For the last edition of Pulse in 2012, we span a broad spectrum of genres and cultures for a look at some of the best songs, hottest newcomers, and most interesting projects in the music scene.
Celebrated Israeli folk-rocker Asaf Avidan chats about why he loves performing in Berlin, what inspires him, and how he first tried to stop the chart-topping "One Day" remix that boosted him to international fame.
Six out of 10 Brazilians know a woman who's experienced domestic violence, according to a recent survey. Hiphop artist André Luis Machados in Rio de Janeiro uses his music to get people to rethink violence against women.
In pubs and bars, the background noise can often drown out the band. So music fans started throwing gigs where the musicians get more respect - in their own apartments. The movement, called Sofar Sounds, is spreading around the world.
Taking opera out of the concert hall, Hetna Regitze Bruun performs in a much more intimate space - in people's homes. She is part of a group that is taking opera and chanson off the big stage.
Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, this genre-bending eight-piece Latin-funk band from Cologne is still making party music. But also isn’t afraid of making political statements.