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.
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.
Soul of a Composer: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's Musical Thesis
Soul of a Composer: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's Musical Thesis
Despite appearing on over 300 recordings, musician Miguel Atwood-Ferguson might still be one of L.A.'s best-kept secrets.
Art of the LP: Making The Album Cover (Literally)
Art of the LP: Making The Album Cover (Literally)
When people think about "album cover art," they're usually focused on the image on the cover. But the cover/jacket itself, as a physical object, is also a product of creative, artistic processes.
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers, Part 2
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers, Part 2
Oliver Wang explores the different locations and time eras that are captured in the LP art of L.A.
Lila Downs: Sins and Miracles
Lila Downs: Sins and Miracles
Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs speaks to Artbound about her inspirations, influences in her music, and performs "Fallaste Corazón" from her new album, "Pecados y Milagros".
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers
Oliver Wang explores the different locations and time eras that are captured in the LP art of L.A.
Inside 'The Merc'
Inside 'The Merc'
Inside The Merc in Temecula, there's no sense of time, only time signatures. Within the old brick walls and open-beam ceiling, time and place are figments -- it's music that matters.
A Conversation On Sound With Isis' Aaron Turner, William Fowler Collins, Artist Steve Roden, and Curator Robert Crouch
A Conversation On Sound With Isis' Aaron Turner, William Fowler Collins, Artist Steve Roden, and Curator Robert Crouch
At the recent performance of A Slow Unraveling, the nature of sound and music was given a stress test as musicians and artists pushed the artform to its limits, and beyond.
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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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At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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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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