Spanish Gold is a band out of South Texas, and the band's debut album, South of Nowhere, draws inspiration from life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Singer Dante Schwebel discusses the band's sound and the meanings behind the lyrics.
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Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like Simone Dinnerstein, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.
After two decades recording and performing, Meshell Ndegeocello no longer has any illusions about the way music publicity works. "You need those generalizations to create a marketing scheme," the celebrated bassist and songwriter says, "and it's hard to make a generalization about me."
No one else makes music that sounds like this. Juana Molina takes familiar elements — guitars, drums, keyboards, voice — and manipulates them into bewildering, attractive, polished jewels. Her songs don't fall into beat patterns we're used to, but we can dance to them. The guitar doesn't make sounds you'd expect, but we can relate to them. It's as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own.
Mandolin fever swept the United States in the early 20th century, and alas, they didn't have a cure in those days. The lute-like instrument was the rage on college campuses. And mandolin orchestras - hundreds spread across the country played to wildly enthusiastic crowds.
Though New York City-based Gabriel Kahane wasn't raised there, The Ambassador feels like a musical tour of Los Angeles. The album makes 10 stops in the city where the composer and singer-songwriter was born and only came to appreciate later in life, each with a specific address used as the song title.
The 2nd Annual Sayler Park Sustains community festival takes places this Saturday from 10am to 10pm. It's a day-long celebration of community, stewardship, and sustainability with music, demonstrations, vendors, raffles, local food and brews, and kid-friendly fun in Sayler Park. Come on out and meet the Real Mary Peale as she broadcasts her show live on location from noon until 4pm.