective Dublab and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles will present "Krautrock Classics, An Evening of Cosmic German Music." The first showcase of the minimalist electronic music of Germany will offer some original sounds alongside well-regarded musicians covering...
From Mexico City to Manchester: Alexandra Grant's Personal SASSAS Playlist
From Mexico City to Manchester: Alexandra Grant's Personal SASSAS Playlist
Artist Alexandra Grant shares her personal playlist from her SASSAS performance at the house of Pae White and Tom Marble.
Robert Francis Talks Ry Cooder and Guitar Lessons with a Red Hot Chili Pepper
Robert Francis Talks Ry Cooder and Guitar Lessons with a Red Hot Chili Pepper
Americana musician Robert Francis makes heart-clutching, uplifting anthems. Artbound has your first listen of his new album "Strangers in the First Place." Check it out!
How Exene Cervenka Came to Rule Over the Boy's Club
How Exene Cervenka Came to Rule Over the Boy's Club
Check out our new exclusive video with punk goddess Exene Cervenka, lead singer/songwriter of X, as she hosts and performs at the Moonlight Graham Hootenanny, and shares her trials with health issues.
MandoBasso Make Crazy Quilt Music
MandoBasso Make Crazy Quilt Music
First -- curiosity. The simple incongruity forms a question mark. A big ol' bass and a high-pitched mandolin, side by side? It's like throwing a growling mastiff in with a mewling kitten. But then listen to the music, and be convinced. Meet MandoBasso.
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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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