Occur Goes Global - The Music of Denmark

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 7:47 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark these days. With myriad genres and artists popping out of every corner of Copenhagen, Aarhus and other cities, the archipelago nation is killing it in the music world. It was hard to narrow down, but here are five Danish bands and singers that we’re sweet on: Mew Expect the unexpected with these pop-rock veterans. From jazzy dreamscapes to four-on-the-floor escapades, Mew keep audiences guessing. Their 2015 album, +- (Play... READ MORE

Video Premiere - Le Chateau, 'The Good Fight'

Monday, July 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Blending urban pop, murky industrial and atmospheric trip-hop, San Diego's Le Chateau have established themselves as one of SoCal's must-hear bands. Their 2015 EP earned accolades from all over the indie rock community, and they're aiming for the stratosphere with their recently completed extended play.   "The Good Fight" is the first single off Le Chateau's newest offering, Brutalism, and it's a haunting piece augmented by Laura Levenhagen's mythic vocals, Frank Green's grinding guitar and Erik Visnyak's... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of the Czech Republic

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 12:36 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Rife with the Bohemian spirit, as defined by the region of the same name, the Czech Republic has long been a nation full of determination. Through the reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, communism and the idealogical civil war that split up Czechoslovakia in 1993, the republic has endured. Here are five artists keeping that tenacity alive.   Něžná Noc Are you a big fan of The Phantom of the Opera’s juxtaposition between the monstrous title character and the... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Cyprus

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Split between Greek, Turkish, British and Arabic influences, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus boasts a diverse, conflicted history. Its arts scene has long flourished, from beloved poets to culinary euphoria. The music of Cyprus is omnipotent and potent, borrowing from its multicultural folk traditions and from the current wave of EDM. Here are five Cypriot entities to keep an ear out for:   TriCoolOre If the Red Hot Chili Peppers traded Anthony Kiedis for a mad piano, they... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Curaçao

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 11:22 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Emerging as its own nation from the Netherland Antilles in 2010, Curaçao thrives on diversity. Everything from reggae to rock and South American genres permeate the myriad clubs on the island. Here are five artists who embody the independent spirit of Curaçao.   Junior Tecla A multilingual, soulful artist who spends time between Curaçao and Amsterdam, Philip “Junior” Tecla picks up Bob Marley’s mantle of peace and harmony. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a calming voice, he... READ MORE

Album Review - The Melvins, 'Basses Loaded'

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Basses Loaded (Ipecac) is not the strangest thing the Melvins have ever recorded. In their 33-year, 25-album domination of the sludgy underground, they’ve come out with fart-joke gems like Hold It In (2015) and Everyone Loves Sausages (2013). But there’s something so cathartic, so entirely disenchanted about King Buzzo and Dale Crover’s melting-crayon metal that it truly speaks to American heritage. And what’s more American than baseball?   The prickly rock duo take that concept and run... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now: 9Bach

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 4:44 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music How do we navigate this strange world where we are wedded to our devices, yet so much media are encouraging us to get back to nature? The mixed messages can be frustrating to interpret and live up to. Can we straddle the digital and organic realms without tearing ourselves in two?   Lisa Jên of Welsh group 9Bach ponders this duality in the recently released Anian (Real World Records). Though sung in a language spoken by only... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Cuba

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:11 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music What better time than now, as the United States reconnects with this island nation after decades of isolation, to indulge in its colorful music scene. Deriving from Africa, Spain, the Caribbean and other points west, Cuban song is a medium of vibrancy and solemnity. Here are five artists making a name for themselves in the country. Yotuel Talk about a global citizen— this singer and rapper has foraged for food in France, worked as a chef in... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Croatia

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Croatia walks to its own Balkan beat. Since gaining full independence in the 1990s, it’s become a hotbed for entertainment. Nearly every kind of music imaginable thrives here, from folksy pop to thunderous house. Here we’ve handpicked five artists for your eager ears. Vatra The name of this Zagreb quintet means “fire.” You can hear that blazing talent on buoyant tracks like “Tango” and “Saturn,” off 2015’s Zmajevi Na Vjetru. Their style is a cool blue... READ MORE