If you ask how California is doing, some government types might say the answer is pretty good. The state is building up its rainy day fund; it's creating jobs faster than the country as a whole; and it leads the US when it comes to things like fighting climate change. There's a prevailing view that California is enjoying a major recovery from the economic downturn. But Zócalo's Connecting California columnist Joe Mathews says you get a completely different take on the situation from local pop culture, especially music, which is much more in tune with the struggles of everyday life in California.
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