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Balkan Beat Box, Soulico, DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid 

When: Fri., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. 2011
The reason why this Balkan music craze didn't immediately burn out the way the Squirrel Nut Zippers-inspired swing revival of the '90s did is simple: Balkan music is still a living thing. Musicians like Beirut and, especially, Balkan Beat Box embrace the classical elements—the brass, the swirling beats—but they fold electronic elements into the songs seamlessly, making it something altogether new. Not every BBB experiment works (some of the rap interludes are painful, especially when the music is slowed down to put the vocals front and center), but a musical failure at least signifies that music is alive. Whether B3 are failing or succeeding, music doesn't get much more alive than this. PAUL CONSTANT

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