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.
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.
They've Got the World on a String
They've Got the World on a String
A community of local luthiers -- people who make and repair stringed instruments -- thrives along the Central Coast.
The Indelible Grooves of Sahy Uhns
The Indelible Grooves of Sahy Uhns
Artbound sat down with L.A. producer Madison Burgin, aka Sahy Uhns, to discuss how California and technology made him the musician he is today.
Soul II Seoul: Is L.A. the Conduit for Asian Pop Success?
Soul II Seoul: Is L.A. the Conduit for Asian Pop Success?
For Asian American hip-hop/R&B groups, racial authenticity has been a complicated issue to negotiate.
Punk Rock Origins: The Story Behind Bad Religion
Punk Rock Origins: The Story Behind Bad Religion
Artbound speaks with L.A. punk rockers Bad Religion about their early days and the essence of the band.
On My Block: DJ Day's Desert Inspirations
On My Block: DJ Day's Desert Inspirations
Oliver Wang speaks to Palm Springs native Damien "DJ Day" Beebe about hip-hop culture in the Coachella Valley and how the desert cities are a world unto themselves.
Craig Russell: Unearthing California's Musical Missions
Craig Russell: Unearthing California's Musical Missions
What did California mission music sound like? Cal Poly music professor Craig Russell has spent three decades tracking down the answer.
KCET Sessions: Chicano/Son
KCET Sessions: Chicano/Son
Polyglot rockers Chicano/Son visited the KCET Studios for a lively session of their son jarocho flavored songs from East L.A.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

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

icon, Literature discipline

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.

icon, Music discipline

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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