Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Sonia Rutstein, vocals and acoustic guitar; Laura Cerulli, vocals, drums and percussion; Chris Sellman, bass

Founded in: current lineup, 2005

Style: folk and acoustic pop

Influenced by: Idan Raichel, Devendra Barnhardt, Patty Griffin

Notable: In September, the group will release a CD titled La Tormenta Santa -- Spanish for "The Holy Storm." The album features songs in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and combinations of the three.

Quotable: "You're sort of oblivious to the language you speak, that you think in," Rutstein said. "You don't realize you're thinking in a particular pattern. ... You can sort of see anthropologically why cultures grow into what they do, based on what their language is. It's very exciting. I love it."

The artist: soniadf.com



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