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The Magic Numbers are a quartet of two pairs of brothers and sisters from Britain. Their self-titled debut showcases a delightful mix of musical inspirations ranging from '60s harmony groups, epic rock and singer-songwriters like Dylan and Cohen.
The Magic Numbers in Studio on World Cafe - 01/30/2006
Delbert McClinton began his career in the late 50s, honing his harmonica skills in the blues clubs of Texas. He has played with legends, from Sonny Boy Williamson to Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins. A well-respected performer, McClinton's latest, Cost of Living, is up for two Grammy Awards.
Delbert McClinton in Studio on World Cafe - 01/26/2006
In the world of jam-band music, Steve Kimock is a legend — no less than Jerry Garcia has sung his praises. His band's first studio CD, Eudemonic, highlights Kimock's unique improvisational guitar style.
A main challenge facing young artists is what Harold Bloom called "the anxiety of influence." Imagine, then, that you're a singer who writes understated, melodic songs — and your parents are Carly Simon and James Taylor. That's the dilemma Ben Taylor faced when embarking on his own career.
Pianist Billy Childs' new CD is nominated for a Grammy as Best Jazz Instrumental Album. He visits NPR's Studio 4A, where he tells Liane Hansen about his "jazz-chamber music" and performs selections from Lyric.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's new album, Howl, unveils a new blues, country and gospel-inspired sound. The mostly acoustic songs on the record, tinged with Americana, are an intriguing departure from the California band's trademark dirty rock sound.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Studio on World Cafe - 01/12/2006
Konono No.1 is a 12-piece group hailing from Kinshasa, Congo. The band's debut album, Congotronics, introduces the world to their unique sound. That sound has been honed by years of performance, mostly in Kinshasa's outdoor cafes.
Seminal British post-punk band Echo and the Bunnymen are back with a new album called Siberia. The trio's new album is further evidence of their enduring talent and a solid return to their classic sound.
Echo and the Bunnymen in Studio on World Cafe - 01/05/2006
Baltimore-based Lake Trout have crafted a unique sound based on diverse influences from a wide range of musical genres. Their new album Not Them, You, contains a mix of rock guitars, orchestral suites — and even a Rolling Stones cover.