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The Gabe Dixon Band mixes innovative sounds with energetic pop and rock. After having worked with big names such as Paul McCartney and Alison Krauss, frontman Gabe Dixon has been hailed as a keyboard master.
The Gabe Dixon Band in Studio on World Cafe - 05/31/2006
With an impressive 40 year music career, John Stewart is a true music veteran who is best known for songs like "Daydream Believer" and "Gold." His latest release, The Day the River Sang, is an exercise in minimalism. Each of his songs has deep meaning, including a poignant piano-laden tribute to New Orleans.
Each of the four members of The Raconteurs have already had successful musical enterprises outside of The Raconteurs, but one is undeniably more prominent than the others: Jack White hit stardom with The White Stripes.
Candi Staton is a soul music veteran with a stirring voice that can convey the weight of anguish and the joy of rapture. Her new album, His Hands, mixes R&B and country standards, several self-penned songs, and an unlikely collaboration with Will Oldham.
The Austin, Texas indie-rock group What Made Milwaukee Famous are redefining what can be accomplished for an unsigned band. A strong word-of-mouth reputation for their live shows coupled with the critical endorsement of many influential music blogs has positioned the band as one of 2006s inevitable breakouts.
Beth Orton has been making her own brand of emotional, clean and poignant music for 10 years now. Her reputation has grown tremendously since her debut album, Trailer Park, was released. Her latest album is called Comfort of Strangers.
From the Top, with host Christopher O'Riley, is a weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most outstanding young classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents pre-collegiate musicians whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.
Star Bollywood vocalist Asha Bhosle reinterprets several classic ghazals on her latest album, Love Supreme. Using styles including lounge, pop, jazz and funk, she puts a modern spin on a 10th-century Persian poetic form.
Warren Zanes is the vice president of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. But Zanes isn't just writing about music; he's making it, too. His second solo album, People That I'm Wrong For, was released in March.
The Flaming Lips have become the flagship band for modern psychedelic pop, pushing the boundaries of sound while steadily growing a fanatic audience over the last 20 years. Not too bad for a group of "fearless freaks" from Oklahoma City.
Jamie Lidell sees no boundaries between the most vintage R&B influence and a futuristic loop or techno treatment. He channels his background in electronic music to produce a neo-soul brew that touches upon the best of Otis Redding, Prince and Sly Stone.
A few years ago, Pete Seeger offered this advice to Josh Ritter, a young singer-songwriter: "Choose a place and dig in." With songs like "Idaho," Ritter puts the listener in a place that's very much like the singer's own.
Richard Butler was lead singer of the U.K. new wave band the Psychedelic Furs from 1977 until they disbanded in 1991. Butler went on to form the band Love Spit Love, and has now released his first self-titled solo album.
Psychedelic Furs in Studio on World Cafe - 05/10/2006