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.
Songs About Place: Pasadena's Hyperlocal Music Series
Songs About Place: Pasadena's Hyperlocal Music Series
The fourth iteration of the program "Songs About Place" features performances of songs about the San Gabriel Valley.
Jazzman John Ellis On Writing in L.A.
Jazzman John Ellis On Writing in L.A.
Saxophonist and composer John Ellis has spent his residency at 18th Street Arts Center by composing 30 new pieces of work.
Superstar Violins Converge for the Stradivarius Fest
Superstar Violins Converge for the Stradivarius Fest
Violins made by eminent 17th and 18th century Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari will be featured in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Strad Fest L.A..
Metralleta de Oro: Bringing the Bling to Cumbia
Metralleta de Oro: Bringing the Bling to Cumbia
The trio of young Mexican American DJs Metralleta de Oro specialize in Sonidero, an extremely rhythmic sub-genre of the Mexican, Central and South American cumbia genre notable for its thumping repetitive bass lines.
The Southern Soul Spinners: Revolving Around the Eastside Sound
The Southern Soul Spinners: Revolving Around the Eastside Sound
The Southern Soul Spinners play R&B styles that go by different names in L.A.: oldies, slow-jams, and -- at least among Chicanos -- "firme rolas."
Chelsea Wolfe and the Art of Darkness
Chelsea Wolfe and the Art of Darkness
Chelsea Wolfe brought her atmospheric brand of rock to the KCET studios for a special session exclusively for Artbound and a dedicated group of Wolfe's followers.
The Internet and the R&B Upgrade
The Internet and the R&B Upgrade
The R&B duo known as The Internet -- aka Sydney "Syd tha Kyd" Bennett and Matt "Martians" Martin -- performs "Dontcha" in the KCET Studios.
Run River North: Songs That Search for Home
Run River North: Songs That Search for Home
San Fernando Valley-based indie rock band Run River North performs their single "Growing Up" at the KCET Studios.
Exploring Arab Music on the Central Coast
Exploring Arab Music on the Central Coast
Two Central Coast performance groups -- Cal Poly's Arab Music Ensemble and UC Santa Barbara's Middle East Ensemble -- serve as cultural ambassadors to the community.
Jacaranda's 'Shattered Glass' Concert Remembers Kristallnacht After 75 Years
Jacaranda's 'Shattered Glass' Concert Remembers Kristallnacht After 75 Years
The second concert of Jacaranda's new season will observe the 75th anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938.
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Architecture/ Design

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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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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