Saturday, July 21

British band Massive Attack pioneered the trip-hop genre with its 1991 album "Blue Lines." (Virgin Records)

Across the Pond: Trip-hop innovator Massive Attack brings cultural flavors of Bristol

There’s something about the British Isles that consistently produces musical greatness; it is inherent to the country, its people and its culture. Popular culture has been defined by bands and artists from the UK; they have consistently created new genres and musical subcultures – from the Beatles’ psychedelic rock in the ’60s all the way through to the explosion of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Read more...

Photo: British band Massive Attack pioneered the trip-hop genre with its 1991 album "Blue Lines." (Virgin Records)

British band Massive Attack pioneered the trip-hop genre with its 1991 album "Blue Lines." (Virgin Records)

Kasabian is a British band able to channel Oasis, the Stone Roses and Blur at its best. They will play at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 8. (Courtesy of Charlie Gray)

Across the Pond: Glastonbury headliner Kasabian earned success with steady improvement

There’s something about the British Isles that consistently produces musical greatness; it is inherent to the country, its people and its culture. Popular culture has been defined by bands and artists from the UK; they have consistently created new genres and musical subcultures – from the Beatles’ psychedelic rock in the ’60s all the way through to the explosion of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Read more...

Photo: Kasabian is a British band able to channel Oasis, the Stone Roses and Blur at its best. They will play at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 8. (Courtesy of Charlie Gray)

Kasabian is a British band able to channel Oasis, the Stone Roses and Blur at its best. They will play at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 8. (Courtesy of Charlie Gray)

Southern California native rapper Snoop Dogg was the headliner of Sunday's "Jam Day," at the 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA. 
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

JazzReggae Festival’s Jam Day filled with positivity, camaraderie

The 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA celebrated culture and diversity in Los Angeles, featuring a plethora of craft, cuisine and visual artists complementing the festival's musical performances. Sunday's Jam Day brought with it high energy and a sense of camaraderie between the musicians and the festival-goers. Read more...

Photo: Southern California native rapper Snoop Dogg was the headliner of Sunday's "Jam Day," at the 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

Southern California native rapper Snoop Dogg was the headliner of Sunday's "Jam Day," at the 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA. 
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

(Courtesy of Bryant Hom)
Third-year mechanical engineering student Moonsoo Jo (left), known under the stage name Beat Rhino, will perform a duet at Spring Sing with fourth-year psychology student and singer-songwriter Courtney Randall (right).

Spring Sing Profile: Courtney Randall and Beat Rhino

Courtney Randall dreamed about singing at Spring Sing before she’d even been accepted to UCLA. In 2011, her dream came true. Randall, a first-year at the time, took home the award for best overall entry and the honor of best solo artist the following year. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Bryant Hom) Third-year mechanical engineering student Moonsoo Jo (left), known under the stage name Beat Rhino, will perform a duet at Spring Sing with fourth-year psychology student and singer-songwriter Courtney Randall (right).

(Courtesy of Bryant Hom)
Third-year mechanical engineering student Moonsoo Jo (left), known under the stage name Beat Rhino, will perform a duet at Spring Sing with fourth-year psychology student and singer-songwriter Courtney Randall (right).

(Courtesy of 4AD Records)

Album Review: ‘Nikki Nack’

The first things you notice are the drums. Frantic, syncopated and groovy, the drums on “Nikki Nack”‘s first single, “Water Fountain,” have one intention, and one intention only: to make you dance. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of 4AD Records)

(Courtesy of 4AD Records)


The second weekend of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins Friday in Indio.
(Courtesy of Emily Dinh)

Coachella strays from indie roots, moves toward electronic music

The sun set on the Empire Polo Club in Indio around 7 p.m. last Sunday. Almost on cue, Jeff Mangum, lead singer of Neutral Milk Hotel, began singing: “What a beautiful face/ I have found in this place/ That is circling all round the sun,” from the song “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” I’d waited for most of my adolescent life to catch Mangum live in action and, at Coachella, my wish was finally granted. Read more...

Photo: The second weekend of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins Friday in Indio. (Courtesy of Emily Dinh)

The second weekend of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins Friday in Indio.
(Courtesy of Emily Dinh)