The soul icon burst back on to the scene this year with Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, on which she covers classic rock tracks. LaVette joins Claudia Marshall at WFUV to perform two songs from the record and discuss how the project came about.
The unmistakable croak of Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. has been representing the Crescent City for more than 50 years. The singer, songwriter and pianist recently performed at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle and gave an emotional interview about the city he loves.
The Throwing Muses singer recently wrote Rat Girl, an autobiography about her life in the music industry. In this studio session from KEXP, Hersh intersperses readings from the book with acoustic performances of classics from both her own catalog and the Throwing Muses songbook.
Much has been made of the The Dap-Kings, Sharon Jones' soul-stirring backup band. Fans of that group would be wise to get to know its labelmate, The Budos Band. The Staten Island collective recently brought its Afro-funk sound to the studios of KUT in Austin.
For more than four decades, Reid has cultivated that most precious commodity of instrumental music -- a personal identity and sonic imprint. Listen to the bassist and his trio perform music from Reid's new recording, Out Front, on WBGO's The Checkout.
WNYC's John Schaefer doesn't normally book bands on Soundcheck based on their MySpace pages. Thankfully, he took a chance with Tanga, a Paris-based son of a Central African Republic diplomat. Hear Tanga and his group perform three funky Afro-pop songs.
Laura Burhenn was part of the Washington, D.C. indie-pop duo Georgie James before relocating west. The move suited the shift in her own music, which was drawing more from country and soul music. KEXP's Cheryl Waters felt a strong Dusty Springfield when The Mynabirds visited the station.