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.
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.
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.
"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.
Red Baraat’s Raucous Party Blends Banghra Music With New Orleans and Even Hip Hop
July 15, 2013 - At a Red Baraat show you may not even notice the music you are dancing and madly waving your hands and butt to is kinda sophisticated. The
combination of Punjabi Banghra music, New Orleans style jazz, go-go and even hip hop is so seamless and the vibe of the party is so exuberant
that barriers fall down.
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.
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.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live Among The Bikes At The Harley-Davidson Museum
July 4, 2013 - A special stripped-down session today from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The band, performing today as a trio, has been together since the 90’s.