Author: Bliss Bowen

Pop-jazz vocal sextet m-pact performs rare LA concert at Caltech Saturday

Acappella music has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past decade, as evidenced by the success of Pentatonix and the “Pitch Perfect” movies. Few things compare to the emotional power of the human voice, but it is surprising that a cappella found mainstream favor when pop audiences routinely expect elaborate production values. “In many ways it is countercultural to much of the popular music we hear,” concedes Jeff Smith, artistic director of m-pact, who’ll give a rare local concert at Caltech Saturday. “A cappella music by its very nature is raw. “There are certainly ways to enhance the...

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Earth Day celebrations locally and worldwide emphasize ending plastic pollution and building sustainable practices

Since his appointment in February 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has shown himself to be more concerned with spending taxpayer money on excessive security details than honoring his agency’s original mission, and many Americans seem confused about precisely what the EPA does and whether environmental activism ever makes a difference. Have public events like Earth Day ever inspired meaningful change at the federal level?    Yes, especially in the 1970s. Air pollution and acid rain were foremost concerns at the first declared Earth Day — April 22, 1970 — and inspired an estimated 20 million American citizens to participate...

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TRAX – 04.19.18

THE MOONDOGGIES, A Love Sleeps Deep (Hardly Art): 3 STARS Like other Pacific Northwest ensembles — Blitzen Trapper, the Cave Singers, Fleet Foxes, Horse Feathers — this Washington state quintet embraced folky rusticity. But frontman/guitarist Kevin Murphy and his bandmates are essentially classic rockers, with a yen for big-hearted jams and melodies. Those give cinematic boost to “Cinders,” “Soviet Barn Fire,” “Sick in Bed” and the psychedelic-tinged “Underground (A Love Sleeps Deep),” the latter two informed by Murphy’s conscious stock-taking of the world now that family life’s readjusted his mind. At the Hi Hat in Highland Park Friday, April...

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USC sophomore Mason Summit opens for veteran Brit rocker Terry Reid at Wild Honey Foundation’s Autism Think Tank benefit Sunday

With four warmly reviewed albums to his credit, including this year’s “Summer Cold,” songwriter/guitarist Mason Summit would appear to have a competitive edge at USC’s Thornton School of Music. But while the well-spoken sophomore’s grateful for the “nice community of fellow musicians and supportive family” who’ve helped facilitate his accomplishments, he’s keenly aware “a lot of people … are way further along in their careers than I am.” His sights are trained on the horizon. The poised Santa Monica native has virtually grown up on LA stages, mentored by industry veterans, and recently performed alongside marquee acts at Wild...

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Lobby for Change

Climate change has arrived. As monstrously abstract as it seems, it is not some possibility of a problem on the horizon; it is here, now. With it come contentious debates about timeline urgency, most efficient means of grappling with the challenge, and best ways for citizens to become meaningfully involved. Businesses worldwide are being affected by climate change, motivating companies to take action. According to a report issued by the World Economic Forum at its January meeting in Davos, Switzerland, four of the top 10 major threats to business in 2018 are climate-related, outranking cyberattacks (No. 3) and terrorism...

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