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Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Eric Burdon was the lead singer for two seminal acts: the British invasion band the Animals and the 70s funk group WAR. His distinctive growl is instantly recognizable on his new solo album, Soul of a Man.
Former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, and his band the Miracle 3 have a new album, Tick, Tick, Tick. The record is the final installment of Wynn's Tuscon Trilogy, which were all recorded at the Wavelab Studio in Arizona.
If any band knows the power a strong fan base can have, it's Guster: The Boston trio rose from obscurity to national touring mostly through word of mouth. For almost 15 years, Guster has won fans with its lush harmonies and infectious percussion.
Drawing from influences such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Simon & Garfunkel, Willie Wisely creates a sound that he describes as "swing-alt-pop." An upright bass, arch-top guitars and trombone help drive his singular style.
With 16+ years and nine studio albums behind it, the British rock band The Charlatans U.K. combines Stones-y swagger with dance and electronica. The band's new album is surprisingly mature, with a heightened emphasis on group interaction.
The Charlatans U.K. in Studio on World Cafe - 06/15/2006
Peruvian singer Susana Baca has built her career purely on the strength of her powerful and moving voice. A lifelong lover of music, she crafts an innovative and organic take on the Afro-Peruvian musical tradition.
Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings is a storyteller first and foremost, but he also combines folk, blues and rock with subtle, effortless grace. Alternately backed by a band and accompanied only by his own guitar, Jennings' acoustic pop songs are honest, intimate and inviting.
Mason Jennings in Studio on World Cafe - 06/13/2006
Armed with a steel dobro resonator guitar and an unwavering passion for music, Rocco DeLuca and his band The Burden offer an intensely cathartic, emotionally charged take on blues — and especially the classic blues-rock tradition.
The singer-songwriter has been compared to everyone from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain — though Damien Rice is a more obvious and direct comparison — but he's a unique and exciting talent in his own right. His debut album is I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I've Caused.
Chris Isaak's more than two decade-long recording career proves that he is a man who sticks to his guns. His newest release, a greatest hits compilation titled The Best of Chris Isaak, is a carefully selected collection of Isaak's most popular fan favorites.
With each sharing an unabashed love for '60s pop songwriting, it seems perfectly natural that singer/guitarists Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs would wind up working together. On their newest release, Under the Covers, Vol. 1, they come into their own.
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs in Studio on World Cafe - 06/01/2006