With the release of her debut album, CTRL, last year, audiences were left wondering, "Where the hell have they been hiding her? Aside from thsee accomplishments, SZA is a strong, black female who isn't afraid to reveal her insecurities, with relatable lyrics we love to sing along to.
With the release of "Girl" featuring Kaytranada, The Internet got their first taste of mainstream exposure. They're keeping the momentum going with their most recent single, "Come Over," holding fans over until their forthcoming project, Hive Mind. With a sound reminiscent of '90s soul, the two brothers have been musically inclined since they could speak.
They've worked with some of the greats, such as Ne-Yo and R. Kelly, and performed for the legendary Stevie Wonder. The EP's standout single, "Phones," is bound to set the mood in any situation. In , the L. Since then, he's inked a deal with Atlantic Records, penned records for some of music's most well-respected artists and even met his idol, Bad Brains, backstage at his show.
Paak is in his own musical lane. He started out as a producer but soon realized his own talents behind the mic. The singer-songwriter left his mark with his album, Malibu, which was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammys. Paak serves as one half of music duo NxWorries, with producer Knxwledge, and tours with his own band called The Free Nationals. A collaborative effort, "Bubblin" was released just last month, reminding fans of the trials and tribulations.
Paak had to conquer to get to where he is now. Beyond the inspirational message, this record will have you dancing in true Anderson. The trippy visual captures SZA flexing her vocals and Kendrick's signature flow, intertwined with captivating scenes from the film. Taking viewers through space, the 4-minute clip encourages everyone to go out there and pursue their dreams to the fullest.
Located in Westlake just west of downtown Los Angeles, Teragram sets the tone for a perfect evening of live music. The moment the artist hits the stage, you're instantly reminded you made the right decision on coming out to see them perform.
The venue is small but not too small, and the open-format standing room allows fans to get as close, or as far, as they'd like. Love, in its many disguises and forms, is the theme that ties together the songs on the L.
Magness knows firsthand how redemptive love can be. Raised in numerous foster homes after each of her parents killed themselves, the vocalist has worked much of her adult life on behalf of foster-care organizations. But Suzanne Santo stands out because of the combination of her catchy songwriting, lilting vocals and unexpectedly personal lyrics.
Best known as half of the duo HoneyHoney, the singer-violinist is not a genre purist in her solo career, blending radio-friendly strains of pop, country, folk, rock and Americana in a series of mostly memorable songs from her recent Ruby Red album. Suddenly, acoustic instruments become deadly dreary, emphasizing how much purportedly humorous folk ditties had better be actually funny if their lyrics are going to be heard so clearly in public spaces.
On their album, Secretions, Micucci and Lindhome bravely confronted the perils of insincere late-night texters "Self Esteem" , oral sex "The BJ Song" and the glorious absurdity of athletic achievements "Sports Go Sports". Its soulful, borderline gothic Americana shuddering with lust, loss and lessons learned — not to mention a singular sense of accountability for these — Ruby Red finds the HoneyHoney multi-instrumentalist rewinding through romances and revisiting cold-shower carnal urges.
Her delicately wrinkled, first-time-I've-told-anyone-this timbre blooms amid Butch Walker's organic and spartan yet articulate production. But it's the profound lyricism of Santo's songcraft — underlined by the almost narcotic nostalgia of its closing acoustic rendition of "Regrets" and her bare-bones live performances — that made Ruby Red the best album released last year, genre be damned.
Unless you're somehow blissfully married to your first kiss, these 11 songs have something to share with you. This is hardcore, whiskey-soaked honky-tonk philosophy at its most resonant, and Jenkins' bandmates, particularly brilliant pedal-steel veteran Gary Brandin, perpetrate an idealized musical approach, never rushed or busy, full of open spaces and a rich atmosphere that Jenkins calls "that deep Telecaster sound.
In short order, the hard-driving teenager was headlining Friday nights at North Hollywood shrine the Palomino, pulling it off with a natural aplomb that tremendously enhanced the local mid-'90s country scene.
Thompson's soulful, luminous pipes are a tremendous asset, but it's her writing that really distinguishes her — a deftly wrought approach that's equal measures of traditional and modern, always expressive and resolutely authentic. A true believer, Thompson defected for a spectacularly successful career in Christian rock during the s Warners and Atlantic both had her under contract , but her recent return to the honky-tonks is a stone blessing for country music fans.
The Whittier-raised multi-instrumentalist has devoted his entire life to the idiom, a passion readily evident in his playing, and whether he's roaring through a high-velocity bluegrass banjo breakdown, soaring into a flight of hot Western swing fiddle or swarming into a frantic honky-tonk work out, Bryant's raw talent, masterly technique and, most importantly, the feel and tone of his soloing are consistently impeccable.
He has always gone for the jugular, enjoying a close, enduring alliance with the late, great Bard of Bakersfield, Red Simpson, and resurrecting, with family approval, s-era Los Angeles cowboy swing orchestra Foy Willings' Riders of the Purple Sage.
She puts her entrancing vocals to good use when she harmonizes with similarly angelic singers Kathleen Grace and Jamie Drake in the Americana trio Dear Lemon Trees. She frames such romantic sentiments in an engaging variety of homespun settings that range from similarly austere ballads and intimate folk workouts to uptempo country waltzes. Pop music isn't traditionally go-to fare for an alternative weekly. But screw it, we're gonna do it anyway.
Hayley Kiyoko's performance at Coachella this year was so memorable, it seems inevitable that she'll rise to the top of the pop pile sooner rather than later. Her Expectations album was released this year, as her reputation continued to blossom. She's transitioned from teen star to bona fide artist.
The sensory overload never really let up as Perry presented her sugary early hits and sensual new songs from Witness while decked out in an endless array of vibrantly colorful, cartoonish outfits. When Perry wasn't being swallowed up by gigantic floating red lips or attacked by oversize salt and pepper shakers, she thoughtfully took the time to phone her mom and to invite onstage a young girl, who asked the singer to grant her wish for a unicorn.
Chamber Orchestra has done some mighty impressive things over the past year, from placing its horn and woodwind players throughout the audience for maximum aural depth in the U. Philharmonic has been just as experimental, mixing this season's repertoire of traditional classics by Gustav Mahler, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann with thrilling new avant-garde compositions that poke and scrape past the currently recognized boundaries of time, space and sound.
And some of the most daring new-music works have proved the most popular, especially when they've been combined with inventive visuals, such as the world premieres of such operatic sci-fi fantasies as Annie Gosfield's War of the Worlds and Norman's A Trip to the Moon. No matter what L. Phil performs, it remains one of the most full-bodied and expressive large orchestras on the continent. Opera music director James Conlon is not only masterful at delivering classic operas and other works with a controlled passion and full dynamic palette, he is also an entertaining historian who provides amusing insights in his popular preperformance lectures.
Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel is still the king. He always seems to energize the musicians in the orchestra with a casual forcefulness, keeping things playful yet never losing his focus.
Opera mounted several lavish and traditional but nonetheless satisfying big productions, including a bold and dramatic Carmen and a diverting and visually sumptuous Candide, as well as the lesser-known The Pearl Fishers, with its enchanting opening of sea-diving aerialists.
But the best opera might have been one of the newest — L. But Suzan Hanson is a diva among divas. Long Beach Opera is the place to go if you want challenging, arty, modern and overlooked operas.
Spiritual jazz has always found a home in Los Angeles, whether in the form of the Coltrane legacy or occasional manifestations of Sun Ra consciousness or singer Dwight Trible's Life Force Trio. The Arkestra's lifelong goal of performing and preserving African-American music hasn't wavered, and it's an ideal that the group have been able to take overseas to deeply enthusiastic appreciation. Spreading the good word of Tapscott's artistic philosophy as a way of life is an ideology that precious few other bands or artists ever consider conceiving.
As such, the Arkestra shines like a gem you find was in your backyard all along. Jackson does all this with a casually deft smoothness and real sense of swing instead of the stressed-out, overly busy huffing and puffing of other drummers. Such ensembles as Wild Up, Gnarwhallaby, Lyris Quartet, Dog Star Orchestra and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra are often more interested in finding new ways in which old instruments can be refashioned to make music that echoes the jarring and shifting sounds of the modern world.
Exploring new music is actually an old tradition in L. Their funky-pop songs, such as the idyllic "Passed You By" and "La Jura," float onward in a soft haze of dreamy vocals and Bardo Martinez's keyboards.
Despite such lovely musical settings, Chicano Batman aren't mindless escapists. Dengue Fever — the Los Angeles sextet led by Khmer singer Chhom Nimol — began life as a loose-knit group of aficionados of Cambodian rock music. Their growing dedication to this music — as well as evolving a sound of their own that runs the gamut from girl-group to surf music to psychedelic rock — brought them to the attention of both Peter Gabriel and Tuareg rockers Tinariwen.
They also wound up saving some older Cambodian music with their compilation, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia — but as they tried to find the Cambodians behind those rare songs from the '60s and '70s, they came up against the grim realization that most if not all of those musicians had been murdered in the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge.
The Memphis-born Hassell brings uncommon intuitions about how music, visual art, language, history, food, scents, "culture," the body, the brain and just about everything else forming our beliefs about human nature can be viewed as individual threads in a single, very large fabric, and how that fabric might be endlessly rewoven. Bursting with ideas and better yet persuasive audio sensuality, his new album is titled Listening to Pictures Pentimento Volume One Ndeya.