Next: Laura Stevenson : World Cafe The death-obsessed singer-songwriter explores a dark, folk-infused sound on her new album, Wheel.

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Hear Two New Songs By Laura Stevenson

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Laura Stevenson describes herself as an "unfunny Woody Allen," which is another way of saying that her work channels her obsessions with death and doubt. On her third album, Wheel, she finds a way to make it all sound downright jaunty.

Stevenson came to her more folk leanings from roots in punk, as well as a musical family; her grandfather, choral director Harry Simeone, was responsible for "Little Drummer Boy." Listen to two songs from Wheel on this page.