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KCRW Presents: Poolside

KCRW

This L.A. disco duo is aptly named, and was a favorite of KCRW throughout 2012. Listen to Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise perform "Take Me Home," with help from members of Brazil's Bonde do Rolê.

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The Stooges Brass Band 2013

The Stooges Brass Band got its start when members of two rival high-school marching bands in New Orleans decided to join forces. Today, the group mixes hip-hop, funk and R&B in its live performances.

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globalFEST: La Santa Cecilia

The Los Angeles band, named after the patron saint of musicians, blends Latin styles such as cumbia, norteño and ranchera. Hear La Santa Cecilia, recorded live from New York City's Webster Hall.

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Christine Salem: globalFEST 2013

Watch the extraordinary singer from the Indian Ocean island of Reunion as she performs with her band, recorded live at Webster Hall in New York City.

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Oliver Mtukudzi And The Black Spirits 2013

Hear one of Zimbabwe's greatest artists, recorded live in concert with his band The Black Spirits at New York City's Webster Hall.

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globalFEST: Fatoumata Diawara

The Malian singer originally moved to France to study acting, and appeared in several films before picking up the guitar and writing her own songs. Hear Fatoumata Diawara, recorded live in concert.

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Mucca Pazza: globalFEST 2013

See the 30-piece marching band give a wildly exuberant performance, recorded live at the Webster Hall Ballroom in New York City.

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Jake Bugg: From High School To The Top Of The World

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The charismatic 18-year-old singer-songwriter and his acoustic guitar have blown up overseas; now, Bugg has set his eyes on America. Watch the wunderkind perform "Two Fingers" live at WFUV.

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Tiny Desk

Black Prairie

With three members of The Decemberists, the band lends a snappy, lilting quality to songs of alienation. Hear Black Prairie perform richly layered versions of songs from last year's A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart.

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Rose Cousins: One Of Folk's Finest From 2012

Folk Alley

The Nova Scotian singer-songwriter appeared on Folk Alley's list of 2012's best folk music. See why in this studio performance of her honest and disarming song "What I See."