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.
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.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: La Santa Cecilia
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: La Santa Cecilia
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles concludes with L.A. band La Santa Cecilia's take on "Chiapanecas" -- bringing to life long-archived sheet music within the L.A. Public Library.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Petrojvic Blasting Company
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Petrojvic Blasting Company
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles continues with L.A. band Petrojvic Blasting Company's take on "Strolling Neath The California Moon" -- bringing to life long-archived sheet music within the L.A. Public Library.
Carrying a Note Forward: An L.A. Legacy of Back-Up Singers
Carrying a Note Forward: An L.A. Legacy of Back-Up Singers
Many back-up singers in the music industry came through the South L.A. church community. The new documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom," profiles of some of the most prolific voices ever recorded.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Julia Holter
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Julia Holter
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles continues with L.A. musician Julia Holter's take on "Where The Mission Bells Are Chiming" -- bringing to life long archived sheet music within the L.A. Public Library.
Koos Café: Orange County's All-Ages Musical Feast
Koos Café: Orange County's All-Ages Musical Feast
Koos Café of Santa Ana was an all-ages unconventional music/art space, and all around safe-haven for Orange County youth.
Locals Only: Meet the Bands of the Coachella Valley
Locals Only: Meet the Bands of the Coachella Valley
Five local bands from the Coachella Valley chat about their takes on the local music scenery, the desert as influence, and the Coachella Music Festival.
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