Ibeyi Connect With Love Through Music

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Ibeyi | The Cedar Cultural Center | Monday, March 30

During every performance, Ibeyi light two small candles on stage--one for their late father and one for their late sister. It's a way for the duo, comprised of twin-sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz, to honor their lost loved ones, and also a part of their Cuban traditions. Their father was conga master Miguel 'Angá' Díaz of Irakere and Buena Vista Social Club, and they grew up with Santería, the Afro-Cuban religion based on West African Yoruba culture. In their self-titled debut released in February on XL, they build on their Yoruba roots, mixing in elements of soul, jazz, electronica, and hip hop. Lisa-Kaindé sings lead vocals and plays piano, while Naomi sings and plays percussion--cajón, batá drums, and beats.

Ibeyi (Yoruba for "twins") have taken the music world by storm these past months, appearing everywhere from the New York Times to BBC 1, to Havana Cultura. Coming off their first South by Southwest, the sisters are now on a full U.S. tour. In advance of their March 30th show at the Cedar, Gimme Noise spoke with the twins via Skype during a photo shoot in Paris, where they spoke openly about cultural identity, religion, their love of film, and their music.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 3/30-4/2

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Matthew E. White -- see Wednesday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/27-29

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band -- see Friday!
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Human Kindness Bash Out Midwest Angst on Not Apathetic

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Human Kindness | Turf Club | Thursday, March 26

Minneapolis rock quartet Human Kindness packed a lot of ambition into their full-length debut, Not Apathetic. The eleven guitar-fueled songs are catchy, anguished explosions. Longtime Madison friends and bandmates David Lawrence Anderson, Alex Brodsky, and Willem Vander Ark all moved to Minneapolis to attend college, and eventually hooked up with Josh Olson to complete their lineup.

After self-recording their awesomely-titled debut EP, You Are So Loud That I Want To Die, the group enlisted the help of Hollow Boys' Ali Jaafar for their LP, recording it in his sonic playground, Ecstattic Studio. Ahead of their tape release show tonight at the Turf Club (where they will be joined by Gloss and Nancy's Raygun), we spoke about Ali's influence and how the culture of the Midwest helps shape their songs.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 3/23-26

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Delfeayo Marsalis -- see Wednesday and Thursday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/20-22

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Tycho -- see Sunday!
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Inside Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield's Elliott Smith Album

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Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield | Fitzgerald Theater | Sunday, March 22
For decades now, the late Elliott Smith's music has shaped people's lives. Among the converted are Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Three years ago, the duo got together to record an album of Elliott Smith songs to celebrate what they felt was one of the under-appreciated collection of music that helped define '90s alternative rock. The album, simply named Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, takes his songs and reworks them into new but still familiar forms.

The duo will be at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday evening to show the care and detail they put into their interpretation of songs conceived long ago.
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Why We Love Carl Craig

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Considered a member of Detroit techno's second wave of artists, Carl Craig was not the first to do it, but few can match the diversity of his output. The Detroit sound has evolved as technology has, going from blues and jazz to the soul and R&B of Motown to psychedelic funk to eventually techno. While the connection among all these styles of music may not be apparent, Craig has embraced the entire spectrum and blurred the lines between them as much as anyone since George Clinton.

Craig, born and raised in Detroit, began his music career in 1989 with some club-focused collaborations with techno founding father Derrick May before rattling off an impressive string of releases over the next decade. He began using aliases in addition to his own name -- such as 69, Paperclip People, and Innerzone Orchestra -- to capture the many different moods and styles of his music. While many of his releases were techno or house, there were also numerous jazz and experimental tracks.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 3/16-19

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Haley Bonar -- see Wednesday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts on St. Patrick's Day

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Here's a collection of all the music events to check out on St. Paddy's Day this Tuesday. Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

See also:
Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Tomorrow

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