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The Jezebel Who Inaugurated Verve

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #13: Troubled, mercurial jazz singer Anita O'Day makes her unlikely comeback on Norman Granz's fledgling pop label

The Go-Go’s Take Their Girlie Show from the Gutter to the Mall

In this special 1980s edition of the United Sounds of Los Angeles, the rebel belles of L.A.'s punk scene record their groundbreaking debut against a backdrop of interpersonal drama, wild partying, and raw talent

Ozomatli’s Map of Your World

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #9: Born out of an old fashioned protest, a nine-member multiracial ensemble files dispatches from pre-Y2K L.A.

Will the Real Barry Manilow Please Stand Up?

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #8: Considering how he started the decade as a faceless, Julliard-educated gay-bathhouse pianist, Barry Allen Pincus's rise to fame was one of the more remarkable success stories of the 1970s

Berry Gordy’s Gamble by the Sea

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #6: Remember when Motown had a state-of-the-art, two-story studio complex on Romaine complete with an atrium and an al fresco rooftop conference room?

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

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

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

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

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