Occur Goes Global - The Music of Haiti

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:42 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Stateside, most of us are familiar with Haiti because of its devastating 2010 earthquake or because of the Fugees’ Wyclef Jean launching an unsuccessful bid for its presidency. Beyond the tragedy and beyond the political lens, Haiti has a strong musical backbone. Here are five artists from the Hispaniola nation that you need to hear.   Princeloo Gravitating from a promising basketball career to the DJ world was natural for Princeloo Alexandre. After hearing crowd-hype music on the... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: Dræmings

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:49 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Though their peculiar spelling is a nightmare to copyeditors, DRӔMINGS are aural bliss to our ears. Keeping company with slowcore greats such as Beach House and the Cocteau Twins, this timeless project aims to circumvent labels. Led by the uber prolific Kimi Recor, the foursome winds through New Age (the evanescent “Tides”) and four-on-the-floor darkwave (“Great Escape”) on its recent self-titled EP (out on Play Like a Girl). It’s a simultaneously worldly and microcosmic record, taking... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Guyana

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 2:48 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Now here's a country with a rainbow of peoples and music that you might not have ever considered to be a melting pot. Guyana lies physically on the Caribbean and within South America, but its arts and entertainment have roots in the Indian subcontinent, Europe, Africa and other locales. Indulge in the melange that is the Guyanese music scene with these five artists: Poonam Singh Law student. Beauty queen. De facto national ambassador. Poonam Singh represents Guyana... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Guinea-Bissau

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 7:18 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Though they share similar names, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau are unique countries. Today we’re focusing on the former Portuguese colony where animism meets Latin flavors. Here are five artists from Guinea-Bissau you need to know about.   DJ Joao Vaz Incorporating what he calls “ancestral” choirs with feverish house rhythms, this in-demand DJ has charmed audiences in London, New York and elsewhere. Within a single mix, you can hear the true spirit of gumbe, a type of aural melting... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Guinea

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 6:20 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A predominately rural, French-speaking and Muslim West African country, Guinea thrives on the strength of its musical traditions. Groove to the kora (a stringed lute-harp) and explore these five essential artists.   Mory Kanté This kora maestro and good-natured singer has been inspiring Guineans for generations. His marimba-infused hits such as “Le Guinéenne” have delighted all sorts of admirers—his works have even been adapted and remixed by DJs to much fanfare. Additionally, Kanté has shared his goodwill as... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Guatemala

Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 7:43 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A civil war may have shaped the course of Guatemala’s history, but so has the ingrained music of the Spanish and Mayan peoples. Amid native woodwinds and percussion thrives a resistance that comes from song. Here are five notable music acts from the Central American country.   Trastorno Fresh off their first album, Pasa el Tiempo, this searing punk quartet serve it up organically. If Face to Face spiced up with more hardcore vocals are your thing, Trastorno... READ MORE

L.A. Artists You Need To Catch at Coachella

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:42 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals It’s that time of year again! We’re heading out to the desert oasis of Coachella to celebrate good music and good vibes. Come along with us and check out these local artists as they make their ways to the Sahara tent and other stages.   Chicano Batman These Latin soul survivors have been kicking out the jams for a decade now. But as the tides turned and Trump became president, their star rose on the strength of songs... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Grenada

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:04 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music This Caribbean nation might only have about 100,000 residents, but it’s rife with music. The carnival soundtrack of soca, the elation of gospel… it’s all represented here in our collection of five favorite artists from the island.   Sabrina Francis Francis has a voice that makes you say “Damn” aloud and go wide-eyed at her subdued yet powerful performances. Paired with contemplative lyrics about taking the bitter with the sweet, and emulation of icons such as Adele, this... READ MORE

5 Awesome May-December Musical Pairings

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:17 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died March 18. Known to perform concerts well into his late ’80s, the “Johnny B. Goode” guitarist and singer was not about to go quietly into the night. Just before his passing, he recorded CHUCK (Dualtone), an album full of fierce collaborations between the legend and his disciples (Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr. and more).   CHUCK got us thinking about other oldies but goodies who teamed... READ MORE