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The Olms: A Retro Take On Pete Yorn’s Infectious Melodies

August 8, 2013 - Pete Yorn has long had an easy way with hooky rock songs. He also likes to work with others, most recently with actress Scarlet Johansson.
Telekinesis – Bright Power Pop From Drummer Michael Benjamin Lerner

August 7, 2013 - Telekinesis’ Michael Benjamin Lerner sings from behind the drum set when the band plays live, but on the albums he plays almost all the instruments.
Sam Amidon’s Music May Have Traditional Roots, But These Are Not Your (Grand)Father’s Fiddle Tunes!

August 6, 2013 - Sam Amidon’s parents were folk performers in Vermont where he grew up. His best friend was fellow musician and arranger Thomas Bartlett (Doveman).
Big Country’s Anthemic Sound is Intact on New Album The Journey

August 2, 2013 - With the death in 2001 of Stuart Adamson, the leader as well as lead singer of the Scottish band Big Country, most would have assumed the band was over. Not so.
Worth The Wait: Lissie Takes Her Time Making Her Second Album

August 1, 2013 - When Lissie stopped by he World Cafe for her session a month or so ago she hadn’t even named her new album yet.
Rhye: Sexy Music From A Duo Who Prefer To Make It Anonymously

July 31, 2013 - The first place people heard the music of Rhye was in a series of sensual videos posted to the web with little or no accompanying information. The point for the duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal, who made the album Woman was for people to focus on the music, not the personality of the singer.
Los Angeles’ La Santa Cecilia Write Immigration Anthem

July 30, 2013 - In the beginning La Santa Cecilia started playing in Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles for tourists and passers-by.


At A Loss For Words: Steve Martin Asks Edie Brickell To Write Lyrics For Their Collaboration

August 27, 2013 - Steve Martin is a true renaissance man. Add to his accomplishments as an actor, writer of everything from movie scripts to novels, art collector and very funny man; award-winning banjo player. His easy lilting melodies on the banjo have met Edie Brickell’s (of New Bohemian’s fame) lyrics on the new album Love Has Come For You.
Tuareg Desert Guitarist Bombino Makes Nomad With Black Key’s Dan Auerbach

August 30, 2013 - Nomad is an appropriate title for guitarist Bombino’s new album. Certainly the Tuareg people are a nomadic people but the guitarist has been forced to move because of politics twice during his life.
The Wilderness Inspires New Album And Book From The Handsome Family

July 22, 2013 - Husband and Wife Brett and Rennie Sparks have been creating their unique musical world together since the 1990’s. Brett sings and writes the melodies and Rennie is the lyricist.
Sense of Place: Rio – Bossa Nova singer Vinicius Cantuária from The Archive

July 19, 2013 - In 2004, Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuária visited us at The Cafe, he was in the midst of a string of gorgeous well-praised albums that began with Sol Na Cara in 1996. We revisit this session, recorded around the release of Horse and Fish, as part of our
Sense Of Place: Rio - "Rio Is A Small Music Community..There Is a Kind Of Interaction That Makes The Music Unique Here." ~ Kassin

July 19, 2013 - Kassin was the perfect person to talk with us about the contemporary music scene in Rio during our Sense of Place visit. Not only is he an artist - his latest album Sonhando Devager translates to “Dream Slowly” – but he is an in-demand producer working out of his own studio with people like Marisa Monte and Arto Lindsay.
Sense of Place: Rio – Tropicália Architects Os Mutantes From The Archives

July 18, 2013 - One of the most influential Brazilian psychedelic rock bands of the Tropicália movement, Os Mutantes released its first album in 35 years, Haih or Amortecedor in 2009.
Sense of Place: Rio - Do amor Proves There Are Rock Bands In Rio

July 18, 2013 - Do Amor are a four piece Rio rock band that has been playing together since the members were 15 when they bonded over cheap vinyl. They recently released their second album Piracema.
Forro In The Dark - Building On The Sound of Brazil’s Northeast

July 17 - Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a triangle, an accordion and a bass-like drum called a zabumba.
From The Favelas, A Beautiful New Voice

July 17, 2013 - The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets.
Raised in Rio and New York City Can Sylvio Fraga Call Himself a Carioca?

July 17, 213 - Songwriter Sylvio Fraga joins us today singing with his Trio. His music definitely has samba underneath but also a hefty dose of American singer-songwriters.
"Talking About All The Styles of Samba Is Like Talking About All The Styles of Rock!"

July 16, 2013 - Our guest today Alex Shaw directs the Philadelphia band Alo Brasil. The group manages to synthesize all the various types of samba for American audiences. They are very busy around carnival time in February.
The Roots of Samba Live

July 16, 2013 - The first stop on our World Cafe Sense of Place trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of city of Salvador on the country’s northeast coast. Hoping to get a sense of the roots of the samba, the backbone of Brazilian music, we captured a performance there from one of the most thrilling groups ever on the Cafe.
Following Global Smash Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix French Band Goes Bankrupt!

August 12, 2013 - Years ago the French were the most maligned of the globe’s pop music makers, turning out nothing original.
From Punk Beginnings To Folk - Frank Turner’s Music Inspires Fanatical Following

August 29, 2013 - The music biz word is that singer-songwriter Frank Turner is “too British” to catch on in the States.
The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, Makes The Most of His Late In Life Shot

Soul man Charles Bradley always knew he could sing. His fellow members of The Job Corps told him, everybody throughout his life let him know. He just never got the shot, shuttling from one odd job to another.
Oklahoma’s Broncho Combines Punk And Alternative For Big Fun

July 9, 2013 - Listening to Broncho’s debut album Can’t Get Past The Lips you are reminded as much of The Ramones as you are of Weezer. This is a fun aggressive pop band that straddles the line between punk and pop.
What Did Danger Mouse Do For Portugal. The Man?

July 5, 2013 - Portugal. The Man are a shape-shifting indie-rock band originally from Wasilla, Alaska. Led by vocalist John Gourley, the band went the indie route entirely until they were signed by Atlantic records before their last album.
Is Duane Allman The Greatest Slide Guitarist Ever?

July 4, 2013 - Certainly fans of current Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks might put up an argument, but there is ample evidence on the new box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective to support believers in the talent of the guitarist who died at the age of 24 in 1971.
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