Music from Scandinavian artists this week and their soul mates in the most northerly reaches of the Celtic world. Listen for Orkney sisters Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley, also Aly Bain and Ale Moller, Vartina, Vasen and the inspired pairing of English accordion player Karen Tweed with Finnish pianist Timo Alakotila.
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.
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.