Sounds

Native son Buck Owens helped define the raw and rough-hewn Bakersfield sound that cemented California’s important role in the evolution of country music.
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California Country

The filmmaker's ambitious eight-part, 16-hour documentary Country Music focuses on a uniquely American art form—and could have dug even deeper into California's contributions to the genre.

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10 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.

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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CA’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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A Musical 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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L.A.’s 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.

Hotel California Album Cover
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Hotel California

The Eagles’ classic "Hotel California” ended a musical era — and stood at the beginning of several new ones. This iconic album of summer rock anthems inspires our latest tribute.