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.
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.
Hearing with the Whole Body: Alan Nakagawa's Reverberating Composition
Hearing with the Whole Body: Alan Nakagawa's Reverberating Composition
Alan Nakagawa creates experiences that tease out the sound lying dormant in normally "quiet" objects and deliver sound that gets under our skin.
Notes from the Underground: the wulf.
Notes from the Underground: the wulf.
the wulf. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting experimental music and arts in L.A.'s Arts District.
Sonidero Travesura: The Baja Roar of a Digital Tiger
Sonidero Travesura: The Baja Roar of a Digital Tiger
Tijuana-based group Sonidero Travesura fuse cumbia, krautrock, and synth-pop to create their unique, ever-transforming sound.
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Goes to London
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Goes to London
The selection of ten members of the L.A. Phil's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) for the Discover Dudamel Orchestra proves that that the social activism side of YOLA -- the part that says music has the power to transform lives -- is working.
Exact Opposites' Desert Hip Hop Radiates From Arid Blythe
Exact Opposites' Desert Hip Hop Radiates From Arid Blythe
The hip-hop/mixed genre music group, Exact Opposites, not only celebrate the remotest nuances of their hometown, but create original, transformational music with a style all their own, drawn from their lives in this unlikely desert mecca.
The California Folk of Carly Ritter
The California Folk of Carly Ritter
Carly Ritter has music in her blood. The granddaughter of Tex Ritter, one of the innovators of early country music in the first half of the 20th century, has just released her debut album.
On a Roll: Erin Inglish Spreads Her Musical Message By Bicycle
On a Roll: Erin Inglish Spreads Her Musical Message By Bicycle
San Luis Obispo singer-songwriter Erin Inglish will be traveling roughly 1,000 miles by bicycle from Humboldt County to San Diego in support of sustainability and her new album.
Breaking Sound Barriers with Fol Chen
Breaking Sound Barriers with Fol Chen
Synthpop band, Fol Chen, performs experiments that involve inviting non-band members and non-musicians into their music-making process.
Embracing the Blues with Jimmy King
Embracing the Blues with Jimmy King
For Joshua Tree-based musician Jimmy King, the blues is a mission to find meaning, a discovery of what matters, and an embrace of what's real.
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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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Performance

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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