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LA Opera’s first artist in residence, composer-conductor (and MacArthur Fellow) Matthew Aucoin, leads the company’s orchestra in a 2018 production of Rigoletto.
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Matthew Aucoin Makes Opera for 2020

The preternaturally gifted composer Matthew Aucoin travels to the underworld for LA Opera.

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Our 10 Favorite California-based Podcasts

Consider our favorite picks for podcasts from and about California, including selections from Dax Shepard, San Quentin and the Newport Police Department.

SOURCES: Apple, Edison Research and Libsyn
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How We Listen Now: The Podcast Boom

As advertising brings in revenue, will listeners be left behind?

Chicano Batman’s guitarist and singer Bardo Martinez (right) rocks a Florida crowd earlier this year with the band’s potent blend of garage rock, psychedelia and Latin sounds.
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Chicano Batman’s Musical Stew

Latin, psychedelia and garage rock collide to make a unique but underappreciated sound

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California’s Best Podcasts

The recent explosion in podcasts — including the launch of Alta’s own podcast — is producing an enormous amount of interesting audio programming about California and the West. We’ve rounded up our favorites.

Buster Williams’ Something More Quartet performs at a Jazz Bakery show.
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Jazz Bakery’s Moveable Feast

After several itinerant years, Los Angeles' venerable performance space Jazz Bakery is hoping to put down some musical roots in a new Culver City building designed by Frank Gehry.

Exene Cervenka and Billy Zoom of X performing at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last October on the legendary band’s 40th anniversary tour.
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Los Angeles’ Wild Gift

Forty years on, X finally gets credit for its punky place in history. Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein reflects on the band's impact — and what their music means today.

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