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.
MURS Brings LACMA into the Hip Hop Age
MURS Brings LACMA into the Hip Hop Age
LACMA chose L.A. rapper MURS to curate the first ever hip hop series at the museum. Now he heads up the Through the Mic series at the museum that he used to visit while ditching high school.
Postcards from Tijuana: The Digital Goth Rock of El Muerto
Postcards from Tijuana: The Digital Goth Rock of El Muerto
Baltazar Hernández, better known as El Muerto--or Death--has been a fixture in Tijuana's Parque Teniente Guererro for the better half of last year, where his brand of digital deathrock over default keyboard beats has entertained the crowds.
The Essential L.A. Riots Mixtape
The Essential L.A. Riots Mixtape
It was music - and hip-hop in particular - that served as seer and storyteller in the months before and after the L.A. Riots. Oliver Wang addresses a series of moments, captured in music, from before and after the Riots, offering a cultural lens to understanding an event that, 20 years later, continues to leave its imprint on Los Angeles.
Salt Songs to Break Your Heart
Salt Songs to Break Your Heart
On a bright day in Twentynine Palms, Chemehuevi Indian Salt Song singer Matthew Leivas invoked the memory of native people who came before.
Javelin and the Fine Art of Sonic Collage
Javelin and the Fine Art of Sonic Collage
Javelin is the crate-digging electro duo of Thomas Van Buskirk and his cousin/collaborator, George Langford. Live, they are known for frenetic shows that sometimes use 20 boomboxes to get the party started.
Stupid Tuesday at the Saloony Bin
Stupid Tuesday at the Saloony Bin
Regulars at the Joshua Tree Saloon in San Bernardino County include the odd combination of old bikers, faded rock stars, Silverlake hipsters, Marines, and, of course, cowboys.
Desert Folk: The Life and Songs of Joel Rafael
Desert Folk: The Life and Songs of Joel Rafael
Woody Guthrie, father of American folk music, is dead. Joel Rafael, 62, a folkie from Valley Center in north San Diego County, labors to keep his music alive.
Live from the Piano Kitchen
Live from the Piano Kitchen
By day, one can hear the sounds of pianos being fixed and practiced in Jim Connolly's piano repair shop and studio space in Santa Barbara. But at night, the space erupts with live entertainment.
Meet The New Aquarians
Meet The New Aquarians
The Source Family, a 1970s mystical tribe from L.A., lived by 'Aquarian' principles of love, whole foods, Eastern and Western spiritual teachings, and rock 'n' roll.
Beat Music Maestro Ernest Gonzales is Mexicans With Guns
Beat Music Maestro Ernest Gonzales is Mexicans With Guns
Ernest Gonzales has a hypenated state of mind. By day he's a middle school teacher, at night he's the electro maestro of Mexicans With Guns.
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California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

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

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At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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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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