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California Sounds: New music from Amber Coffman, Ceci Bastida, Leonard Cohen and Mr. Oizo

Los Angeles is a city of immigrants, so it’s hard to get a bead on a contemporary “West Coast sound.” The region has long been known for a breezy, laid-back vibe that connects cool jazz, the Beach Boys, the women and men of Laurel Canyon and Dr. Dre-style G-funk. But that narrative ignores the...
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