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How L7's Barbaric Yawp Formed the Connective Tissue Between Seattle and L.A.

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #5: In the midst of the Seattle-driven grunge era, L7 planted a flag for LA-LA Land Read more...

A Requiem for Jackson Browne's Dream

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #4: In '70s Los Angeles, Jackson Browne was asking the big questions Read more...

When Charlie Parker Came to L.A.: The Peaks and Valleys of a Jazz Genius

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #3: How a two-month stint turned into a two-year odyssey of jam sessions, crashing on people's couches, causing havoc in public places, and once in a while standing still for recording dates Read more...

East L.A. Roots Rockers Fly Their Avant-Garde Freak Flag

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #2: Experience the weirder side of Los Lobos Read more...

Welcome to "Boomtown," the Brilliant, Noirish Soundtrack to 1986 L.A.

The United Sounds Of Los Angeles #1: Two aspiring music stars meet in a nightclub and form a studio partnership that lasts for only one album Read more...

The Best Music Books to Give Someone Who Would Never Buy A Music Book

A short list of "gateway" music books for the friend who would never buy one on their own. Read more...

These 3 Books Will Teach You 5 Things You Didn't Know About Charlie Parker

Nearly 60 years after his untimely death at age 34 (the same age as Adam Levine), jazz saxophonist Charles "Yardbird" Parker is the subject of three new music biographies. Read more...

From the Dream-Stuffed Briefcase of Abraham F. Frankenstein

Composer/pianist Van Dyke Parks and music historian Josh Kun headlined an evening delving into L.A.'s often overlooked sheet music history. Read more...

The Cherry Orchard: A Tribute to Jazz Legend Don Cherry

Donald Eugene Cherry sought out the organic worlds that were denied him as a child. Read more...

Yod & Hair: A Q&A with the Filmmakers of The Source Family

An early-'70s experiment in psychedelic West Coast Utopianism that remarkably did not end in mass suicide. Read more...

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