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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.

Leonard Bernstein in Hollywood, 1944, with portable typewriter.
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Bernstein’s Best

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, performing arts organizations around the world - and especially in California - will give thousands of performances of his music this season.

The man who wasn’t really there: former Beach Boy Brian Wilson performing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in May.
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Brian in Winter

Once, Brian Wilson made music that celebrated youth and beaches. Now, as a senior citizen, he’s sounding increasingly washed up.