• Gustafer Yellowgold Creator on Creativity and Social Media Matters

    Gustafer Yellowgold is playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend. Well, technically Gustafer isn’t – he’s a cartoon alien from the sun, after all – rather his creator Morgan Taylor will be performing. I bought a DVD/CD of Gustafer ages ago when my boys were younger and really into the kiddie rock music scene, back when Nickelodeon still played music videos by the likes of Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes. It was a great time in kid music, when songs appealed not only to children but their parents too. I suppose that music scene still thrives even if they don’t show any videos on TV anymore. (Who…

  • Music Monday | Mistaken for Strangers | The National

    Mistaken For Strangers and The National

    Months later and I am still thinking about it. I watched the National in concert at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As expected, the music was phenomenal. But what made the show extra special was the screening of “Mistaken for Strangers,” a documentary movie by Tom Berninger, who happens to be the younger brother of Matt, lead singer for the critically-acclaimed rock band The National. Painfully honest and comical at times, “Mistaken for Strangers,” tells the story of two brothers. It could be any two brothers in the world! The differences between two siblings, the unbreakable bonds, the joy and pain in any sibling relationship are universal. This film…

  • The Airborne Toxic Event Makes Waves with the Pacific Symphony

    It’s no secret. I’ve professed my devotion to The Airborne Toxic Event (TATE) across social media. And if you meet me in person, I’ll let you know too. So when the day finally arrived for their show in Orange County as part of the Wavelength Festival, I was ecstatic. The writer sitting next to me had shared that the Keb Mo/Bonnie Raitt performance the night before was amazing. He was a Keb Mo fan. He asked me to describe TATE and I started off with saying “Well, they are a rock band.” “Like Nirvana?” he asked. “Well no, more melodic,” I said, “there’s a violinist in the band for one…

  • Games, Music and Magic: Pacific Symphony + Video Games Live

    Watching a Pacific Symphony show is always memorable, and watching any show outdoors under the night sky is always extra special. So when the Pacific Symphony presented “Video Games Live” at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater last week, it was quite an experience! My tween son and I arrived just in time for the show to start. The sun had just began to set and onstage there was a pre-show costume contest which was won by a young Mario brother. A video screen showed funny clips like the video of Ms. Pac Man being chased down New York streets by ghosts; and later throughout the show there were funny clips from…

  • Music Monday: Social Media Lessons from The Roxy and a Spring Playlist

    When Nic Adler of the Roxy Theater in Hollywood asked me what new music I listened to, I went blank and took a while to even mention Ra Ra Riot. It was a bit embarrassing but this was during the Getty Social after spoke to the social media people gathered there. During his talk, he shared how The Roxy Theater (@theroxy on Twitter) used social media. Some of his more important points were: How @theroxy listened on Twitter in order to grow its following instead of just broadcasting and posting messages, “The more we listened, the more our  Twitter following grew.” (The Roxy currently has 127, 940 followers) How they…

  • Music Monday: 2012 Indie Rock Ear Candy

    Thanks to Colorado blogger Greeblemonkey, I discovered Rdio in time to come up with my own list of tunes that make 2012 a memorable year in music for me. Some might be familiar to you as they’ve been played in commercials on TV, like for cars or computers. But if you want to know how I discovered this alternative sonic landscape, check out Sirius XMU, KCRW, NPR Music and various other online channels that feature new music. Don’t think me a music snob though.I listen to commercial radio too like KROQ but it is my sincerest hope that more people support independent artists in 2013. I mean, really, I get…

  • Music Monday: Tapioca and The Flea

    New music excites me. New music performed live excites me even more. Unfortunately, my forays into live concert venues are few and far between so that I have to content myself to the usual online sources – blip.fm, myspace, bandcamp, soundcloud, npr music, kcrw, college radio, sirius xmu. Last month though I was lucky enough to catch an indie experimental pop-rock group called “Tapioca and the Flea”  at the Yelp All Hopped Up event at The Observatory in Santa Ana. According to what I’ve read, Tapioca and the Flea is really the stage name of recording artist Samuel Jacob from Los Angeles, who performs with his friends Ronnie Knott, (guitarist) and Frank…