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.
Artbound Special Episode 'Songs in the Key of Los Angeles'
Artbound Special Episode 'Songs in the Key of Los Angeles'
A special episode featuring musical performances from the multi-platform collaboration "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles."
Artbound Special Episode 'Chicano Batman'
Artbound Special Episode 'Chicano Batman'
A special episode featuring musical performances by East L.A. rockers Chicano Batman.
First Listen: Best Coast Perform New Songs from 'Fade Away'
First Listen: Best Coast Perform New Songs from 'Fade Away'
Best Coast stopped by the KCET studios in Burbank to perform a set of new songs and a few of their hits for an audience of superfans.
Invisible Cities: The Science of a Silent Opera
Invisible Cities: The Science of a Silent Opera
The sound designer behind "Invisible Cities" explains the challenges of getting wireless technology to deliver the extraordinary sonic experience that befits the unconventional opera.
Chicano Batman: Not Another Band from East L.A.
Chicano Batman: Not Another Band from East L.A.
As the cultural map of music making continues shifting in East L.A., Chicano Batman has become the sound of local Latino music in the 21st century. The band performs in the KCET Studios.
Straight Outta K-Town: Dumbfoundead
Straight Outta K-Town: Dumbfoundead
The Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead, arguably K-Town's most visible and accomplished MC, speaks about his early days and offers his own guide to Koreatown.
Best of Music
Best of Music
We selected the best music articles from Artbound's second season.
An Ambassador of Sound: Sergio Mielniczenko's Brazilian Hour
An Ambassador of Sound: Sergio Mielniczenko's Brazilian Hour
Longtime radio host Sergio Mielniczenko talks about his 35 years on air and the future of Brazilian music.
La Guitarra California Festival: A Classical Love Affair
La Guitarra California Festival: A Classical Love Affair
This September, classical guitar enthusiasts will gather in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the sound of fingers on nylon strings.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Coda
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Coda
A recap of all of the performances from Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, bringing to life long-archived sheet music within the L.A. Public Library.
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