Occur Goes Global - The Music of Iran

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:51 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Iran may have a tumultuous political relationship with the United States, but while our nations do their calculated dance, we can for the time being enjoy some of the most spellbinding and daring music from Tehran and beyond. These five Persian acts do for song and lyrics what Persepolis did for graphic novels and animated film—break barriers and slay misconceptions.   Siavash Amini In a just world, composer and slowcore impresario Siavash Amini would be ranked among John... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Indonesia

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 9:47 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A chain of islands that is home to almost as many people as the United States has, Indonesia has a lush variety of music and dance. Its epic poetry of ancient times informs the effusive storytelling of mainstream artists and underground rappers alike. Genres such as dangdut (evolved from Indian film scores) and J-pop dominate, with hints of universal rhythms and polyglot verses. Here are five Indonesian musicians rocking our world.   Atiek CB Considered one of the... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of India

Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:23 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It’s no wonder why Alanis Morissette expressed her gratitude toward India in her 1998 song “Thank U.” It’s a subcontinent whose culture has influenced the Beatles and No Doubt (thanks to Ravi Shankar’s sitar and the Hindu symbol of the bindi) and international dance classes (see the Bollywood explosion of the last decade). Here we celebrate five musical artists upholding time-honored traditions and propelling the country of 1.3 billion into the future.   Asees Kaur Playback artistry is... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Iceland

Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music For a country of only about 330,000, there sure are a lot of talented musicians in Iceland. Bjork, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men are among some of the most celebrated artists in the world for their creativity and spirit. Here are five more Icelandic entities making waves in the music world:   Laser Life Breki Mánason cut his teeth on electronica and Super Mario Bros., leading to his crystalline 8-bit tunes. Polyhedron and his other works... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Hungary

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 2:38 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Disclaimer 1: The hit song “Budapest” is not by a Hungarian; rather it is by Englishman George Ezra. Disclaimer 2: Your humble writer is one-quarter Hungarian, so today’s feature on the best Hungarian artists right now lies close to my heart. With the arguably despotic Viktor Orban running the country, the freedom of Magyar (the native word for Hungarian peoples) and Romani or Roma (a nomadic ethnic group) musicians to create as they please has been... READ MORE

New Video: Eli Raybon - 30 Cents

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:51 AM
Tia Scott

  Music Los Angeles-based alternative artist Eli Raybon releases the fun, surreal visual for his new-wave inspired single "30 Cents" that's bursting with infectious synth-pop energy. Directed by Markus Thorington, the video is a retro spy thriller that unfolds in reverse but somehow manages to hit all of the right musical cues on time. The song will be featured on Raybon's forthcoming EP, Green, that's due out soon. Until then, check out the video below and purchase "30 Cents" for just... READ MORE

New Single: J.Lauryn - Rum & Ting

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:44 AM
Tia Scott

  Music The Hawaii-born, Los Angeles-transplant known as J.Lauryn brings the summer heat on her refreshing, tropical-rhythmic single "Rum & Ting" that cleverly references the sweet and sour Jamaican drink.  The song is brimming with island beach vibes as the bouncy reggae production and J.Lauryn's syrupy-sweet vocals blend perfectly like a slow sunset on the horizon. Prior to the release of "Rum & Ting," she took home a Grammy for a co-write on Ziggy Marley’s latest self-titled album, and... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Honduras

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:35 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music In our continuing quest for the best in world music, we’re skipping the next alphabetical country, the Holy See, which is another name for the Vatican. We’re guessing Pope Francis and his posse are not working on any secular tunes any time soon, so we’re venturing over to Honduras this week. This emerging, mountainous Central American nation carries a lush Mestizo culture, borrowing from Spanish and Mayan influences. Here are five music acts from the... READ MORE

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