On this episode of the World Cafe, host David Dye welcomes Pokey LaFarge. The Midwestern singer-songwriter embraces American roots music from the early part of the 20th century. LaFarge showcases his old-timey style in a live set drawn from his new self-titled album, and we'll hear the story behind his stellar collaboration with Jack White on last year's Blunderbuss.
It's Pokey LaFarge on World Cafe, tonight at 8 on WCBE.
Check out Michael Franti's performance from Studio A on September 24th, 2013. He played his songs "The Sound Of Sunshine", "Life Is Better With You", and "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)". We hope enjoy the performances and interview!
Typhoon, the 11 piece band from Portland will be playing a few songs for us here at WCBE! If you missed them performing the night before at The Wexner Center with Radiation City...here's your chance for a special intimate performance ! They're out on the road in support of their brand new release White Lighter and
On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.
Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:41 am
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare's Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director Peter Sellars and mounted at London's Barbican, in Vienna and at Lincoln Center.
Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:16 pm
There's an element of Gregory Porter's singing that feels like a welcome throwback, though he doesn't spell it out precisely. It's in the way he leans heavily into and erupts "Hey!" without fear of coming up short. It's in his coat-and-tie handling of an audience, well-mannered but without quaint mannerisms. It's in one of his better-known songs, where he asks "1960 what? 1960 who?" without a distinct answer — just a suggestion of the decade's historic events, alert black community and cathartic swing.