Occur Goes Global - The Music of Italy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 2:46 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music La vita è bella in Italy—and so is its musical heritage. Operatic roots via Puccini, celebrated composers such as Ennio Morricone and now more unique flavors than a Neapolitan pizza, the badass boot-shaped country has plenty offer in all genres. Here are five Italian acts you have to check out.   Benji & Fede This Moderna duo is the preeminent pop sensation in Italy right now. Singer Federico Rossi and guitarist Benjamin Mascolo are teen-heartthrob handsome, and their... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Israel

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 4:17 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Blending secular, spiritual, Sephardic and sensational qualities, the music of Israel is all-encompassing. Whether the words are sung in Hebrew, English or Arabic, these songs speak to niche and widespread audiences. These artists will have you raising a glass and proclaiming “L’chaim!” To life!   REO No, we’re not steering you toward your grandparents’ faves, REO Speedwagon. This “dream disco” outfit from Tel Aviv melds analog ingenuity with thoroughly modern mentality. Traces of HAIM and CSS crop up... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Ireland

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 4:02 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Ireland has a wealth of legendary music, from U2 to Van Morrison to Sinead O’Connor. Those big names put their stamp on the rock genre, but these five Irish acts are branching out beyond their Celtic calling into hip-hop, neo-soul and even throwback disco. Check out our picks for Five Irish Artists To Know.   TooFools If Arcade Fire were more influenced by Bootsy Collins than by David Bowie, they might write songs like TooFools’—a lush, funk-infused lot.... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Iraq

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 3:42 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music With the U.S. having such a large stake in the history and future of Iraq—especially as Mosul was recently freed from ISIS rule—it’s a choice time to explore the Middle Eastern county’s music. Its vitality means survival for its creators, an escape from war and rival religious factions. These five artists and bands stand out in the undercurrent of Iraqi song.   Acrassicauda When getting hit by a SCUD missile is part of your regular rehearsal schedule, you... READ MORE

Acts Still Kicking Ass in Their Twilight Years

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1:44 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Though their latest album is called Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, Metallica continue to bring the fury to the stage, 36 years after their inception. They’ve weathered the deaths of bandmates, addiction, immolation and legal and internal battles. But their massive concert at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl on July 29 proved their might, with fireworks, a gracious James Hetfield, pitch-perfect guitar solos from Kirk Hammett and a loyal audience who refused to leave after the music ended.   Metallica aren’t... READ MORE

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

5 Must-See Acts at FYF Fest

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:40 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals FYF Fest, Los Angeles’ premiere music gathering, has really outdone itself with this year’s lineup: Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Missy Elliott, pizza burgers… and the down-ticket ain’t so shabby, either. Here are five acts you need to catch in between Cara DeLevingne sightings and taking lit Instagram selfies.   Helena HauffFriday, 11:45, Outer Space Stage A student of “Systematic Music Science,” this fiery DJ from Hamburg literally puts her back into her performances. Watch a video... 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