This year’s International Accordion Festival didn’t lack for highlights: The master, Paulino Bernal, celebrating his return to the conjunto scene after three decades of self-imposed, radio-evangelism exile; and Amuma Says No, a crowd-pleasing dance band that brought the Basque tradition from Boise, Idaho. But the center of the festival’s energy was unquestionably Kal, the gypsy-punk collective from Serbia, which doubled the pleasure with two accordionists and unpredictably jumped from breakneck beats into relaxed jazz-funk grooves. Their drummer, Goran Savic, is a mean, mustachioed machine. ...

In a more sing-along vein, the Krayolas continue to astound us with their comeback. Two weeks ago, the veteran power-poppers went to New York (along with the West Side Horns) to tape an hour-long performance for Dave Marsh Kicks Out the Jams! on SIRIUS satellite radio, and played a short acoustic set at Sebastian Junger’s the Half King. The Marsh show will air on SIRIUS Disorder (Channel 33) Sunday, October 19, from 9-11 a.m. As if that’s not impressive enough, Little Steven’s Underground Garage (SIRIUS 25) will spotlight the band’s “Catherine” as the “Coolest Song in the World” this weekend.



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