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Comprising three of Texas' most revered songwriters — Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock — The Flatlanders is the stuff of legend. Since reuniting after its one-time 1970s collaboration, the trio has put out a string of solid Americana albums. The band performs in a session from WXPN.
Gorka passes along musical traditions while also showcasing his own modern voice. In his songs, he tells real stories about real people — you, me, your family and friends. Gorka pays tribute to Pete Seeger's 90th birthday with "Water Is Wide" in a session from Folk Alley.
The Walkmen's members continue their unconventional route through the modern pop world with their latest record, You and Me. Drowning in instrumental reverb and the bellowing warmness of Hamilton Leithauser's vocals, the band performs new songs in a session from WXPN.
The Washington, D.C.-based singer frames his new concept album around the tragic story of Disney actor Bobby Driscoll. Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee is infused with American folk, blues and '50s doo-wop. He performs songs from the CD in a session from WXPN.
Peter Bjorn and John's pop sensibilities are plenty charming, as is the group's on-stage banter. At the ME Television Studios in Austin, Texas, the Swedish trio played electronic-influenced new material, but was bursting with rock 'n' roll energy.
More than 20 years since they started making music, Indigo Girls' members still exude a passion that never subsides. The folk-pop duo's new release, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, is the first on their independent label, IG Recordings; it finds the duo exploring new melodic and rhythmic territory.
Kellaway is known for his eclectic sensibilities and his prolific musical contributions. The pianist discusses his album of jazz versions of tunes from the Bobby Darin songbook, as well as his award-winning Heroes album, which pays tribute to the great piano trios of bygone days. Host Marian McPartland joins him on "I Found a New Baby" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light."
Human Highway is a much-touted collaboration between Nick Thorburn (the frontman of The Unicorns and Islands) and Jim Guthrie of Royal City. With songs a tad poppier and spacier than either musician's main projects, the duo performs in a session from WXPN.
For years Angus and Julia Stone played open mic nights as solo artists. Angus channeled '70s rock and Julia took to folk. But soon the brother and sister found their stellar sum outweighed the individual parts. The two perform material from A Book Like This in a session from WXPN.
Angus and Julia Stone in Studio on World Cafe 5/19/09
Combining electronica, indie-rock, soul and funk, the group's newest record topped many critics' best-of lists for 2008. On Dear Science, the band's characteristically dark lyrics are balanced by some of the most accessible song structures of TV on the Radio's career.
As ringleader of the all-star band The New Pornographers, A.C. Newman has unleashed a prolific outpouring of songs notable for their consistently high quality. In a session from WXPN, Newman performs songs from Get Guilty and talks about his obsession with pop music's history.
Gospel artist and pastor Smokie Norful is back on the gospel music circuit with his fourth album Smokie Norful Live. Reverend Norful joins host Michel Martin for a performance chat. The Arkansas native shares some of his work and discusses his life as a pastor and an acclaimed recording artist.