The scene there is both long-lasting and newly burgeoning, something you might not expect from the sunny city known for its beaches.
We speak to Maan Abu Taleb about the challenges of running the world's premier Arabic-language online music magazine
We spoke with Mahmoud Refat, head of the influential 100Copies label, about what makes the sound so vital.
"You feel an invisible hand pulling you back from progress," says founder Kubilay Yigit, but that hasn't stopped him from creating an international roster.
After 27 years of censorship, the 70s guitar great has released the album he was forbidden from making.
47Soul is a band whose politically-conscious style of Arabic dance music is catching on everywhere from Lebanon to London.
Watch the premiere of the San Diego duo's video for "Hidden Tin."
"It's very accepting. You can have a beard and wear a dress. You can be straight. You can be a beautiful drag queen. You can be an ugly drag queen."
After LA's DIY music venue The Smell was threatened with a demolition notice, we spoke to some of the bands who came up performing and hanging out there.
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