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.
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.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Aloe Blacc
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Aloe Blacc
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles continues with singer Aloe Blacc's take on "When The Girl You Love Lives in California" -- bringing to life long archived sheet music within the L.A. Public Library.
Synergy of Music, People, and Place: The Ojai Music Festival
Synergy of Music, People, and Place: The Ojai Music Festival
Since its inception in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival took its place among the pantheon of international festivals for its artistic firsts performed by musical mavericks.
Thawing New Opera in Long Beach
Thawing New Opera in Long Beach
Long Beach Opera mounts works even avid opera fans probably haven't seen, and often in locations no one else would peg as an opera venue.
Private Stock: Custom Records Trace an Alternate Music History
Private Stock: Custom Records Trace an Alternate Music History
Custom Fidelity was one of the premier "private press" companies in Los Angeles where anyone could produce a record.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: A Prelude
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: A Prelude
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles explores a portion of the L.A. Public Library's sheet music collection, which is thought to be the world's only library collection of Southern California sheet music.
Leading the Blind: A Marching Band Helps an Artist Navigate Santa Ana
Leading the Blind: A Marching Band Helps an Artist Navigate Santa Ana
For his upcoming performance, Artist Carmen Papalia, who is legally blind, will spend nearly an hour navigating the streets of downtown Santa Ana by the sounds of a marching band alone.
From the Heart of Highland Park: Double Naught Spy Car
From the Heart of Highland Park: Double Naught Spy Car
Artbound caught up with guitarist Paul Lacques to chat about the band's SoCal sound and the culture that inspired it.
Tidal Waves and Quiet: The Heavy Dynamics of Sleep Lady
Tidal Waves and Quiet: The Heavy Dynamics of Sleep Lady
Sleep Lady guitarist Michael Hayden exlains how the musical environment of San Diego cultivates his band and why instrumental can often say more than music with words.
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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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Film & Media Arts

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

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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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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Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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