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  • Ozomatli: Band of the people

    By Ryan Torok

    November 23, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    The Latin band Ozomatli is rocking out on the flatbed of a truck parked on a closed-down Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a Saturday in early November, and the band is playing for a motley group of aging and 20-something hippies, union workers and even some Jews from the...

  • On fire

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 8, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful love ballads: tales of lost loves, broken hearts and dashed hopes. You could say Mizrahi music was Israel’s version of country music....

  • With ‘New Soul,’ a new beginning

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    November 1, 2011 | 8:08 pm

    Yael Naim might need to have her head checked out.  Take her word for it.

    “I don’t know, I think I should go to a psychologist,” she says on the phone from France.  “What’s wrong?”  she asks, perhaps rhetorically, and laughs.

    No, she hasn’t suffered a breakdown on her...

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  • Idan Raichel: From the Personal to the Universal

    by Lior Haykeen, Contributing Writer

    September 27, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Israeli megastar Idan Raichel launched his music career as a keyboardist for various other Israeli artists, with the hope of one day producing his own albums. In his first attempt to do so, Raichel created a studio in his parents’ basement in Kfar Saba and began recording anonymous...

  • From Jewish roots, band sprouts afro/new wave wings

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold are surprised they don’t have a larger Jewish fan base. Most of the songs on the band’s 2009 self-titled debut are in Hebrew, vocalist Top was born in Israel, and earlier this year the band played Jewlicious, a music festival for Jewish...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • The romanticism of Matt Nathanson

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Pop-folkie Matt Nathanson had just returned from hanging in Hawaii, but it was a vacation he only enjoyed “50 percent,” he said.

    “I don’t really do it well,” the 38-year-old said of vacationing. “My time off is really spent digesting things for the music.”

    Still, for...

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