Neal Casal is a hot commodity. In fact, most fans of American rock love his guitar work whether they know his solo music or not. Primarily a solo artist and guitarist for Ryan Adams’ backing band, Neal Casal’s career was built on country rock sensibilities and tireless out put.
It starts with Chuck talking about the influence of Grover Washington, Jr.’s song “Mister Magic” because it reminded him of the beat of the church music he used to hear. He was playing with Los Latinos at the time and he decided to get his own band and really use that beat. He took the Latin feel and the African feel and locked it in as well as the call-and-response and kept going.
Rodrigo y Gabriela play everything from heavy metal to jazz to acoustic folk. The dynamic duo met in a thrash metal band in Mexico City, but moved to Dublin in 1999. From Ireland, their avant garde music spread to the UK, then to Europe and the United States before finally finding its way back to Mexico.
When The Ting Tings exploded onto the pop scene in 2007, their grunge-chic style and sound were destined for success. Now, five years after the debut of their hit single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" and four years after their first full length, "We Started Nothing", The Ting Tings are back.
Despite the slow, twisting, syth looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions. Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to band mate Alexei Casselle, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs.
Named as World Cafe: Next Artists just this past March, the charming sister duo First Aid Kit are back with a full-length World Cafe show. Swedish sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg are barely into their twenties but they've already got an international reputation for their incredibly rich harmonies and simple, rousing folk.