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Blaudzun, performing live at SXSW 2013. (NPR Music)

Blaudzun: NPR Front Row

Apr 4, 2013

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Bob Boilen

The Dutch band Blaudzun had its work cut out for it at the SXSW Music Festival, as it somehow wound up opening for a March 15 showcase of Turkish music. But Blaudzun's songs are so undeniably infectious that, by the time the band played "Elephants" — the song featured in this Front Row video — the folks at Austin, Texas' Cedar Street Courtyard were singing and dancing to music they'd never heard before.

Blaudzun, featuring singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond and a rotating cast of friends, recently released its third album, Heavy Flowers. Recorded at Sigmond's home studio in Amsterdam, with additional sessions around the Netherlands and Barcelona, it's full of jubilant, beautiful music.

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Producers: Saidah Blount, Bob Boilen, Mito Habe-Evans, Amy Schriefer; Assistant Producer and Editor: Denise DeBelius; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Katie Hayes Luke; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Kevin Wait; Special Thanks To South by Southwest, Cedar Street Courtyard, Drom, the Turkish Consulate of the United States

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