Jon Matsumoto

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Review: ‘Freestyle’


This fascinating documentary offers a rare glimpse into the New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles hip-hop undergrounds. Rather than focus on the negative stereotypes that have dogged the rap genre…

Basic instinct


As she was making the label rounds, the rap on Meredith Brooks was that she was a sassy singer-songwriter in the Alanis Morissette mold -- perhaps too much so to make a name for herself.

Local heroes


The volume and diversity of musical talent in Los Angeles is simply staggering. From classical players, jazz hounds and studio aces to grunge rockers, mariachi bands and polka outfits, L.A. is home…

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