Occur Goes Global - The Music of East Timor

Monday, 22 August 2016 00:34
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Legend has it that the island of Timor formed from an ancient crocodile. The peoples of East Timor have been as resilient as this founding reptile, surviving colonization by the Portuguese and Indonesians to become one of the planet’s newest independent countries in 2002. These five bands and musicians carry on that brave spirit through song.   Dili Allstars Singing about “the people’s hope and salvation” on the bubbly ska track “Liberdade,” this East Timor-Australian collective rose to... READ MORE

New Single: Kim Killspeed - Inside (Produced By Jeff Martin)

Monday, 15 August 2016 03:49
Tia Scott

  Music Australian pop folk band Kim Killspeed recently released their single "Inside," which has an alternative edge, mellow rock groove and liberating message. The song was recorded and produced by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) at his studio in Byron Bay, Australia. On the track, you hear Jeff also assisting with acoustic guitar, bass and backing vocals. Lead singer Candy recently stated that "Inside" is about hating work and quitting her job to rock on. "It's about having faith in... READ MORE

New Video: diNMachine – ‘Dbl Trbl’

Monday, 15 August 2016 03:45
Tia Scott

  Music NYC-based electro-rock band diNMachine links up with Russian artist Patrick K.-H. and Greek artist Bestbefore to create an animated video for their pulsating single "Dbl Trbl," which is reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's quirky, groundbreaking visuals for his 1984 classic "Rockit." For "Dbl Trbl," the overall video is an electrifying mash-up of diNMachine, Patrick and Bestbefore’s collective vision and sound. Each party brought its own ideas, sketches and sequences together to eloquently blend it all into the unique, erratic musical/visual... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of the Dominican Republic

Monday, 15 August 2016 03:41
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Salsa and Afrocentric beats form the backbone of Dominican Republic’s music. But more and more genres are gaining popularity in the eastern half of Hispaniola. The Isle of Light festival in the capital of Santo Domingo brought together DJs, alt rockers, merengue legends and more. And dedicated music historians such as Irka Mateo are bringing time-honored traditions into the 21st century. Here are five bands and singers you need to know.   Irka Mateo Playing what she calls... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Dominica

Sunday, 7 August 2016 18:15
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Don’t get it confused with the Dominican Republic (that nation is featured next week). Dominica is a Caribbean island nation alive with the Creole spirit and the soul of calypso. Let’s meet five bands and artists meshing pulsating tunes with passionate political sermons. WCK Windward Caribbean Kulture are the creators of bouyon, a “gumbo soup” of music that mixes Creole, Carib, calypso, African and reggae influences. Since 1988, the high-energy innovators have put to infectious rhythms lyrics... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Monday, 1 August 2016 00:50
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music We’ve long been fans of San Francisco’s Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, but seeing them again in concert at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles reignited our love for the raucous, experimental outfit.   Fronted by activist Thao Nguyen, the Get Down Stay Down throw down on stage and in song. On their latest, A Man Alive (Ribbon Music), they take their signature brand of skittish urban rock and infuse nervy hip-hop and avant-garde inflections.... READ MORE

Album Review: Highland Kites - Let Me Run (EP)

Monday, 25 July 2016 13:00
Tia Scott

  Music The L.A-based duo Highland Kites released the brand-new Let Me Run EP that’s sure to pull listeners into their infectious blend of new-wave folk rock. Consisting of singer/songwriter Marissa Lamar and drummer Neil Briggs, Highland Kites set out to create a short but memorable album that soothes the soul as well as the ears. Producer Raymond Richards, who assisted the pair with their 2015 full-length album, All We Left Behind, also had a hand at bringing Let Me Run into fruition. Highlights on the 5-track album include... READ MORE

Concert Review - 'Weird Al' Yankovic at the Hollywood Bowl, July 23 2016

Monday, 25 July 2016 02:53
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The prim woman folding her arms and scoffing in the box seat apparently didn’t get the memo that the theme of the performance was Mandatory Fun. Outraged by a barf joke – tame by comparison to other comedy acts – the regal patron was more likely in attendance to see the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra than to see headliner “Weird Al” Yankovic.   Her loss.   Comedy of Yankovic’s stature isn’t easy or pedestrian. Take “Word Crimes,” his Robin Thicke-biting... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Djibouti

Sunday, 17 July 2016 19:57
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Nearing its 40th year as an independent nation, the eastern Africa port country of Djibouti is considered one of the sturdier states in the continent. However, with four-term president Ismail Omar Guelleh squelching opposition by controlling the media, artists and other protesters risk their lives to have their voices heard. Here are five musicians and bands putting it all on the line to share their ideas and talents.   Fatouma Mansour Called the “diva of song” by some... READ MORE