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Chicano Batman's latest album, Invisible People, is a big sounding record, but it's also tight and filled with hooks.
Mikel Jollett shares how 'Hollywood Park,' his book and album of the same name, came to be.
Not only was he was the rock and roll leader of Possum Dixon, but he's a world class magician, storyteller and now author with his 2019 memoir, Strange Cures, which explores his life and a very untold side of LA.
The Los Angeles trio performs live from the famed club Hotel Cafe, sharing the importance of the venue, and how they discovered they could sing in such perfect harmony.
The leader of The War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel, talks from his from his LA home about how the band perfected performing together, even though they were recording from places all across the country.
The band's been flipping pop conventions for the past five decades; that innovation continues on its latest, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.
Ethan Gruska has produced albums for Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers and Manchester Orchestra, but he's also a successful solo artist. He'll play a few songs from his excellent sophomore album, En Garde, for this Sense of Place session.
We met up with Liz Phair during a Sense Of Place trip to Los Angeles last year. She performs live and talks about her journey, overcoming expectations, her upcoming album, Soberish.
World Cafe's Nashville correspondent, Ann Powers, talks about the state of Music City and five new releases that she's excited about.
His new album is called The Loves of Your Life, and each song was written about a different person — some strangers, some friends. Hamilton embellished some details and changed some names, but he didn't tell anyone he was writing about them.
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