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.
KCET Sessions: The Lonely Wild
KCET Sessions: The Lonely Wild
The Lonely Wild make music both melancholy and hopeful, raucous and tender; opposites shored-upon each other, in a singular sound, a sincere sound that battles against this age of cynicism.
Norteño Meets Punk on Juan Cirerol's 12-String Guitar
Norteño Meets Punk on Juan Cirerol's 12-String Guitar
Juan Cicerol's music is a bewitching collage of styles and subcultures influenced, a violent clash of regional Mexican music and punk attitude found only in border regions like Mexicali.
Sacred Bones Brings Brooklyn to the Desert
Sacred Bones Brings Brooklyn to the Desert
Artbound caught up with Taylor Brode of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones to discuss their five year anniversary show in Pioneertown and what role Joshua Tree plays in their imaginations.
Gut Punchin' Music: Santa Ana Noise Fest
Gut Punchin' Music: Santa Ana Noise Fest
The Santa Ana Noise Fest hits a demographic that is rarely thought of to be present in the OC scene. Visiting headlining band Brutal Poodle offers insight in to what the Noise scene is all about.
Postcards from Tijuana: The Cultural Constellation and New Sounds in Bordertown
Postcards from Tijuana: The Cultural Constellation and New Sounds in Bordertown
Tijuana has quietly become an epicenter of avant-garde music in Mexico, with some of the world's most influential music makers eyeing what's happening there.
The Milk Carton Kids and the Bittersweet Soul of Folk
The Milk Carton Kids and the Bittersweet Soul of Folk
The Milk Carton Kids play the Luckman Auditorium December 1. Artbound caught up with the duo to explore the craft behind their bittersweet brand of Americana.
The New Noise of Santa Barbara
The New Noise of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara's annual New Noise Music Festival and Conference aims to grab a chunk of the music festival circuit from bigger acts like Coachella and South By Southwest.
Record Collectors in Their Natural Habitats: Eilon Paz Photographs Vinyl Addicts in the Wild
Record Collectors in Their Natural Habitats: Eilon Paz Photographs Vinyl Addicts in the Wild
New York-based photographer Eilon Paz has embarked on a tour across the U.S. capturing record collections and their respective owners. The artist has now come to L.A.
Siempre es Hoy: Capturing the Latin Alternative Moment
Siempre es Hoy: Capturing the Latin Alternative Moment
Twenty years ago, musician Emilio Morales started La Banda Elástica as a fanzine. It featured huge Latin alternative acts at a time when no other American publication did.
A Polish Patriot in Paso Robles: Celebrating Ignacy Jan Paderewski
A Polish Patriot in Paso Robles: Celebrating Ignacy Jan Paderewski
This week, the Paderewski Festival celebrates the life and legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the Polish pianist, composer, politician and humanitarian who put down roots in Paso Robles for 25 years.
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