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Kinky On World Cafe

Oct 31, 2012

A quintet from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky formed in 1998. Dust Brothers' John King — who has worked with Beck, The Rolling Stones and The Beastie Boys — produced the band's latest album, Sueño De La Maquina (Dream Machine).

The band is nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Alternative Music Album and Best Alternative Song, and is also nominated for Best Latin Artist North at the MTV Europe Awards. Dream Machine mixes hypnotic lyrics with electronic rhythms.

Richie Hawtin In Concert: Moogfest 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Richie Hawtin came up in the Detroit techno scene during the '90s and built his reputation on minimalist dance music. It's not for everyone, but those who follow any of Hawtin's numerous aliases do so with impassioned vigilance. Hawtin is a regular winner of international DJing awards and has a devout following in Europe.

Here, Hawtin performs live as part of Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C., on Oct. 26.

Andy Stott In Concert: Moogfest 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Andy Stott is known for deep, brooding techno that's shrouded in fuzzy tones. Hailing from Manchester in the U.K., the producer has released music under his own name and as Andrea for almost a decade. His latest album, Luxury Problems, is dark, textural and balanced with haunting, elegant vocals.

Here, Stott performs live at Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C.

Disclosure In Concert: Moogfest 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence grew up on the outskirts of London, and got their start in the U.K. garage scene under the name Disclosure. One of their most popular remixes — of "Running" by U.K. pop newcomer Jessie Ware — gained support from BBC radio DJs like Annie Mac, and secured their status as one of the most exciting teams to hit the club circuit in years.

Here, Disclosure performs live at Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C.

Morton Subotnick released the first all-electronic album, Silver Apples of the Moon, in 1967. Last Friday, he returned to Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, N.C., to perform the whole thing live.

Call it what you want — superstorm, Frankenstorm, post-tropical cyclone — Mother Nature dished out something freakishly fearsome with Hurricane Sandy. It claimed more than 100 lives throughout the Northeast and the Caribbean, while causing what will surely be billions of dollars of damage in the form of washed-out businesses and flood-ravaged homes. It's a history-making hurricane that, alas, will not be soon forgotten.

Song Premiere: Ilsa, 'Fluid Bound'

Oct 31, 2012

Ilsa makes no secret of reveling in debauchery and exploitation flicks, so Intoxicantations is a perfectly clever title for the band's new album. The word-mash is a little hokey, like a B-movie with a lot of blood and bare-chested women, but still a line every metalhead or pulp comic-book writer will wish he'd thought of first. But even the most awesomely gruesome titles and covers need real guts (spilling out or otherwise), and with "Fluid Bound," the Washington, D.C., metal band drips with demented horror.

Haley Bonar has been crafting gorgeous, stately pop and wounded ballads for more than a decade now, and her fans still often find themselves explaining, "It's pronounced Bonner." At this point, Bonar deserves to have people pronounce her name correctly and then some, because she's a remarkable performer, with a terrific ear for detail and a gift for masking melancholy observations with hooks that stick.

This review was originally broadcast on Sept. 26, 2012.

Jazz multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, who died at 88 in December 2011, recorded with many trios in the 1970s. But his most celebrated trio was barely recorded at all. In 2007, it played a reunion concert — its first in 26 years.

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