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Kennedy Verrett sits on top of a large rock against larger rock formations as he plays the didjeridu, placing the mouthpiece against his lips and holding up the didjeridu to be perpendicular to himself.
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Artbound

SoundCheckEarth: A Desert Symphony at Joshua Tree

Music educator and composer Kennedy Verrett joins forces with 17 musicians and the sounds of the desert for SoundCheckEarth, a site-specific immersive acoustic concert held at Joshua Tree National Park.
DJ Loser, who is wearing a black t-shirt with a star design printed on the front and a black snapback hat with "Funk Freaks" embroidered across the front stands in front of a DJ deck with his hands on one of the turntables. Behind him, Luer stands and looks on at the crowd in front of them, out of frame. There are other men on either side of DJ Loser and Luer.
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Artbound

No Faking the Funk: Orange County's Funk Freaks Keeps it Real

Funk Freaks, a DJ collective and record shop based out of Santa Ana, brings together DJs, crate diggers and funk enthusiasts in Orange County and across the globe.
Giselle Woo and the Night Owls in a group photo. Behind the four-piece band is the silhouette of a mountain range and a sunset sky painted in gradient of pink, orange and purple.
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Artbound

Coachella Valley Latin Rock Band, Giselle Woo and the Night Owls, Finally Get Their Coachella Debut

Coachella Valley-based Latin-infused rock band Giselle Woo and the Night Owls finally get their Coachella debut on April 15 and 22 after two years of postponements. The four-piece ensemble reflects on how the pandemic provided time to prepare and grow as a group.
The Cactus Blossoms members Jack Torrey and Page Burkum sit together on a multicolored striped couch. One brother is holding a guitar in his lap while the other brother has a guitar next to him.
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Artbound

The Cactus Blossoms, Genre-Fusing Country-Folk Duo, Perform at Stagecoach Festival

Page Burkum of The Cactus Blossoms reflects on their collaborations through the years and the current state of live music. The Cactus Blossoms will perform at Stagecoach Festival on April 29 at the Empire Polo Club.
A photo of Surf Curse members Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. They're sitting on what looks like an abandoned slide, covered in graffiti in a desert landscape.
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Artbound

One Viral Song on TikTok and 432 Million Spotify Streams Later, Surf Curse Returns to Coachella

The last time American band Surf Curse performed at Coachella, the duo was a last-minute addition to the line-up. One viral song on TikTok and over 432 million Spotify streams later, the recording project returns to Coachella on Sunday, April 17 and 24.
A black and white photo taken from below of composer Arnold Schoenberg conducting. He's holding a baton and gestures one of his hands as he faces an orchestra, which is out of frame. Sylvain Noack, the concertmaster, can be seen to the left, playing a violin.
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Lost LA

The Exiles and Émigrés That Shaped the Sound of Early Hollywood

Talented composers fleeing Nazism made a new home for themselves in the United States and, in the process, helped create the vibrant sounds and the emotional pull of such Hollywood movies as "Casablanca," "Sabrina" and many more.
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L.A. Jazz Legend Barbara Morrison Dies at 72

Los Angeles jazz legend Barbara Morrison, who performed on a pair of Grammy-nominated albums, produced another and founded a performing arts theater and jazz/blues museum in Leimert Park, died today at age 72.
A collage of 1980s and '90s photos with flyers in the background.
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Artbound

The Westside Dance Movement That Laid the Foundation for West Coast Hip-Hop

During the early 1980s, throwing parties was one of the most lucrative ways for people in the 'hood to make money. Learn more about Ultra Wave, a popular crew that animated the Westside of Los Angeles.
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