If you want some real cross-cultural, hybridized, freaky hipster funk, look no further than Rubblebucket, the brass-powered ensemble out of Brooklyn (via Boston, via UVM). These guys tread the line between indie art-rock and afro-jamband, and they tie these seemingly disparate elements together so well that it'll blow your mind.
They're currently spreading their unique brand of party music (dubbed yes wave) on a big nation-wide tour, and are clearly destined for bigger and better things, as their sound is epic. They certainly blew our minds with their performance in SF last week, as chronicled over at Jambase:
One of their best songs is "Came Out of a Lady," which exemplifies the power which their horn section gives their great songwriting:
But the biggest surprise of the show had to be the mean old-school NYC mashup the band busted out in the middle of the set -- equal parts "Heart of Glass," "Rapture," and "White Lines," all mixed into a big stew of party (complete with dancing robots):