Occur Goes Global - The Music of Gabon

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:28 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music The central African nation of Gabon is considered one of the more stable economies and governments of the continent — where even its First Families get involved with the arts and mercantilism. Here are five artists from Gabon you should know, covering spine-tingling R&B to classic emphatic fanfare.   Patience Dabany A former First Lady with a calming androgynous voice, Dabany has stretched her creative career well into her 70s. She started out as a dancer and wed... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: Jakuzi

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:01 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music We’ve got awhile before we reach Turkey in our ongoing Occur Goes Global series, but a particular darkwave duo has captivated us so much, we had to introduce you to their tunes now. In a nation that was nearly torn apart by a coup in 2016, the men of Jakuzi are sticking out their necks to sing of sorrow and of fluid identity.   Their debut album, Fantezi Müzik (out March 24 on City Slang), carries on the... READ MORE

7 Killer Records Released by Couples

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 10:07 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music     When you give your heart to another, it’s not usually literally. But indie rock couple the Finks practically did that when singer Orenda (of Azure Ray) underwent extensive cardiac surgery. She recovered well, thanks in part by the support of husband Todd (the Faint), and so they were able to realize their dream of releasing music together. The result is Closeness (apropos), and their first EP, Personality Therapy, is out Feb. 24 on Graveface.   This extended... 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