Author Archive | Collin Lapinsky

Tinariwen @ KCRW'S Apogee Sessions 3/29/17. Photo by Dustin Downing. Courtesy of KCRW. Used with permission.

With Tinariwen, The Desert Blues Have Never Sounded More Empowered [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: TINARIWEN @ KCRW'S APOGEE SESSION 3/29/17

Like many others in the wake of February’s drought-breaking rain, I made the trip to Joshua Tree National Park following highly corroborated promises of flowers blooming in this desert for the first time, supposedly, in years. Attached to the park map provided upon entry is Joshua Tree’s Spring 2017 informational newspaper, whose feature story “A […]

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Kodo: Dadan. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Used with permission.

Kodo: Dadan Builds Suspense With Every Pulse [REVIEW] REVIEW: KODO: DADAN 2017 @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL 2/7/17

  One of the first words that comes to mind to describe the music of Taiko drumming ensemble Kodo is “visceral”; I am far from the first to describe them this way, and it may have something to do with the word “Kodo” itself, which means heartbeat. Their performance of Dadan 2017 pulsed through the […]

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