Ben Kweller: Accessible but Atypical : World Cafe Ben Kweller continues to make charming pop-rock and find success as a young adult. Starting music at a very early age, the native Texan already knew major-label fallout by his teens, but returned in 2000 as a solo performer. He now has four albums to his belt, including a new self-titled effort.
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Ben Kweller in Studio on World Cafe - 11/15/2006

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Ben Kweller: Accessible but Atypical

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Set List

  • "I Don't Know Why"
  • "Thirteen"
  • "Penny on the Train Track"
  • "On My Way"

Ben Kweller blends together countless instruments — including glockenspiels, tambourines, xylophones, organs, harmonicas and triangles, to go with the usual guitars, drums and pianos — in an effort to create accessible but atypical, charming and irreverent pop-rock.

Kweller was raised in Texas by a family that encouraged his musical inclinations; he learned to play drums at 7, wrote a song on the piano at 9 and signed a notoriously ill-fated record deal as leader of the mid-'90s grunge band Radish while still in his mid-teens. Remarkably, he's gone from teen washout to solo success as a young adult, releasing a string of fun, increasingly well-received albums under his own name. His latest is the new, appropriately titled Ben Kweller.

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