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California Sounds: New music from Amber Coffman, Ceci Bastida, Leonard Cohen and Mr. Oizo

California Sounds: New music from Amber Coffman, Ceci Bastida, Leonard Cohen and Mr. Oizo

Los Angeles is a city of immigrants, so it’s hard to get a bead on a contemporary “West Coast sound.” The region has long been known for a breezy, laid-back vibe that connects cool jazz, the Beach Boys, the women and men of Laurel Canyon and Dr. Dre-style G-funk.

But that narrative ignores the bounty of regional Mexican and Latin American music, to say nothing of sounds spilling from patchwork populations. Combined, the constant flow of transient populations adds fresh ideas as quickly as older ones calcify. 

Amber Coffman, “All to Myself”...

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