Occur Goes Global - The Music of France

Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:37 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  The land of l’amor, of Gainsbourg (Serge and Charlotte), of Daft Punk and Madeon, and of Jim Morrison’s eternal resting place. France is now more than ever a sanctuary of music. When terrorists shot up the Bataclan night club in 2015, they took the lives of dozens of Eagles of Death Metal fans, but they could not take away the spirit and community. As we discuss five of our favorite up-and-coming French musicians, we remember... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Finland

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:38 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Baby, it's cold outside, especially in the Northern European nation of Finland. The spirited peoples of the wintry realm have kept one another warm with reverbering riffs and tales of woodland creatures. These five acts embrace the airy timbre of Suomi.   Lake Jons What is it about bands that refer to bodies of water? Lord Huron, Swan Lake—there’s a placid approach to their art. Threesome Lake Jons is no exception, crafting chamber pop masterpieces that speak to... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Fiji

Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 7:27 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Though the Pacific archipelago has a population of less than 1 million, the cultural combinations of Indian, Anglo and indigenous influences give Fiji a unique music scene. Reggae is tops here, with speckles of sub-continental percussion and Western electronica. Here are four acts making waves on the islands. (Lead image by Miguel Sanchez / Creative Commons)   Cassius Khan A transcendent, Sufi-like performer originally from Fiji and now residing in Canda, Khan is considered a master of the... READ MORE

Make a Resolution To Listen to These L.A. Artists in 2017

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:59 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Angelenos, let us never forget that we are among the most fortunate when it comes to our music scene. We are the home of the Doors and Kendrick Lamar, Weezer and Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Best Coast. So in 2017, why not make it a resolution to support the locals? Here are five acts coming up in the ranks that ought to make a huge impression in the new year:   A ReminderRIYL Failure, Smashing... READ MORE

5 Albums We Can't Wait To Hear in 2017

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8:34 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Goodbye, 2016! Not a great year for losing legends or losing elections, but boy, were we fortunate in the amount of good music bestowed upon us. But let's look ahead to 2017 and see what's in store for our speakers: Darkwave luminaries will rise again, as will Zombies on Broadway. Here are five of the albums we can't wait to hear.   Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy Ipecac, Feb. 24     Supergroup doesn’t even begin to describe this new project featuring the... READ MORE

5 Sidemen Who Went Solo (to Varying Success)

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Arcade Fire’s bassist/guitarist Tim Kingsbury just announced an album as Sam Patch— Yeah You, and I, out Feb. 17 on Dep. His first single, “St. Sebastian,” is not a far-flung departure from his main band’s chamber pop, which may or may not bode well for him.   Plenty of artists before Kingsbury have sought to step out of the shadows of their front men and women (including his chum Will Butler). Those peacocks might have the presence, but... READ MORE

Occur's Best-of 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12:19 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music 2016 was the year we went back to the jungle with Guns N’ Roses, lost “Starman” David Bowie but dubbed the Weeknd Starboy, and drank Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Here are some of the songs and albums that sculpted this crazy year for us here at Occur:   BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Blink-182 – California Does this have the emotional heft of Frank Ocean’s Blonde or Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker? Not by a long shot. But its... READ MORE

New Single: Panic In Eden - Out For Blood

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Tia Scott

  Music The Los Angeles-based rock quintet Panic In Eden lets us into their world on the electrifying single "Out For Blood" that impressively showcases each member's role in the band without taking away from the edgy theme of the song. Thriving with booming guitar riffs and killer vocals, the song is a dark, pulsating ride that spares no expense in giving listeners pure, unadulterated rock at its finest. "Out For Blood" serves as the lead single from Panic In Eden's latest LP, In... READ MORE

5 New Holiday Albums To Get You in the Spirit

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 10:05 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Now that turkey time is over, it’s officially the holiday season. That means an avalanche of overly melismatic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmases” are coming our way. If you’re tired of the yuletide tropes, give these five new albums a spin.   The KillersDon’t Waste Your Wishes   This indie-dance/spaghetti Western compilation puts all the Killers’ Christmas singles into one convenient place— for a good cause. Don’t Waste Your Wishes is exclusively out on Apple Music, with... READ MORE