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Last week, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center reported that La Niña conditions have developed and that there is an 87% chance that La Niña will occur from December to February.

When these conditions appear, the southern states experience milder weather conditions with warmer temperatures. Conversely, the northern states experience above-average snowfall and cooler temperatures. The anchorage will be cooler this winter.

In an article published earlier this year in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health, nearly a fifth of Alaskans surveyed had symptoms consistent with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and 44% reported milder subsyndromal SAD symptoms, also known as the winter blues. .

As the daylight fades and snow showers appear, each of us living here in Anchorage will need a dose of positivity all the time. To bring auditory joy to your ears and body movements, I’m sharing five eclectic groups that radiate positive energy. These recommendations may not alleviate all signs of SAD, but they will brighten your mind and put a smile on your face when you need it most.






The music of this Brooklyn-based group calls itself “the fusion of a tough North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy.” Check out their appearance on NPR Tiny Desk in 2017 for an introduction. Be prepared for their unbridled energy and enthusiasm.






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As they say, Fanfare Ciocarlia “is a 24-legged brass beast whose oriental funk groove has torn venues and festivals across the planet. Their energy and ingenuity won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, from Tokyo to Toulouse. To get your heart racing and your toes pounding, find and start by viewing their 2014 performance on NPR Tiny Desk.






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The trio states that “If a band is a poster for turning the power of positive thoughts and intentions into reality, it is the explosive horn and percussion trio Moon Hooch. This environmentally conscious trio has a reputation for leaving a city where they perform better than when they arrived. And, they invite their fans to join them in cleaning up rivers and planting trees. Learn more about their Permaculture Days of Action and Tree Planting Facilitation on their website. Start with Moon Hooch’s eponymous song, Moon Hooch, for an introduction to their unique sound.






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The Ottawa-based group, formerly known as Tribe Called Red, consists of Indigenous DJs who merge First Nations vocal vocals and percussion with dubstep, reggae, hip hop and moombahton. A few months ago, I was reminded of how much I love listening to The Halluci Nation. While waiting at a red light in Anchorage, I received an unexpected hearing gift as a biker pulled up beside me on his motorbike with Electric Pow Wow playing through his speakers. For a great introduction, look for their performance at the CBC Music Festival in 2018. This 14 minute, 44 second intro will deliver the first lesson as you walk through the banquet of sound. Their latest album, One More Saturday Night, was released a few months ago and is playable on Spotify. Tanokumbia and Land Back are solid options for sampling the new album.






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Gathered in the parking lot of a steel mill in 2004, the group of 30 members was born in Chicago. Mucca Pazza presents itself as a “fanfare with rock and roll sensibilities” and they don’t disappoint. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness their “unprecedented eccentric and frenzied visual presence and original genre compositions”. For the aperitif, to whet your appetite for music, start by watching the Boss Taurus video on their website. Then, for the main meal, order Borino Ono for a taste of what they have to offer.

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