The Songwriting Evolution Of Ray Davies And The Kinks Februrary 4, 2015 - The best of the British invasion bands, The Who, The Beatles and The Kinks, were able to quickly evolve out of the first singles oriented era and embrace the album.
Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 2:18 pm
Two stretched concepts made the rock 'n' roll coming out of Sun Studios in the 1950s unlike other music of its kind: time and space. In a shabby little room near downtown Memphis, Sam Phillips gave the men and kids he recorded all the room in the world. "Spontaneity" was Phillips' mantra, which was particularly potent for the youngest Sun cats.
Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 9:41 am
What does it take for a work of art to become an intervention? In music, any reinterpretation alters the original, if only because different fingerprints touch it. But certain lineages — folk music, for example — are built on the bones of those retellings. Whoever owns a song for a period of time connects it to her lived experience and the world in which she lives, and it changes. It might also change the world, or a small part of it.
The World Cafe Ray Davies Interview Part One - "You Really Got Me" The British Invasion band Kinks put out so much music on Pye Records between 1964 and 1971 that their brand new Anthology of the period takes 5 discs just to scratch the surface.
Find Out What You Don't Know About Billy Idol If what you know about Billy Idol is the hair, the sneer and "More, More, More" then you need to give this conversation your attention. Idol has a new autobiography named after one of his best known songs, "Dancing With Myself."
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Band Are Superlatives Men At Work's Colin Hay, He Came From a Land Down Under We continue to comb our archive for artists from the decade of synths and irregular haircuts as 80's Week continues on the World Cafe.
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.