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12:43 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

KCRW Presents: Poolside

Poolside performs on KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:55 pm

The mellowed-out party grooves of the daytime disco champions in Poolside were a big hit here at KCRW all last year. What could have been just a fun summer fling proved to have a lot of staying power, though, so by the time we got the L.A. duo in here for a live performance, there was a lot of excitement in the air. Poolside didn't disappoint, even pulling its tourmates from Bonde do Rolê into the studio for a song.

globalFEST
10:57 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Stooges Brass Band: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:03 pm

  • The Stooges Brass Band Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

Though it's the year's premier "world music" event, GlobalFEST embraces many homegrown sounds — and the 2013 roster was full of North American artists. A case in point: The Stooges Brass Band, a New Orleans brass band for the 21st century. It's got that unmistakeable sound of its hometown, but hip-hop, funk, R&B and soul are all in the group's DNA.

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All Songs Considered
10:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Discoveries From globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:35 pm

Every January for the past decade a dozen or more bands from around the world have gathered in New York City for globalFEST - one long, frenzied night of live music showcasing the diverse cultures, histories and numerous sonic branches of "World Music." This year's lineup included Zimbabwe legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago's wildly exuberant marching band Mucca Pazza, and much, much more.

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globalFEST
10:25 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Martha Redbone Roots Project: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:50 pm

  • Martha Redbone Live From Webster Hall

Martha Redbone's music chronicles the crossroads of the American experience. Born in Kentucky and of Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American descent, Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake — a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.

Set List

  • "A Poison Tree"
  • "On Another's Sorrow"
  • "Drums"
  • "This Train Is Bound For Glory"
  • "Skin"
  • "Undone In Sorrow"
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globalFEST
10:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:36 pm

Based in Los Angeles and fronted by the smoky-voiced Marisol Hernandez, the fast-rising band La Santa Cecilia splices and dices an array of Mexican and South American sounds in its songs, from Mexican norteño and ranchera to Colombian cumbia. Here, its members perform smart originals and covers of U2's "One" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" — all with a wry, old-soul knowingness. La Santa Cecilia has already received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2011, but with this GlobalFEST appearance, it's poised to break out to a broader audience.

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