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California Sounds: New L.A. music from Open Mike Eagle, Linda Perhacs and Neil Young

California Sounds: New L.A. music from Open Mike Eagle, Linda Perhacs and Neil Young

Open Mike Eagle, “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream” (Mello Music). The Culver City-based rapper, writer and verbal bon vivant is on a roll right now, what with the release of this epic rap concept album and work on the forthcoming Comedy Central series “The New Negroes.”

The artist, born Michael Eagle in Chicago, sets his new album in that city’s since-demolished Robert Taylor Homes public housing project. He casts the work’s protagonist, “the legendary Iron Hood,” as the neighborhood’s skeptical protector “brought into this world with the instinct to back the hell away/ And the will to write a rap song as long as an Alaskan day.”

On “TLDR (Smithing),” Eagle...

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