TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

The daytime hustle of an artist does not define them. Ask them what they do and their secondary answer may include terms like “day job” or “paycheck,” but rarely “career.” It carries too much weight. It suggests that so-called work life is fulfilling and secure. It pretends that there is only one path in a world of infinite possibilities. Small-time musicians often tend to confine their creativity to off-hours, usually …

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Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon at Echo Park Lake she gives wry examples: “Tinder is the two percent milk of …

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In Praise of the Firm Soundation’s Gospel Brunch

As you learn in the introductory video at Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim, the Biblical music genre has unique roots. Dan Aykroyd, co-star of Blues Brothers and co-founder of the House of Blues chain, narrates the short film to a background of scraping forks and humming mouths. He describes the history of Gospel as a cousin to the Blues – begun by African-Americans who used it to …

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