The Seattle-based EMP Pop Conference -- Shangri-La for music nerds -- has this year split into five regional ones, and the Los Angeles incarnation starts tonight. Musicians, scholars, and music writers from all over Southern California will discuss and debate, with specific focus on everything from Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city to the Long Beach Music scene. The conference is free and open to the public.
The legendary venue Jabberjaw will be the subject of the opening roundtable at the conference
The theme this year is "Pop & Politics In This Town," and co-chair Oliver Wang notes that pop music is defined broadly at the conference -- not so much Top 40 as music popular within any segment of the population. (Another homie, Drew Tewksbury, will also be in effect.)More »