Cold Specks is the stage name of 23-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Al Spx. The London-based artist started Cold Specks as a small acoustic solo project for Spx to showcase her soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics, influenced by southern gospel music and soul musicians, such as James Carr.
Sidi Touré is a Songhai blues singer/songwriter who hails from northern Mali. Although Touré had a privileged upbringing growing up in a royal family in Mali, he still knows a thing or two about the blues that has influenced his music.
Yale dropout and prolific indie songwriter Dave Longstreth is back with a new CD, Swing Lo Magellan, released July 10.
Dirty Projectors had a breakthrough in 2009 with the album Bitte Orca, and released a much-anticpated new album in July on Domino Records.
Southern-style rhythm was always in Patterson Hood's blood. Born in Alabama to David Hood, a bassist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, young Patterson started writing songs at the age of eight. Within two decades, he would be known as a veteran musical talent writing songs and performing them on nationwide tours with country rock phenomenon Drive-By Truckers. Between 1996 and 2011, Hood and the Truckers would release nine albums, four of which peaked in the top fifty in the US. Not content to rest on his laurels, Patterson began simultaneously producing solo work in 2004.
Down to earth and very talented, Kelly Hogan is in demand and on the road most of the time. Opening - and singing backup vocals- for Neko Case - Hogan has not had much time to record solo.
Her recent release, I Like to Keep Myself In Pain, was her first in ten years (June, 2012 on ANTI Records).
The members of experimental psychedelic band Animal Collective first met in school in Baltimore County, Maryland. After collaborating on various musical endeavors throughout high school and college, David Porter and Noah Lennox put out their first album under the name “Avey Tare and Panda Bear” in 2000. The two were then joined by Brian Weitz for their second record, which was released in 2001 under the name Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist.
1. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow”
2. JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys “If You Let Me”
3. Best Coast “Boyfriend”
4. Jukebox The Ghost “Empire”
5. KT Tunstall “Fade Like A Shadow”
6. Lyle Lovett “Natural Forces”
7. The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
1. The Shins - "Simple Song"
2. Of Monsters And Men - "Little Talks"
3. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"
4. Caitlin Rose - "Shanghai Cigarettes"
5. Dr. Dog - "That Old Black Hole"
6. Alabama Shakes - "Boys And Girls"
7. Bonnie Raitt - "Used To Rule The World"
In this installment of the Latin Roots series, Raul Pacheco from the Grammy award-winning Latin band Ozomatli talks with WXPN’s David Dye about how politics influence music. Pacheco knows a lot about this topic, as Ozomatli have been a politically-driven band from their inception.