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As the front man and lead songwriter of the Kinks, Davies helped lead the British Invasion of American pop music. And the group's influence has only grown over the years, as an increasing number of young musicians cite them as an influence.
Sergio and Odair Assad join forces in a concert from the Tisch Center for the Arts in New York. The Grammy-winning guitar duo perform new arrangements of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in G Major and Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti's "Bajao malandro."
Widely known for his chart-topping hit "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik traverses new ground with White Limousine. Among his most ambitious work to date, the album is innovative in both content and design.
Though already a well-known pianist and vocalist, her new album, Speak for Yourself, has gained a much larger audience after her songs appeared on the soundtrack of television's The OC and the indie-film hit Garden State.
Acclaimed guitarist Derek Trucks knows something about musical lineage. He joined his uncle to play in The Allman Brothers Band, and has just released a new studio album with his own band. Songlines is named for a book about Aboriginal creation myth.
When the Subdudes got back together in 2002, fans of their musical gumbo rejoiced. Four years later, the band is running strong with a style of roots-rock that is made to be played live. Their latest CD was produced by Keb Mo.
An experiment in indie-pop that began in a Delaware family's basement has culminated in the Spinto Band CD, Nice and Nicely Done. The band started in a basement in Wilmington, Del., with two sets of brothers and their high-school friends.
The Spinto Band in Studio on World Cafe - 03/23/2006
The New Standards are making waves by reinterpreting their favorite songs in a jazz mode. John Munson of Semisonic fame plays bass and sings, Chan Poling of the Suburbs plays piano, and Steve Roehm is on vibraphone as they remake songs by the Replacements and the Clash.
The New Standards in Studio on World Cafe - 03/22/2006
Hailing from Tennessee, Robinella got her musical start from singing in church. On her first solo effort, Solace for the Lonely, Robinella fuses a variety of musical influences, from Appalachian church music, straight bluegrass, honky-tonk, jazz, blues and more.
Alt-Country singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash's latest album, Black Cadillac is surely some of her finest — and darkest — work to date. Over a span of two years, Rosanne Cash suffered devastating losses: her mother, step-mother, June Carter Cash, and father, the great Johnny Cash.
After starting out playing a mixture of punk and pop, British rockers Supergrass became known for mood-swinging from one album to another. True to form, the band followed a happier album with their latest release, the more sedate Road to Rouen.
After years of separate musical paths, the brothers Oliver and Chris Wood have released their debut, Ways Not To Lose. The album marks a reunion for the brothers: Oliver had formed the blues-based King Johnson, while Chris is a member of Medeski, Martin and Wood.
The Wood Brothers in Studio on World Cafe - 03/14/2006
Eclectic singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins named his new CD after the New Orleans studio where he recorded it: 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor. A tribute to the studio forced to move to Kansas by Hurricane Katrina.
New York-based singer/songwriter Willie Nile has released his first album in almost six years. The Streets of New York paints pictures of the famous city that are so vivid and captivating, they transport the listener.