Considered to be one of the leading kora players of his generation, Prince Diabaté brings not only total mastery over his ancestral tradition, but a commitment to renew it through fresh ideas and exchanges with musicians from many cultures. His years in the USA produced collaborations with artists and groups as diverse as The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Adam del Monte (Flamenco) Hassan Hakmoun (Gnawa) and Grammy winners Michael Brook (guitarist-producer-composer) and Ozomatli (Hip-Hop fusion.) READ MORE
I first saw Prince Diabate perform at an event for the Dalai Lama’s citywide World Festival of Sacred Music held in LA in 1999. I was mesmerized. I was flattened by the cascades and crescendos of celestial sound that flowed from his exuberant kora (West African harp). It sounded like angel tears bursting into fireworks of joy! READ MORE
I met – not Lexie Rose – but her mom at the Peppermint Club in July. I got my hands on a promotional card with a code to hear Lexie’s newest single (at the time), “Wrong”, and was hooked. Shortly thereafter I met Lexie Rose herself at Lemonade in Glendale. Over lunch we chatted about growing up in the Valley and handling school and music.
I was a struggling musician, with big ambitions but not much success, when I went to a music industry conference in Las Vegas to promote my music. I was nervously doing everything I could to make connections with the executives at all the big music companies. I would attend every panel of experts, taking notes on everyone’s name, and going up to the stage afterwards to introduce myself and get their contact info. READ MORE
Listen to “White Rabbit” and get to know Annabelle Maginnis of MetronOhm with ten facts. 1. “Is it the matter that matters or the space between?” Maginnis writes with chalk around Los Angeles when promoting shows or new work. A favorite tagline for MetronOhm’s music? “Is it the matter that matters or the space between?” If these walls could talk. ❤️ ???? ???? Can't believe someone answered my question with our lyrics… who done it?! I appreciate you! A post shared by MetronOhm (@metronohmmusic) on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:06am PDT 2. “I felt like I had to” Maginnis started with violin around age READ MORE
Bell Peppers,” Moollz says, is “very much a first relationship very high school song!” Dating in Los Angeles assumes a myriad of forms, but with our varied and vast terrain, romantic beach and hike dates are staples. READ MORE
Meet The Regrettes, a pack of young Angelenos exploring the true meaning of punk rock. As the band’s bassist rightfully declares, The Regrettes have “worked their butts off.” Listen up! READ MORE
Honeycomb is the type of track you melt into, kind of like golden hour in Los Angeles. It’s warm and melodiously sweet and provides a glowy aura to bask in. READ MORE
I saw LIILY perform on the back patio at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park on a July evening. I first met Dylan Nash, the band’s vocalist, who went in for a hug while I precociously (and pretentiously) went in for a hand shake. He took the stage with his band later in the evening. Impeccable timing and tangible chemistry and love made for a remarkable, intimate, and just plain feel-good performance from LIILY. It’s clear: the boys are a band of brothers and best friends and have no hang ups about showing and sharing their love for each other. Their genuine friendship READ MORE
Moollz transported The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood to a galaxy far west from Los Angeles. Each key she tapped on her keyboard and each note she belted out was made possible by the light and love she exudes. READ MORE
Get to know Suburban Chanteuse Katie Cunningham as we trek around her native La Canada in her gold Jeep. Born on the east coast, Cunningham, an “r&b pop fusion” artist, spent part of her formative years in Colorado before moving farther west to La Canada Flintridge. (listen to her love letter to Colorful Colorado here) Katie meets me at Zeli Coffee Bar (La Canada’s single independent coffee shop, now closed) before she takes me on a tour of our hometown on a July afternoon. Read on for 9 Fast Facts to learn why Cunningham is “Nobody’s Second Best”. Katie Cunningham 1. Upon graduating from La READ MORE
One develops a certain hardness; a set of defense mechanisms that may manifest as sarcasm, aloofness, or silence from living in the City of Fallen Angels. READ MORE
photo by Johnny Ramos California Newgaze. T Natalie Durkin (TribeLA Magazine): Give your band a Tagline. Pony Curtis (guitar/vocals in Forget Your Friends): Down till we’re underground. Charlie Kennedy (vocals/guitar in Forget Your Friends): Forget Your Friends, but don’t Forget About Us. J. Peters (bass/backing vocals in Forget Your Friends): Heavy and hypnotic. Adam Jackson (drums/samples in Forget Your Friends): California Newgaze. R ND: What got you started in music? What is the Reason you are where you are today? PC: I got started in music when I was in middle school, my older brother had some friends in bands and I always thought it was so rad, once I READ MORE
Los Angeles’ own late, great Etta James crooned of lost romance and ominous, slate-colored skies. November in Los Angeles is hardly lamentable; Thanksgiving is practically a summer holiday, yet I’m sure many Angelenos… READ MORE
“He said really I just want to dance / Good and evil match perfect, it’s a great romance” listen on Apple Music or Spotify Elliott Smith left his heart in Los Angeles, right on Lemoyne Street off of Sunset Blvd in Echo Park on October 21, 2003. On the 14th anniversary of his death, I bring you “A Fond Farewell” as a fond memoriam of his heartbreaking, twisted, and tragic legacy encapsulating the dark side of being an Angeleno. cumulative Sounds and the City 2017 playlist READ MORE
Meet Eagle Rock’s “Dirty Velvet” Rockers. T Natalie Durkin (TribeLA Magazine): Give your band a Tagline. Sonny Wong (Fake Furs): Two boys making noise. László Bolender (Fake Furs): Reviving ghosts and setting them on fire since 1989. R ND: What got you started in music? What is the Reason you are where you are today? LB: I was lucky enough to be raised by musicians, so I was introduced to a wide variety of music at a young age, but also, to music technology which I think just blew my mind more than video games. Beyond that, I have things to say that can’t just be spoken, READ MORE
“You belong somewhere you feel free” Take a moment that’s all your own to think about those you love most and what in your life brings you the utmost joy. In light of violence, heartbreak, and unjust events, music is here to heal wounds and jumpstart hearts. We can’t forget that. “Wildflowers” warmly embraces and uplifts the forlorn and inspires the movers and shakers to keep working to better their surroundings. Rest in Peace, Tom Petty; thank you for sharing your Angeleno art and heart with us. READ MORE
This was the cover art for my first EP! I put this one in here because I have always felt a very strong connection to the moon, and I think it represents a very strong energy for a lot of my friends, as well. I also have always loved children’s book illustrations, which inspired this cover. Making this was definitely one of those “what if” pieces for me, where I just kind of let my imagination do its thing. What if you peeled open the moon and there was a 14.6 million square mile kiwi inside? READ MORE
“I can hear the waves / I can see the sky / I can smell the air / but I can’t see the light” Set to a whimsical, childlike, easygoing melody, Parker Rose’s “True Blue” lyrics are anything but light. The track tackles relationships and making peace with heartbreak. Through shots of the LACMA lampposts, a colorful grocery store, and Los Angeles’ nightly glitz and glimmer, Parker Rose tells a tale of finding your way and finding your light; it gets better. “This song is a perfect summation of my feelings drawn from relationships I’ve had with people over the years. I went through many READ MORE
ND: What is the best advice you’ve received and the best advice you can Impart on us?
Cassie: Don’t cry over someone who won’t cry over you.
Nick: It’s far better to have a dream than to achieve it. For both.
Geoff: Try to not care so much. READ MORE