Fronted by Juan Blak, the 2019 release of BlaK SundaY’s “Our War” is a testament to the band’s progressive message and aggressive sound. With a with a run-time of four minutes, intersecting issues of racism, classism, and sexuality are confronted with courageous baritone vocals, steadfast lyricism, and an ensemble of postpunk and gothic rock attitude.
In “Open Up Your Eyes, Dr. Parthenia Grant, a Holistic Therapist, educator, and host of Divine Love Talk, aims to “spark discussions that will lead to taking actions.” The video features original music composed by Eric Taylor & Grammy nominated producer Simon Morel. Personal power, stewardship of natural resources, and issues of corruption are illustrated with humor, wit, and a critical lens.
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WRITTEN: LOS ANGELES, CA. 2017. | EDITED: EUGENE, OR. 2019
TIKAL SUN (pronounced tee-call) is a band of eco-conscious alt rockers hailing from North Hollywood, California. These musicians produce soulful music that has tribal and psychedelic elements to it. The lineup includes Flutist Juan Cardenas, rhythm guitarist Nelson Alburquenque, percussionist Billy Rodriguez and drummer Matt Gottesman. The quartet has performed throughout the San Fernando region at venues such as Tia Chucha, Mental Mondays, and Kulak Woodshed.
Skulrot is San Fernando Valley Punk, an effervescent trio with a diverse catalog of original music. The bags of bones known as Skulrot include John “Red Ruff” Reddick (Guitar/ Vox), Paul Winter DesCombes,(Percussion) and Sanford (Bass/Vox). From graveyards to pubs, and beyond they rock out with an array of original music and cache of covers by the likes of The Ramones, the Misfits, the Exploited, Mud Honey and more.