Toronto's Buzzed About Alvvays Live On The World Cafe The much buzzed about Toronto-based indie band Alvvays join us today. We first heard about Molly Rankin and the band in 2013 when Frank Yang of the blog Chromewaves presented them as a band to watch on our Sense of Place visit to Toronto.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:58 am
The songs of Elliott Smith are widely revered — especially by those who came of age in the '90s — but a new generation of listeners is only beginning to discover him. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith is likely to expose new fans to the great singer-songwriter. Smith released five albums in his lifetime and died in 2003 from two stab wounds to the chest; he'd left a suicide note. His songs, which often dealt with depression and desperation, were beautiful and frequently quiet.
Clothing Optional For Listening To Brooklyn's Nude Beach Nude Beach, a three piece punk band from Brooklyn, are our guests today. The band recently released a new double album called 77 with some mighty catchy power pop tunes. Forming in 2008 while still in high school, the band includes guitarist/singer Chuck Betz, drummer/singer Ryan Naideau, and bassist Jim Shelton.
Photo by Rich McKie / WXPN Oscar Winner Ryan Bingham Back With Fear And Saturday Night The rough voiced, former rodeo riding, country songwriter Ryan Bingham is back with a very personal and direct new album called Fear and Saturday Night.
Son Little Is About To Get Big Son Little Is About To Get Big Philadelphia based singer Son Little cut his teeth on collaborations with The Roots and RJD2. Then he was signed by ANTI Records and now has an EP out called Things I Forgot.
Israel Nash's Rain Plans Draws Inspiration From The Hill Country Israel Nash got his start in music after moving to New York City, and his 2009 debut came out of his experiences there. His 2011 follow up album was recorded on a small farm in the Catskills and was co-produced by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
New Orleans' The Revivalists Rule The Stage I take the name of our guests today The Revivalists a couple of ways: Yes, they are keeping older forms of music like blues and R&B alive, but their spirited performance also puts you in the mindset of a gospel revival.
Mike Watt of The Minutemen Plays Live With Il Sogno del Marinaio Mike Watt of The Minutemen Plays Live With Il Sogno del Marinaio "I always will be a Minuteman. People ask what kind of bass player I am, and yeah, I tell em I'm D.
How Did Merge Records Survive To Be 25 Years Old? The label that has brought you Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and Superchunk turned 25 last year. Superchunk band mates Laura Balance and Mac McCaughan formed the label to simply release singles from their band and friends in 1989.
Photo by Rich McKie / WXPN How A Surreal 1973 Film And An Abandoned College Helped Form Fly Golden Eagles New Album Arrayed around a deserted auditorium on the grounds of a long abandoned Texas college our guest today, the Nashville band Fly Golden Eagle recorded the 26 songs that became their album Quartz.
Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 12:06 pm
The Stratocaster At 40
Quick: Name an American product that's had a worldwide impact, is more popular than ever, yet still looks the same as it did when it was introduced more than a half-century ago? Here's a hint: It might be the only musical instrument whose fame rivals that of the people who've played it.
Yusuf, Cat Stevens, Still On The Road To Find Out Yusuf, Cat Stevens, just completed his first U.S tour in 36 years to rapturous crowds. The concerts were a mix of music from the just released Yusuf album Tell 'Em I'm Gone and Cat Stevens favorites from his long career; music he stopped playing for 28 years when he changed his name and embraced Islam in 1977.