Multi-Instrumentalist Mayra Vargas Breaks into the Los Angeles Music Scene with her First Andean Pop Single

Every so often I have the good fortune to connect with musicians who are part of the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. Just last week I published an interview with the talented Martin Lopez-Iu, in which he discussed his debut solo project Zanja Madre and premiered his music video, Mulholland’s Nightmare, on this blog.

Los Angeles Folk-Rocker Martin Lopez-Iu Talks About His Debut Solo Album, William Mulholland & Writing Songs About Place

As longtime readers of Curating LA know, I love talking to writers, musicians and artists who are inspired by Los Angeles and whose work is able to reveal some truth about the city through their artistic expression. I was therefore very intrigued when Martin Lopez-Iu reached out to offer Curating LA the opportunity to premiere […]

One Guitar | One Week | One Song

In a world that seems to grow ever more complex by the day, it’s refreshing to come upon a simple idea that’s well executed and leads to a satisfying outcome. That’s precisely how I’d describe The Acoustic Guitar Project (AGP), “…a global music platform — and concert series — that inspires musicians to write an original song and record […]

Tour the Historic Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood 

When I learned that Capitol Studios planned to celebrate its 60th anniversary by hosting tours of its historic facility, I immediately purchased a ticket. After all, this was my chance to get inside one of the most iconic mid-century modern buildings in Los Angeles.

Freeway City, The Story of Gardena, CA is Now Online

Although I grew up in Los Angeles and have explored many parts of LA County, I have to admit I knew little about the City of Gardena. So when I received an email from filmmaker Max Votolato promoting his new documentary about this South Bay city, my curiosity was piqued.

Art, Music & Family Fun at TarFest 2015

I’m always attracted to events that help cultivate the local arts scene in Los Angeles, which is why I’m so excited about TarFest 2015, the annual music and culture festival hosted by KCSN-FM 88.5 and LAUNCH LA. This free, all ages event features an impressive roster of rising local artists and musicians, a Lagunitas Biergarten […]

Have You Met VuHaus Yet? Curated Video From KCRW and Other Leading Public Radio Stations

KCRW has long been one of my go to sources to hear music by emerging and established artists. I highly value the distinctive taste of the station’s DJs and regularly listen to their various programs on air, online and on my mobile phone.